Friday, May 18, 2018

Down on the Farm Mini Album by Gloria

Good morning, Crafters! This is Gloria Stengel with you again. Today I have another mini album project to share. In case you haven't noticed...I LOVE to make mini albums! 
I have used the NEW Frontier Collection along with some of the Homestead Collection. I think these two collection pair together very well!

I grew up in the country and my mom was a farmer's daughter, plus many of my extended family lived on farms. My dad's family owned fruit orchards and farms as well. I have not lived in farm country for over 30 years, but it's still in my soul and I miss it more and more as I age! I wanted to celebrate that with this sweet mini album project.
This mini is 6 1/4" tall, 4 1/4" wide, with a 1 1/4" spine. I used a simple tie closure by adding a bit of canvas ticking to the album. 
The front focal point is a large, canvas flower. This flower measures 4" across! I used hot glue to add some tiny clothes pins and ephemera to the flower. 
There are nine pages (18 sides) with lots of pockets, pull-outs, and flaps.
I have added some tags, tuck spots, and little booklets to the inside of this mini. You can see that the country feel is accented by the rustic papers. 
When I was making this right-hand page, I accidentally cut the paper too short. I had a little strip of the red barn wood paper left over, so I placed it at the bottom of the page horizontally and added some tiny brads. It makes for a fun effect!
Since I had the tiny brads on the desk, I added a few to the cut-apart element on the pocket of this left-hand page.


If you want to see a walk-through of the whole album, check out the video below!

(Thanks for watching!)
As you probably noticed, the whole album is wrapped in denim fabric! I love how the denim looks with the red ticking canvas ribbon! 
I did not do a full tutorial for this mini, but I do have some tips and tricks for you. 
To make this mini, you will need some chipboard, a sheet of denim canvas, cardstock, and your paper collections. I kept the embellishments to a minimum, preferring to use the paper cut-aparts and stickers.  
To give your mini album stability wrap the chipboard first with Kraft-Tex paper fabric or some cardstock. I used black Kraft-Tex, which you can buy at most fabric and crafts stores. You need to really burnish the folds and joins well with your bone folder.

I then used a gel medium to attach the denim canvas to the book. Make sure to paint a layer of the gel medium onto the book surface AND onto the reverse side of the canvas.
Since the denim was a bit bulky, I had a little issue with my corners. I wish I had taken more time with them or added some metal corner covers. Alas, I did neither!

I used more gel medium to attach the decorative paper to the inside spine. You can see here I am using two large clothes pins to hold the paper until it dries.

I made an accordion tab hinge mechanism with three hinges. (There are lots of tutorials on my blog for how to do this.) 
For each of the page sets, I used black cardstock cut to 12" long by 8" wide. I scored down the center in each direction to make panels that are 6" x 4". I cut one section, as shown in the photo above.  
I folded the paper as shown. 

Each of the page sections has three pages. I added pockets, flaps, and so forth to each section. 
Each of the page sections attaches to one of the hinges. You will have a total of 9 pages and 18 sides, plus the inside front and back covers. That is a lot of decorating fun! See the video above to get a peeky of all the inside pages! 

Thanks for joining me today! 


Gloria Stengel: Scraps of Life

Authentique Supplies Used:

Frontier Collection: 12x12 Paper, Details Cardstock Stickers. Bundle 6x6 Paper Pad
Homestead Collection: Authentic Life Cards, Bundle 6x6 Paper Pad
Spectrum Cardstock: Crocodile Smile

Additional Supplies: black cardstock, chipboard, denim canvas, canvas ribbon, burlap flower, mini clothes pins, bottle cap, tiny brads, various tags, Kraft-Tex fabric paper, brown ink, various adhesives, 1 1/4" circle punch, score board and tool, magnets 

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