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
Heavy weight chipboard
Seam Binding - medium green
Ranger distress Oxide Inks - Peeled Paint, Broken China, Vintage Photo
Scor Tape - 1/4", 1/2", 1"
CCC Glitter Glue
Large Magnetic 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.  

October 12, 2017

Halloween on Burlap

Featured in a Holiday and Special Occasion edition of Somerset Magazine, this "Box of Bones" is one of my favorites.  The shadow box is completely hand made of heavy weight chipboard, covered, filled and decorated, then topped off with a clear "window" secured with tissue tape.  Hope you are inspired to go through your stash and build a beauty - enjoy!

 Here is a close up overview for you to follow - sorry the glare of Plexiglas fog's it up a bit:

After the box base was built and lined with papers, I used a Stickles gold glitter pen to outline spider webbing in background:
Tim's set of three small burlap panels were used to highlight vintage cards (from his older papers) and lettering - each was mounted on thick cardstock, trimmed out, inked and glued to burlap:

After hot gluing in the burlap panels, the center space holds a skeleton with ruby rhinestone eyes and word band; other embellishments glued in are from party shops, craft & drug stores.

Once everything was secured inside box, I cut and glued on heavy acetate to cover top to the edge, then added tissue tape to finish.  Tim's rub-ons could also be added to acetate for added depth - enjoy!

September 29, 2017

Christmas Album Trays

Featured in this year's Somerset Holiday on newsstands October 1, two of my mini albums "build into" silver trays.  These make great hostess and party gifts any time of year, just change the papers accordingly.   There is an additional tip below, not outlined in the publication (ran out of room) - enjoy!

TIP - when mounting albums into trays, it is important to leave enough room for the spine to move and pages to open, so the foam tape strips are placed opposite the spine edge and ONLY two-thirds (or so) over/on the back as shown: 


September 23, 2017

St. Tropez Mini Album for Book Box part 2 - CCC Design Team

I love many different types of albums, large and small, but especially using the heavyweight double-sided scrapbook papers, sturdy enough to be pages by themselves and not always glued to a backing piece. In this post, I will share how to instructions for the mini album that fits into the Graphics 45 small book box (part 1) previously posted.  Thus, this little album is made building pocket pages on a accordion folded spine - a different twist I hope you will like.  I suggest reading through the directions first as some photos show more than one step of the process and I include tips and hints along the way.  There will be a complete supply's list at the end of the instructions -  enjoy!

Pages for this album are made using Prima St.Tropez 6x6 paper pad and embellishments.  Some of the larger embellishments used on the cover are trimmed scraps of matching 12" x 12" paper from the Book Box project (part1).

1. Using a St.Tropez 12" x 12" double-faced paper piece (or your favorite) cut at 11 3/4"x 4" for the album cover.

2.  Now pick 14 of your favorite 6"x 6" papers from the matching Prima St.Tropez pad (or cut a matching favorite) and line them up back to back to create 7 "sets" to be used as pocket pages.  Remember the print on the inside of each page set will not show very much, except at the top circle punch. Cut each piece to 4"x 6" - keep them in back-to-back order - and corner round the right side top and bottom only - MUST keep the left "book spine" side square.  Using a 1" circle punch, line up to punch 1/2 of the center top piece of each page set so the tags can be inserted removed.

3.  Cut seven tags 3"x 5 1/4" from CCC Artisan Cardstock "Linen".  TIP - use a commercially bought tag top to place over your cardstock to trim and mark/punch hole with a standard 1/4" punch.  Corner round both bottom edges as shown.

Ink all page pieces, tags, and a sheet of matte (not glossy) reinforcements with Distress Oxide Broken China and a touch of Vintage Photo, just as was done for the book box.

I always ink a sheet of reinforcements in same colors, used on both sides of the top tag holes for any book with tags.  The reinforcements not only give the tag a finished look but keep the ribbons or strings from tearing out the hole with use.

