Wednesday, March 9, 2011

When you haven't got a mini album...

Hi everyone!

Jen Hall here, When I went to sit down last week to create my mini album project, I realized I didn't actually have a mini album to work with, so after surveying all the contents of my Scrapware box of goodies - I decided that the Scrapware large scalloped gift bag would make a great mini album for my little fashionista Marnie - whose is ALL about the accessories these days ; )
I began by cutting off the base and side pieces from the chipboard and painting one side each of the bag "covers" with acrylic paint and setting them aside to dry.

Once dry, I covered the side of the covers with patterned paper and cut it out, outlining both the covers and the inside with a black pen.

Next, I adhered pattern pattern back to back and traced my cover shape (minus the handle) onto it and cut it out - I cheated a little and used scalloped scissors to cut across the top of the pages. I repeated this step another six or so times to create the inside pages.

To adhere to pages inside the covers, I measured the distance across the bottom of the cover, and cut two strips from 12x12 patterned paper - and adhered them together length wise and folded them up as if I was creating a fan. This created the "spine" of my little book. I had enough folds to adhere to each page and then cut off the excess.

I adhered the folded strip to the bottom of the front cover and lay my pages down in the "valleys" of the folds until I was happy with the result and them simply adhered them together with double-sided tape.
Once my pages were all adhered, I began adding my photos and embellishments - lots of cut out patterned paper, chipboard, crocheted flowers and things from my stash.

I outlined each page in black pen, and add little bits of journaling here and there.

I finished the book by stitching embroidery thread through the front and back covers so that I could tie book closed.

Here are some shots from inside the book - I took these photos before and at her Childcare graduation, a little keepsake of her special night - she loved it so much she has slept with the last three nights ; )

Scrapware Products Used:
KT68 - Large Scalloped Gift Bag
LW23 - Fairytale Carriage
CH313 - Butterflies
plus Fairytale words

Other Products Used:
Kaiser Springtime 6x6 paper pad plus accessories
Crocheted flowers
Martha Stewart punches
Ribbons, Buttons and Flowers
Kindy Glitz and Glossy Accents.


  1. What a fantastic idea Jen ... gorgeous keepsake for your little fashionista

  2. looks so very fabulicous Jen! just gorgeous!!
    luv Renee

  3. what a totally clever idea! way cool!