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This week we're featuring the Bigz XL Album, Brackets die, by Brenda Pinnick.

I love this die because it has so many combinations. You can use the square frame with or without the nested bracket shape, and then there's a large bracket shape, too. A lot of value on this die.

I decided to construct one of those flippy album thingies (it's a technical term) using the square/bracket nested piece. Hit play on this slideshow (look at the bottom of the frame for the controls) to view my project.

If you're interested in static photos and a supply list, continue reading after the jump.

Oh, and just for kicks I recorded a 30-second video of the album in action.


  01 Album Card Closed
02 Album Card Closed Side View

This album measures about 4.25" square. I die cut all the album pieces out of matboard so it would be sturdy. 03 Album Card Open

The bracket piece nests perfectly in the square piece, so all I had to do was to figure out how to make them pivot. I settled on fishing wire and a needle. The brackets are hinged to each other with transparency and the squares are hinged to each other with paper. 
04 Album Close up Pages 1 2Here's a close-up of the first two pages. I hand stitched around the bracket pieces before gluing the patterned papers in place.
05 Album Close Up Paged 3 4 Here's a close-up of the final two pages. The Merry Christmas greeting was on the patterned paper (Bo Bunny) so I just had to die cut around it.
06 Album details 

Supply List:

Bigz XL Album, Brackets die, by Brenda Pinnick
Cream matboard
Patterned papers: Bo Bunny, Fancy Pants
Snowflakes: Creative Impressions
Small tag punch: Stampin' Up!
General craft/source unknown: ribbon, embroidery floss, rhinestones