Hi everyone, Mou here today from My Life in Collage blog. The leaves have started turning gold and burgundy in my neck of the woods... oh how I love saying that! I never had this beautiful opportunity to be surrounded by fall colors till last year when we moved to Chester. Watching the leaves swirl freely in the wind make me dreamy. I love savoring the sounds of the crunchy leaves under my feet, smelling the air and having pumpkin flavored food!
Autumn also inspires me to create and today I'll share with you a mini album I created with Lynda Kanase's newest Sizzix release dies. Here's the complete list of products that you'll need to create this project.
- Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 14PK - Mini Album
- Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 12PK - Photo Frame & Words
- Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 6PK - Paper Clippables
- Sizzix Accessory - Standard Magnetic Platform for Wafer-Thin Dies
- Sizzix Accessory - Cutting Pads, Standard, 1 Pair
- Sizzix Big Shot Machine Only (White & Gray)
Other Materials Used:
- Bone Folder
- Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos & Stamper's Big Brush Pen
- Paint brush
- Paper clips
- Printed embellishments
- Washi tape
For a Mini Album this small, I prefer to use no more than five pages. I am using kraft cardstock because they give a warm base to the pages. You can use any paper you like.
To diecut the Mini Album, create the following Sizzix Sandwich: on a Sizzix Accessory Standard Magnetic Platform For Wafer-Thin Dies, lay another Sizzix Accessory Standard Cutting Pad. On it, lay the album die from the Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 14PK - Mini Album and some of the tabs, tags and border dies in the remaining space on the platform, all blade side up. Place cardstock on it and cover with the other Standard Cutting Pad. Pass the whole Sizzix Sandwich through the Sizzix Big Shot machine.
To diecut the word Photo Frames from the Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 12PK - Photo Frame & Words, create the same Sizzix Sandwich as above. I used white cardstock here for contrast with my colorful photos. In the open slot at the base of the frame, place one of the word dies of your choice. Each word is designed to fit inside the opening. You could also flip the frame and place the word die at the top for variety. I LOVE that we can switch the words around and not have to worry about buying and storing separate word frame dies!
With a bone folder, make crisp folds down the middle of the Mini Album pages. If you don't have a bone folder, the handles of your scissors work great too.
Thread your twine through the needle.
Since these Mini Album pages come with holes that line up perfectly (boy, I tell you that's a blessing if you have ever tried to line up holes after punching them!), you don't need an awl or another piercing tool. I bound my mini album with Coptic Stitching. If you don't know how to do Coptic stitching, there are wonderful and easy video tutorials on YouTube. I'll let you choose how you bind your mini album and move forward to showing you how to embellish it.
Lay your diecut frames on your photos. Move the frames around to see what you like best. Attach the frames to the photos before cutting out the photos.
Here are some of my cut out photos. After attaching the frames to the photos, I simply trimmed off the excess around the frames with scissors.
These are the supplies I used to dress up my Mini Album pages. I colored parts of the pages with Gelatos and Gesso, added printed embellishments, splattered gold, silver and pink Silks on the pages and stamped randomly around parts of the pages to add visual texture. Again, use any paints and inks you like. Finish these steps before attaching the framed photos to the pages to keep inks and paints getting on your photos accidentally.
Here's my front cover.
Here's my first page. I painted my embellishments as well. It's very easy to create unique embellishments with the Paper Clippables. Just insert through a paper clip, fold back and glue in place. That's how I created the butterfly embellishment above.
The triangular banner embellishment is also a Paper Clippables diecut.
Here are some more pages in progress.
I have to say that I loved making this mini album. In it's tiny size, this little mini packs in a lot of fun! I hope you enjoyed the tutorial and will pick up these versatile dies for your own crafting stash!