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Mothers Day Class - VIP & Scrapbook Gallery, Rochester, MN

CLASS: Note to Self Mini-Album (with pop-up)

This Saturday, May 5th (National Scrapbooking Day!) I will be teaching a class at Scrapp'n Savvy in Spring, Texas. Because of NSD, we're going to offer just one class, in the morning, from 10:30 - 1 pm. There may be two spots left - there were the other day - so contact the store if you are interested.

Last month I was brainstorming with Karrie and Leslie about what to do for the mini-album class and Leslie showed me the Echo Park "Note to Self" collection. As soon as I saw the viewfinder image I knew that it would be perfect to use with the Photo Wheel die! 

The front cover of the album features the Photo Wheel, styled to look like a viewfinder, with space for eight small photos.

01 NTS Cover

A couple of things to know about my classes:

  1. If ink isn't critically necessary, then I don't use it on my class sample. I always like to show a "clean" version of the project for my students who are not crazy about inked edges. You are always welcome (encouraged even!) to bring inks and blending tools to class and grunge the heck out of your project. As I like to say . . . it's your project, not my project!
  2. Everything is always pre-cut for class, but I give you a detailed handout showing you all the cuts I made, so if you want to reproduce the album again (maybe in a different color scheme?) you have everything you need to do so.
  3. We often run over on time, so please plan your afternoon accordingly. (No 2 pm matinee, 'k?)

Here are photos of the interior spreads of the album. Best part - the chipboard color is the perfect gray to match the collection colors, meaning we don't have to paint the chipboard! (WHOO-HOO!) 

I love the Echo Park "Note to Self" collection because between the stickers and papers, there are captions and borders and everything you need to make the album for almost any subject! I chose to make the album about my son Karl, but it does not need to be a boy - the collection is universal.

02 NTS Spreads 1 2

03 NTS Spreads 3 4
As you see above, you'll have plenty of room in this album (pages are just under 6x10) for photos and journaling.

The final spread has the pop-up in it, the Gift Card Holder die, used as a billboard.  

04 NTS Spread 5 Pop up

Here are the items you should bring to class:

  • Scissors and Trimmer
  • Favorite adhesive to adhere paper to chipboard (I like a tape runner w/refill, but some people like glue for this)
  • Liquid glue - for gluing down the rickrack
  • Strong adhesive - I recommend having some tacky or scor-tape for the pop-up. Also bring some mini-glue dots.
  • Crop-a-Dile or Big Bite - you'll need to punch the holes back into the album, so don't forget this!
  • Regular 0.25" corner rounder - you can do this by hand, but a corner rounder is your friend!
  • Paper piercer
  • Optional: inks & blending tools for inking edges. I recommend a dark brown or charcoal gray.

All photos and journaling can be done at home - no need to bring to class, but if you're staying for the crop and want to finish up this album, most of my photos are 3x4 (so I could fit two on a 4x6 canvas) and the one on the Billboard is 3.25" x 2". (If you buy the die, you can cut your photo into the billboard's bracketed label shape instead, so you'll want a 4x3 if you're doing it that way) The Photo Wheel requires 8 one-inch square photos. You can use a 1" square punch to reduce the photos, or, if you're handy with photo-editing software, you can shrink them on the computer and print them all out on a 4x6 paper.

Hope to see you Saturday!