November 18, 2017

Winter Meadow Album CCC Design Team Project

Hello everyone, the holiday season is upon us and its time to use those free moments to prepare some handmade gifts for our family and friends.  Tamra Kilgore-Merrill recently posted a desk set using the delightful Photo Play "Winter Meadow" collection, I am pleased to give you accompanying 8"x 8" album with matching embellishments and stamps.  This would be charming to use during the holidays as well as new year ski trips or outdoor activities - enjoy!

Papers used in this album include sixteen 12x12 double-sided heavyweight printed sheets, eight 12x12 color matched solid core heavyweight sheets (CCC Artisan Cardstock in Red), four 12x12 journaling/tag sheets (CCC Artisan Cardstock in Linen) and two 12x12 heavyweight chipboard pieces for covers and spine.  A complete supply list is at the end of the instructions.

Cover Paper Cuts: For the album outside front and back, choose a favorite printed paper in the collection (I chose the forest) and trim to 8"x 8" for cover and matching 1 1/4"x 8" for outside spine.  For the back, I always choose a darker print I won't use as much.  I write on the BACK of these pieces in pencil and set aside BEFORE cutting any other printed papers.  NOTE - there are several 12x12 papers printed with cards, sections and panels, at least one piece should be cut accordingly and used as pocket inserts and embellishments.
Papers covering the chipboard are RED Artisan Cardstock Paper - two pieces 9 1/2"x 8 3/4" (front & back), one 9 1/2"x 3 1/4" (outside spine), one 8 1/4"x 2 1/2" (inside spine) and two 8"x 8" for inside front and back.  Each of the larger outside pieces give you a 1/2" wrap around the chipboard base.  

Pages Paper Cuts: There are 10 pages cut from the 12x12 paper sheets and sized to be finished 8"x 8".  Many but not all pages are configured to fold out, up or down to reveal additional space for photos & journaling - this means you would cut a fold out page 12" wide and 8" high - score at 4" on either right or left side to fold into the book.  Likewise, you would cut a fold up or down page 8" wide and 12" high, score either top or bottom and fold into the book.  NOTE - align and cut these pages (all page photos are shown below) to properly show the print images.  TRIM any folds on pages 1/2" on the spine side so they more easily turn in the album (see photo below - corner round.
Save all of the 4" pieces you cut away from the paper sheets to use for pockets, tags, journal cards.  
Page Pockets are 6 1/2"x 4", scored 1/4" on three sides, border punched, corner trimmed at bottom, folded toward back to be glued onto page, then inked. Journal/Photo cards are printed paper scraps 4"x 5 1/2" plus Linen artisan cardstock 3 1/2"x 5", all pieces corner rounded & inked.  The nine long Spine Pieces are 8"x 1" scored at 1/2" down center and 3/8" ScorTape applied to both sides at the outer edge (not on the fold) as shown below.

Inking the Papers: once I have cut and all of my pages, paper embellishments, journaling/photo mats, I border punch and corner round where desired and ink all with a coordinating shade of Ranger Distress Oxides and sponge applicator, in this case, Fired Brick.
Chipboard Cuts: the album base is two heavyweight chipboard pieces at 8 1/4"x 8 1/4" and one at 8 1/4"x 1 1/2".  Always cut to add at least 1/4" all around the finished page size.

Making the cover:  
1.  Adhere the cover/spine chipboard pieces to red artisan cardstock ( two 8 1/4" x 8 1/4" and one 9 1/2"x 3 1/4" pieces) using 1" Scor Tape around the outside edges on one side, making sure the inside left & right of the larger pieces lines up with the edges as shown. (Tape does not show in this photo but has been applied and flipped over to adhere to cardstock.)  
2.  Apply 1" ScorTape around the outside of spine chipboard piece and trim off access as shown (or it will show up on the outside of the album).

