Friday, April 27, 2018

An 'Accolade' Criss Cross Accordion Pocket Mini Album With Tutorial

Am back today with a much promised tutorial for Authentique.  I was finally able to put together the tutorial for creating the 'criss cross' accordion pockets originally seen in my 'Jubilee' mini album shown here.

For this tutorial, I've used the 'Accolade' collection by Authentique which is a graduation themed paper collection.  I myself am a fan of graduation themed projects.   I love the overall sense of accomplishment one receives when finally earning that degree.  It's rewarding at all levels; rewarding for the one who's graduating & rewarding for their loves ones who can witness such a fabulous & enriching life achievement.

This mini album is available for sale in my Etsy shop, The Kraft Nook.  If interested, feel free to visit my small shop here.

I kept the front of the mini to what I consider to be 'gender neutral'.  I chose instead to decorate it with a cut apart from the collection that consisted of a saying that I felt went well with the overall theme of this mini.

With this mini I did include a closure.  I felt that the 'Jubilee' mini needed a closure since the tags tend to fall out from the right end of the mini album if handled a certain way.  So I added a simple ribbon closure.  This keeps everything stored inside the mini right where they belong! 

This mini measures 6 1'4" x 4 1/4" inches & has a 1" inch spine.  Both covers & spine are made out of medium weight chipboard.  

The inside of the mini has seven 'criss cross' accordion pockets that hold seven large tags.  Each large tag measures 6" x 3 3/4" inches.  I've also included several cut aparts from the collection.  Since the pockets are accordion style, they do expand & allow for extra items to be stored inside them.  Each pocket can hold photos, inserts & other memorabilia in addition to the large tag. 

The pockets measure 4" inches wide--in addition to the large tags, you can store free standing 4" x 6", 3" x 5" inch & wallet sized photos.   Only the 4" x 6" inch photos would probably need to be trimmed by an 1/8" of an inch to comfortably fit into the pockets.    

Find below two videos.  One is an overview of the mini & the second video is the tutorial showing how the 'criss cross' pockets are made.

Supplies: Paper - Authentique, Dies - Impression Obsession, Other - Glitter Washi Tape, Ribbon

Thanks for stopping by & enjoy!

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Monday, April 23, 2018

A 'Jubilee' Criss Cross Pocket Accordion Mini Album

For today's post I have a belated Easter themed mini album made with the 'Jubilee' collection by Authentique.   I'll admit that I was in a time crunch to create this project.  I had other projects in mind to make but life simply got in the way & before I knew it, I had to have a project ready for today's post.  This mini album was my answer to a time crunch--I literally made it in two hours!  It's quick, it's easy & is capable of holding a good amount of photos, journaling & memorabilia.

Mini album is available for sale in my Etsy shop, The Kraft Nook.  If interested, feel free to visit my small shop here.

The mini measures 6 1/4" x 4 1/4" inches with a 1" inch spine.  The covers & spine are made out of medium weight chipboard. 

The inside of the mini album is composed of seven 'criss cross' accordion style pockets.  Each pocket can hold a large tag, photos, inserts & other memorabilia. 

The pockets measure 4" inches wide--in addition to the large tags, you can store free standing 6" x 4", 5" x 3" inch & wallet sized photos.   Only the 6" x 4" inch photos would probably need to be trimmed by an 1/8" of an inch to comfortably fit into the pockets.   
Each tag measures 3 3/4" x 6" inches.  In addition to the tags I've also inserted a couple of cut aparts from the collection & little booklets that I've made also using the cut aparts from the collection.

Supplies: Paper - Authentique, Embellishments - Authentique, Other: Flowers - The Kreative Korner, Resin Easter Egg

Below is a quick video showcasing the mini.  Enjoy & thanks for stopping by!


Thursday, March 29, 2018

A 'Sweetheart' and 'Shamrock' Slider Waterfall Mini Albums With Tutorial

Lately in addition to being on a mini album kick--I've been on a waterfall one as well.  The waterfall technique has been around for ages.  As far as I can tell it's one of the oldest ways of being able to store multiple photos in a decorative way.  While scrolling through Pinterest I came upon a couple of photos on waterfalls that weren't the standard rectangle or square shapes--they were in fact--hearts.  So I took on the challenge of creating a slider heart shaped waterfall.  After a few bumps on the road, I managed to come up with a slider heart shaped waterfall & figured out that the same approach could be used to create a waterfall in any shape really.  As long as the shape being used has some sort of 'anchor' that can be attached to the slider mechanism--it can be used.

My first project was this Valentine's themed mini made with Authentique's 'Sweetheart' collection.  It's a simple mini designed so that the heart shaped waterfall is the primary focus.  

The album measures approximately 8" x 5 3/4" inches with a 3/8" inch spine.

