Tuesday, November 20, 2018

A 'Frosted' Folio Accordion Mini Album


For today's post, I have a project created with the 'Frosted' collection by Authentique.  This was one of those projects that evolved into what it is as I went.  I can't be the only crafter out there that goes through one of these once in a while right?  I knew I wanted to create a mini, I wanted it to be different from what I've done in the past & that's about all I knew when I started.  Then as I created--it evolved from there.  This is also why I don't have a tutorial for this mini.  I can't even remember how many times I started, stopped & restarted this album--there were a lot of mistakes & failed idea attempts with this one.  :-)

I have to admit though--I really liked the end result.  Sometimes these projects turn out to be the best creative endeavors--simply craft as you go & follow the creative flow.

Album is available for sale in my Etsy shop 'The Midnight Kraft Desk'--feel free to pay my shop a visit if interested!


The mini measures 4 1/2" x 7 1/2" inches.  Mini is held closed with an elastic ribbon.  I incorporated a couple of the matching 'Frosted' coordinating Spectrum card stock--'Denim' & 'Orchid'.


There are three scored spines within this mini measuring 1/2" an inch each.  These spines allow for lots of photos, journaling & memorabilia to be stored within this mini.


There are two waterfalls in this mini.  Waterfalls have 4" x 4" inch photo mats & each waterfall can store up to 12 photos.

Each waterfall is held closed with an 'elevator' belly band.  The name comes from the fact that the decorative element on the belly band can slide up & down the belly band.


I fussy cut some of the images found on the 3" x 4" inch cards cut aparts & used them as embellishments to tuck within the album.  For these two pages I used a snowflake border die by Sizzix to create the borders.  The top borders are the negative pieces that remain after cutting out the main image.



In addition to the two waterfalls, there are also two accordion folds that allow for additional storage of photos & journaling.


In the center of the mini are two belly bands that hold two large tags.  These tags measure 6 1/8" x 4 1/8" inches & can store 4" x 6" inch photos--no cropping needed.


There are two purple paperclips that keep the accordion fold elements closed.  I've decorated the paper clips with silver glitter tulle & mesh ribbon.

Supplies: Paper - Authentique, Embellishments - Authentique, Dies - Sizzix, Other - Silver Doily, Mesh Ribbon, Tulle, Winter Spray, Fabric Flowers

Find below a short video showcasing this mini.  The mini is capable of folding out in a couple of different ways.  Enjoy!


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Monday, November 19, 2018

A 'Pleasant' Cascading Mini Album with Tutorial


For today's project, I'm fulfilling a long overdue promise.  Several months ago I created a 'faux' tag mini album with the 'Alpine' collection.  You can see that post here in order to refresh your memory.  I had several requests for a tutorial on how I went about creating the base for this mini.  I've now recreated this mini although I took a slightly different approach.  I feel that this second time around, the mini came out better with the adjustments that I made in creating it.  The mini is now a bit wider providing more room for storing photos, journaling & other memorabilia.

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

I've used the fabulous Autumn themed collection 'Pleasant' by Authentique for my mini.  Autumn is my absolute favorite season of the year--so I have to admit that I truly enjoyed using this collection for my project.  


I've fussy cut the owl from one of the ATC cut aparts found in the 'Pleasant' collection & adhered it to the front of my mini.  I absolutely loved this image & thought it would make the perfect focal point to the front of my mini.  I decorated the top border of the front page by adding dots of gold Stickles all along the edge.

Just like the 'Alpine' mini, this album consists of 5 double sided pages & is held closed with a string of jute.  I've used lightweight chipboard for the base of the mini.  The album measures 8" inches in height x 5 1/2" inches in width.  Each spine or gusset, measures 3/8" inches.


I ended up decorating this mini the same way I decorated the 'Alpine' mini.  I've used pockets, belly bands, stand alone 'swing' pockets & several tags in different sizes to embellish the mini.




What I like most about this mini is that it can be stored closed or can be displayed on a shelf or desk.  The design of the mini allows it to be a stand alone album & can be used as a decorative element in any room.



Supplies: Paper - Authentique, Embellishments - Authentique, Dies - Sizzix, Other - Fabric Flowers, Jute String, Autumn Spray, Mini Pine Cone, Resin Pumpkin

Below you will find two videos.  One is an overview of the mini & the other is a tutorial showing how I go about making the base for this mini--specifically how I use dies to create the top borders for each page.  Thanks for stopping by & enjoy!



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Monday, October 29, 2018

An Altered Wooden Photo Frame with 'Nightfall' and an Owl Shaped Mini Album with 'Harvest'


I have two projects for today's post.  One is this wooden photo frame that I altered with the 'Nightfall' collection by Authentique.  The second is a throwback project made with the 'Harvest' collection also by Authentique.