3.  Press cover and back piece onto spine piece LEAVING 1/8" margin on each side - as shown.
4.  Apply 1" ScorTape to the other side of the two large chipboard pieces and 3/8" ScorTape around the edges of the center spine chipboard as shown.
5.  Around the cover/back cardstock pieces, add 3/8" ScorTape on edges of artisan cardstock, peel off backing and secure corners by turning them down at a right angle onto the chipboard 
NOTE - do not add tape to the center spine piece OR bend its edges over top and bottom at this point.
6.  Gently begin to bend the artisan cardstock, smoothly over and onto the chipboard cover/back to secure - use a bone folder to rub into place as photo shows.

7.  Position and glue your second red artisan cardstock spine piece (8 1/4"x 2 1/2") with Art Glitter Glue - NOTE - this piece only goes to the top and bottom edges of the chipboard spine.  Use a bone folder to gently press paper into the 1/8" space between spine and covers, then smooth the flat edges down to the chipboard as shown.  This "gully" creates the turn space needed for covers to close.  Apply more glue to the top and bottom remaining cardstock n"flaps" and gently bend & shape them over and into the spine area as shown to complete the outside covering.

8.  The finished album base should look like this (see below), 1/2 of a large magnet closure with ScorTape is shown here, I actually added a second one closer to the right hand edge before gluing on closure tab. Tab Paper Cuts: red cardstock strip 4 1/2"x 2" and oval 3"x 2 1/4" mat paper 4 1/2"x 1 5/8" on strip and 2"x 2 3/4" on oval, then glue tab in center back of album base - all with Art Glitter Glue.  Do not glue pattern paper on front or back of album until the magnets and closure tab are in place and set!  

Building the Pages - NOTE - the page shown above has the trimmed 1/2" on the "spine side" so the page will turn easily when spine piece is added.  Also, each page has been corner rounded and inked on the OUTSIDE EDGE, even if folded, as shown.
Putting the pages together is done using the spine strips that you added 3/8" ScorTape to on the edge (shown above).  Peel backing off a strip - one side at a time - adhere to side of page that will be at the center spine, THEN peel backing off the other side of the same spine strip and add another page.  Continue this process until you have secured all pages together - aligning them as you go to keep the front edges straight.  The "back" of the pages (by the spine) may not always be perfect, but, this will
be covered up later as shown in photos below.  Ink the stack of pages again on the back edge.

Securing Pages into the Album Base:
1.  Cut, border punch and ink two scrap strips 4"x 8" as shown below, then glue approx. 1/2" from the edge of the border punch onto the front page of the book and the other on the back page of the book - do NOT glue them together.

2.  After the glue sets, they should look like the photo below.  Now, turn out the back edges to add 1" ScorTape.   

3.  Mark the inside cover of the book with a pencil line at 6 1/4" then glue in the border punched sheet holding the pages, up to the red cardstock edge - DO NOT go over the edge or the book will be too tight and hard to close, might even tear - see photo below.  To secure until glue has set, use small lightweight chipboard pieces and binder clips to hold in place - NOTE - chipboard pieces keep the binder clips from making indentations on the album covers.

4.  Allow the glue to set up.  Photo shows binder clips on both sides of covers and give you a good indication of the space needed to turn the pages.

5.  Glue the two 8"x 8" red artisan cardstock papers into the inside front and back covers.
6.  Photo on right shows what your album should look like from the top down - let it rest and dry.

Stamping and Embellishing the Cover:
This collection has a matching clear stamp and die set - that means, you stamp the image then you cut around it (using a die cutting machine such as Cuttlebug) with the provided dies.  TIP - with clear stamps, especially new ones, it is best to use a silicone eraser to "buff" up the stamp, the ink will apply smoothly and not puddle.  I used Fired Brick ink on these stamps for the trees on the front cover - simply lay the cover out flat (over the edge of a counter is good) and apply the trees in a random pattern to simulate the forest (see photo) - don't forget to add one or two to the spine to match.  I also randomly stamped little red snowflakes (so they would show up against the light background), again, add a few to the side spine.


