Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Itty Bitty File Folder Mini Album / G45's Raining Cats and Dogs

Two days ago, as I was cleaning up my work area from the last project, I took a good look at the scraps. I needed to do something with them other than put them in my scrap drawer.  You know that drawer....the one where all the scraps are too big to toss but not a full sheet and you just know you can use that scrap (s) one day on something. But that day doesn't seem to come too often as the scrap drawer (at least mine) is overflowing. So I stopped cleaning and went to work on using those scraps. The results is an itty bitty file folder mini album.

Based on the same idea as the previous project and my previous post...I used file folders to create my pages. Being smaller though, I had to create the tabs myself. Other than that, the album is pretty much like the larger size I made....just smaller. The album has three top loading pockets, two side loading pockets and three attached tags. The picture on the front cover is removable so that a photo can be placed there if wanted. Here are some more photos.
Here is a you tube video that shows pictures of the entire album...pages, tags and photo mats.
Some more pictures
Two projects later....I still have some scraps from this 8x8 paper pad.
Hmm...what to do....what should I make? Stay tuned to see if these scraps become something or if they end up in the scrap drawer!

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Raining Cats and Dogs File Folder Mini Album

I love file folders! Not so much for filing things but for altering and creating things with them. If you were to offer me a handful of the best cardstock ever made or a handful of file folders....I would most likely choose the file folders. I have been watching several you tube videos where people have taken file folders to make mini albums and wanted to try making one of my own. Which brings me to today's post.

I took 4 letter size file folders, Graphic 45's "Raining Cats and Dogs" 8x8 paper pad collection,  ideas inspired by two you tube videos and some ideas of my own and created this mini album for my friend Jenny. She has two fur babies and I thought she might like to use this album to showcase her fur babies.

I am happy with my first attempt at using file folders for a mini album but there are some things I would change on future ones.  So how about some pictures!
I made a chipboard cover for the front and back. The back cover is the full width of the book including the tabs. The front cover though is cut shorter allowing the tabs to be shown. I wasn't sure I would like that but once I cut the covers and started putting it together, I was happy with it. The file folders are cut, scored, folded and put together in a way that creates a couple of side pockets and 3 top loading pockets in addition to the pages. There is no gusset or space though between pages to allow for lumpy embellishing. It pretty much is designed for pictures and journaling only.

I chose to leave the spine exposed and added 3 strips of ribbon as a design feature.

I inked all the edges of the file folder pages and the paper with black soot ink by Ranger's Distress Inks. The above pictures are a sampling of some of the inside pages. To see them all you can check out my you tube video:

You can also find the links to the two you tube videos that helped inspire my creation in the description box of my video. Be sure to check them out and see the fun file folders they have made.

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas. I am now finished with my treatments for breast cancer and taking some time to heal. I hope to be able to take this time and catch up with all my crafty friends and visit your blogs to see what you all have been creating. I also hope to get back into the crafty mode and get some serious crafting done. I have a long list of things I want to make / try!

Thank you for stopping by to check out my album!