My daughter's list included taking photos of all (and I do mean ALL) the fun things she did this summer and adding them to a special memory book. I decided to test an idea I had one afternoon while working in my not-so-fun office while filing. The kraft folders I was using to file our tax returns was sturdy and had the capability of expansion. I was inspired! (I am sure I didn't invent this idea, but I am pretty happy with how it turned out!) Not only is it easy to make, it's also wallet friendly and can be created using scraps!
Having said that, a few weeks ago I won a kit from Echo Park called So Happy Together. I love it's happy colours and patterns and since it was a gift for Adriane, I decided to use that. First, I covered the outside and inside covers and used the included sticker sheet to add a title and some flowers to the front. I used a light pencil to trace the shape and hand cut the tricky parts.
The inside pages are different sizes and shapes of the same paper line.
I even added note paper with lines, a few tabs with ribbon and a couple of envelopes to hold ticket stubs.
1. I used white thread and the sewing machine to sew the pages in after scoring I didn't score a centre line on each sheet but instead off set some for interest.
2. I used a narrow piece of paper the length of the folder and scored two parallel lines his allowed me to create a binding for the back of the album.
3. I chose a wide variety of page widths and heights to create visual interest inside. I also didn't place them all opening to the centre. I sometimes layered them.
4. I saved all the scraps from trimming the pages and used them to add texture to the inside.
5. Let your tabs, pennants, ribbons and other items trail off a page here and there. It creates lots of visual interest.
Until next time, keep doing what you love!
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