Jan 1, 2018

PaperArtsy Progressive Four Fold Mini Album Tutorial

Happy happy New Year!!!  The first of the year is such an exciting time and for us at Mini Album Makers Challenge because we are able to share a new array of exciting challenges and monthly inspiration and tutorials with you. 

I am thrilled to announce our January sponsor is Lindy's Stamp Gang.  I have created a 4.5" square progressive style album tutorial for you and have used some beautiful sprays from Lindy's.  I hope you will take a moment to peruse the online shop.

I must say I started this book in September and almost ruined it, but after a few other failed attempts for this challenge I pulled it out and gave her a good coat of gesso and started again.  Each page was stenciled with modeling paste, then sprinkled with PaperArtsy Infusions and coated with DecoArt Clear Crackle Glaze.  I wasn't keen on the vivid tie dyed color I had made paired with my white crackle cover, so I gessoed the pages and sprayed with Lindy's sprays for a much subtler effect

I used Long John's Silver Vintage Moon Shadow Mist, Sandra Dee Sepia Flat Fabio and Cafe au Lait Flat Fabio sprays over the gesso.  Now some of the Infusions colors beneath did show through, so I achieved a nice variegated look.

I unified the pages by adding vintage laces along with my Lynne Perrella stamped images by PaperArtsy.

The cover boards were some my sweet friend Sara Emily and I used for her to show me DecoArt two step crackle when we met at the beach last summer.  I treasure them and wanted them to become the covers for an album.  I layered with more laces, a Prima flower and berries, Tim Holtz greenery die, a Kaisercraft wooden clock, and a vintage pom pom, tucking my smallest Lynne Perrella image into the bundle.

You can see that luscious crackle here.  I embossed PaperArtsy: Ink & The Dog (Mini Stamps 23) with Pewter chunky embossing powder for a bit of metallic on each page. 

The sentiments are from the Tim Holtz Clippings sticker set.

The pages all folding out to tell a story of a girl with big dreams and a soft heart.  These laces are so important to me, special gifts from beloved friends.

This style of album is so easy to make and the chipboard is a perfect base for mixed media, but would be equally beautiful decorated with designer papers and layered photos. 

Start by making three spine sections.  The center of the first being 1/4, the second 3/8, and the third 1/2 with a half inch section on each side to adhere to the pages.

Cut three sections to:
1 1/4 x 4.5
1 3/8 x 4.5
1 1/2 x 4.5
Score each section half an inch from each end.

Burnish the folds well.

Cut eight chipboard panels to 4.5" square.  Use Score Tape or heavy adhesive to adhere the chipboard to the spine pieces like shown.  Flip the panels over and adhere the remaining chipboard panels directly over the base layers.  In photo three you can see how I adhered lace between my layers so that it would fringe over my pages when the album was folded up.  The section next to the largest spine will be your cover.  The fourth photo shows how I finished attaching the remaining chipboard over the adhered spine pieces.

I hope you'll pin this project for future reference.  Please let me know if you have any questions and leave me a comment with a link to your project if you try this out.  :)

I truly hope you've found the tutorial helpful and inspiring.  We would love for you to take the time to play along with our January challenge for a chance to win a $25 gift voucher from Lindy's Stamp Gang.  Thanks for visiting and have a blessed New Year!

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  1. Ohh Wow..what a beautiful post on first day of this new year..those crackles are just Amazing ! Awesome mini album :)

  2. What a fascinating album Autumn - love all the texture and the fascinating colours you have ended up with .

  3. Another fabulous step by step process, love those neutral tones with that pop of gold, sheer elegance. What a lovely way to keep items and treasured elements together by using them to create this story teller. A memory within a memory! Beautiful make Autumn..
    Happy New Year Hugs & much creativity... Tracey xx

  4. Oh, I do love this, Autumn, and that crackle is amazing! Each page is truly awesome with the textures and colors, love the inspirational story your book tells. I could go on and on...thank you for the tutorial and I hope I have a chance to try it out soon. Happy New Year and hugs!!

