How to cover chipboard with paper.

Okay, this one you will have to use your imagination a little bit.  I got so carried away with attaching the paper to the chipboard pieces I forgot to take photos of the process.

I’m using liquid glue to attach the papers.  The first thing to do is get the adhesive of  your choice on the chipboard first.  Use a tape runner, Scor-Tape, red liner tape, wet glue, Mod Podge, whatever you prefer.  Get the adhesive to all outer edges of the chipboard and in the middle section.

Attach the paper you have chosen.  You can cut the paper ahead of time if you know the dimensions.  I cut the papers at 3-1/2 inches by 8-1/2 inches to cover the off cuts from the chipboard I cut in the previous post.  For this process I prefer using liquid glue.  I have a small window of time to move the paper around to fit properly by using the glue.  I don’t have much success with the dry adhesives.  I have ruined too much paper and chipboard when the danged dry adhesive sticks to the chipboard in the wrong place :/

Adhere the paper to the chipboard

Adhere the paper to the chipboard

BEFORE you mount the paper on the back side of the chipboard piece make sure to punch the holes for the notebook binding.  Want to have a swear session?  Just cover the both sides of the chipboard and hunt around for the holes :/  Trust me….I’ve done this a time or two and I speak from experience.

Punch any holes before you do the back

Punch any holes before you do the back

Now you can safely cover the back of the chipboard.  The holes will be easy to punch because you have taken the time to do it on the front side.

 

Cover the back side and punch any holes

Cover the back side and punch any holes

The problem with using a liquid glue in this application is the water content that soaks into the chipboard and causes the pieces to warp.  Don’t worry.  I have my “highly technical” press ready.  Using wax paper, place a sheet on a flat surface.  In this case it is my cleared off kitchen table.  Lay the glued pieces atop the wax paper and put another layer of wax paper on top of this.  Continue with your wax paper and glued chipboard sandwich.  When all pieces are ready for the press put something flat over the top of the “sandwich” and then add some weight.

 

Warping chipboard

Warping chipboard

Sandwich chipboard pieces to dry between wax paper

Sandwich chipboard pieces to dry between wax paper

Place something flat over the sandwich

Place something flat over the sandwich

Place something heavy to act as a press

Place something heavy to act as a press

For the larger pages with the tabbed dividers I had to go through my stash of 12 x 12 papers to.  I didn’t have the foresight to purchase extra paper when I went shopping.  So I will have to find paper from my stash that will compliment the colors of the new stuff.

Creative Imaginations

Creative Imaginations

Creative Imaginations

Creative Imaginations

Imaginisce

Imaginisce

Club Scrap

Club Scrap

Use the adhesive of your choice to the chipboard and lay it out on the paper you will cover the glued side with.  Once the paper is fully adhered use a craft knife to cut around the chipboard piece.  Remember to punch your holes before covering the other side.

Attaching the paper and cutting around the chipboard

Attaching the paper and cutting around the chipboard

This new thing I am attempting to do….Put Things Away….is getting easier to do.  I still have to talk to myself and make sure that I do it :/  The bag which held my purchases is coming in handy for this project.  All the papers are together.

Clean up as I go

Clean up as I go

I like coming into my “Studio” now.  Space for mojo to happen 😀

 

Orderly work table

Orderly work table

I hope this has been of help to anyone that is thinking about covering chipboard with paper.  Now I have to put these pages under my press and wait until tomorrow to begin the hard part.  Designing the layouts.

Leslie

 

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How to make chipboard mini album pages.

About two years ago I read a comment on a YouTube video, don’t remember which one it was though.   The viewer asked if there was anywhere to find out how to make a mini album from start to finish.  At first the question seemed strange.  Then I remembered how I felt when I first heard about mini albums and watched one video after another of finished products.  The same question banged about in my head.  How does one go about starting the whole process?

That viewer is probably now making some of those fantastic mini albums after having gone through the learning curve all by themselves.  I am going to create a series of blog posts all about creating a mini album.  From start to finish.  Since I am making one for my granddaughter’s birthday I figure now would be a good time to document the process.

