2018 – FIRST PROJECT FOR THE YEAR

I created this Sweet little album a few days ago.  The instructions were downloaded from here

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You will need to go to the April Archive to find the tutorial for the book, it’s called “Cherry Blossoms Folded Pocket Book” – Cherry Blossoms is the paper Kay has used to make her album.  Any paper would do.  I used “Hearts Ease” 12″ x 12″ Paper Pad from Couture Creations. You will need 6 sheets of 12 x 12 paper to create the album.

I’m so pleased with how it turned out.  Although there are only 5 pages, there are 20 pockets to embellish.

 

I completed the belly band which holds the book together, You will need a closure as the book has a tendency to splay open.  I think once I have put some embellishments inside, I may need to make a new Belly band as this one will no longer fit.  It might be a good idea to wait until you have finished the embellishing before making the closure.  Alternatively, before putting the inside finish to the cover of the book, you could substitute a ribbon closure instead.  The finished size of the album is 5.25″ x 3.25′ so it is quite a small album.

There is some simple bookbinding (the stitch used is called Pamphlet stitch).  I used a fairly fine black waxed thread which was all I had that would thread through my needle.  I must invest in some proper book binding needles.

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I used a Stampin’ UP! Piercing tool and mat to make the holes in the spine.

This is a great little album to try out Book Binding for the first time.  Why not make one for yourself.  It would also be a  lovely gift.

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A closer look at the belly band closure.  The medallion is shown as an idea for finishing.

Happy Crafting in 2018.

Barbara

Another album for a gift

Things didn’t go quite as planned with this album but I think I managed to save it.

As I mentioned, September is a big birthday month for me.  I made two albums as gifts and each one had it’s challenges.  The basic album is the same for each one, you can see my first album here, Rachel’s album.

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Front cover
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Pages with top loading pockets
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A tag for each pocket

Sadly the birthday girl is unwell and we haven’t yet caught up on the promised lunch date.  She’s not a blogger so I feel safe showing you her album and not spoiling the surprise.

A few more photo’s .  I really loved making this and I see a few more to come.

So what went wrong???

I had completed the album cover and inserted all the pages and was admiring my handiwork.  I was so disappointed to see that the spine had split on one side.  I didn’t want to start all over again but I didn’t quite know what to do about it.  I thought I could put another cover over the spine and tried different things but wasn’t really happy with anything.

I knew the cover of the album was going to be finished in white, silver and blue (my friends favourite colours) and I had some white muslin. This idea was either make or break and I had a distinct vision of it all ending up in the bin.  However I persevered and came up with this for the cover.

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It worked out pretty well I thought.  I hope you enjoyed seeing my friend’s birthday album. I’ll let you know what she thinks when we catch up.

Happy crafting.

Barbara