  5. Autumn, such a most beautiful visit here, again, today. Thank you also for the steps of doing,- and all the photos showing your amazing book art.
    Such joy on this first day of 2018, thank you.
    Hugs, Dorthe

  6. oh Autumn... it is breathtaking!!! The colors, textures, stamps and recycled elements - everything is amazing! :)

  7. This is so lovely Autumn, beautiful stamps and backgrounds. Have a very happy and creative 2018, Sue xx

  8. So, so glad you persevered with the colour because it is gorgeous Autumn, I just love those subtle tones so much! The crackled covers are beautiful and I love all of the stamped images. Great tutorial too!! Hugs, Anne xx

  9. Oh my good gracious, this is spectacular, Autumn!! Wow!! What phenomenal texture!! The crackle is amazing!! I love this!! It's stunning!! I'm so happy to be visiting after a small blog break for the holidays!! I've scrolled through to see the amazing projects I've missed while I was gone and they are all fabulous, especially the New Year tag!! I hope you had a wonderful holiday season and I wish you a healthy and happy 2018!! Have a great day, my friend!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  10. Happy New Year!!
    What an amazing creation to start the year off with. Love all the textures and gorgeous stamps. Simpy stunning!

  11. What a way to start the year with a flourish! Love the deep crackle, the subtle tones and the glimpses of shimmer scattered among your treasured laces. I'm back from a mini sea side break and playing catch up. Your tag to welcome the year is gorgeous. Happy New Year and God's richest blessings for you throughout 2018

  12. What an absolute beauty, Autumn. A glorious showcase for all those wonderful LP women - the textures, the soft blended colours on each page, the fabulous crackled cover... it's a triumph and a feast for the eyes! Happy New Year!
    Alison x

  13. Beast wishes for the New Year and thank you for the get well message.Absolutely amazing mini album love the step by step and fabulous textured layers and beautiful stamps
    Carol x

  14. Stunning! I love everything about this - colors, texture, images. Thanks for the how-to also! Happy New Year.

  15. So pretty Autumn! I am loving your use of all the Lynne Perrella images. Some beautiful details.
    Happy New Year!

  16. It's very beautiful, Autumn! These cracks are wonderful!

  17. That crackle is simply fantastic and the whole album is gorgeousness squared - no, cubed! How do you even come up with so many creative ideas? Loving it all!

  18. Fabulous project! Love it to bits and the colours are stunning! I will definitely come back to this post and get some seeds of inspiration! ;-)

  19. This is fantastic Autumn! Your crackle effect is amazing! Such an elegant, vintage creation! I really love it!!!

  20. Beautiful project Autumn! So much texture! I love the colours as well. Are those little gold splashes (or dots) embossing powder or what is that golden beauty appearing here and there? It's just gorgeous!! Thanks for sharing all the details!!

  21. Omgosh, this is gorgeous and Amazing!!
    I really need to try real hard to be a part of this challenge this month. You inspire me so Autumn!!
    I am a huge sucker of crackle and yours is perfectly beautiful with those,stamps,lace and snowflakes as well!!
    TFS the steps!
    Jackie xo

  22. This is really beautiful Autumn, pretty colours and I always love crackle! Well done for rescuing, it's amazing what a coat of gesso can do isn't it (thank goodness, I've used it many times lol) xx

  23. Lovely project! Tnanks for joining us at Words & Paintery.

  24. Charming album! Thanks from Words & Paintery for joining us!

  25. This is so beautiful Autumn....loved the whole idea and the crackle is the icing on this project. Thank you for sharing with us at Words & Paintery blog.

  26. Beautiful, Thank you for sharing your art with us over at Words & Paintery!

  27. Beautiful work !! Thanks for playing with us at Words & Paintery !! <3

  28. I love the stamped images and all the texture. Sometimes, what you think is ruined or a failed attempt, does not look so when you go back later and have anther go at it! I am happy you did not toss this project, but allowed it to "become" what it was meant to be! Such lovely mixed media work! I am in awe!!!


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