Happy Friday everyone! A great big THANK YOU to My Time Made Easy for choosing my Dotty Happy Birthday card as the challenge winner over on their blog this week! Yeah! Incidentally I also entered it into the Out of a Hat Challenge last week which leads me to today’s creation. This week’s challenge is to make a mini album no larger than 3×3. Well ladies, I just realized my mini album is 3.5×2.5 so I hope you’ll overlook that little blunder!
The front and back cover are actually playing cards. We always seem to have incomplete decks of cards lying around from the kids so I took two cards and covered them with designer paper from the CTMH Florentine paper pack. I stamped a few images and distressed the edges with Desert Sand ink, added a pearl brad and some ribbon to tie it closed.
The inside pages are made up of two strips of Bamboo card stock which were cut to 12×3 inches and scored at 2 1/4 inch intervals. I glued two of the ends together to make one long piece of paper and then accordion folded it on the score lines. The adjacent backs of the folds were glued together to form the pages of the book. There were some left over tabs on each end which I used to glue the pages to the cover of the album.
The pages of the book were a blank canvas so I pulled out all my stamps and went to work trying to create a distressed, shabby look. As I was stamping the backgrounds I got the idea to make this a little album of affirmations – just a little something for the reader to ponder!
This was really fun and therapeutic. I got to use quite a few stamp sets and blend them all together.
So that is my attempt at a mini album. It’s a great way to use some of those stamps you haven’t gotten around to using yet! Next time I think I would take it a step further and add some flowers and embellishments. Have a great weekend and happy crafting!