Mini Tag Album

My mother recently celebrated her 90th birthday, and family came from far and wide to celebrate with her. It was a fabulous night meeting up with family who had not seen each other for some time, and for some of the great grandchildren it was the first time they had ever met. (Australia is a BIG country!!)

When I saw the Take Note collection of papers and diecuts I knew they would be perfect for documenting this special occasion. Occasions such as parties can be difficult to scrap, since there are often  lots of different colours with people’s outfit, and party decorations etc. However, the Take Note collection has lots of neutral tones which worked well with the variety of colours in the photos. Since a lot of photos were taken I thought a mini album was the way to go, and I chose a tag album from Kaisercrafts that had been sitting in my stash. What I love about these albums is firstly, the MDF covers, which are really strong and withstand a lot of handling, and secondly, being held together with book rings makes it easy to add in more pages  whenever I want. The Tag album comes with 4 MDF tags, but I just used two for the covers, and used cardstock for the pages. You can find a range a similar albums here.

I’ll show you the album first, then I’ll add some tips for making the album:

Note how the ‘spine’ with the book ring holes is painted, and not covered with paper?

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As you can see, I have alternated wide pages with more narrow ones. The narrow pages have a semi circular tab to help turn the pages, and keep fingers off the photos!

 P1150805-EditaMost of the journaling was done on a Brother label maker using clear tape:

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See how well all the diecuts suit documenting a birthday party!the P1150807-Edita P1150808-Edita P1150809-Edita P1150810-Edita P1150811-Edita P1150812-Edita P1150813-Edita P1150814-Edita

Here are some tips for making the album:

Sand the edges of the MDF covers, as they can sometimes be a little rough.Mini Tag Album

I like to paint my edges-even though you don’t see very much of the edge, it still gives a finished look, rather than bare MDF. I used black Acrylic paint. Wait until it is completely dry before using the cover as a template to trace around patterned paper. You really need to cut inside any drawn-on lines to ensure a nice fit. When you have your patterned paper cut to size and shape, spread PVA glue all over the MDF cover. Place the paper on top and use a plastic card to flatten the paper down onto the cover, and remove any air bubbles._MG_3306-Edit

For my inner pages I use one piece of 12×12 cardstock which I firstly cut into three 12″x4″ strips. I then cut each strip into two pieces-one 4″x8.5″ and one 4″x3.5″. So then I had three wide pages and three narrow pages. Also, because I was covering my cardstock completely, I could get away with using my least favourite coloured piece of cardstock!!

I cover my cardstock differently than I do the covers. Basically I use a tape runner to go around the edges of my cardstock, then I simply place a piece of patterned paper straight down onto the cardstock, taking care to line up a side and top edge.  Then I flip the page over and do the same on the other side. Only after the cardstock is covered, do I trim the paper to size!

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Then it’s just a matter of using the cover as a template to mark out where the holes for the book rings go, and making punching the holes out with a cropodile or similar! Then the fun of arranging photos and diecuts can begin!!

So that’s it- a special album for a special lady’s special birthday!

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