Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Mini Album Design by Guest Designer Jen Chesnick

My Creative Scrapbook guest designer Jen Chesnick is up today with a tutorial featuring our July Main Kit!

Here's Jen:


HI everyone Jen Chesnick here today and I am going to be showing how I built the base of my mini album using the July Main kit.  I make a lot of mini albums, so I have a streamlined process.  I tend to keep them to 6 pages, 5 to 10 photos and I keep the embellishments very similar in placement or alternate 2 or 3 designs.  I knew I wanted to make a mini as soon as I saw the kit.  Kits make me nervous though! I am always worried about spreading my embellishments around.  Thankfully there were full and fabulous embellishments in this kit.  I went ahead and created my layouts and made the mini last!  That way I knew I could throw everything I wanted to on it. 

To start I trimmed down the wood grain paper to 4x6, 1 sheet- 6 pages.  I then lined the back of each with another piece of paper from the kit to bulk it up.  I took my 2 3/4" circle punch and punched away.

Once I had my shapes cut out I lined the backside with pop dots.  You could also use kids craft foam to make them have some depth.  Or you can skip this step if you like! 

I printed out 5 photos, each at 4x4 square.  I chose them based on where they would line up within my circle.  I attached each photo to the pop dots and then covered the backside with yet another piece of paper.  This time cardstock to save my pretty pattern paper.

I repeated the process for all pages and then punched my holes out with the crop-a-dile.  Next up was actually making them all pretty. I kept all the embellishments tucked just under the circles along with strips along the bottoms.  I used the Gardens pattern paper a lot to create other embellishments to add in.  I really love how it came together.  I hope you enjoyed and incorporate some of these ideas in your next project!


Be sure to check out Jen's beautiful work in our Design Team Gallery!

Here's the July Main Kit:

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Mycreativescrapbook said...

Fantastic work, Love this album

Lynn Shaffer said...

Great use of the kit. Such a beautiful project!