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Video Tutorial: Converting Portrait Accordions into Landscape

Happy Thanksgiving week! Today I'm sharing a video tutorial for how to convert the Katie Label Accordion album from portrait style to landscape style. You'll also see a version of this technique using the Oval Accordion (photos and supply lists are further down in this post). 

Start by watching the video:


Here are photos and additional notes about the video project.

For the front, I added the Katie Holly Frame Edges in the same color cardstock as the page for a subtle tone-on-tone embossed look. Since I had a little sliver of white showing along the bottom of the page (from the back of the patterned paper) I chose to align the Frame Edges with the outside edge of the page and just leave a gap in the mitered corners. (click the photo to enlarge to see that closer)


The leaves are felt shapes from Creative Impressions, added with small brown brads.


The video goes over the technique for styling Dutch and Honey as woodland creatures. I love that the Character dies give you so many options. 


I used Cream crepe ribbon from Creative Impressions and brushed it with the same colors of ink as my Fox before tying it onto Page 2 in a knot. 


Here are the supply links for the Thanks project:

 Other supplies: Echo Park "This & That Christmas" woodgrain paper, brown mini-brads, white gel pen, light colored woodgrain paper from my scrap bin

Let's talk about doing this Landscape technique with the Oval Accordion. It's just one extra step because the center of the Oval doesn't have a little point like the Katie Label to line up with the pivot point. Instead, just measure to the center of the oval (2.75") and put a little pencil mark to line up with your pivot point.

For my Oval Album I was basing the design around the Funny Bones stamp I wanted to use. Hoppy the Frog is the easiest Character to change his pose by simply chopping off his legs, gluing them to a shadow layer and then trimming around the shadow layer to make a black-shadowed leg. To make a solid torso area just cut two shadow layers - one green, one black. Trim out just the torso area of both. For the green one, cut a little bit smaller so you get the black shadow when you glue them together. Do the same with the head, deciding if you want a black shadow along his chin line (my Frog #2) or whether you want just green along that edge (my Frog #1). Now you've got a bunch of frog parts to assemble into any pose you like!


I also used the hat from the Props 1 die set in one hand and an Agatha Flourish in his other hand to be his ribbon wand.


To elongate Hoppy for his Page 3 dance pose I flipped his torso the other way:


Here are the Supply Links for the Hoppy/Sarcasm album:

 Other Supplies: Black Cardstock, Two Scoops Green Cardstock (Bazzill), White Cardstock, Black ink

So how about it? Are you going to give this technique a try with your Portrait-style Accordion Albums? I'd love to see what you come up with - shoot me a photo or a link of your creation.

by Karen Burniston


Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Crafting!