The paper craft projects that get me most excited are always the same: mini albums.
There is just something about a mini album that is special. Focusing on a single person or event is a wonderful way to spend a few hours, and because I usually give my minis away, I get all excited about the reaction of the person who will be receiving the album.
When I saw the Clementine paper kit from Close to My Heart, I knew I’d be using it to make a mini album, and I paired the paper kit with CTMH’s kraft die cut cards to create the album. My album uses four cards and envelopes, but I think three would have been better – I’m not quite finished the back pages and the album is already pretty thick.My oldest daughter is growing up so fast! She’s nine and a half and the tallest nine year old I’ve met. She is a delightful girl and it was so fun to journal and scrap about all the things that make her special.
I used Coptic binding (or a variation thereof – my internet was down so I had to stitch from memory instead of following a tutorial) to bind all the pages of the album together. I like that in using the envelopes as well as the cards, I could make little journalling pages to insert into each envelope – you can see one in the photo above, just waiting for a little love letter from me to her!
I love the way the envelope flaps make a partial page divider – it’s fun to arrange the photos so just a little tantalizer of the next page is peeking out! So much of the fun is in arranging everything just right.
In addition to the adorably pretty Clementine paper, I’ve used the Clementine canvas stickers – so much more texture than just regular paper stickers and I love how they coordinate.
I also added in the Cottage Assortment layered stickers. Theses are so fabulous – stitched fabric with buttons and again, perfectly coordinated. I just love this!
Here you can see just a peek at the stitching for the binding. I used Waxy Flax to bind the book and it’s holding up really well. I used three different stamp sets for this project, Rugged Dude for one embellishment (see below), the lovely set from the Scroll Album kit (I have two in stock you can buy today!) and the It’s Your Day double set. Keep reading and I’ll let you know how to get this set for only $5!
I just had to try out the wonderful pocket from Rugged Dude, inking it up with Pacifica ink, stamping off to get the denim, and then stamping the stitching with Pacifica “full power”. Can you hear me happy sighing again?
I’ve used ten of my favourite photos and this album is by no means full – even though it’s just over 6 inches square, it packs a punch! I can’t wait to finish it with a few more favourite photos and some heartfelt journalling. My sweet girl deserves this special gift, even though her birthday is months away.
I’m going to do this album as a class at my home studio in Dawson Creek BC – wanna come? Here’s the details: Class takes place on October 2nd from 7-9pm. You will receive lots of product – enough to make one album with lots left over:
Clementine Paper Kit
Clementine Canvas Stickers
Cottage Assortment stickers
Desert Sand Exclusive Inks stamp pad
Bamboo Waxy Flax
Kraft Die Cut Cards & Envelopes
It’s Your Day double stamp set (available with any $35 purchase until September 30, 2012)
For those who would prefer to make something a little different, there is an alternate project for this class; the Clementine banner! Using a similar design to the banner I made my daughter last Christmas, only with a different colour scheme, the Clementine banner is eight pieces and will make any little girl’s heart thrill with delight!
More photos and details to come soon. Space is limited in this class, so email me if you want to join the class, or to ask about ordering the materials for yourself.