Scholastic Live, Learn, Grow Mini Album

Hello, Friends!  School days, school days...dear old Golden Rule Days!  Remember that tune?  It's August, and the kiddies are heading back to school.  Time to break out Authentique's Scholastic Collection and create a mini that will document all the activities and events of the coming school year.

The base for this mini is an 8.25" x 8.75" x 2"  G 45 Black Mixed Media Album.  I basically gutted the inside and replaced it with my own pages and lots of fun interactive features.

TIP: Not all embellishments come from the scrapbooking store!  A trio of pencils tied with ribbon look fantastic on the album spine.  First, glue the pencil sides together.  Then, wrap with black micro gingham.  Tie a bow.  Then mat the apple image on a double layer of Black Jack and Lemon Drop cardstock.  Punch a hole in one corner, string on a metal key and you've got a mighty cute embellishment!

TIP:  Layer elements with varying heights of chipboard to add interest to the cover display.

TIP: Matting stickers and images on Black Jack and Lemon Drop Spectrum Cardstock makes the layers pop.

TIP: There's loads of room inside the front cover for a waterfall/pocket combo.  Here's how:
  • First, cut (6) 6 1/2" x 5" rectangles from Black Jack and Lemon Drop. (3 each)
  • Next, score a 1/2" flap on the top edge of each rectangle.
  • Then, shape the bottom corner with a corner punch, if desired.
  • Now, fold the 1/2" flaps back and burnish.
  • Next, center and adhere the first flap along the top edge of the inside cover.
  • Then, line up the folded edge of the next flap beneath the first flap.  Continue this process for all 6 waterfall pages.
  • Now, make a pocket and adhere along the bottom edge of the page.  I used an oval die to cut a pretty shape in the top of mine.
  • To keep the waterfall closed, adhere a length of Light Blue Navy Satin Ribbon along the base of the final waterfall page, then tie a bow on the front.
I've packed this mini with all kinds of flaps, pockets, tips in pages, inserts and room for journaling.  Even though this theme is school, you could easily adapt the basic format for any theme you like.

I've created a little video tour loaded with tips, ideas and measurements to help you get on your way.  I hope you enjoy!

Wishing you all a healthy, happy and productive school year! 


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