What a beautiful day! I've got the radio on and am listening to the tennis.
Today I want to share lots of photos of how I made my 1st album. I watched many videos and looked at lots but then kind of went with my own ideas once I knew how. So I started with 6 paper bags, the nice strong white ones that originally had handles. I stuck 2 together by attaching the bottoms of the bags with strong glue. Doing this made me three sections. Easier to see so here's the pics -
The bottoms are folded flat and stuck together so you have four sides, a main spine and then another flap between the bags.
Once dry I started to decorate the 'pages' which are both sides of each bag. I like the idea of keeping the bag unstuck so that things can be stored/kept in there.
The beauty of using 12 x 12 papers is that you have enough to decorate the whole album. I used a set of 16 double sided papers from the 'Take a note' Studio Calico range. Fab papers that are fairly neutral so the album can be used for most things.
I wanted to add tags to the inner spines that are between the bags so I covered them and then stuck them in too.
I stuck 2 tags back to back sandwiching the spine between them.
Once all dry I used my Cinch machine to bind them all together including 2 pieces of Centura card as a front and back covers. Both decorated with papers from the set. So now it looks like this -
I then started to decorate the album, I will share a few pics of this but no more as I've decided to give this as a gift so won't share the totally finished album until the recipient has received it!
I added Thickers 'Memories' & a few die cuts to the front.
Excuse my fingers but this shows how much space there is in the bag for keepsakes. When I bound it I allowed extra space for this.
I added a few die cut mats throughout too. I will be adding other things to this album but want to keep that secret for now!
So there you go, my first album, I really enjoyed making it and can see me collecting bags and making many more. I will add extra pockets and envelopes the more confident I get. I will definitely make a Christmas one this year!!
Let me know what you think!!
Take care Zo xx