Thursday, May 23, 2013

Silhouetted Baby Album Tutorial (Grad too)

When I am ready to create a quick gift for someone, I am overwhelmed by the options of mini albums, gift boxes, decorative home items and more. For several years, I've noticed some chipboard albums that are stacked by progressively longer pages used to spell out a word: Home, Mother, Father, etc. This week, while planning to become a Great Aunt (I'm too young for this.), I decided I wanted to make one.
Now I'm sharing it with you and am providing templates for a few letters. Here is the baby album I created:
Begin by downloading the pdf(s) for your desired word and print onto scrap paper: BABY, GRAD, LOVE. Rough cut the letters so each stands alone.
Using 12x12" Kraft Chipboard, cut one sheet into two 6x12" pages, as many as you need for letters, plus one for the back page. (I cut three sheets into 6 pieces and used all but one sheet.)
Place the printed letters on the right edge of the page and cut out the right side and middle of the letters using a craft knife.

I included this picture to show you that if your pattern doesn't print
the right size, you can stretch it (or shrink it) as needed.
When all letters are trimmed, stack them in order and spread them out to form the word. 
Then cut off the left page edges so they are all even. I chose to keep my back page at 12x12".
Using 8-1/2x11" card stock, cover the front of each page. I used Pop Tones colors: Razzleberry, Cotton Candy and Blue Raspberry. After adhering the card stock to the surface, cut around the chipboard inside and out.
Then adhere card stock to the backs of each page and trim again.
Embellish the album with patterned papers, ribbons, buttons, charms, whatever you have to make it special for the recipient.

Bind the album using your favorite binding system.
Add ribbons and a charm to the binding.

Now just wrap it up for a special someone in your life and enjoy the spring season of celebration.
Eli
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