Hello friends. Leah here with you today to show you how quick and easy it is to take a Clear n Chip album, and turn it into a great mini for a loved one!
I have lots of extended family who live 14 hours away from me, and with gas prices what they are right now, traveling to visit isn't an option for us. I decided since we can't catch up in person, what better way than to create a mini album.
This one I have made for my Grandmother. She lives in a tiny efficency apartment, and does not have a lot of room for photos hanging on the wall, especially since she has 5 children of her own, and 25+ great/grandchildren.
To start, I punched out the 4 acrylic tabbed pieces and the matching tabbed chipboard pieces from the Litle Miss Molly Clear n Chip set. They measure 3.75" square. I cut out squares of pattern paper measuring 3.50" square. One strip will yield 3 squares, and a leftover piece. Put the leftover strip to the side, you can use that later. I covered the front and backside of my album, so I needed 16 squares. Once they're all cut out, I rounded the corners and inked all around the edges. Remove the film from the acrylic, then using Beacons 3-n-1 glue, I adhered my papers to the front and backsides of the acrylic/chipboard pieces.
I then pulled out my sewing machine and either machine stiched all around the edge of the acrylic/chipboard, or just around two edges to create visual interest. Don't worry, sewing with Clear Scraps acrylic and chipboard is easy. Remember the leftover scraps you had when you cut out your papers? Now we will round two of the corners, and adhere some of them at the bottom to create pockets! You can sew these on, or just use liquid glue like Beacons 3-n-1 to adhere it. While your glue is drying, pull out any stamps you haven't used in awhile, and have fun stamping on your album.
Next I printed my photos a little less than wallet size, while the photos are drying, I punched out this large flower and two leaves. I colored them using alcohol ink, then messily machine stitched on the flower center, and straight down the middle on the leaves. Using Viva decor, I painted tiny little circles inside the flowers center, and set it all aside to dry. Back to the photos, I cut them all out, and placed them in order - I wanted to give my grandmother lots of different photos to gaze upon from over the last year. On some of the photos I wrote what was going on in the photo, who it was, and when it was taken. I then added washi tape to the photos to act as a pull tab. These will be going in the pockets we created in the album.
I then adhered the acrylic flower and chipboard leaves to the cover, placed some stickers through-out the album, and added the photos to the pockets.
In total, the album has close to 40 photos inside of it, and my grandmother can pull it out anytime to see what we've been up to. Honestly, the hardest part to putting a mini album together using Clear Scraps products, is deciding which photos you want to use!! I hope you've gained a little bit of inspiration today, and hope to see your stuff posted on our Facebook wall soon!
Album: Clear Scraps Miss Molly Clear n Chip
Pattern Paper: Websters Pages (Sunday Picnic)
Stamps: Clear Scraps, Hampton Art, Tim Holtz
Ink: Ranger, Colorbox, Viva Decor
Stickers: Echo Park, 7Gypsies, AdornIt
Washi Tape: Tim Holtz, Hambly
Buttons: My Minds Eye
Twine: The Twinery
Pen: American Crafts
Adhesive: Beacons 3-n-1
other: Machine Stitching
Thanks for hanging with me today,
Leah Crowe - Clear Scraps Design Team