There are many phases to creating a mini album.  There are many types of mini albums as well.  Paper bag minis which make use of the brown paper lunch bag.  Card stock mini albums that are made entirely of card stock and patterned papers.  The sizes range from 3 inches to 9 inches.  The “standard” seem to be having 6 to 8 pages in the album with a ton of pockets.  I deal with that feature in a later post.  Right now I want to just focus on how to begin.

This mini album will be for an 8 inch by 9 inch, three ring binder.  It will also feature chipboard as the page bases throughout.

STEP ONE:  You have to decide on the size of your mini album.  Then you have to decide what you will use as the base pages for the actual function of the mini album.

STEP TWO:  You  have to think about the “Sections” of your mini album. Are they all going to be the same?  A wedding theme?  A new baby?  A birthday?  A family reunion?  This type of mini album will not need to have dividers, or sections.

My granddaughter’s mini album will feature sections for friends, family, sports, and her precious self.  I want to take a “moment”, if you will, of her life and hold it for safe keeping for her.  Over the coming years she can look back and remember the fun she had with her friends, the soccer (football) games she played in, her quirky little brother, and what her life was like as a 15 year old young woman.

STEP THREE:  Choose the photos you want to use in the mini album.  You can check out my previous post about how I chose the photos.

STEP FOUR:  Gather your supplies.  I purchased some of the components for this mini album from a local scrapbook store.  Not from one of the major chains of crafting stores.

My supplies

My supplies

This mini album will be a notebook type.  I purchased a Bo Bunny 8 inch by 9 inch chipboard bound three ring binder that was empty.  Had no papers or plastic holders inside.  There was an assortment of books available that included the papers, plastic photo sleeves, and other decorative items.  I did not like what I saw for the paper choices and chose to make my own.

 

Bo Bunny 8 x 9 binder

Bo Bunny 8 x 9 binder

Now the process begins.  Get a scrap piece of paper that is long enough to fit the length of the binder you have chosen.

Scrap paper to make the ring  holes

Scrap paper to make the ring holes

As even as you can possibly get it, place the scrap piece of paper between the ring jaws and close them on the paper.  You will make an indentation on the scrap paper where the rings close.

Close the rings on the scrap paper

Close the rings on the scrap paper

Measure and draw a pencil line 1/2 inch from the edge of the scrap paper.  Find the ring binder indentations on the paper and mark their placement on this scrap.

Draw a line 1/2 inch from the paper edge

Draw a line 1/2 inch from the paper edge

Make a circle on the line where the binding closed

Make a circle on the line where the binding closed

Check to make sure these marked areas line up with the binder jaws.

Make sure the circles match the rings

Make sure the circles match the rings

Make any adjustments now.  It is necessary if you want the pages to fit properly.  When everything lines up punch the holes in the scrap paper guide.  Test your “guide” for fit and make any adjustments now.

Punch holes in the scrap paper guide

Punch holes in the scrap paper guide

For the chipboard pages of this album I will be using four (4) sheets of 8-1/2 by 11.  You can use cereal boxes cut to the size you need.  Have some lined paper pads?  Take the backer board from the paper pad and use it.

8-1/2 x 11 chipboard sheet

8-1/2 x 11 chipboard sheet

I am cutting the chipboard at 7-1/2 inches along the 11 inch length.

 

Measure 7-1/2 inches

Measure 7-1/2 inches

Using a craft knife cut the chipboard

Using a craft knife cut the chipboard

I will be using the “off cuts” in this mini album as pages, too.  I won’t be discarding the short pieces.

I want to have tabbed dividers in this album.  If you would like to as well, find something with a tab on it.  Notebook plastic tabbed dividers, chipboard dividers, recipe card dividers.  Whatever you wish to use as a template.

Find a template

Find a template

Line up your template to the starting tab placement you want to establish as the start.  Trace around your template with a pencil.  Take the next page and move the template over for the placement of the next tab.  Continue drawing and marking your template piece on your base pieces until you have completed this step.

Align the template to the first sheet

Align the template to the first sheet

Draw around the template

Draw around the template

Line up the second sheet and mark the placement

Line up the second sheet and mark the placemen

Do the same for the third

Do the same for the third

Continue until you have them all marked

Continue until you have them all marked

Using the craft knife and a metal edged ruler cut along your pencil marks on each of the tabbed divider sheets.