For the 3D animals on the front cover, I used matching collection stickers and applied them to a piece of adhesive backed foam, cut them out then trimmed them in detail, peeled off the backing paper and stuck them in place around the stamped trees (see photo above).  I used all animals just because it is a forest scene.  Add Stickels glitter glue to the ornaments on trees, including the tab and spine and a bit of Star Dust to center of snowflakes and among the trees to simulate snow - it doesn't show up in photos, but it is beautiful when done!

I made envelopes for the inside front and back of the album using a We R Memories envelope maker, then inked the edges all around. Add small magnet sets for closure and cover the outside magnet with matching collection sticker and glue in place.  Insert photo/journal mats, cards or keepsakes.

Here are all the pages in order, front to back in the album.  Heavier inking and more embellishments both stamps and stickers can be added to your hearts content.  If you have leftovers, make holiday cards or tags for gifts, most of all, have fun with it & enjoy!

SUPPLIES - most available from Country Craft Creations
Photo Play "Winter Meadow: paper collection, sticker sheet, matching clear stamps & dies
CCC Artisan Cardstock - Red, Linen
Heavyweight Chipboard
ScorTape - 3/8" and 1"
CCC Art Glitter Glue
Magnetic disc closures - Large
Adhesive backed foam sheet - white
Ranger Stickles (glitter glue), Christmas Red, Holiday Green, Patina and Star Dust
Ranger Distress Oxide Ink - Fired Brick

Other basic crafting tools & supplies needed - pencil, ruler, bone folder, silicone eraser, block/holder for clear stamps, paper trimmer, score board, scissors, corner rounder, ink applicator + sponges, die cutting machine/plates (Cuttlebug).

October 14, 2017

Wanderlust Trifold Album - CCC Design Team Project

Today I am sharing my new Country Craft Creations Design Team project, the Wanderlust Trifold Album using papers and chipboard embellishment sheet by Blue Fern Studio.  Overall "closed" size is 8" x 10" with each side folding out an additional 4".  This would easily hold some photos up to a 5" x 7" size in the center section alone.  I always recommend reading through the instructions first, looking at the photos, then proceeding, as I add tips and tricks along the way AND you may wish to add creative techniques of your own.  This album uses one of my favorite "hinge" systems - actually paper spine pieces between pages that form a booklet inserted into the cover.  Also, with beautiful, heavyweight, double-sided papers such as these, I let both sides of the paper show and do not always mount every piece onto a solid cardstock background.  Enjoy the process!

Papers used for this album include - 18 double-sided 12" x 12" heavyweight printed sheets, 2 color matched monochromatic heavyweight sheets (green as shown), 6 CCC Artisan Cardstock 12" x 12" in Linen (cream color),  3 heavyweight 12" x 12" chipboard pieces for covers.  A complete supply list is at the end of the instructions.

NOTE - this collection of double-sided papers had two sheets printed in a full 12"x 12" front and a four panel 6"x 6" prints on the back - I cut the 6x6's to use as mats on pages.  When you have such beautifully patterned papers, it is wise to "position", perhaps even measure, the papers before cutting to be sure the design images are seen and appreciated.  I cut the main pieces of any project first (cover and largest pages), then I use scraps and/or smaller matching papers to fill in areas - spines, journal panels, pockets, waterfall cards, cover tabs and embellishments.  Also, I like to cut papers in one sitting so they can be inked all at one time.

Paper & Chipboard Cuts: Outside Cover - chipboard - one 8" x 10" (back/center), two 1" x 10" (side spines for gatefold), two 4" x 10" (side front's of book). Artisan Cardstock for cover - one 8" x 11" (back cover), two 4 1/2" x 11" (side spines), two 2 1/2" x 10" (second set of spine pieces); printed papers for cover - two 3 3/4" x 9 3/4" (cover pieces out of the same 12"x12" piece to match), two 9 3/4" x 7/8" pieces for spines (can be cut from page scraps), one 6 1/2" x 2" strip for closure flap, corner round on left side only.  Optional back piece (bottom of album) of 7 1/2" x 9 1/2".  Inside Cover - front sides - two 8" x 10" printed pieces, scored at 4" and corner rounded on "folded out" corners (keep a straight edge on corners to be glued into chipboard cover), two 10" x 7/8" strips (will cover inside spine sides).

