Twisted Mini Album Tutorial
Take a half sheet of cardstock and fold it in half along the diagonal. Fold the result in half at the middle and you’ve got yourself a Twisted Card base. I love that this card base has mini pockets built into it and thought it would make a great mini album!
This album was so much fun to make, albeit time intensive to post about! Mini albums amke a great gift, especially for Mother’s Day or Father’s Day! This one was a gift for Mr. Stamp Witch’s birthday. I hope you enjoy the tutorial and the sneak peek at Mr. Stamp Witch, Stamp Witch Jr., and the Stamp Witch Hound!
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Twisted Card Directions
- Cut a piece of cardstock in half the long way.
- Score and crease the cardstock from corner to corner. The direction of the crease will determine which side has the pocket in it. Assuming indented creases become mountain folds (which is best because it doesn’t rip the paper fibers) then an uphill crease from the bottom left corner to the upper left corner will result in a pocket on the front of the card and on the right side within the card.
- Score and crease the card at the center point. The overall shape is like two mountains, and the center is the valley between the two mountains.
- Cardstock is bulky and may buckle slightly when a double layer is folder. I solved this by cutting along either side of the score line on the inside layer of cardstock and removing that little strip of scored paper.
- I used glue dots in the upper left corner of each pocket (in the location of the X’s on the diagram) to make sure the pockets didn’t flop open . The glue dot in this location does not interfere with things sliding in and out of the pockets.
- If you want to make a mini album, make approximately four of these card bases. Each one becomes two pages in the mini album for a total of 8. I used Watermelon Wonder, Peekaboo Peach, Smoky Slate, and Night of Navy for my page colors.
- To add a smaller decorative layer to the interior and exterior of the card, cut a piece of paper 1/2″ (2.5 cm) cm smaller than the 1/2 sheet of paper used to make the card base. I used different patterned sheets of Carried Away Designer Series Paper.
- Cut this paper diagonally from the bottom right corner to the upper left. (Reverse this if you have the pockets on the back of the card and the left side of the interior.) One piece should match the shape of the exterior and one piece should match the interior.
- On the interior piece, cut a slit in the center as you did with the card stock to avoid a bulky hinge. This gives you a triangle piece and a quadrilateral piece.
- If you are making a single card, adhere the exterior piece so it wraps from the front to the back of the card.
- If you are making a mini album with several pages, cut the exterior piece as you did with the interior piece. The decorations on the back of one card will match the front of the card that follows it.
Slide Out Inserts
- To make the slide out inserts, use one of the quadrilateral pieces mentioned above as a template to trace the outer shape of the insert. I used Carried Away Designer Series Paper for this layer in my mini album. A four card mini album will require 8 total inserts (I used 7 because I did something different on the first page).
- US option (shown on the graphic): To create the inner white shape for the insert, cut a piece of cardstock at 4″ by 5.5″. Make a mark on one of the short sides 1″ from the top and on the other side 3″ from the top. Cut a diagonal line from one mark to the other. Line up the resulting shape along the bottom edge of the outer quadrilateral piece, and trim off any excess paper from the small tip.
- International option: I’m not sure how the math works on the above step out for my international friends, so you get your own alternate directions. To create the inner white shape for the insert, use the larger quadrilateral shape as a template, then trim off 0.5 cm from the bottom edge and the small side edge.
- On my slide out inserts, I put a white layer on both the front and the back to have additional space to share photos and written memories. If you are making a mini album with four cards, with an insert on each page, you will need 16 total white pieces.
- Adhere the white pieces to the front and back of the large quadrilateral pieces.
- Staple a ribbon to the large side to act as a handle to easily pull the inserts out of the card. I used the white ribbon from the Succulent Garden Ribbon Combo Pack.
From Cards to Mini Album
- To transform a card into a mini album, line up four (or so) cards with the spines together.
- Thread a piece of Baker’s Twine up through the center of the first one, down through the second, up through the third, down through the fourth, like a zig zag.
- Next, double back with the Baker’s Twine, back up through the third page, down through the second, and up through the first.
- Adjust the baker’s twine to the desired tightness. Don’t make them too tight! Once you add decorations, such as photos, the pages become a little bulkier and the spine needs a little more breathing room to accommodate for that.
- Finally, tie the ends together outside the spine of the first page.
- All that’s left is to add photos and decorations!
Decorating the Twisted Mini Album
Decorate your mini album with photos and stamped images! Here’s some tips:
- Black and white photos work great for mini albums and scrapbooking. They always go with the color scheme! Additionally, with a really colorful background like I have with the Carried Away Designer Series Papers, a black and white photo stands out more than a color photo would.
- Experiment with photo shapes! I used a combination of shapes cut to fit my pages, die cut circle shapes, and fussy cutting around the shapes of the people in the photos.
- Washi tape is a really fun and easy embellishment, especially for albums and scrapbooks. I love that you can put it right on the edge of a photo to make it look like the photo is taped on. (I use glue, too, so it is nice and sturdy.) Tasty Treats Washi Tape has two colors, Watermelon Wonder and Peekaboo Peach, that coordinate perfectly with the Carried Away DSP.
- Fewer dimensionals! I usually use a lot of these, but in a mini album, they add a lot of bulk. As a result, I use these pretty sparingly.
- I used tone on tone stamping to decorate the backgrounds of the pages that would have inserts. I used the same color ink as the paper and created subtle patterns either with sentiment stamps or with hot air balloon stamps. Tone on tone stamping is a great way to add a little texture to a background without having it detract too much from the focal point (in this case, the photos). The stamps I used in this project all came from the Balloon Adventures and Lift Me Up stamp sets.
- Decorate your gift packaging to match your album!
Almost Primary Color Combination
The color combination for this project comes directly from the Carried Away Designer Series Paper. It is a twist on a primary color scheme. Peekaboo Peach is just a small step away from yellow. Then, of course, Watermelon Wonder is just a lighter version of red and both Mint Macaron and Night of Navy are blues.
This color scheme is perfect for festive occasions and for both male and female recipients. Emphasize the Watermelon Wonder and Peekaboo Peach, and it looks more feminine. Add more Mint Macaron and Night of Navy and you have a more masculine card.
Cardstock: Watermelon Wonder, Peekaboo Peach, Smoky Slate, Night of Navy, Whisper White (c) Stampin’ Up!
Paper: Carried Away Designer Series Paper, Glimmer Paper Assortment Pack (c) Stampin’ Up!
Ink: VersaMark, Watermelon Wonder, Peekaboo Peach, Smoky Slate, Night of Navy (c) Stampin’ Up!
Stamps: Lift Me Up, Balloon Adventures (c) Stampin’ Up!
Dies: Up & Away Thinlit Dies, Layering Circles Framelit Dies (c) Stampin’ Up!
Other: black and white photos, white embossing powder, heat tool, Night of Navy Solid Baker’s Twine, Succulent Garden Ribbon Combo Pack, Tasty Treats Designer Washi Tape (c) Stampin’ Up!
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