Using a craft knife cut along the pencil line

Using a craft knife cut along the pencil line

At the tabbed area cut on an angle

At the tabbed area cut on an angle

Your first tab is created

Your first tab is created

Continue the process until you have finished

Continue the process until you have finished

Using your “hole guide” line up the scrap piece with the bottom edge of your chipboard where you will make the holes.  Make sure the template is even along the bottom and one of the outer edges.  Mark the hole alignment with a pencil.  Cut out the holes and then test fit these pages in your binder.

Bring your hole template to the pages

Bring your hole template to the pages

Line the template along the bottom and one side

Line the template along the bottom and one side

Mark the hole placement

Mark the hole placement

Punch the holes

Punch the holes

Test fit the pages in your binder

Test fit the pages in your binder

That’s enough for today.  Tomorrow we will tackle the project of covering your chipboard with papers.

The easy part has just been finished.  I hope you will stick with me as I go along this journey into enlightenment 😀

 

Leslie

 

The foibles of dis-organization.

The next cupboard I am going to work on is one that very seldom gets opened.  Why?  Because my video making light is attached to the door handle and it blocks the use of both doors.

My video work light

My video work light

Boggles the mind to think that anything creative would ever come out of this space of Chaos.

I forgot to take a “Before” picture of this cupboard.  There still is not much in it but at least it is organized.

Book binding cupboard

Book binding cupboard

On the bottom shelf is my newly acquired We R Memory Makers Cinch.  In the center of the shelf is my Zutter Bind-It-All that I’ve had for a number of years.  Next to the Zutter is a Silent Setter tool made by Provo Craft and purchased long before this century went into the double digits.  Sometime around 2006.  Next to that is a Christmas gift I received from a friend.  A Slice tool set.

On the sort of “middle” shelf are my binding wires for both the Zutter and the Cinch.  I can move the shelf pegs down just a bit in the event I acquire more binding wires.

Now to the top shelf.  I’ll start with the right side of the shelf.  My “sane” purchases.  The purchases I made over the years that have a purpose and are used frequently.

There is the Crimping Tool.  I freely admit that this tool has not been used for quite a number of years.

Crimping Tool

Crimping Tool

Next to the Crimping Tool are my hole punch tools.  My We R Memory Keepers Big Bite and my Cropadile.  I do use these.  In fact, I used the Cropadile when I made the tags for the buckets in my other cabinet.

Cropadile and Big Bite

Cropadile and Big Bite

Now to the insanity.  A big basket of insanity to be exact.  This is Plexiglass.  Not just any Plexiglass either.  These are off cuts from some manufacturing facility somewhere in Kansas.  The Yard Store in Wichita, Kansas had shelves full of these off cuts.  I saw the price of 10 for $1.00 and I went nuts.

Plexiglass off cuts

Plexiglass off cuts

You see….my thinking was – and still is….these pieces would make fantastic mini albums.  The “feet”, which are standing upright now, would help to hold the mini album upright.  I have made one mini album using this Plexiglass and gave the finished item to my youngest daughter about six years ago.  Nothing has happened with these since then.

There is a lot of “real estate” to stamp, even heat emboss, attach photos and tons of embellishments.

Lots of creative space

Lots of creative space

Now that I am home and not on the road being a truck driver I think I will make use of several of these pieces.

For now, I’m pleased that all my book binding supplies and tools are in one place and within easy reach.  Now I need to figure out where I will hang the video making light.

Aye Ca-rumba!  My desire to get this room organized is flagging.  The further I go the worse the mess becomes.  I guess it is just time to…..

Put my big girl panties on

Put my big girl panties on

Stick with me.  The organizational mission is continuing.  Buckle up.  It is proving to be one heck of a bumpy ride :/

Leslie

Heather punched a bunny!!

Hahahahaha.   I just kill myself 😀   Oh, you didn’t get it.  Alright.

