In this month's Main "Oliver" kit you get a couple 6x4 chipboard pieces and o-rings so that you can use to create a mini-album! Up on the CTK blog today there have been a few more amazing sneaks by some of the DT but I thought I'd pop here and share my album in full.
I really love these little books - every time I finish one I tell myself that I need to make them more often. To be honest, the only reason I don't make them more often is that I tend to turn my room into a disaster zone every time I do create one. And the mess stresses me out. But I always love how these when I'm finished so I'll just have to deal with the chaos :)
Here's a quick looky at how it ended up. I don't know about you but I will judge a successful mini by how chunky it looks side on lol. The more bits and pieces hanging out the better too! Weird I know.
I used fabric to cover my chipboard pieces. I'm on a bit of "buy-random-cute-fabric" fad at the moment; buying 1m sections for no reason at all other than I think they're cute. So having an excuse to finally use some of it makes me happy!
I used one of the kids glue-sticks to adhere it to the chipboard. May not be the best idea in the long run but it seems to be holding OK! I did machine stitched around the edges just incase it decides to peel up though. On the insides (to cover the pieces of fabric that fold over) I adhered extra fabric using double-sided fabric tape that I picked up from the supermarket. Again I'm not sure how well it's going to last long-term (the tape to the chipboard part) but it's doing it's job at the moment.
And I totally know that the patterns don't match up perfectly....I did actually try to get it to match but because I'd stretched it, it got way too hard so I just stuck it down. Who looks that closely at the inside page anyway? (Don't answer that, hah).
The actual format of this album is super easy - each year (except one) is separated by a tab, which is fixed onto the side of a divider page for each year. I used vellum from my stash for the tabs and called on my trusty tab-punch to punch out the tab shapes. I stitched the vellum together (because I'm all out of vellum adhesive..) and popped one of the gold foam thickets on top. And can I just say I just LOOOOOOVE that they are pink with gold on top! Yes, yes, yes! So cute.
I really love albums at 6x4 - I can use standard 6x4 photo's and they look "big" because you album is only that size too.
I've not included a whole heap of journaling in this album and what I have typed up is hidden in pockets/envelopes because the point of this album is the photo's. The journaling I have included is mostly journal entries I'd written up on each of those days - some include little snippets of his stories after the first day of school. But to be honest the stories are not the point of this album for me - I wanted a little book that shows me how (much!) he's changed each year.
(Click on photo's below to see them at a bigger size).
Because Zack is only in Grade 4 I've also included tabs for the next couple years as well. My plan is to do this throughout his school years - so there will be one book for primary and another for secondary. Assuming he'll continue to let me take his photo each year :) And I plan on having him hold up that print out each year too - it's a fun little prop to include on the first day. Although I totally forgot it for his first day this year....got pictures with him holding it on his 2nd day, hence the uniform change (sports day..) - the inconsistency drives me a little bonkers..but...........let it go...let it go....
It really was a super easy album to put together because I didn't have to worry (read, stress) about the journaling so much in this album, I managed to get this one put together over a few nights. First night was editing/printing photo's and getting the general layout sorted out and the next couple nights was just stitching/adding the extra bits and pieces (the FUN stuff!!).
And I'm really happy how it turned out too. ;)
Here's a quick flip through of the full album.
I know some of you like to take a closer look at the individual images too, so here they all are - just click on the little thumbnail images below.
I'm really looking forward to seeing how everyone else uses the chipboard covers this month! Hoping to see lots of mini-albums being created (and linked up in the Facebook Fanpage!)
Thank you so much for stopping by today; I really appreciate it! Take care, Em xo
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