Monday, June 8, 2020

A 'Voyage' Folio Mini Album


For today's project, I've made a folio style mini album with the nautical themed 'Voyage' collection by Authentique.

 This folio mini album is available for sale in my Etsy shop, The Midnight Kraft Desk.

The folio measures 9" x 7" inches and has two 3/4" inch scored spines. The base of the folio is made with light weight chipboard. 


The mini album is held closed with a large belly band.  The belly band is decorated with a wooden dolphin embellishment & both fabric & felt flowers.


The inside of the folio consists of three parts. The two outside pages of the folios are decorated with a waterfall. The left hand is a vertical waterfall while the right hand is a horizontal waterfall. The waterfalls are held closed with a decorated paper clip. Both waterfalls are meant to store 4" x 6" inch photos with minimal cropping. 


There is a pocket page in the folio consisting of three angled pockets. Inside each pocket there are matted 4" x 3" inch cards.  There's also one large tag inside the largest pocket. The large tag measures  6" x 8" inches.


Each waterfall has four pages. The front of each waterfall page can hold 4" x 6" inch photos (no cropping necessary). The back of the vertical waterfall can hold photos measuring up to 4" x 5 1/2" inches. The back of the horizontal waterfall can hold photos measuring up to 3 1/2" x 6" inches.


The middle page of the folio has a double matted 3" x 4" inch card plus two matted 4" x 6" inch cards that flip open. 

On the back of each 4 1/4" x 6 1/4" inch photo mat a 4" x 6" inch photo (no cropping needed) can be stored.


This middle page flips open revealing a large 4" x 6" inch pocket with two tags. 


On the inside bottom of this middle page there are four matted 3" x 4" inch cards. 


Each card can be flipped open revealing a place to store photos measuring up to 3" x 4" inches--these additional photo mats can also be used as areas for journaling.

Supplies: Paper - Authentique, Other - Ribbon, Fabric Flowers, Felt Flower, Wooden Dolphin Embellishment

Below is a video walkthrough of this folio mini album. Enjoy!


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Friday, May 29, 2020

A 'Hooray' Sliding Panel Birthday Mini Album


Today's project is a birthday themed mini album made with the festive 'Hooray' collection by Authentique.  This mini album measures 7 1/4" x 5" inches & has a 2 3/4" inch spine.

The mini album was for sale in my Etsy shop, The Midnight Kraft Desk but has since sold. However, I can make this type of mini album in any theme.  If interested, feel free to reach out to me either via here or my Etsy shop.

I did not have the opportunity to create a tutorial for this project. If enough requests come in, I'll add this project to the list of tutorials that I can put together for the future.  At a minimum, I'll create a brief tutorial on how to create the pages used in this album.


I've created a large shaker on the cover of the album. As soon as I saw this collection, I knew I wanted to embed a shaker in my project.  At first, I was going to use the shaker as the spine of the album, but after some thought I decided to add it to the cover instead.


Each page in the album consists of a sliding panel on one side & a pocket on the other. 

The sliding panel keeps the photo mats underneath closed. The sliding panel can move from left to right & reveals a photo mat underneath each side. When the sliding panel completely moves to one side, the photo mat on the opposite side can then be opened.


On both the front & back covers there is a belly band.  Inside each belly band I've put a folded photo mat measuring 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" inches. These photo mats can hold up to 4 photos each measuring up to 4" x 5 1/4" inches.



Each photo mat underneath the sliding panel flips open revealing additional space for photos. These photo mats measure 4 1/4" x 3 1/4" inches and can store photos measuring up to 3" x 4" inches.




Each pocket page measures 7" x 4 1/2" inches. These pockets can easily fit 4" x 6" inch photos--no cropping necessary.


Supplies: Paper - Authentique, Other - Sequins

Below is a video walkthrough of this mini album. Enjoy & stay safe!


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Sunday, May 10, 2020

A 'Flawless' Cascading Mini Album


Happy Mother's Day everyone!  I hope you all are staying healthy & safe. Mother's Day took a whole new meaning for me some seven years ago with the birth of my son. Having him introduced me to the world of motherhood & let's just say that I finally understood many things about my own mom when I became a mom myself.

I'm fortunate to have my mom still with me.  She's in her early 80's and in relatively good health.  For my Mother's Day project, I've created another version of a cascading mini album. I've used the lovely 'Flawless' collection for my project.

This album is for sale in my Etsy shop, The Midnight Kraft Desk.

The album measures 5" x 3 3/4" inches with two 2" inch spines. I've decorated the outside of the album with a mini mushroom bird & fabric flowers.  The pink star organza flower is from my own stash. I still have a few of these flowers in different colors available for sale in my Etsy shop.  

The album is held closed with magnets.


The album consists of 10 pocket pages.  Each pocket page measures 4 3/4" x 3 1/4" inches. Inside each pocket there are photo mats measuring 4 1/2"x 3 1/2" inches. Each photo mat is decorated with a cut-apart from the collection.


I've further decorated the borders of every pocket with silver washi tape. The backs of each pocket were all decorated with the coordinating Spectrum card stock 'Tickled Pink'.



The pages are attached with an accordion binding to the album. 

