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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

WOO Loves You Mini Album Tutorial

Hello Everyone, I wanted to share this tutorial with you. If you want to know more about the designer and other services, page kits or classes they may offer please visit their blog, store or web site. Enjoy!

For a few months now, I have been thinking about making my nephew a little book of family photos. He loves pointing out everyone in pictures and reading, so this will be perfect for him! Most important to me is making it durable, fun and kid friendly.

First things first, I always plan my mini albums out. Here are the planning steps I go through:
1. Pick my topic.
2. Pick major products – mini album type and patterned papers.
3. Create a page + picture list.
4. Gather potential embellishments.
Now let’s go through these steps:
Topic? Done. Major products?

I was inspired to finally put this album together when I first saw this Maya Road Owl Coaster set. Perfect! And it inspired my title: “Who loves you?” I love the play on words! But what paper to use? I wanted to make sure I got something bright and colorful. Kid friendly? My thought it to go with something distressed so that it will help hide the dings and love this kid is going to give it! Obvious choice is to use some Basic Grey and I’m in love with the new Wander collection, so easy choice!
Usually at this point, I would gather all potential embellishments. In this case, I’m going to make this book the opposite of my normal work - minimal embellishment. I don’t want those cute little hands ripping off and chewing on anything small that might be a choking hazard!


I usually come up with a basic design for the pages – it makes it go more quickly in assembly. For this album, I wanted to keep it simple and fun. Each owl will have a photo, a basic frame for the photo, a name and one small paper or sticker embellishment. Alongside creating a design for the layout, I usually create a gameplan… a page + picture list:


Once I get to this stage, I want to get done as quickly as possible.
First, I grabbed all my owls, some coordinating colors of Maya Mist and sprayed five of the owls on the back side to begin building my mini album. I kept the colors light so I could add a second layer of texture with stamps. I’m trying to add some depth without thick embellishments.

Then, I cut out seven owls – one for the front cover, one for the back cover, and one each for the front side of the pages. I did this by just holding one of the chipboard owls up to my paper and using it as my cutting guide.

Now for the final steps, building the covers and sealing the album.
The covers were the most fun! I used the embossed image that came on the chipboard as a paper piecing template by tracing it onto tracing paper and cutting it out by hand. I then sketched out what I thought the owl would look like from behind and cut that out too. I used my tracing paper templates to cut out the patterned paper. I glued it all down with permanent adhesive.

Once all the misting, stamping, gluing and distressing was done, I added one last layer of distressing by inking the edges with distress ink. Then, I added my papers, photos, names and small embellishment to finish the pages. To make these as kid friendly as possible, I printed the photos out on smooth cardstock to make the final step of the mini album easier.
Next the critical kid proofing step… modge podge! I grabbed a big bottle of it, some foam brushes and then got to work. I covered one side first, let it dry and then repeated on the other side.

Now it’s all shiny and kid proof! A simple ring to hold it all together and it’s ready to go!!

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