Monday, May 18, 2015

6X8 Ring Bound Mini Album: Featuring Craft Smith

My daughter picked out a Tea Party paper pad by Craft Smith when they were offered as a Hot Buy at Micheal's, just $5 for 48 sheets of paper!  The patterns and colors inside are so soft and feminine, really lovely combinations of two of my favorite colors - pink & aqua!

This is my first Craft Smith purchase and I'm pretty impressed with the brand so far!  The paper is nice and thick, excellent quality for constructing mini books, when you want a little extra bulk so that the pages stand up repeated handling.  This paper pad came with 12 pages with gold foiling, two of which are cut apart pages.

I used one of the foiled cut apart pieces to add a tuck spot on the inside cover.  The "Friends" tag is only attached along the left edge.

The pocket for this album is at the front.  I just added a strip of paper to the tag.

The pages in this mini album, and all of the others in this series - besides the Martha Stewart Crafts design, are made by attaching the 6X8 sheets back to back.  I use a tape runner around the four sides.  It's a pretty adhesive intensive project, but since the binding method is so inexpensive I think it all kind of balances out.

Here is one side of the tag inside the pocket page in this album.  The other side is the tea cup paper.

Unfortunately while photographing this album, I noticed it's one page shorter than the rest.  I think the flowers I added to both of the Project Life grid cards are one reason I didn't notice the lack of a page.  They made the album as chunky as the others.

To make up for this, I quickly added another page, made up of a 12X8 sheet of paper folded in half and glued together.  It has gold foil dots on a teal background so it looks very fancy without extra embellishment.  Since these are all being given to the caregivers for my MOPS group, right after photographing them, I didn't have time to photograph the last minute page.

For the last page, I added a double layered photo mat, ribbon, and punched tab.  I really like using up leftover scraps from cutting down the 12X12 sheets into two 6X8 pieces, by punching out tabs and labels!  Then I have perfectly matching embellishments and layering pieces.

I did a diagonal pocket again on the inside back cover.  The ampersand on the You & Me tag is foiled, so pretty!

I think is my favorite out of the four made, my daughter already asked me to make another one so she'd have one too. Thank you for coming by to see the second out of four gift albums I made for end of the year gifts.


2 Friends Said:

The Rantings of a Drama Queen's Mum said...

That's such a cute & fun book.

Leslie Germain said...

Beautiful!!! LOVE those lovely papers! And I love how you put the polaroid/frame on the front cover of your books!!

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