You have hung with me through this entire tutorial and I appreciate all of you who have left comments on the progress of this mini album for my granddaughter. Thank you all so very much.
Now for some totally selfish and self-aggrandizing, put my shoulder out of the socket by patting myself on the back, show off man-ship. I present to you the final page of my granddaughter’s mini album. *bowing and taking in all the worship* 😀
The finished photos are tucked into the fan.
Now I could tell you that this is a project that is more along the lines of a “Master Student”. I want to be adored just a bit longer. Okay, that is enough of the adoration. Let’s get into the construction business.
This is totally SIMPLE! Really, trust me. This is very simple.
First round up your scrap chipboard pieces. You will need pieces that measure about 5 inches square.
I am using an old Sizzix die. The “Dresden Plate” die. You might have something similar in your Cricut or other electronic cutter.
You will cut six of the petals. I was going to use this background paper for the layout but I didn’t want to hide the awesome graphics. So I’m going with the back side of the page. As you can see….this page was done before the one you saw yesterday.
You can keep the scrap from the die cuts if you want to use them as stencils. I’m just going to toss these in the recycling bin.
I’m using paper from a long ago purchased paper pad from GCD Studions called Sophisticated Frost.
I like this pattern and think it will do well for this project.
Cut your chosen paper at 5 inches square and cut out 6 of the petals. Try to line up the pattern in a pleasing display.
When you have the papers lined up in the pattern that is pleasing to you, glue them to the chipboard.
I have gone round all the edges with a gold leafing pen. This might not ever be seen when I’m finished but I know it is there.
Now you will need to find some GROSS GRAIN ribbon. This type of ribbon is strong enough and has lots of body to support the fan pieces and keep them from flopping around on you.
Now…on to the most dreaded tool in my studio. The hot glue gun. I have a love/hate relationship with this bit of nasty business.
Did you know that the manufacturers of all hot glue guns say it is NEVER advisable to have the hot gun on its side? Why can’t they make a proper stand for the infernal contraption that will make it stand upright if it HAS to be upright at all times?! Mine has a terrible problem with “dropsy”
Okay, now that I’ve finished whining it is time to get on with things. I forgot to tell you to cut the ribbon to fit the petal edges. Do that now and cut a total of 4.
Using the hot glue gun, put a thin stream of glue down the left edge of the ribbon and QUICKLY attach the petal to the ribbon. This stinkin’ stuff cools off so fast that I have not been very successful in showing you what you need to do.
It will look like this on the back. This is why you need Gross Grain ribbon for this application.
Add more hot glue along the edge of the next ribbon area. Don’t worry about the bleepin’ globs that squeeze out in the process.
Don’t panic at the mess. I’ve already done that for you….panic that is. I’ve also said “Crapazoid” many times.
You will need to have your trusty Tim Holtz mat or some kind of silicone mat for this next part of the project. And you will need an abundant supply of beaded ribbon stuff.
Using the the hot glue, once again, run a bead of it along the outer edge of the petal, then QUICKLY attach the strung beads to the glue. The craft mat will allow you to pick up the glued mess when it has cooled. Make your way around the entire fan gluing the beaded string to the outer edges.
If you find a nasty goobery mess of hot glue, once it has cooled snip it away.
Now you will add the bead string to the inside fan pieces. This will cover your many mistakes with the hot glue.
Decide how you want the fan pieces to fit on your page. Using the hot glue secure the top fan piece to the base fan piece where you want it to live.
Make sure you don’t cover your binding holes.
Now you just have to cover the bottom edge of the fan. Can’t leave it looking like it is now can we. I’ve used a lock piece from the Tim Holtz Ideology Lock and Key set. The key I’ve attached to the silk flower.
Lynn Claridge, from the UK, gifted me with these totally awesome frame pieces. Way back in 2010. I’m going to use them as my photo mats for this “Cinderella Fantasy” page. I thought this photo of my granddaughter with her new shoes was fairly appropriate for this layout.
So, there you have it. Totally easy to make this stunning addition to a mini album or a scrapbook page. Do you want to see it again? Okay, I’ll be happy to show you once again.
Alright, alright. You don’t have to throw eggs at me! I’ll stop with the bragging!
Now go and “Show someone how special they are”.
p.s. You might need to dig up another binder clip. The angle of the fan makes the photos want to dump out.
I forgot to show you the other photo for this page. Also, both photos have a journal spot on the back of each. Sorry, no photos
Okay, bye now. Really. Bye.
p.p.s.s. Here is a video I made to show you the finished mini album.