Since I have a lot of hand punches I thought it would be a good time to introduce Heather to them and create an Easter Bunny for her boy’s layouts.  I am not going to be critical of the outcome because this was her very first time of doing this.  Her bunnies turned out pretty cute.  One looks like it hit the sauce a bit :D.

Here’s a link to the pattern if anyone is interested.  Stamp With Amy has the pattern I chose to use with Heather.  It is moderately complicated but not overly so.  There is also a video link in the Stamp With Amy blog to show how to put this little guy together.

All the supplies ready for this project

All the supplies ready for this project

I took some time to show Heather the photo and the “recipe” to make this cute little bunny.  I gave her some instruction on using the punches properly.  I gave her the paper to use in this project and told her how many of which size punch to cut.  I let her do the work.

Using the punches

Using the punches

This photo is great!  Not just for the working shot of Heather using the punch.  But in my photography expertise – ahem  NOT – I was able to get quite a story from one photo.

First is Heather using the punch on the dark pink paper.

Second is the face Heather makes when the punched piece flies through the air.

Third is the aforementioned punched piece actually flying through the air!

A flying punched piece :D

A flying punched piece 😀

I don’t have a 3/16″ hole punch but I do have a Cropadile.  I introduced Heather to this tool.  I think I’ve had her use it before to make holes and set eyelets way back in the beginning.  Today she is using the Cropadile to make the black parts of the bunny’s eyes.

Cropadile used to make the eye centers

Cropadile used to make the eye centers

I don’t have the smaller oval punches but I do have a Coluzzle to use.  I did a demonstration on how to use it with Heather then spent the next few minutes hovering over near her as she used this tool.  Doing a lot of “Hold it straight up” and “Turn the blade around”.

Using the Coluzzle with the spinning cutting blade can be tricky at first.  Knowing and making yourself hold the knife straight up and down continuously is a pain in the butt.  A person’s natural inclination is to tip the handle forward or backward while making the cuts.

Oval shaped Coluzzle

Oval shaped Coluzzle

Heather following direction :D

Heather following direction 😀

Once all the pieces were either punched out or cut out the next part of this project was to ink the edges of each item.  I had her use Walnut Stain Distress Ink and she chose to use the makeup sponge to apply the ink.

Inking the edges of her cut pieces

Inking the edges of her cut pieces

Edges inked and time for assembyl

Edges inked and time for assembly

Beginning assembly of the bunny

Beginning assembly of the bunny

This is Heather’s very first time of assembling punched out pieces.  Using the photo from Stamp With Amy and my guidance she got the pieces going and it is beginning to take shape.

Bunny coming together

Bunny coming together

I have “Flock” in a light pink color.  Bunny ears are so soft and cute I thought a little bit to the inner ear would be good.  When the glue fully dries you won’t see anything except the soft little patch of fuzz.  Until then you see the wet glue beneath.

A bit of "Flock" in the ears

A bit of "Flock" in the ears

These two bunnies are just so cute.  I had her punch the wrong size out for the nose.  The noses are just a tad too big but these little guys are ADORABLE!

Two little bunnies

Two little bunnies

Next was to get the “Easter Eggs” edges inked  I had her cut out using the Coluzzle.  I asked Heather if she had ever colored Easter Eggs when she was little.  She told me a story of her attempt to make them multi colored and the resultant mess.  Yep, been there and done that 😀

Inking the edges of the Easter Eggs

Inking the edges of the Easter Eggs

I was going to make things a bit more complicated for her.  I had suggested she cut zig zag lines across a couple of the eggs to make them look like they were cracking and opening.  Have a different colored egg piece in the background to show through.  Heather opted for markers since she had already done a whole lot of new stuff already.  I didn’t push the issue and brought out my markers for her to have fun with.

Decorated Easter Eggs

Decorated Easter Eggs

Heather has learned quite a bit during her time with me.  I suggested cutting photo mats for the layouts and she piped up with the cutting dimensions.  Woo Hoo – You Go Girl!!

Heather cutting her photo mats

Heather cutting her photo mats

More edges to be inked up.  I had her ink the edges of all of the papers she cut for mats and I had her ink the edges of her layout bases.

