Thursday, July 14, 2016

Together: Mini Album with Die Versions

Together Mini Album Tutorial

This is a tutorial that was mostly made to show you the easy way to bind small cardstock pages to a self arranged mini  4 1/2*6 1/2'' mini album.  So the instructions were mostly made to show  you how to arrange the binding system with a couple of add- ons on other techniques. I didn't make the full step bu step tutorial for the over  page arrangements as this was actually an issue for another tutorial.
So here we go!
1. Cut three thin chipboard  pieces to two pieces of 4 1/2*6 1/2'' and  cut the third piece to 1  1/4*6 1/2'' size.
Cut the patterned paper to the size shown  to cover  three cardstock pieces. Make the small gap between the chipboard  pieces to allow the paper folding without tearing it. Cut the corners as shown.

2. Glue the outer cover and add an inner patterned paper cover and glue it as shown.

3. Cut another strip of chipboard to 1 1/4*6 1/2'' size and cover it around in the same way as was shown in step 1.

4. Roll natural twine around the covered piece from the previous step as shown. I made 6 strings for my mini album, but you can add one or two more. Each string will give us 4 album pages later (one folded cardstock and both sides.)So those six strings make 24 mini pages for the album.
Tie the knot and secure with 3d foam tape as shown.

5. Glue the binding  system to the inside  of your album.To add a page you just make 9*6 1/2'' piece of double sided cardstock, fold it into a half and insert under one line of twine.With 6 folded pieces added we will have 12  double sided small pages.

6. From this step on I just made a couple of shots to show the major techniques used. The first one was making the outer cover matting and for this technique I used the Bo Bunny collection package (yes, I love to recycle), Rebecca Baer stencil, DecoArt Crackle paste and a lot of waiting time to let this matting dry. Actually after the trimming and embellishing the cover a very little piece of it is seen.

7. Those are the major (almost everything I used ) embellishments that I die cut for the album.
I used Die Versions dies as they fit this vintage spirit of this album a lot. The black Die Versions shapes used are Bird Bath, Birdhouse Branch and Victorian Kids.
  The black shapes were die cut twice. The  back was die cut from white thin chipboard and the front from black cardstock. When glued one over another I tried to keep a very thin outline of white to be seen to add the dimension. Later each and every  one of black pieces was covered with clear embossing ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder for the shiny look you can see on the cover.
The lockets and a key pieces were die cut from white cardstock and  later heat embossed with copper powder and some blue paint was added for the patina effect too. I used the following Die Versions dies here:

8. And now for the finished album. 
This is a cover with stencilled matting, huge chipboard that was heat embossed into this copper vintage look. Black die cuts made the  scene of a couple in the nature (the album name is Together as you can see).

And now a few inner page where Die Versions dies were added:

I hope you like my small tutorial and my mini album and my use of not so new, but the best ever Die Versions dies!

I hope that you like both of my cards and see you again soon with more Die Versions inspiration.
I hope I have inspired you to create something fun today!  Please be sure to check back to the DV Blog often for more great ideas on how to use your dies!  And please share with us what you make on the DV Facebook Page.


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