Hello everyone and welcome to another Flashback Friday! Today we are heading back to December 2012 and the Shaped Hinge Envelope Mini Album. This was my very first completed mini album and the start of a bit of an obsession for a time. Join me as I remember the first of many mini albums. For this album I did not share any measurements. The pages of this album are made with envelopes. Because of this, the finished size of your album will be different than mine depending on the envelopes you use.
Shaped Hinge Mini Album
A few weeks ago, I found a YouTube video for a paper bag album. This beautiful album was created by Laura Denison from Follow the Paper Trail. I am currently about half-finished with that album. However, after spending the weekend viewing multiple videos from Laura, I decided to make a change. My new adventure is the Shaped Hinge Envelope Mini Album.
As many of you may know, I am not one to use a lot of pattern paper. There’s something about it that makes me nervous and WHY would anyone want to cover up such pretty paper???? LOL When it comes to 3D embellishments, it’s the same. I’m not sure how to use them or how much is too much, or how chunky is too chunky. So sadly, right now, there aren’t any on the album.
The covers are made with two pieces of thin chipboard that are glued together. This will make the cover a bit more sturdy. To cover the chipboard I used the Earth Tone paper pack from Colorbox. I wrapped the paper around the covers to give it a finished look. I added another piece of pattern paper on the inside cover to hide the raw edges from the front.
There are so many ways to hinge pages together in mini albums. In this particular album, Laura has come up with an ingenious idea – shaped hinges. In her examples, Laura used die cuts in the shape of a leaf, snowflake, and ornament for the hinges. For my album, I went simple, and used the Scalloped Rectangle Nestabilities die, cut from heavy card stock.
The pages are made of envelopes, which hold tags, the size of your envelopes. The tags can then be used for pictures or journaling. The shaped hinges also hold tags as you can see in the image below. To create the tuck spot, only glue about half of an inch of the hinge to the page. The exception is the covers, to add to the stability of the album, glue entire hinge down.
Below is a picture of the tags held by the shaped hinge. These tags can be any size you like.
The next picture is two of the large tags. They are made with the same heavy card as the hinges. To add some interest to the album, I used edge punches. For this album I used Martha Stewart and EK Success punches.
I have had so much fun with this book, and it was quick putting it together. There are a number of other albums that Laura has created that I want to make…the next is the Envelope Accordion Mini Album.
Thank you so much for joining me in this Flashback Friday post. Have you ever made a mini album? Let me know in the comments below and have a fantastic weekend!
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