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!

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