Sep 1, 2019

Prima Georgia Blues Skinny Mini Album Tutorial

Hi friends!  I'm thrilled to be joining our challenge at Mini Album Makers again for our September Challenge.  We made it to the two year mark and are hosting a blogaversary hop.  Make sure to visit the challenge and our DT posts for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to Lindy's Stamp Gang.  And if you participate in our challenge you will also have a chance to win a  Stencil Girl Studio Class!   

I wanted to create an album that was specifically geared towards using Prima Marketing A4 paper pads.  I find these pads are the greatest value and I waste much less when using them for cardmaking.  This album maximizes the pad and allows you enough pages to showcase the various patterns in the Georgia Blues pad.  I've linked all of Prima's A4 pads at the end of this post so you can choose the one that works for you. 

I find this method of album construction the easiest.  I determine my scrapbook paper page size and build from there.  To cut the A4 paper in half it is roughly 4 1/8".  From there I determined a height I thought was proportional, 7 3/8".  Next I cut watercolor pages to the sizes in the photo above.

7 1/2 x 8 7/8"
7 1/2 x 9 5/8"
7 1/2 x 10 3/8"

I scored each piece 4 1/4" from each side.

I wanted the gutter between my pages to have some color, since many of the pages were dark blue, so I wrapped washi tape around the panels to the back, between the score lines as shown.  I burnished the tape very well.

Next, I used my We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board to make some small envelopes to add as flaps to a couple of my pages.

I cut chipboard covers to (two) 4 1/2 x 7 3/4" and (one) 3 x 7 3/4" .  I glued them onto fleece/batting with a small gap between each panel and cut the edges even all the way around.  Then I wrapped the panel in cloth and mitered the edges, as shown.  I covered the inside with paper, carefully using a bone folder to gently make the folds in the paper, as not to tear it.

I nestled the pages together and glued them to the inside spine of the book.  The result is tall and skinny but super chunky mini album!

I glued elements to the cover in collage style.

Here's a look at the inside...

I was down to the wire to get this one finished, but will try to share a video in the next week or so, so make sure to bookmark or Pin this post and revisit.  We hope you will join our challenge at Mini Album Makers and make sure to visit our DT posts for a chance to win the blogaversary prize!


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Mukta Parvatikar-Maniar said...

Hey Autumn
Congratulations on the competition of 2 years....its a big day. This is a fantastic project..Loved the shabbiness n the project..the little pieces of tulle and other things adds to much of detailing to this book. Thank you sharing and inspiring me.

Maria Lillepruun said...

Absolutely gorgeous, dear Autumn! Congratulations on blogaversary!

Redanne said...

Autumn, your skinny album is stunning. I love the way you constructed and added your pages and the papers you used are gorgeous. Each page is decorated beautifully (love the dragonfly and butterflies) and I think it is great that it is skinny and chunky all at the same time. Gorgeous my friend!

Happy 2nd Anniversary to you too, it is lovely being on this journey with you! Hugs, Anne xx

Sue said...

This is so beautiful Autumn, fabulous bold colours and I love your embellishments. Have a very happy week, Sue xx

Tracey@Hotchpotchcreations said...

I've so missed seeing your album creations Autumn, lovely to see this today. Your use of those prima papers highlights just how beautiful they are, isn't it wonderful when we find a product that we know does the job and works well for us with little waste, such an important message today. All so wonderfully embellished, what a delight this would be to flick through. Amazing..
Creative wishes Tracey xx

Craftyfield said...

The pages are simply gorgeous, Autumn! Love the Prima papers and embellishments, so good for Shabby chic projects.

Gail said...

Stunning work Autumn - I have the envelope maker and love using it - so inspiring to see you using it for your mini album - nice work! TFS

Fonda said...

Your mini album is gorgeous. I love the blues that are throughout the album. Gorgeous!

kiwimeskreations said...

Wow - this is amazing Autumn - love your basic colours and the how you have built on them, item by item. The washi tape on the spine panels is a really discreet unifying element

Zsuzsa Karoly-Smith said...

The midnight blue looks wonderful with the neutral colour of the kraft card - and your elements are always so superbly clustered! That's still something I need to learn! I recognised many of the dies you used and I even have some them! Thinking of you and your family, Autumn! xx

Maria V said...

This album is stunning! Love how it's decorated. Looking forward to watching the video!

Anonymous said...

Lovely album, Autumn! Congrats on hitting the two year mark, that really is an achievement. I have so many of these A4 Prima Pads, was so I was excited to see a tutorial for that specific size. Now, hopefully I can use some of them up;) I love all of the details you have added to your album... It makes it special and so fun.

sarascloset said...

Just gorgeous, Autumn! I love those bluesy papers and of course, you have embellished each page beautifully. The kraft and white works so well with the different shades of blue, and this combination is a favorite of mine! Love seeing your wonderful skinny, but chunky album! Now wait a minute, how can one be both skinny AND chunky??! :)

Маги said...

Congrats on the blogaversary! Beautiful album, Autumn!
Hugs, Maggie

A Pink said...

Happy Blogversary, Autumn . So happy for you that your blog is loved by so many . I don't always have time to stop by but I am always watching and admiring the fabulous creations you and your team create.

Your Blogversary book is absolutely Gorgeous - a real labour of love I'm sure but oh so beautifully executed .
Hugs x

Jennie Atkinson said...

Wow Autumn ! what a fabulous album and such a clever construction. I have always wanted to put something down the spine ..... washi tape !!!! brilliant idea. Such a great use of the A4 paper too and a wonderful mix of colours. Look forward to seeing a video if you manage it. Sorry for the late comment .... been away spending a weekend with Eileen Hull and come back with SOOO many ideas for journals. Lovely to see you back creating too xxx

ellyscard creatief said...

What a gorgeous album. I love the blue colors, the papers, the lovely flowers and all the other embellischements. Really a great piece of art.

vicky's scrapping passion said...

Wow, such a wonderful mini album. Such a great job, Tfs your instruction too.

Marisol said...

I have some of these pads, you have given me a new way to use them. Thank you for the inspiration. Just learned a lot from your post.

butterfly said...

I'm sure I left a comment here... I was so happy to see you back in action for the MAM blogaversary - and with such a beautiful album with all your trademark exquisite detail and layering. It really is stunning.
Alison x

Mylissa Stout said...

Autumn....soooo LOVE this mini by's just lovely!!!!!

Jean said...

wonderful mini thank you for the tutorial. the papers are so pretty x thanks for the hop x

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