I used to make bunches of mini albums, but haven’t created one for well over a year. Then I saw a thumbnail sketch on TSTR site as I was posting yesterdays’ card for their ‘Sweet Summer’ challenge #117 (you can visit the site HERE). Sassy#14, created a mini album. It must have stayed in my mind all night because when I woke up, I was ready to make this one with no hesitation! It’s made from a single sheet of double sided patterned paper!
The front and back covers are two separate pieces of chipboard, covered in paper. The front is embellished with a sugar glittered paper rose, a tiny fabric flower from Michaels’ and small scraps of ribbon. The blue silk ribbon was gathered with a few running stitches to frame the pink rose and a bit of treasured antique lace is tucked in their as well. The velvet leaf was a vintage millinery find that a dear friend gave me and a loop of pearls was added for good measure. I made a tiny tag from PTIs’ die and stamp set by the same name and attached it to the rose with a length of sewing thread tied around the base.
Because I used the cut, score and accordion fold method to make the inside of this album (1, 12″ square of paper), I had to ‘close’ the open side of each page. They alternate top edges and bottom edges. To keep it quick, I used fabric and paper flowers, folded in half and glued over the open edges. The tiny tags were cut from a sheet of card stock and scraps of ribbons, along with buttons, were added to each tag.
Because the points where the ‘pages’ make the spine, are not closed, I place a piece of organza ribbon over the spine before glueing the inside unit to the cover pieces. That little bit of ribbon keeps the tags from going too far into the album.
My Mother is elderly and not very clear of mind. She frequently feels ‘lonely’ even though she is not alone. This little bitty album can go into her pocket, as things she can touch, provide comfort. She hasn’t lost her delight in ‘pretty things’ either! I will add some little photos before giving it to her this afternoon.
Thanks Sassy, for giving me the idea!