Tami here on the blog with a project I'd like to show you.
I made a Disney Mini Album using one of Clear Scraps' new Slimline Albums; the Acrylic Tab Slimline. This new line of albums measure 5 1/2" X 11" and come in both chipboard and acrylic. Slimline cards are all the rage and these albums really "measure up" to that trend.
Whether you use them vertically, as I did for this project, or horizontally, you'll have lots of room for your photos and embellishments...
Working with acrylic when making a mini album gives you design opportunities that you don't get using pages you can't see through. The biggest one for me is that I can layer elements on each page so they "stack up" and create a collage when the album is closed...
I find the easiest way to do this is to work from the last page up. Placing the tallest elements on this page, then decreasing the size of papers and embellishments on each page above it. You can also see where to place embellishments so that they "layer" instead of getting hidden behind other embellishments. And if you stack each page on top of the last while you work, it is easy to layer and keep all your papers straight.
Paints and alcohol inks work well on acrylic too and can provide interesting design elements.
One other thing to keep in mind is that if you are using double sided paper, it can be seen from both sides, so you don't have to put paper on both sides of each page.
I like to adhere the printed papers by placing glue at their centers that can be covered with a photo mat or embellishments on the other side of the page. Use this same technique with embellishments too; only adhere by their centers, then cover the glued area with another similar size or shape embellishment on the other side of the page.
Here's a look inside my album...
Notice how design elements from previous pages are visible on the open pages as you look through the album.
To put the album together, I slipped elastic pony tail holders through each hole, then tied ribbons through the ends of the loops.
I also added some tag elements to the album; I made twine loops for them then threaded them in between the pages.
You can write on the tabs using a permanent pen if you want to. but because I wanted labels on each side, I cut narrow pieces of cardstock and adhered them back to back to write the section names on.
I hope this project gave you some ideas to use on your own albums.
Clear Scraps: Acrylic Tab Slimline
Other: Echo Park: Printed Papers and Embellishments, Ranger: Distress Oxide Inks, Beacon Adhesives: Zip Dry, Sakura: White Gelly Roll Pen, Cardstock, 3D Dots, Fine Tipped Black Marker, Ribbons, Twine and Pony Tail Holders