Inking the photo mats

Inking the photo mats

Inking the layout bases

Inking the layout bases

By the time we had gotten to this part of the project Heather had been over for about 2 hours.  We were going to be another hour to get several other things done.

Figuring out placement of her items

Figuring out placement of her items

Time to decide where Heather would like  each of these elements to live.  Placing the mats, bunnies, and eggs to best show them off yet leave enough room on the bases for extra photos or some stickers she found in the stash she received from Maureen.

These two layouts are just too cute!!

Partially finished layouts

Partially finished layouts

Reluctantly I had to shoo Heather back home.  We had been at this for three hours and could have stayed longer.  I gave her some ideas to play with at her home.  Use some of her punches to create interesting borders.  I gave her some green card stock.  I cut some thin strips of the green to make grass for her to play with on her own.

So Heather now has her first Easter layout for her boys.

Each of these elements – the punched bunnies and the Easter Eggs – can be used on greeting card fronts.  Glitz the eggs up with glitter, send them through your die cutting machine using an embossing folder to give the eggs a design and dimension.  Use strips of ribbon around the center of the eggs to give them a decorative look.  Nestle your eggs in some tufts of grass.

Gussy these elements up for your scrapbook layouts as well.  Attach the bottoms and one side of the Easter eggs to use as a pocket for your photos or for a journal spot.  Get creative in your holiday crafting this year and have fun 😀

 

Steal of a Deal

 

As Is Find

As Is Find

 

At Michaels last week, as I wandered the store, I had a peek in the “AS IS” bin at my store.

Usually there is an assortment of stuff that doesn’t interest me but this time I had to snatch this Cropadile out of the bin and not think twice about it.

I still can’t believe I got it for $8.75!!  I was told the woman that purchased it had brought it back (reason unknown).  The store manager and other people tried it out and checked it over to see what was wrong with it and there didn’t seem to be a problem.

I can’t believe they didn’t put it back up with the other Cropadiles and sell it at full price, as all other stores do.  Heck, I’m not going to question the reason too much.  I’m just very grateful that it now resides at my house….although

 

Total mess in my room

Total mess in my room

 

I may not be able to find it 😦 when I need it.

I’ve got four projects going right now.  Well, more like three since I’ve completed the request by Maureen for a video on totally stripping the rubber stamp from a block.

If you watch the videos I did….I’m not doing that any time soon.  Just stripping those three stamps was more than enough for me to decide that I’m WAY too lazy to take on that project.

The paper bag in the foreground is an experiment in progress.  When I used to sew I had a paper bag taped to the edge of the table beneath the head of my Serger.  All the tails would be snipped off and put in the bag.  Along with small bits of fabric and the strings from the regular seam sewing I did.

I’m trying to figure out a way to “Decorate” the paper bag and hang it from the table edge to have a recepticle for the never ending small pieces of trash I accumulate during a project.  Mostly the backs of Dimensionals or the red strips from Sticky Tape.  The gritty left behind particles of embossing powder or glitter that is too small to get scooped back in the containers.

I’ve started a mini album using the left overs of file folders from the Greeting Card Holder that needs to be finished.  The pieces are in various stages of working on tags, pockets, and embellishments.

And I have a pile of charms that I’m trying to figure out how to make, along with a bunch of corsage pins that I’m finding really difficult to do, and quite frankly it is getting depressing.  My confidence in jewelry making is somewhere just below street level and near the gutter where these items are concerned.

The big bag of Tootsie Rolls was for a give away project but those round guys don’t stick well inside little folders.  I think I may have to go to my local Budget Box and Bag store and see if they have some small zip plastic bags.  I can make a topper for the bag and place a few of the Tootsie Rolls inside the bag.  At least if I give them to someone else I will be less inclined to reach inside the bag and take a few for myself.  Right now that seems to be my daily answer to the bag.  Grab four or five and don’t look back.

Today will be a day of sorting in my room.  Clarity will come when I have a clean and open table to work on.  And I have to get the rest of the stamps I ordered from Stampin’ Up! put away…..but then again I’ve seen some of the coloring with Copics and Stampin’ Write Markers being done by Tracy of Tracys Treasures – there is a link to her blog on the right under Blogs of My Friends.  So many distractions….