Base of mini is made with 110lbs black card stock. It opens up to reveal three full length pockets & a heart shaped slider waterfall. Inside the pockets are several tags/booklets ranging in sizes from 7" x 5" inches to 3 3/4" x 3" inches. The bottom of the mini is what gives this album it's name. It's a heart shaped waterfall. These hearts can hold wallet sized photos with no cropping needed. Mini has a magnetic closure.

This mini is available for sale in my Etsy shop 'The Kraft Nook'.  Feel free to stop by if interested.

Soon after creating the Valentine's themed mini, I created this St. Patrick's themed mini with Authentique's 'Shamrock' collection.   I had shamrock shaped die cuts that I wanted to use & try out my theory that different shapes could be used to create a waterfall.

I was happy with the end result.  First because it proved my theory & second because it turned out to be one cool looking shamrock shaped slider waterfall!  

I followed the same design as the 'Sweetheart' mini album--although this project turned out to be smaller in size.  It's the size of the template being used for the waterfall that determines the overall size of the mini.  

The album measures approximately 7" x 4" inches with a 3/8" inch spine.  Just like the 'Sweetheart' mini, the base of this mini is made with 110lbs black card stock. It opens up to reveal three full length pockets & a shamrock shaped slider waterfall. Inside the pockets are several tags/cut aparts ranging in sizes from 3 1/4" x 6 1/4" inches to 3" x 3" inches.

Since the shamrock has such a unique shape, I added circular photo mats to the center of each shamrock.  These photo mats can hold circular photos measuring approximately 2 1/4" inches in diameter.  This mini was also for sale in my shop 'The Kraft Nook' but has already been sold.

I've created a tutorial on how to create slider waterfalls in any shape.  You can find the tutorial below.  As always, you can find this & all my other tutorials on my 'Tutorials' page right here on my blog.  Enjoy & thanks for stopping by!


Friday, January 26, 2018

An 'Alpine' Faux Tag Mini Album

Happy belated New Year crafty friends!  Phew, I took a bit to post on my blog there.  I suddenly realized that I hadn't posted since October!  What!?  Where has the time gone?  Or better yet, where did 2017 go?  Somebody needs to invent a time machine pronto!  :-)

For today's project, I bring you a 'faux' tag mini album made with the wonderful Winter themed 'Alpine' collection by Authentique.  This mini can be stored as shown in the photo above or it can be folded out & displayed on any shelf or desk.  It has several tags that can be used to store photos and/or journaling. Mini album measures 8" x 4" inches when closed.

Mini album will be available for sale in my Etsy shop 'The Kraft Nook'.  Feel free to visit my shop if interested. 

I refer to this as a faux tag mini album, because the pages are not actual tags.  I made the pages to resemble large tags by using a label die by Spellbinders to cut one tag as a template.  From this one tag I traced the top design onto the rest of my pages & hand cut them out.  Finally I trimmed the bottom off since the die used creates the same design on both the top & bottom.

Once my pages were made, I joined each page with a strip of card stock & left a 3/8" of an inch gusset in between each page so that I could add some dimension to my pages & also to allow for room since the photos have yet to be added to this mini.

Each page is staggered in length so it gives the mini a cascading effect.  How cute are the llamas in this collection!  My fave!

Supplies Used: Paper - Authentique, Dies - Spellbinders, Other - Fabric Flowers, Mulberry Paper Flowers, Burlap Ribbon

The mini is held closed with a piece of burlap ribbon.  Below you'll find a video showcasing this mini.  It's hard to photograph all the details--so the video gives a much better look at how this mini works & was designed.



Tuesday, October 24, 2017

A 'Tricky' Tri-Fold Halloween Mini Album

For this Halloween project, I decided to go back to an oldie but goodie.  A tri-fold mini!  I've been making these on & off for several years now.  They are quick & easy to make & are really cute & unique keepsakes.  They can also hold several photos all depending on how one decides to use the mini.

Mini is for sale in my Etsy shop The Kraft Nook.

With Halloween just around the corner, I made this Halloween themed tri-fold mini with Authentique's 'Tricky' collection.

The mini measures 9 1/4" x 3 1/4" inches and has chipboard covers. This time around, I decided to use an elastic ribbon belly band as the closure for the mini.  For my older tri-fold minis, I've used basic ribbon--but this time I decided to use something different & even easier to take on & off.

This style of minis consist of three different rows with a total of twelve 3"x 3" inch panels in the front & twelve more in the back.  However, only ten of these panels can be used to store photos in the front & four can be used on the back.  This is because of how the mini is adhered to the covers.

I've included a pocket in the back of the mini with a journaling card which is actually one of the cut aparts from the 'Tricky' collection that I've trimmed down to size.
The embellishments for this type of mini need to have very little dimension since this is a flat mini with no gussets.  I've added a couple of Halloween themed stickers to decorate the mini.

