Thursday, October 22, 2009

Halloween Party Sleepover Mini Album

I made 16 of these mini albums for the girls that attend the party tomorrow night. I will print the photos either Sat or Sun to finish them. My girls can take the finished albums to school next week to give to their friends. I used the same type of album as last year with a few differences.

Here's how I did it:

Supplies used for the Halloween album.

1 piece - Stiff felt for cover - 3x6 inches (folded in half)

2 pieces - Cardstock for pages -2.75x5.5

1 piece - Acetate for pages - 2.75x5.5

1 piece - 12 inch ribbon for closure

1 piece - 8 inch ribbon for binding

8 pieces - 2.5x2.5 background patterned papers

Embellishments, various

Simple directions to make the mini album:

1. Fold the cover in half and punch holes for the closure ribbon. I used my Crop-a-dile. It is easier to punch these holes before you add the pages. The Crop-a-dile won't reach the center far enough to get the holes near the spine. I just kinda eyeballed it. You could measure, but it won't really make that much of a difference.

2. Fold cardstock in half and adhere background papers.

3. Fold acetate in half and layer with cardstock pages. I put cardstock, acetate, cardstock.

4. Place pages onto cover, lining up spine. Center and punch two holes for binding ribbon. You can use a binder clip to hold the pages, but I held them in place when I punched the holes.

5. Thread binding ribbon through the two holes you just punched and tie. Trim ribbon if you desire.

6. Thread closure ribbon. (see photo of album cover)

7. Now decorate. I went old school, and used white glue to get the felt spider web to stick to the felt cover. A glue dot to add the plastic spider.

NOTES: I used stiff felt for the covers. It's what I had in my stash. I think if I were to buy them specifically for the Halloween album I would have gotten black or orange, but I had brown, so they are brown. I think it works anyway. I made them 3 inches square instead of 2.5. The larger size sure made things easier to decorate. I couldn't staple them together because the stapler wouldn't reach, so I punched a couple of holes and tied them with matching ribbon. I fussy cut Martha Stewart felt spider web ribbon and glued to the cover. Then attached a plastic spider with a glue dot. I used Halloween papers from Michael's, Recollections. I just bought a pad of acetate and was anxious to use it, so I added clear pages. I cut the ring part off of those little plastic Halloween rings (spider and bat) and used them to embellish. I used the scraps of patterned paper to make some of the embellishments. I used Stampin' Up stamps and Studio G stamps. Punches I used: 2" circle, 1.5" circle scallop, mini tag, 2" square, and Stampin' Up ticket corner. I used Studio G inks in black, white, purple and green. They sparkle and they were only 50 cents each.

I hope this was useful. Please let me know if you make one. I would love to see it.


Rosemary said...

Yes, I want to make one of these! I love this and I love all the photos to get a real sense of teh project! YAY!

When do you get any rest, woman?

Jessica G. said...

Thanks for the directions for these mini albums! I'll definitely give them a try, but you'll always hold 'Wonder Woman' title in my mind for creating 16 of them at once!!

Lisa said...

wow amazing job!!! thanks so much for sharing at Humble pie

Ann said...

ok this is too cute. Thanks for playing at Humble Pie this week.

Jaspere said...

Wow you really went all out. These are wonderful and what a great keepsake too. Thanks for joining in the Humble Pie challenge and for your inspiration.

furrypig said...

wow those albums are beautiful I can't believe that you made so many!

Tricia said...

These albums are frightfully fantastic!! Creating one is absolutely amazing, 16 is truly terrifying! Thanks for submitting this wonderful project to us this week at Humble Pie!

Kristen said...

I think I may make one that is ATC sized to put some of my favorite ATCs in and make an album with them. That would be too fun.

Kathlene said...

What an amazing project. Can only imagine how long it took to make 16 of them! They'll remember you forever for such a sweet gift. TFS!