The first pocket page is attached to the front cover of the album with magnets. All pages of the album can extend giving the album a cascading effect.



Here's a side view of the album. As shown, the accordion binding is not attached to the album itself.


This album would provide a unique way for storing pictures & journaling of mom or for mom. Below is a video walkthrough of the album.  

Supplies: Paper - Authentique 'Flawless' collection, Other: Mushroom Bird, Fabric Flowers, Magnets

Enjoy & stay safe!



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Friday, May 8, 2020

A 'Purebred Pets' Pop Up Star Mini Album


For today's post, I've revisited the pop up star mini album technique.  I've made an attempt in the past at this type of mini album with the Mister collection--see original post here on the Authentique blog. I have to say that I prefer this current technique better.  It's easier to add photos to the album as well as organize & manage.  I do not have a tutorial for this album--unfortunately I could not find the time to make it.  Between working from home during the day & then distance learning at night with my son; I'm busier now than I was before.  However, if enough requests for a tutorial come in--I'll find some time in the near future to put one together.

I've used the adorable Purebred Pets collection for this album. The mini album was for sale in my Etsy shop, The Midnight Kraft Desk but has since sold. However, if you like this style of mini album, feel free to reach out to me either via my blog or through my Etsy shop & I can make this type of album in a theme of your choice.


The front of the album is kept pretty simple. I've added a bit of dimension to the dog by fussy cutting the image from a 2nd piece of designer paper & adhering it on top of the first image with foam pop dots.  I then colored in his collar to add a splash of color.

The album measures 7 1/2" x 7 1/4" inches when closed.  There are a total of five pages & has a ribbon closure.


Each page has a pop up element. These pop up mats measure 4 1/2" x 3 1/2" inches & can hold photos measuring up to 4 1/4" x 3 1/4" inches. On either side of the center pop up element is an additional space for photos.  These mats measure 5 1/4" x 6 5/8" inches and can fit photos measuring up to 4" x 6" inches.




Each pop up page is decorated with different elements such as flaps, corner & middle belly bands, 3" x 4" inch cut-aparts & stickers from the Purebred collection.


Each pop up page was created by adhering one page to the other & in turn creating a large pocket.  There are a total of four pockets in the album.  Inside each pocket is a large photo mat measuring 7 1/4" x 7 1/4" inches.  These photo mats can store several small photos or one large photo.




Since this is a pop up star mini album--the album can be opened & put on display on any shelf, desk or table.  

The top view of the album clearly shows why these sort of albums are called 'star' mini albums. The album can be held open by using the ribbon or by using one of the decorative bone shaped paper clips that come with the album.

Supplies: Paper - Authentique 'Purebred Pets' collection, Card Stock - Paper Studio 65 lb, Other - Ribbon

Below is a video walk through of the album. These sort of albums are a bit difficult to photograph--so the video really helps to visually understand how this album works.

Enjoy & stay safe!




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Sunday, March 29, 2020

A 'Dublin' Tri-Fold Shutter Mini Album With Tutorial


Hello my friends. I'm back today to present the tutorial for the tri-fold shutter mini album that I originally presented for Valentine's Day with the 'Love Notes' collection by Authentique.  You can find the original post here on the Authentique blog.

I hope you're all staying safe during this difficult time that we're all going through. Besides working from home & learning from home (for my son)--I've found that crafting has been a distraction for me & has taken my mind away from what's going on around the world right now.  I hope you all find this tutorial helpful & provides an outlet to something a bit more pleasant.

For this project, I've used the 'Dublin' collection by Authentique. This is my St. Patrick's Day project.  Yes, I'm a little late but better late than never as they say.

This album is also available for sale in my Etsy shop: The Midnight Kraft Desk.  Feel free to visit if interested.


As with the 'Love Notes' Tri-fold mini album--I've followed the same design & techniques with the 'Dublin' mini album.  The album measures 7" x 8 1/2" inches.  It has two 1/4" inch spines and is held closed with a sliding belly band.

The belly band is decorated with mulberry paper & fabric flowers. I also added a St. Patrick's themed sticker from my own stash.


This album is an overload of green! It has all sorts green shades--I love it.  :-) The primary pages are held closed with a belly band that tucks in behind the pages.  The belly band is decorated with a slider that has an image of what else...but a four leaf clover!


The album has two angled pockets on the inside of both covers.  Inside the pockets are tags.  Both tags measure 7 1/2" x 3 1/2" inches.


On the inside are two photo mats (one on each side) that can hold photos measuring up to 3" x 4 1/2" inches.

There are two additional photo mats on the back of each page.


In the center of the mini album there is a pocket. Inside the pocket are two tags. The larger tag measures 6 1/2" x 3 1/4" inches & the smaller one measures 3 1/4" x 4 1/4" inches.

These tags are used to keep the waterfall in place.


Finally, behind the tags is a small waterfall. The waterfall consists of five pages. Each page measures 4 1/4" x 3 1/4" inches & can hold photos measuring up to 3" x 4" inches.


Below you will find two videos. One is a walk through of the mini album & the second one is the tutorial for making the mini album.

Enjoy & stay safe my friends.



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