Supplies Used:  Paper - Authentique, Dies - Sizzix Tim Holtz, Other - Chipboard, Fabric Flowers, Elastic Ribbon

 Below is my tutorial for this tri-fold mini.  It was made a couple of years ago--but the steps haven't changed.  This is the sort of project that doesn't seem to go out of style.  Enjoy!



Thursday, September 28, 2017

'Bewitched' Fold Out Tag Mini Album With Tutorial

As promised in a previous post--today I'm bringing to you a second Fold Out Tag Mini Album but this one comes along with a tutorial!  For this mini I've used the papers from the fabulous 'Bewitched' collection.  

I absolutely love Halloween!  I dare to say that I may even enjoy it a tad more than Christmas.  Gasp!  I would have to say that it's because of the Season that it falls in which is Autumn--hands down my fave Season of the year.  I love those crisp mornings, the beautiful colors of the leaves & you have to admit that that morning coffee tastes a whole lot better in Autumn!
This mini is slightly bigger than my first one made with the 'Beginnings' collection.  That is because I used a die to make the paper bags that compose the pages of the mini.  This mini is fairly versatile & can be customized based on the size of paper bags used as the pages.  I talk more about this in the video tutorial (which I feel I talked too much about) but I was trying to be as thorough as I could be while still getting through the tutorial itself.

Just like the 'Beginnings' mini--I've used a belly band as a closure & there are 6 pages.

For this mini I decided to add one extra detail to it which are little pockets to every other page in the mini.  I just wanted additional spots for tucking mini tags & little knick knacks.

Finished mini measures 2 3/4" x 4 3/4" inches and the spine measures 1" inch.

Each paper bag holds one tag.  I've left the tags blank because they are to be primarily used for storing photos.  This mini can hold up to 12 slightly cropped wallet photos.  Standard wallet photos measure 2 1/2" x 3 1/2".  The photos would fit perfectly on the 3 1/2" side but they would need to be cropped about 1/4" of an inch on the 2 1/2" inch side to comfortably fit onto the pull out tags. 

Just like the 'Beginning's mini--this mini can be viewed by flipping the pages like a book or they can be pulled out into a version of a cascading mini album.

Album is for sale in my Etsy shop The Kraft Nook!
Supplies Used: Bewitched 6x6 Bundle, Bewitched Detail Stickers, Die - Sizzix Pocket Die, Other - Tulle, Mini Pine Cone, Chipboard Embellishments

Here's a brief video showcasing the mini.

Below you will find the tutorial.  These minis are quick to make, are versatile & make for great gifts and/or keepsakes.  Enjoy!


Tuesday, September 26, 2017

'Beginnings' Fold Out Tag Mini Album

I don't know about most of you but I'm one of those that just never has enough time in the day for everything that I need or 'want' to do.  I'm always in a time crunch.  I love to craft & literally make time to do that--sometimes crafting late into the night which is really the only 'me' time that I have.  I'll be feeling it the next day in the office though.  :-)

Because of this, I'm always on the look out for quick projects.  This is one such project.  It doesn't hurt that I'm also a fan of small projects--meaning in size.  I love mini albums--but am definitely more prone to creating minis for wallet sized photos or even smaller.

This mini comes together quickly & makes for a cute way of storing slightly cropped wallet sized photos.  I've used papers from the 'Beginnings' collection.

The mini measures 4 1/4" x 2 3/4" inches with a 1" inch spine.  The pages are made out of  small 2 1/2" x 3 1/2" inch kraft bags that I bought at my local craft store. So essentially the pages to this mini are already made.  However, if you have the time, you can certainly create your own mini bags & you can also make this mini larger--so it's versatile.

It's held closed with a belly band that I've embellished with flowers & a mini flocked teddy bear.

I've decorated the kraft bags with the designer paper from the 'Beginnings' collection.  The mini can open up like a book & each 'page' can be flipped through as shown in these photos.

Or it can be pulled out as shown here into a version of a cascading mini.  I've adhered two magnets to the very last page that holds the pages in place until you're ready to expand the mini out.  There's a total of 6 pages.

Each paper bag has a tag inside that's meant for storing photos.  I've added green & yellow tulle to further decorate each tag.
I've kept the tags blank in order to provide more room for the photos.  I didn't really create a front cover for the mini--it only has a back cover.  The cover of the mini is the first paper bag. 

I plan on providing a brief tutorial on how I put this mini together soon.  It's really easy & fast--which is what I'm always on the lookout for.
Supplies Used: Beginnings 12x12 Collection Kit, Beginnings Detail Stickers, Other - Tulle, Mini Flocked Teddy Bear, Kraft Mini Paper Bags

Thanks for stopping by!