When I said "accordion album" to three different people, they each described a different album to me – and I’ve made all three! Today’s album is sometimes called an "explosion album." Explosion albums can be large or small, and today’s is a very small album that I will demonstrate to a group of Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) later this month. They each will have a kit of papers from the Patterns Pack III which is currently a Level 1 Hostess Set, along with some coordinating ribbons and punched card stock for decorations. I’m going to encourage them to mix and match their kits if they’d like – more fun for everyone!
But they have to have a sample so they can see the possibilities for this easy little album, and here’s what I’ve prepared. I have my brand new pack of Tea Party Designer Series Paper and I’m having a blast with it already. I’d used up most of the first couple of packs that I bought when it first came out, and now that it’s Spring, I need MORE!
Above is the cover of the album, made with light cardboard (the stuff that comes with those packs of wonderful Designer Series Paper!) covered with some of the Tea Party papers. I punched a Scallop Circle topped with a circle punched with the 1-3/8" Circle Punch, all sealed together with one of the Pretty in Pink Corduroy Buttons featured in the current 2010 Occasions Mini Catalog. The ribbon I used is a So Saffron Ribbon from the ribbon set Elementary.
Now for the inside of the album. I made this one with three squares of 6" paper, and it holds 4 square photographs inside. I decorated the triangles formed by the diagonal folds with punched imaged using the Boho Blossoms Punch and the Heart to Heart Punch, using So Saffron, Bashful Blue and Pretty In Pink Card Stock. I cut the photos at 2-3/4" square, and the So Saffron Mats at 2-7/8" square.
I also put two photographs on the outside of the album – after all, there are two blank square pages there – why waste them!? Here’s the outside of the album.
Note that I "captured" the ribbon on the back cover of the album under a Pretty in Pink Scallop Circle Punch image, layered with a So Saffron Boho Blossom Punch image. I actually used transparent ("Scotch") tape to anchor the ribbon, then I used Sticky Strip to adhere the Scallop Circle elements to make sure that the ribbon was safely in place. Oh, and that tape was covered nicely by the punched elements, thank you!
Of course, I have one of my "One-Page Tutorials" for this project! Click here for the latest version – updated from years ago when I first made this project.
Have fun with this – and, of course, if you need any of these fabulous papers, ribbons, punches or card stock, you know where you can order 24/7! Right here!!!