Aug 2, 2017

Prima Wild and Free Mini Album Tutorial

Hello sweeties!  It's time for a new challenge at Frilly and Funkie.  Our hostess Sara Emily has chosen the theme Read Any Good Books Lately?  She says, "Reading a good book on the beach or on the porch is a simple summer pleasure. For this challenge, please create a vintage or shabby chic project that depicts a favorite book or use book pages on your project, alter a book or even make a book or journal page! Just be sure it's in the vintage or shabby chic style that we are looking for!"

I made this sweet little 5 x 7" mini album with the fabulous Prima Wild and Free A4 paper pad.  I used many Tim Holtz dies to embellish.  My favorite feature was using the Mixed Media thinlet background dies to show through to the backing black pages.  

I'll let you scroll through the pages uninterrupted and then share my tricks and measurements at the end...

I wanted to make an album that would also work with the 8 x 8" pad as well as the A4 pad, which I have used here.  I wrapped the spine with an alternate pattern so that the front covers could be done with an 8" width paper.  I marked a line on the front of both chipboard covers and adhered my papers at the line.  

I used my ruler to measure one inch on the three sides for my wrap.  I used Red Line tape to adhere.

I wrapped my spine matching up the lines.  To make the tassel, I punched a large hole in the center at the top of the spine and ran a grouping of ribbons, laces and strings through and tied.  I used a string to tie the bottom of the knot tightly so that the ribbons would look more like a tassel.

I punched two tiny holes in the back and threaded my twine.  I put some Red Line tape between the holes to make sure they didn't tear and to hold the threads in place before I added my inner lining.

I used one sheet of dotty paper from the Tales of You and Me collection.  I took care to line up the inner spine wrap with the outer spine wrap.  I used Beacon 3-1 glue for the inner linings to help cover any ridges from the tassel, folded papers, etc.

Here are the measurements as promised:
Covers 5 x 7"
Spine 1 3/4 x 5
Outer Spine Wrap: 6 1/2 x 5 3/16
Front and Back Cover Inner Lining: 4 7/8 x 6 7/8
Spine Inner Lining: 4 7/8 x 5 3/16

Signatures (See THIS tutorial on assembling signatures):
4 7/8 x 1 1/4
4 7/8 x 1 3/4
4 7/8 x 2 1/4

Base Pages (Black): 4 7/8 x 6 7/8
Designer Paper Page Overlay: 4 3/4 x 6 3/4

Photo Sizes: 3 3/4 x 2 7/8
Mat: 4 x 3 1/8
Square Photos: 3 x 3
Mat: 3 1/4 x 3 1/4

I hope you like it and are inspired to play along with our challenge for a chance to win a $25 giftcard to the shop. 

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  1. What a fantastic project! Hugs, Valerie

  2. Its very Beautiful !! Loved the use of pretty papers and embellishments.Thanks for the tutorial :)

  3. Absolutely stunning Autumn! Xx

  4. Oh my goodness Autumn, what a beautiful album, you have packed it full of gorgeous elements that make me want to sit and scroll up and down for ages!! Stunning work! Hugs, Anne xx

  5. Autumn, this is such a gorgeous mini album. I love all the wonderful layers, the die cut pages, the sentiments...well, all of it. The tasseled spine is so elegant. Thanks for the great tutorial, too. Hugs!

  6. this is so gorgeous Autumn - love the vintage look, and the lace in that tassle had me a first glance!

  7. A lovely mini album Autumn and the Tim Holtz butterflies work beautifully here. I saw them on sale in a shop near me today and being brave - I walked right on by. Now I wish they had fluttered into my basket! Beautiful work with the Prima papers.

  8. You're so incredibly prolific, Autumn! So many wonderful pages and such an uplifting, inspiring message on the front cover! It would have taken me months to put together an entire album! I bet you did it with ease in just a couple of days!

  9. Wow and WOW Autumn!!!
    How long did this take you? This mini album is
    Bea-U-ti-ful! so many elements to look at and ohh and ahhh over- shabby chic does it! Great job! And thanks for sharing the tips and sizes!

  10. Amazing! Lets start there..You can clearly see that you love what you do. You put your heart and soul into it. Fabulous layouts, colours, texture and elements. Thank you for sharing this stunning work of art x

  11. Wow, this is amazing, Autumn!! This would have taken me a year to make!! Each page is a work of art!! I love the papers and the details you added!! Truly spectacular, my friend!! Wow!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  12. This is absolutely amazing! Such incredible details and I love your attention to the details!! Beautiful done! Thanks for sharing! :) HUGS

  13. Your projects always blow me away, Autumn--can't imagine making something like this! Gorgeous elements--a treasure!

  14. Autumn this is more than sweet.. it is the sweetest of mini albums. You put so much time into your makes & I believe with each one there is a little piece of you within. Always full of trinkets and curio's. I can only imagine what the real project looks like but I know it would be a glorious site. Thank you for sharing such beauty. Hugs Tracey xx

  15. Blew me away, Autumn! Mini-albums are my passion. Awesome job!

  16. FAN-TAB-U-LASS!!!! Love how you took the challenge theme and ran with it, Autumn! Love those papers and of course, your collages are just the BEST! Once again, I am in awe of your creative abilities and unending talent! Big hugs, my friend! Oct. is too far off!

  17. PS Thank you for your awesome tutorial! Pinned! Mwah!

  18. This is GORGEOUS! I love the effect of the thinlet cuts on the papers with the background peeking thru. Those papers and colors are beautiful too.

  19. your album is so beautiful ! Thank you so much for sharing your work with us at The Artistic Stamper
    WIshing you good luck to win beautiful stamps !

  20. Stunning! You start out with a beautiful cover and then get to turn each page and see another wonderful layout, design and masterpiece in between!

  21. Your album is amazing, full of beautiful papers, lace, and flowers. The tutorial is a big help! Thanks for sharing at Jo's Scrap Shack! My apologies for the late comment as last week was vacation time for us.
    DT Member

  22. oh my! Autumn, your lovely heart is shown throughout this "labor of love" booklet. Truly beautiful, and every page an inspiring adventure. Fantastic words of peace and encouragement, and a wonderful color scheme. hugs, de

  23. Gorgeous, Autumn from cover to cover. You really are so talented at creating these albums making each one so special .

  24. amazing album - beautiful embellishment, colour and texture.

  25. fantastic! thanks for sharing! i might try it out! so lovely!

  26. My head is spinning here! I've looked at this post numerous times trying to come up with the words to describe just how amazing this is, but I'm speechless. Such a sweet and pretty little love love this, Autumn!!

  27. This is such a special album Autumn! Each page holds its own magic and charm with so many special embellishments and trims. Absolutely love it! xx

  28. What an elegant and very romantic mini album. Each page has lots to look at with all the wonderful embellishments and spots for photos and journaling.

  29. Autumn, you are so wondrously creative! Love these beauties.

  30. Autumn, this album is gorgeous!! Very interesting pages.
    Thanks for sharing tutorial, its on mu To Do list. :)

  31. Hello dear...I am your new subbie...this album is a total treat for my eyes....stunning. stylish and very well thought out. Loved it.
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