Use a 7" piece of seam binding is looped through each tag top to finish.

4.  Mark with pencil and make your first score on the cover piece at 4 1/8", then every 1/4" for 15 times - the remaining paper (back of book) should measure 4 1/8" to match the front.  Begin to accordion fold these score lines to form seven "peaks and valley's" on which your pocket pages will be mounted - see photo on left.

5.  Cut two medium weight chipboard pieces
4 1/16" x 6 1/16" inch - you are saying to yourself, why add the 1/16" margin - its to be sure the cover is only slightly larger than the pages and allows for small errors in adhering pages later.
Also cut two 4 1/16" x 6 1/16" paper pieces of BoBunny 12x12 - Chiffon Vintage cardstock for inside book "liners", and one 6 1/8" x 3" piece of same paper for the cover spine.

6.  Apply 1/4" Scor Tape to both sides of each accordion fold on the cover piece - as shown - leave the paper backing ON for now.

7.  Apply 1/2" Scor Tape around edges of chipboard pieces, remove backing, add a stream of CCC Glitter Glue to the inside area (between Scor Tape) and position on the INSIDE of the book covers, front and back, smooth down to spread glue and secure - allow a few minutes for glue to set up.

8.  On the inside cover/chipboard, glue a 9" piece of seam binding or ribbon to tie the book closed.  I also use a piece of tape over the ribbon end inside to secure.

9.  Glue on the two BoBunny paper pieces (or a more solid color coordinated match) to cover chipboard on both sides, covering the ribbon ends (not shown).

10.  Use CCC Glitter Glue to secure your page "sets" together ON THE RIGHT AND BOTTOM EDGES ONLY - you must leave the left side open for the cover accordion section, and the top for the tags.  Let these pages set up and dry a bit before inserting onto cover, to be sure they don't separate.

11.  I found it easier to start at the front of the book and work to the back - check the outside cover to be sure your pages are positioned upright.  Begin inserting your page sets - one at a time - onto the album cover folds. IMPORTANT TIP - it is best to remove the Scor Tape backing one side at a time, position one half of the page set onto the tape - smooth down - remove backing from Scor Tape on the back side of same page set and position onto the same accordian fold - it goes allot easier this way and keeps you from having to re-position pages. 

12.  When all page sets are in, gently tie the ribbons together as shown, allowing the pages to spread a bit in the back - remember tags will be inserted and you do not want book to be too tight and have difficulty opening up.
Before finishing, ink all of the cover inside and outside edges, plus any touch-ups at this point..

13.  I find it prettier and more interesting to border punch and ink the book spine, because it shows up better on the cover. To affix the outside spine piece, roll the paper over the edge of a table or counter top to shape and bend, then glue into place on the front cover.  TIP - I usually have more of the spine glued to the back of the album so I place it where I want it on the front first to allow room for embellishments - allow to set up and dry a few minutes, then roll to the back. DO NOT DO THIS TOO TIGHTLY, allow plenty of room for the book to open up & pages to turn:


14.  Once the spine has completely set, embellish cover and inside pages with scrap paper cutouts (foam backed for cover), matching collection stamps, crystals and puffy stickers.

Supplies available from Country Craft Creations:
Prima St.Tropez 12" x12" and 6" x6" papers collections, matching Crystals, Puffy Stickers and Cling Stamps
BoBunny's Back to Basics - 12" Chiffon Vintage
CCC Artisan Cardstock - Linen color
Seam Binding - CCC Silver Grey (picks up the blue colors)
Medium Weight Chipboard (for covers)
Ranger Distress Oxide Inks - Broken China, Vintage Photo
Scor Tape - 1/4" and 1/2"

Other basic crafting tools & supplies needed - pencil, silicone eraser, paper trimmer, craft knife, scissors, corner rounder, ink applicator & sponges, CCC Glitter Glue, clear stamping platform, 1/4" hole punch, 1" circle punch, border punch's, matte finish reinforcements 1/2" wide foam tape.