 The frame holds a 4" x 6" inch photo.  The photo frame was unfinished raw wood.  I painted it, adhered the designer paper to it, sanded it down & embellished it turning the frame into a super decorated Halloween frame.

The picture is of my son from 2015.  He was a scarecrow that year & it was a year that I actually made his costume instead of purchasing it.  A personal accomplishment.  :-)


The 'Nightfall One' paper from the collection provided the perfect background to my frame.  It was a quick way to transform a plain frame & I only had to add a couple of more embellishments to finalize the project.  


I added three 'streamers' tucked in within the Halloween spray.  They are 12" inch strips cut from the coordinating solids measuring approximately 1/4" of an inch in width.  I simply curled them with my scissors & hot glued them within the Halloween spray.


The frame is sealed with a glittered specialty finish by Martha Stewart.  I've had this type of medium in my stash for a long time & have used it to seal on various projects.  I like the fact that it seals but also provides a shimmery effect to your project which you can see in the photo above.

The orange glittered border seen around the photo opening was created by adhering double sided tape (1/8" inch).  Once the tape was applied, I sprinkled the orange glitter on top & pressed down.  The glitter adheres to the tape creating an even border along the edge.

Here are the steps I took to create my photo frame.


I painted the entire back & sides of the frame (not shown here) as well as the front border of the frame with black acrylic paint.  Once the paint dried I traced the design of the frame (including the oval opening where my photo will be placed) onto my designer paper with a pencil.  Then with scissors I cut the design out.  


Next I adhered the designer paper to my frame with Decoupage adhesive & ensured the paper thoroughly adhered to my frame--especially the edges.


Next comes the sanding.  I sand all the edges of my frame to give the edges a nice finished look.  For this process I use a couple of sanding tools shown here.  You can probably use nail files for this process if you don't have craft ones on hand--I don't see why these wouldn't do the job as well.  

This is probably what takes the longest when creating this sort of project since you have to go around all the edges--including the photo opening--with the sanding tools & remove any & all excess paper as you sand.


Once the sanding was done, I applied the specialty finish shown here.  I let that dry & the last step I did prior to embellishing the frame was to ink all along the edges of my frame with black distress ink in order to make the edges stand out.

My second project is this owl shaped mini album made with the 'Harvest' collection.  This collection came out a few years back for Autumn.  I created this mini many moons ago but had simply never shared it.  I decided it was time to share.  :-)


The base of the mini was made with the use of a Sizzix Owl Bigz die (Item# A10165).  Mini measures approximately 4 3/8" x 3 1/2" inches which is what the owl design measures once cut.  



The album consists of 6 pages & the pages are adhered to the spine with hinges.  This mini can stand on it's own & be displayed on any shelf, table or desk.

Mini is held closed with a piece of jute string.



I have not yet embellished the pages.  I did leave about a 1/4" inch gusset in between each page which will allow for some dimension to be added to the pages of the mini.  Even though this mini is small, you can still do a lot with it.  It depends on how creative you want to get.  You can add pockets, mini frames, belly bands, tuck spots, envelopes & other bits & bobs in addition to the small photos in order to embellish the pages.  It's a work in progress.  :-)  Mini album will eventually be available for sale in my Etsy shop, The Midnight Kraft Desk.  Feel free to subscribe to my shop's FB page in order to stay up to date on the latest items added to my shop.

I hope this project inspires some of you to use your dies in new ways.

Supplies: Paper - Authentique, Embellishments - Authentique, Dies - Sizzix, Flowers - The Midnight Kraft Desk, Other - Mulberry Paper Flowers, Mini Pine Cone, Fabric Flowers, Jute String

Thanks for stopping by!

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Friday, September 14, 2018

'Escape' Layout - CSI Guest Detective and Sponsor



Today I'm quickly sharing this layout that I created when I guest designed for Color...Stories...Inspiration or CSI in August.  I was also happy to be one of the sponsors donating a $25 gift voucher to my online Etsy shop, The Midnight Kraft Desk for the month of August.

As you can see I'm a bit behind in posting this--we'll blame 'life' itself  as getting in the way as usual eh?  :-)

Here is the case file that we had to solve along with the inspirational photo which helps determine the overall look & feel of your project.  If you have the time, I definitely recommend playing along with CSI.  I always have so much fun whenever I get the opportunity to participate in one of their challenges.  The cases are monthly & there's always many fabulous prizes for several lucky winners!


I was able to create a good ol' fashioned layout which I haven't had the chance to in ages.  As you can see, I tried to incorporate all of the colors from the case file.  My layout is based on our most recent family vacation to the Caribbean.