Pages - the center section of this album has a waterfall effect - a 8" x 10" paper piece is the largest and background base (NOT shown or corner rounded), the next page up from the back would be 8" x 9 1/4", then each of the next seven pages are decreased in height by 1/2".  A specifically chosen print was used for the top page as shown and the 8 pages have been corner rounded at the bottom edge:

Fold Out Pocket - inside both side panels - two 4" x 5 1/2" pockets, score and fold three sides at 1/4", clipping bottom corners at score lines to fold under, half circle punch center top, Journal Panels to insert into pockets - two printed papers 2 3/4" x 6 3/4" glued to two 7" x 3 1/8" more solid color mats, TIP - corner round the bottom edges of panels so they more easily insert into the pockets.

Waterfall Cards - eight (4 each side) 4 1/4" x 3 1/4" printed paper panels, eight 3 1/2" x 5" matching solid color mats, score and fold top at 1/2", a second set of eight artisan cardstock panels can be cut to add on back of each card - cards and mats to be corner rounded on bottom edge only before gluing:

Album Strips - to hold album pages together - seven 8" x 1" (can be cut from scrap), score lengthwise and fold as shown, add 1/4" Scor Tape to edges - NOTE - do not put Scor Tape next to center fold:

Album Top - a scrap piece of printed papers in a more solid color - one 8" x 2 1/2" border punched:
Ink all cut paper pieces including mats and embellishments - except the artisan cardstock for the cover - it will be inked when the cover is assembled.  TIP - I picked colors out of the printed papers and used three Distress Oxide Ink colors - may sound excessive, but it works - Peeled Paint, Broken China and Vintage Photo - even when the album is finished, you can still add ink colors to touch-up or emphasize areas.

Making the Cover - using chipboard and artisan cardstock, with 1" Scor Tape outline the
outside edges of chipboard cover pieces as shown (I am using red backed tape to illustrate), then lay out the artisan cardstock as pictured and place the chipboard pieces - NOTE - the side panel chipboard pieces go all the way to the inner edge of the artisan cardstock and the center chipboard piece goes side edge-to-edge as photographed.                                                                                     
Flip the "tape applied" back and side chipboard pieces over and adhere them to the artisan cardstock - DO NOT adhere the two spine pieces at this time.                                                                               

Temporarily REMOVE the two (1"x 10") spine pieces and apply 1/4" Scor Tape to the artisan cardstock margin of the back and two side chipboard panels - as shown.  DO NOT CLIP CORNERS, remove tape backing and fold them back onto the chipboard as shown, continue to remove tape backing and smooth artisan cardstock over and onto the chipboard panels.

The two spine pieces that were removed are    now flipped over and two strips of 1" Scor Tape are applied to either side of the center chipboard.

Re-position the spine pieces BEHIND the center and side chipboard pieces (red tape backing shown only for you to see visual of spacing). IMPORTANT -  leave at least a 1/8" space between the chipboard pieces (as shown) to allow for turn and closure of album sides - without this space, your album will not close!  Remove the tape backing and secure pieces into place.     

You will now use the second cut set of two artisan cardstock spine pieces 2 1/2" x 10" and glue them to the exposed chipboard spines with CCC Glitter Glue, using a bone folder to GENTLY smooth into the "depressed" turning space left between chipboard panels (these appear to be flipped up on either side in the photo).  Once the center section of these pieces is set & secure, apply glue and smooth down the side strips to the chipboard and the top and bottom cardstock "flaps", thus, you will have covered the album inside and out as pictured.                                                                                     
 After the cover has set and dried a bit, add 1/2 of the magnetic closures to either side of the front (as shown), then ink inside and out - remember, you can add more ink later and paper pieces will cover the ragged inner edge of inking.  I start with the lighter color (Peeled Paint), add daubs of medium color (Broken Glass) and daub a bit of the darker color (Vintage Photo) on edges and corners.  Ranger Distress Oxide inks are very forgiving and can be rubbed off when "wet" if need be.

