Man, I love getting stuff done! It makes me happy! Working on about five projects at the moment and loving everyone of them! It's so nice to have whole days to design and craft! Got to love it!
Last night, I finished a fast little album for my friend Fiona. Hence, the name, Fiona's Lace Mini. LOL! Yes, I know what you're saying...Jim, can you get any more original with a name? :) Oh well! The mini was made with the Lucky 8 Punches from We R Memory Keepers. and it's fast and fun! I've been trying to upload the videos that I made of this project and they are still uploading! Good Lawd! This Hi Def thing is going to kill me yet! I'm trying to get the quality of my videos to be better, however my connection to the internet causes what should be maybe an hour to upload a video to half of a day! So, I'm basically forced to turn what could be a beautiful picture into a grainy one. But such is life. :)
Here is a quick rundown of how to put the mini together. Please check out the videos for more detail. Please note, these videos continue to download as I write this and will probably all day! So please check my YouTube channel for additional parts.
Fiona's Lace Mini
The mini was made with the Tatted Doily Purple Punch from We R Memory Keepers. The paper collection I used for this was Susan Winget's Nature from K and Company. I have to laugh to myself but I was calling this Southwest Nature! Bahahahaha! Sorry Susan! :)
Here's a rundown of the steps. These steps are just a reference to the video. I made six pages for the album. Repeat steps for six pages. This album is best created in double sided paper. NOTE: If you do not have these punches, it is easy to create the pages by cutting circles to 11-1/2 inches and then scalloping the edges with a scissor.
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Score a 12 x 12 sheet of cardstock at 3- 1/4 and again at 8-3/4. Turn page clockwise and score once at 5-1/4.
Punch the pages with Lucky 8 Punch.
Fold pages on score lines. Fold on the 5-1/4 line first folding it basically in half. Next, fold the left and right sides back behind the folded front page. Pages are done!
Make a binding strip from cardstock cutting it to 4 x 5-3/8. Score the piece lengthwise downwards meaning, place the 4 inch piece at the top scoring down the 5-3/8 inch length. Score at 1-1/4, 2 and again at 2-3/4 inches. With a decorative punch, punch both sides of the binding strip on the 5-3/8 sides. Next, apply Scor-tape, glue or adhesive onto the backside of the binding strip on one of the 3/4 inch scored segments. Fold in half and adhere together. Using the binding rings as a guide, mark the binding strip 1-1/8 inch from each end and 1/2 inch down. Next, punch a 3/16-inch hole on the marks. Binding strip is done!
Fold the flaps of the binding strip open to the inside. Apply a bead of wet glue to one side of the strip and adhere to the front of the lacy side of one of the pages. Next, turn the page over and apply a bead of wet glue to the bottom and sides of the strip, leaving the middle unglued to form a pocket. Page binding - Done!
From chipboard, cut 2 pieces to 5-3/4 x 8-1/4 and another piece to 2 x 5-3/4.
Next cut two pieces of cardstock to 6-3/4 x 9-1/4. Butt the two pieces together on the narrower ends and apply a piece of score tape down the seam. Next, apply adhesive to the chipboard pieces and place onto the cover paper leaving a 1/2 border of paper around the entire piece. Miter the corners leaving an 1/8-inch between the cut and the chipboard. Apply adhesive around the edges of the chipboard. Fold the 1/2 border paper up and onto the chipboard. Do this around the whole piece.
For the inside cover paper cut 2 sheets of cardstock to 5-1/2 x 9. Butt the two pieces together on the narrower ends and apply a piece of score tape down the seam. Apply adhesive to backside of cover paper and adhere to chipboard cover leaving about 1/8 border showing. Cover is Done!
On the inside spine piece, measure, center and mark using the ring binder as a guide. Punch 1/8-inch holes on the two marks. Place the binder rings onto the spine and insert brads. On opposite side fold brad legs back to secure. Binder Ring Done!
Cut a piece of chipboard to 1-3/4 x 5 1/2. Using the same technique as in Step 6 above, cut a piece of cardstock to 2-3/4 x 6 1/2. and cover spine piece. Next, for the laced binding, measure and mark each side of the binding piece, 1/2-inch in from each edge at 3/4, 2, 3-1/2 and 4-3/4. Punch 3/16 holes on each of the marks. Apply 3/16 eyelets to each hole. Cut a length of ribbon that coordinates with your project. Lace the ribbon through the holes and tie a bow at the top.
Apply adhesive to backside of spine piece and adhere to spine centered. Spine piece done!
Insert your pages into the album and cut mats to fit all pockets. Decorate cover and you are DONE!
I hope you like Fiona's Lace Mini and will give it a try!
Thank you all for coming to visit! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!
The Gentleman Crafter
The Gentleman Crafter