I have a quick post for you today! I was asked by a co-worker to make her a card for her granddaughter who had just gotten engaged... and then this happened!
I'm linking it up to the June Challenge over at the Mini Album Makers Challenge Blog! You can check that out here!
I've always loved making these Accordion Albums and they are really so quick to make and aside from a few challenges, pretty easy! The papers I chose were from a couple old CTMH packs and then various flowers and embellishments... Prima, CTMH, die cuts. And of course used some beautiful crinkly seam binding that I bought at an antique store near me. It's not antique ribbon, but one of the booths has a selection of beautiful crafting supplies like the ribbon, bags of buttons and spools and such... LOVE going there! Luckily I have a big stash. All I had to do was print the pics and I had everything else I needed in my home!
You only need limited supplies and a few pics. I've made them before as birthday cards and so I asked her to get me a few pics and told her I'd make one of these... she really had no clue what it was and agreed. It's basically made with two square pieces of cardboard, three square sheets of paper and whatever embellishments and paper you want to use.
As I'm getting ready to go on vacation right now, I don't have time to go into details on measurements and such.. and to be honest it had been so long since I made one, I used an older one I'd made and made it up as I went along, but I promise I'll post another in the future, keep better track of what I'm doing and include a photo tutorial with measurements for those interested. I can tell you each space is around 4 1/4 x 4 1/4... the three sheets I folded were about 8 1/2 x 8 1/2 and the two cardboard pieces (to create the cover and back) were about 4 1/4 x 4 1/4. Again, these measurements are approximate, but it's made to fit 4x4 pics... I'm positive you could do whatever sizes you want and create different sized albums...maybe I'll do that for my next one and change it up!
One of my favorite "pages" in this album is this one...lol! This is the song for their wedding and I googled the lyrics, typed them up in Pic Monkey and added a couple pretty overlays. Then I printed it on my laser and foiled it with some Gina K foil and my Minc.. Love it!
The hardest part of this album is that there are only four spaces that you can use a whole, uncut picture. The rest must be cut diagonally, so you want to find pics that you can trim to 4x4 and that will lend themselves to being cut diagonally without say going through someone's face.. 'cause that would be just weird..lol!
I was quite challenging for this one because I didn't have a large choice of pics and they were all pictures my co-worker had taken from her granddaughter's facebook page so not the best quality... but I made most black and white or muted colors in picmonkey and I think I made it work!
The other challenge here is decorating without too much bulk on the inside... I loves me some layers and bumpy stuff, so I struggled a bit with that as well, but in the end it all came together. Hoping this will be a keepsake for them. She delivered it this past weekend and they went dress shopping.. I got to see the pics and I'm already thinking maybe I'll get to make another one after the wedding!...lol! But now I better start thinking about what my next one will be.. my fur babies.. my furless babies? Maybe the flowers from the cacti in my garden... ooh... yes... I think that might be it!
Thanks to all of the girls over at the Mini Album Makers Challenge for all of the inspiration! I so enjoyed making one of these again! Now I have to finish packing! Flying off tomorrow for a crafty weekend! Come back tomorrow for an announcement regarding Three Amigos for July and a cute birthday card for my son!