Monday, January 16, 2012

Love is in the Air !

My LOVE for mini albums is well known. And when Valentines Day is only a month away, my thoughts turn to making another mini album to showcase my love.

Today I am the designer on The Bug Bytes Blog and I wanted to share with you the paper bag mini album I made for my 2012 Valentines and Things I LOVE pictures that I will take next month.

Start with an assembled paper bag album using 6 lunch size bags.
If you don't know how to make one, there are a ton of videos on You Tube .
I trimmed mine to 6"X 5 1/4". And covered each page
with Valentine paper from my stash cut at 5 3/4" X 5".

Next I like to make a binding for mini album using
patterned paper cut at 3" X 5 3/4"and cardstock cut at 4"X5 3/4".
I used the Swirling Lace Martha Stewart Border punch
to punch the two long sides of the cardstock and then
adhered the patterened paper on top to create the binding.
I then attached the binding to the side of the paper bag album,
leaving about the size of a pen between the paper bag and the binding to
create a slight gap so the album lays flat.

Once the binding is secured, I then move on to the fun part...
decorating the cover.  Here I used a heart shaped doily,
K&Co Medallion Dimensional Sticker, a Jenni Bowlin Ticket
and a Maya Road Wood Piece.  I then threaded three different
ribbons through the gap of the binding and tied in a knot for a
finishing touch !
Paper Bag Albums are great to add a bunch of
different tags into all the pockets.
I free hand cut some hearts, added some faux stitching
with my journaling pen and attached a heart brad to
create this adorable rotating tag.
On the inside page, I adhered the mini flap on three sides and
left the side opened for the rotating heart tags. 
I will also slip in a few 4X6 photos into this pocket.
On a couple of the pages, I created these half photo
pockets and a journaling tag.
 On one of the little flaps, I adhered some ribbon
to create a holder for a tag.
Here it is with the journaling tag in place.
With a jumbo scalloped punch, some stamps and a heart shaped brad, 
I created another rotating journaling tag for a small inside flap pocket.
I tied some cute ribbon to the little flap pocket and 
placed the rotating scalloped tag inside.
On the last page, I made a pocket and added a tag
using cardstock. I adhered a sticker to the front
and some ribbon.
For the large inside pockets of the paper bag album,
I made large double sided photo mats for each pocket.
Alternating colors between black and pink cardstock, and
using the same Martha Stewart Swirling Lace punch
for the edge that sticks out of the pockets. 
I do love how this mini album turned out with its
pretty pink, red, white and black color scheme!

Thanks for looking.  Let me know if you have any questions about
how I made this.  I am working on more Valentines projects
and will be posting them soon so please stop back by.

Happy Scrapping !


Michelle said...

Love all the details - this is beautiful.

aremus said...

What a great mini!! TFS!!


Got2BCrafting said...

Absolutely gorgeous!! I would love to make one of these, but I am not sure I have the patience!!LOL!

Maria Jhun said...

Wow! that is absolutely gorgeous!

Crafty Teacher said...

Gorgeous mini album! :) I like how you used ribbon to make a tag holder on one of the small flaps. Great idea!

Claire said...

Gorgeous! I love all the lacy cuts. One of these days I will try a paper bag album. TFS!
PS: popping by from the CCMB -using my stash challenge.

Rose said...

Such a great album! If I were receiving this I'd love it.


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