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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

School Mini Album

 I have been putting my Cricut to some good use.  I have made a mini album to add pictures  from my son's Preschool and Kindergarten years.  He starts Kindergarten in a few weeks.  This is what made me bite the bullet to begin my first mini.

For the front cover and back cover I used the Elegant Edges cartridge to cut out these pieces.  They measure 7 x 7 inches.  I took some Recollections Red cardstock and cut this out at the same size.

On the front cover I did a print and cut using my Cricut of this cute school house.  Sorry I did not write the name of the company down I bought the images from.  I also embossed a row of school buses in white below the school house.  This was using a Studio G clear stamp that I had in a set.
The back I kept plain.
 As well as the spine.  It is covered in black cardstock by Recollections.

Inside the front cover I added a craft bag I had left over.  I cut the top to make it fit.  I have added some red cardstock that will be a mat.  This is the only section I have not completed the way I want to.  I am going to add some kind of picture to the bag and a tag pull to the top and maybe another mat.  Just haven't figured out what I want yet.

OK.  Here is page one.  I print and Cut the cute little books with the Cricut.  I also added his name to the book spine at the bottom. (here it is covered up)  The fist page has a slanted pocket which I have added a mat for a picture and a tag for some journaling. The paper resembling corkboard has been punched on the side with a EK sucess punch.  The Tag was cut out using the Cricut and stamped with a Technique Tuesday Stamp.  I also added a red school bus with the same Studio G stamp.

Also through out the album I used a school themed pack I bought at Michael's.  I didn't write down the name.  So sorry.

The top of this page also stores another photo mat that slides in the top.  For the binding I used Laura Dennison's Stack the Deck.  The pages come directly from Chelsea Perry's YouTube Channel.  You can see one of the tutorial's here.  I used all three examples to make my pages with a slight alteration here and there.

This page has a cute rosette I made using the cricut to cut out the patterened strip of kraft cardstock.  On the front of it there is a button.  Again the tags are made with the cricut using Technique Tuesday and Studio G stamps.

 This page has flip out.  The doily at the bottom I did with the cricut.  I added a border to the end of the flip out using the cricut as well.  All the papers came from the collection unless it is plain then it is definitely from Recollections.
 Here is another shot of the page closed so you can see the border and the photomat that slides out.
 Here is the next page flipped out.
 This is the next page with hold two tags for journaling or maybe small photos.

Here's the next pocket pages with the photo mats in place.

 Then slid out a bit.

 This next page is a flip out too with a cute trim I had in my stash.  This time instead of a border at the end I made another pocket to hold a journaling tag.  The Technique Tuesday and Studio G Stamps really pulled this together.
 Another double tag pocket.
Finally in the back cover I couldn't help myself.  I made a cascading flip pages.  I did not plan too well here, because I had to add the red strips at the top to cover up where they flipped up.  It still turned out pretty cute.

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