The Making of a Mini Album

As I hinted here I recently took Ali Edward’s “Scrapbook on the Road” class.  Since my husband and I were traveling to New York City to celebrate our 10 year anniversary I thought it would be the perfect time to try to scrapbook while traveling.  If you are interested in this class and have a trip planned this summer I highly recommend that you download the class more than 1 1/2 days before your trip!  :)  Even with the time restraints I was able to put together my mini book before we left for New York.

I started by cutting two pieces of raw chipboard to 5.5×7 and punching my holes.  I looked for some chipboard elements to use on the cover but couldn’t find anything I liked.  So I turned to my trusty Cricut and SCAL. I found this image online and cut it out of grunge board.  I simply glued them onto the chipboard.

The next step was to paint the covers.  I knew I wanted my color scheme to use gray, white, and black as my neutrals.  Dove gray was my choice for this album.  And I must say I love how it turned out!

I painted each cover with two coats of paint.  I liked it, but felt like it might be a bit too plain.

Note: in the end the album does have this lovely gray color even though the later photos make it look a bit blue.

Inside the front cover I placed some chipboard stickers indicating our destination.  Then I found some small letter stickers for the year.  I only had glitter stickers.  I probably wouldn’t use glitter stickers again, but it worked ok.  It doesn’t matter that they don’t match because you are just going to paint over them.

Since New York is often called “the big apple” I thought it would be fun to use apple colors as my accent.  But I didn’t really want a black white and red album.  So I chose apple green as my main accent with only a few bits of red throughout.  I again gave the inside of the covers two coats of paint.

Once I had the green paint out I decided to paint the heart green.  I loved the little bit of color it added.  I also painted the edges of the album green.  It turned out so pretty!

I coated the outside covers with Mod Podge to help them hold up a bit.  As you can see, as the paint and Mod Podge dried the figures bubbled up a bit.  I believe that if I had used a brayer when gluing them down it would have helped this problem.

After the Mod Podge dried I added a bit of glossy accents to the heart.  It makes the heart shine just a bit.  I absolutely LOVE how the covers for this album turned out!  I just can’t stop looking at it.  :)

Have you ever made your own mini album cover?  What’s your favorite mini album topic?  Scared to try out mini albums?  I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Come back Wednesday to see the inside of this album!

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5 Comments

  1. Monica
    Posted July 11, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Permalink

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  2. sm_bradford
    Posted July 18, 2011 at 8:10 am | Permalink

    Aww thanks Nancy! That's so sweet!

  3. noclosson
    Posted July 18, 2011 at 8:10 am | Permalink

    Been a while since I've been to your blog, but the pictures of Steve and Keaton were so cute, I took a look again. I must say, the wedding layout was so incredibly touching. Very nice job and such a special way to remember such a special day. You have a gift for composition and balance.

  4. sm_bradford
    Posted July 18, 2011 at 8:10 am | Permalink

    Just testing out my new comment system to see if it works…

  5. Monica
    Posted July 18, 2011 at 9:09 am | Permalink

    blah blah blah

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