It’s been a long time since I last created a mini-album so it took me a while to get started on this. I joined a mini-album swap organized by the local scrapping community, Pinoyscrapbookers. I was reluctant at first since I didn’t know if I will have the time to make one but decided to just go for it. I’m glad I did.

I started with naked 6×6 chipboards which I purchased a long time ago at My Little Attic. Then I browsed through my Studio Calico Kits and picked one that I thought would go well with this mini. First thing I did is select papers, cut them inton 6×6 squares and covered the chipboards with them. I used decoupage glue to adhere the papers and ran a brayer on the patterned paper to make sure there are no air bubbles. Once the chipboards+patterned papers were dry, I dabbed blue acrylic paint all around the edges of the chipboard. See that blue outline on the pages?

The cover

Then I just went through my stash and looked for flowers, rhinestones, pearls and other embellishments to add to the kit. I added bling from Jenni Bowlin to hang on the binder. See the green crystals above?

First Spread

The banners (or flag) above were cut from one of the papers in the SC kit. The black doily-ish banner was stamped using the SC stamp included in the kit.

Part of the specs is to use at least 2 tags and have at least 2 pockets. Below is the first pocket and tag. I decided to use a loose tag so the recipient can use it the way she wants to.

Second Spread

Above, you can see rub-on stitches where the orange dotted paper and blue dotted paper meet at the bottom. The rub-on is also part of the kit. I added a length of trim from my own stash. The felt cupcake is part of the kit, too.

Third Spread

Another element I added is a transparency spread. I have some Hambly Transparency scraps which I decided to use here. It’s not big enough for two 6×6 pages so I just added a strip of cardstock to the edge to make them bigger. 

Fourth Spread – the transparency spread

 I made sure that there is enough space for photos and journaling in every spread.

Fifth spread

 Below is another spread where I added a pocket and loose tag.

Sixth Spread

 More rub-on stitching below. Did you also notice how much I loved using doilies?

Last Spread

The back cover has information on the date the album was created, and the name of the artist. I love that tag that I got from Nenette of My Little Attic!

Back Cover

So happy to be blogging about my creative projects again! I hope I can make more of these in the coming days.

Written by Alby Laran

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