The pink fabric star flower seen here is from my own stash.  I have these plus flowers in additional colors available for sale in my Etsy shop The Midnight Kraft Desk.


Here are more detailed closeups.


The background of my layout was a plain piece of textured white card stock.  To this, I added several strips of leftover designer paper that I had in my stash along with several strips of washi tape in order to create the striped layered background.

I've hidden journaling on my layout as well.  My journaling is the flower tag seen in the photo above.  I made the tag by adhering the flower image (which was actually a sticker) to a piece of leftover white card stock.  I then hand wrote my journaling on the back of this tag & tucked it behind the photos.  It's kept in place with the arrow paper clip.


I also tried to add several travel themed embellishments, bits & bobs such as camera images, the passport acetate embellishment & words such as 'Destination' & the title of the layout which was 'Escape'.

Supplies: Paper - American Crafts (Amy Tangerine), Foam Stickers - American Crafts (Amy Tangerine) Card Stock - American Crafts, Pink Fabric Star Flower - The Midnight Kraft Desk, Other - Washi Tape, Paper Flowers

Thanks for stopping by!

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Monday, August 13, 2018

A 'Party' Multi Accordion Mini Album

In continuing with my 'mini album kick'--today I'm sharing yet another mini album.  A few months ago I ran into a video on YouTube that showed how this style of mini is made.  I found this style of album to be an efficient way of storing multiple photos about an event such as a birthday party.   So with that idea in mind, I've used the 'Party' collection to make what I'm calling a multi-accordion mini album.

Mini album is available for sale in my Etsy shop 'The Midnight Kraft Desk'.  Feel free to stop by if interested.

You can find the video I used as a guide for making this mini here.  Unfortunately for those that stink in math (this includes me)--the video provides all the measurements in centimeters.  As mentioned, I used the video as a guide since my final design is different from the one in the video & I translated all of my measurements into inches.  This was a lot of trial & error for me.  Refer to the 'stink in math' sentence from before.  I went through several prototypes as I figured out my final design & got my math right.  In doing so though--I also figured out that you can adapt this type of mini into different sizes which is awesome!  I'm currently working on one that has eight photo placeholders on three accordion rows that will hold 3" x 3" inch photos.


When closed, the mini measures 10 1/4" x 3 1/4" inches & as shown in the video that I referenced, I'm using a sliding belly band as the closure for the mini.



The mini has covers made out of medium weight chipboard.



When the mini is opened, it extends into this accordion wonderland that can hold multiple photos and even journaling.  This mini has five rows with six photo place holders on each row; meaning that this mini can hold up to 30 photos.  The mini was designed to hold small photos.  Each photo placeholder measures 2" x 3" inches.   

The other cool thing about this mini is that the design allows it to stand & be displayed on any shelf, table, desk etc...


On the back cover, I added a tag that can be used to store journaling, dates or thoughts.

Below is a video showcasing this mini.  When open, it spreads out fairly large & it was difficult to take photos of it.  So a video was the best way that I could show how this mini works.


Thanks for stopping by!


Supplies: Paper - Authentique Party Collection, Embellishments - Authentique Party Detail Stickers, Other - Medium Weight Chipboard, Fabric Flowers


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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

PageMaps Teamup - Frontier Layout

Authentique is teaming up with PageMaps for the month of July!  For my PageMaps project--I jumped at the chance to work with a 12x12 sketch.  I hadn't done a layout in a very long time & was looking forward to working on one again.  Layouts were the very first thing I started working with when I began dabbling in scrapbooking--so it was nice to go back to good ol' fashioned 12x12 layouts.

For this past Father's Day, I took several pictures of the two most important guys in my life--my husband & son.  I gave them the matching t-shirts seen in the photos as a Father's Day gift & then went on a photo shoot roll!  :-)  I loved many of the pictures I took--these two are just a few of my faves.  I used Authentique's 'Frontier' collection for my layout.  I felt that the masculine theme & colors from the 'Frontier' collection complimented my photos perfectly.


Here's the PageMaps sketch that my layout is based on.  I especially enjoyed the elements shown underneath the photos because these could be just about any sort of embellishment.  I ended up using a combination of hexagon, stars & circle shapes.

Here's a close up of my embellishment cluster with all the different shapes.  In addition to the shapes, I further decorated these embellishments by adding sequins, mini spiral paper clips & black ink splatters.


In this pocket I stored several tags made from the leftover scraps plus two journaling cards where I plan to add dates, thoughts & memories about this day from my point of view.







Supplies: Paper - Authentique, Sketch - PageMaps, Punches - Fiskars, Dies - Tim Holtz, Other - Sequins, Mini Spiral Paper Clips

Thanks for stopping by!

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