Accordion Botanical Mini Album

Hello friends and Happy Saturday,

Today I’d like to share a mini album I created with the August Cards, Tags & More kit which features the gorgeous Craft O’Clock Creative Reverie line.

With this kit you receive all the components to make your own unique album; chipboard covers, split rings and a package of 8×8 pre-made album pages. I decided not to use the rings to bind the album this time around. Instead, just to try something different, I created an accordion binding , attached the album pages to that, and used the split rings as decor on a few of the pages.

My first step was to create collaged backgrounds on each mini album page. I gently spritzed the Bundled Sage Distress Oxide spray (from the Mixed Media kit) on the page, collaged a few papers and two 3×4 journaling cards from the collection, and added crackle paste on the edges. I then created a simple envelope for each page to hold a few tags from the 12×12 tag sheet that was included in the kit.

Then I mixed the Distress Oxide spray with water and applied a few strokes of “watercolor” under a few nooks and crannies in the composition and heat set everything. I also dry brushed a light coat of gesso randomly over all the elements.

I attached each collaged page onto the right side of the binding, and either a full page or large pocket page on the left. I did not fully decorate the left-side pages; I just added a few fussy cut elements from the ephemera sheet that was included in the kit and maybe a flower or two.

I even managed to squeeze in an image from a previous kit!

Finally, I decorated the cover. I always tend to do this last, but I save the elements I want to use first, before I even start the project. For the base of the cover I layered two papers from the collection , and covered the Melissa Frances packaging from the resins that were in the kit. The packaging is shaped like a big tag, so I thought that would make a terrific focal point.

After covering the tag I adhered a few fussy cut florals, ephemera, and florals, and wound the beautiful seam binding from the kit around as a closure. I also used three elements from the included doily sheets.

That’s it! This was one of the most relaxing projects I have ever created. I hope you like it, and be sure to check out all the other beautiful creations from our other designers on  the blog. We’re on social media too! Check out the links below and join us!


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