Posted by ScrapGoo
This album can be tailored to fit any girl theme. I chose to make it into a best friends album but you could easily change the title or make it for a little girl, mom, etc.
Don’t be intimidated to jump into acrylic! It isn’t as scary as you think, I promise. Here are some tips to think about when you design an acrylic album:
1. If you design the front and back of a page to mirror each other you don’t have to worry as much about what will show from the other side.
**A Note On Adhesives: I created this album so that all of the adhesive was hidden. For 90% of it I used an ATG but any dry adhesive works great. In some cases (like with the buttons) glue dots make more sense, and in one case (the flower transparency on the last page) I used a small amount of clear-drying liquid adhesive.**
Let’s begin with our cover:
You will want to remove the book rings from the album and have all your pages separate and in the order you want them. I started with the page with the tab closest to the top.
- cut a 5 ¾ x 3 ¾ piece of the “Thursday” paper (orange/pink)
(you can see where I put my adhesive)
- now center the teal lined paper on the FRONT of the cover so that the paper on the other side of the acrylic looks like a thin border around it.
The rest of the cover looks like this:
- cut a 1 ½ - 2 inch by 3 ½ inch strip of the graph paper for under your title. Cut it closer to 2 inches wide if you are going to border punch it like I did (or use deco scissors) and smaller if you just want a plain strip.
Inside Front Cover:
Now half the work of this page is done for us! You will be able to see the white underside of the scalloped sticker and the kraft chipboard backing (not shown in this photo).
- cut a 5 ½ x 3 ½ piece of the “Wednesday” (teal/graph paper) paper
- cut a 1 ½ x 3 ¾ strip of the bright pink dotted paper and adhere near the bottom
Next Page: the second tab down:
- cut six 1 ¾ x 1 ¾ inch squares from any of the papers
- cut a ¾ x 6 ¼ inch strip of the graph paper and adhere it close to the right side
- cut six more 1 ¾ x 1 ¾ inch squares from any of the papers
- cut another ¾ x 6 ¼ inch strip of the graph paper and adhere it close to the left side, to cover where the strip on the opposite side is
Next Page: the third tab down:
This is the most complicated page. Hang in there!
- First, we are going to cut out around the edges of the red flourish and adhere it to the upper right corner. Put adhesive ONLY at the very bottom few wispy ends. It doesn’t matter if you can see that bit adhesive. A glue dot is a good choice here.
- cut a 3 x 4 inch piece of the pink lined/alphabet paper
- flip the page so the tab is on the left like in the photo above
- cut two equal strips of the striped border sticker and adhere them as shown
Last page: inside back cover/tab at the bottom:
- cut a 2 ½ x 5 ½ inch piece of the graph/teal paper
- very slightly overlap the transparency when you adhere the paper, graph side up
- cut a 2 ¼ x 2 ¼ inch piece from the orange paper and adhere it to the center of the teal paper
I inked all of my edges with Staz-On white but it would look great with black too. You absolutely do not need to ink the edges if you do not want to but if you do, remember that most inks will not dry on a slick surface. Staz-On is key for this.
I then added a large button from my stash to the front of each tab, and a smaller button to the back of the tabs.
I finished it off with some coordinating ribbons tied to the book rings.
I made sure that when I added photos they were the same size (a smidge larger than 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches) and that I used the same orientation for pages where the edges would show. For example, I made sure I used horizontal on both the front and the back of a page so you can't see any of the plain white backing.
You could also add handwritten bits of journaling if you wanted to.
Posted by ScrapGoo
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