Saturday, September 28, 2013

6x6 All Hallows' Eve Mini-Album Part II

Happy Saturday!

I've got a "take two" on my 6x6 All Hallows' Eve mini-album to share today. I used my PDF tutorial found HERE on this one with the Echo Park "Chillingsworth Manor" 12x12 collection. I wanted to show it with some different Halloween papers that can still be found in stores and these are papers I missed out on last year and happily found this year!

This mini works up pretty fast and I'll be showing another example of it using a Fall paper collection soon. I've got a few more Halloween minis I'd like to finish up and I think I'm finally close to using almost all of my Halloween stash of papers! From now on, I've just got to choose my favorite for the year and only. buy. one.

This completed mini-album is listed on eBay HERE ending Sunday 10/6, if you're interested.

A video of this mini can be found on my YouTube channel HERE.

Hope everyone's enjoying the weekend:)

Thursday, September 26, 2013

6" x 6" All Hallows' Eve Mini-Album PDF Tutorial

Who's ready for cooler weather, changing leaves and Halloween??

I've just finished my re-make of the 6"x6" "All Hallows' Eve" mini-album from last year and the tutorial is listed in my Etsy shop HERE.

I made a few slight changes in the new version, including a black suede closure using the new Tim Holtz buckles, rolled velvet roses and a few other embellishments that I had to substitute because I no longer had the originals that I used last year.

All of the page designs remained the same with lots of flaps, pockets, magnet closures, etc as the original album had. The tutorial is 48 pages long with 124 photos and goes step-by-step through the process of creating all 10 pages, front and back covers and photo mats/tags. 

This is a fun little book to make and works up really fast! I've got a second one nearly finished and I'll be sharing that here on the blog and my YouTube channel soon. I should also have a video up within the next day of this new version of the album. 

Hope you're all having a great week and getting in that spooky spirit:)

Friday, September 6, 2013

8"x8" Birdsong Mini-Album PDF Tutorial

Happy Friday, everyone!

I've finished the Graphic45 Birdsong mini-album tutorial and it's now listed in my Etsy shop HERE.

This VIDEO shows the new version of the album and talks a little bit about the tutorial.

This VIDEO shows the original album with all of the flap, features, etc that the tutorial includes.

This one's been nearly a month in the making as I had to create the album again. It's a pretty big file and 82 pages long, but that's only because there are 22 pages in this album and I wanted to make sure each page had detailed instructions and photos. There are 10 different page designs in this album with all of them repeating, but each page had slight differences and/or specific instructions for the embellishments so every page and photo mat/tag is covered in the tutorial.

I've had a few people ask how much of the Graphic45 paper is needed to complete the album as shown. I used a little more than half of the 12x12 paper pad and one and a half 8x8 paper pads. I know this collection is getting difficult to find, so I took special care to note exactly how much of each paper I used so I could offer a few different options for those who either can't find the paper or don't want to purchase so much of it.

My best and obvious suggestion is to cut down the size of this album to 14 pages, choosing your favorite pages. If you do this, you'll be able to create your own version using either the 12x12 pad or the 8x8 pad and a few individual sheets of paper. I used the "Cherry Blossom" paper the most in the album, so if I had to choose which individual sheets to purchase that would be high on my list. The nice thing about this particular collection is there are very few differences in the size of the print between the 12x12 and 8x8 papers. The "Birdsong" and "Tranquility" papers are the ones where size matters. If you can only find the 8x8 paper pad to purchase, that's the one I would recommend. You can always use some neutral patterned paper on the photo mats and features to make up for any shortage you may have with the G45 papers.

I've made a few slight changes from the original album to the ribbon closure, bookmark and one of the interior pages based on materials that I've since purchased and materials I no longer have.

I'm ready for some much needed cooler weather and have Fall on my mind, so I'm moving right into Halloween next!

Hope you all have a great weekend!