Finishing the cover is fairly easy, glue your cut paper pieces to the back and front panels - remember the two front panels should match in the middle, even though some of the inked cardstock shows at the edges.  IMPORTANT - before gluing on right hand side spine paper piece, secure the tab closure onto the side of the cover so the paper piece, when applied, will cover the end of the tab.  The second 1/2 of magnet can now be secured in place on the back of the tab, in perfect position to close.

After the tab sets, we will begin to build the inside of the album.  Glue in the large 8" x 10" paper piece to completely cover the back.  Now adhere ribbon pieces to the center "inner" edge of the side panels, Scor Tape into place (shown in photo at top of page) before gluing on the folded side paper panels which will cover the ribbon edge. The corner rounded edge folds out away from the center and is not glued.  The second piece of ribbon (to tie these side panels closed) is Scor Taped on the OPEN center front of the paper so the end can be covered with a pocket.

Here is the left side, closed and opened to reveal pocket, cards, waterfall cards and embellishments.
Here is the right side closed and opened to reveal pocket, cards, waterfall cards and embellishments.
Now we will build the center section with the album pages, I think it is easier to start at the back and build up the album while keeping the pages straight on the sides.  Using the cut, scored and Scor Taped Album Strips (photo above), you will remove tape backing from ONE SIDE ONLY and adhere to a page piece.  When the first side of the Scor Taped strip is in place, remove tape backing from the second side and add another page, thus stacking them one on top of the other.  Here is a photo of what they should look like where the papers meet at the top:
After all the pages have been taped and secured together, you will adhere the border punched Album Top (photo above) to cover the page edges and to secure into the cover.  Most of this piece will be glued to the back side of the album.  Gently roll this piece over the edge of a counter top or table to curve and stretch the paper out a bit, then begin gluing the border punched side to the album front - consider your paper design area and the width of the punch - let this edge set for a few minutes before proceeding.  Continue to gently bend this piece over to the back of the album and glue into place - IMPORTANT - do not get this bend too tight or it will not allow the pages to turn & will tear (see photo below).  After glue sets up, add a piece of 1" Scor Tape to the back top, remove backing and secure INTO the top of the cover as shown in photo - this area should be at but not over cover top.


Your album should now be complete, add any additional inking, touch-ups and embellishments.  I tend not to use allot of flowers and fru-fru on the covers of my albums because my cats tear them up or they get smashed in my bookcases and baskets, however, I did use pieces of 49 Market leaves and ferns, plus dots of a gold Pearl Pen to accent.  Please feel free to add decorations to your hearts content, CCC has wonderful matching paper flowers and accessories.  The following are photos of each page, opened with mats & embellishments in place. A complete supply list is in the end - enjoy!     

SUPPLIES - all available from "CCC" - Country Craft Creations
Blue Fern Studio "Wanderlust" paper collection and chipboard embellishments
A more solid color "print" for mats - mine used is no longer available from BoBunny
CCC Artisan Cardstock - Linen
Heavyweight chipboard
Seam Binding - medium green
Ranger distress Oxide Inks - Peeled Paint, Broken China, Vintage Photo
Scor Tape - 1/4", 1/2", 1"
CCC Art Glitter Glue
Large Magnetic Disc Closures
49 Market - Cottage Blooms in Linen + paper fern leaves

Other basic crafting tools & supplies needed - pencil, silicone eraser, 12" paper trimmer, 12" score board, scissors, corner rounder, ink applicator + sponges, 1" circle punch, border punch, gold Pearl Pen.