Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Pop 'n Cuts Mini Halloween Album

Hi all! Hope your week is going well. I have a fun project to share with you that all started with a group of friends getting together at my house this past weekend. My very talented friend, Cyndi, had discovered a tutorial for an awesome little mini book made with the We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board and volunteered to teach us all how to make one. Let me tell you - trying to keep us all in line tested her patience, but she did an amazing job. Here is a link to the video if you'd like to try one yourself: File Folder Album. 

Update! Here are the links to the full YouTube tutorial: File Folder Album Part 1 & File Folder Album Part 2.
Update #2! Apparently the links I posted above were changed to private. But I have something even better! My friend Cyndi went to the trouble of posting a very detailed tutorial for this album on her blog. You can find it here: Cyndi's File Folder Album Tutorial.

Here are our finished books. Aren't they gorgeous?! I love how each one reflects our different styles. I always look at everyone else's and think, why didn't I do mine like that?! Is that just me? I can't help it - they're all so pretty! It's incredible to think these were made entirely from chipboard and paper. They look like premade albums to me. I'm actually pretty amazed that I made one. I totally credit Cyndi for giving us impeccable instructions and guidance. While we were working on our albums, she was like...wouldn't it be cool to put all kinds of pop-ups in there?? I was like...oh, yeah...

So, here it is - my Pop 'n Cuts pop-up Halloween album! All the paper is from My Mind's Eye Lost and Found Halloween collection. I have been hoarding this paper for SO long. It's my absolute favorite and it was really fun to finally use it on something.

On the back of the front cover, there is a double door with interlocking tabs. So cool! I added idea-ology Hitch Fasteners to mine to mimic doorknobs. All of the tabs on all of the pages were cut with the Envelope Punch Board.

This is what you see when it's open - how fun is that? I used idea-ology Striped Paper String to hang banners cut from Karen Burniston's Flagpole strip die. The letters were cut with Tim Holtz's new Spooktacular alpha die.

This is the first pop-up page. I hadn't really planned my pages at all when I was making the book (I just had to hurry to keep up with everyone - I'm so slow!), so I was really excited to see that Tim's new Mini Apothecary Bottles die cuts would fit so perfectly with the paper.

The pop-up mechanism was created with Karen Burniston's Sassy Label Pop 'n Cuts insert. I cut it from acetate and trimmed it down as far as I could without messing up the mechanism. Since these pages aren't very wide, I had to be really careful with where I adhered the pop-up elements. You definitely want to use temporary adhesive and test the placement when you're making one.

The bottles were all done a bit differently. The one on the left was cut from leftover packaging and inked with caramel and slate alcohol ink. I cut the same bottle from heavy chipboard and adhered the inked bottle to it. The label was stamped and adhered to the bottle. The center bottle was also cut from packaging. For this one, I sprayed the back with several coats of Krylon mirror paint and then inked the front with a bit of alcohol ink, giving it a little faux mercury glass look. I adhered it to a chipboard bottle and added a Remnant Rub and some paper string. The last one was cut from heavy chipboard, given a coat of Rock Candy Crackle paint, then inked with Brushed Corduroy Distress Stain. I added a bit of the new Trimmings and one of the new idea-ology Crossbones Adornments.

To finish the page, I stamped a cobweb and added a die cut spider.

One of the really cool things about this album is all the little pockets that hold pullouts. Behind each page there is a pocket, and there is a slot for a tag at the top of each page (you can see the file tabs sticking out). I didn't have time to decorate them, but I think I'll go back and add old pics of my kids in their Halloween costumes.

This is the second pop-up page. This witch from Sizzix' Bewitching Hour die fit was a tight fit, but I love how it looks!

I only used three pages in my book, but you can add as many as you like. With the bulky embellishments and pop-ups, I was glad I only had three. More would have been a very tight fit. The pages were bound using a Bind-it-All.

This is the last - and my favorite - pop-up page. The little house was cut from Kraft Core'dinations using Karen Burniston's new House Thinlits die set. Doesn't it make the cutest haunted house? After cutting it out, I embossed (with the same die, how cool is that?) and sanded it. I added idea-ology Mirrored behind the windows. The bats behind the house were cut using Tim's Bats and Crossbones die. I cut them apart and added wire to give them a 3-D effect.

The cover panels were cut using Karen Burniston's Funky Labels Framelits and popped up with foam dots. The little Happy Halloween label is one of the pieces from the coordinating accessory sheet. I love how perfectly it fits with everything.

Whew! I hope you enjoyed this project. I had an absolute blast getting together with my friends and making it - you definitely need to grab a few buddies and do the same! I might be able to hire Cyndi out for the right price. ;-)

Most of the supplies I used can be found at Inspiration Emporium via the links below. Remember to use my coupon code - stamptramp - to save 10% on your order!



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31 comments:

  1. This is so awesomely cool! No one does Halloween like Shelly Hickox! NO ONE!!!

    ~Linda

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  2. Must echo... "Spooktacular" !! The papers are so fun... love your pop-ups ( I'm thinking how come I can't make somethin' like that?) just so cool. I always enjoy your work, and appreciate all the inspiration !

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  3. that is really cool! I love how you put the pop up features in there.

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  4. Really cool! You are the queen of pop up! I love paper "my mind's eye" you worked with this mini! Wonderful and very full of details! BArbarayaya

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  5. Shelly, please tell us how to cut the tabs with the Envelope Punch Board! This is so cute! I would love to know how you did that little trick.

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  6. I love it... the pop-ups are amazing and all of the little details are great. It's funny to hear you having the same thoughts we do when we see your work - ((I always look at everyone else's and think, why didn't I do mine like that?! Is that just me?) - it's not just you!!!!

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  7. Absolutely fabulous Shelly! I love it!

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  8. OMG I want your album! I have to watch that video b/c I have the envelope punch board (yeah me!). What an awesome book.

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  9. You have done it again! Fabulous little book, Shelly!

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  10. This is really amazing. I want to try one!

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  11. This is super cool Shelly! Love all the pages, pop-ups, details and how interactive it is.

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  12. Oh wow! This is amazing Shelly! I love everything about it. You sure are a wiz with those pop n cuts! Thanks for sharing

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  13. Too cool, Shelly! Ingenious how you got the pop-ups in there. I have that same paper waiting for the right project. As soon as I figure out the pop-up part, I'm giving this album a try. Thanks for sharing with us. (I chuckled because I'm a really slow worker and I could just picture you last weekend.)

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  14. OMG, I love Halloween and I love your cute little mini album with all the pop ups. So cool!!!

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  15. The link took me to a video showing an album like you made but not to the tutorial on how to make it. I would also love to know how to make all the file tabs. I know they are done with an enveloper which I have, but not quite sure how to go about it. Love your album!

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  16. I too would love to know how to create the pages. What a great album.

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  17. Awesome! Love all the tabs and folded goodness!!!!
    So fantastic!

    Hugs,
    die amelie x

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  18. Hi Shelly, thanks for the link to the flip folder album....too much fun and addictive...now i just have to decide what paper to use...love your blog and all your neat ideas, thanks so much for sharing and keep up the amazing work. Abby

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  19. Love your album and thanks for the link. However, while she really tries to provide details, it's not quite clear what the dimensions are for the inner pages. . . aaagh! Can you provide the dimensions of the folded pages? It's such a great idea but I keep replaying the video and to no avail! Lovely album really.

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  20. Love this album. Just received my punch board and going to try it. What size O ring did you use to bind?

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  21. I love this album and would like to give it a go, but the youtube video tutorials are private. What do I need to do to be able to view them?

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    1. Irkalla, so sorry about the links! I guess she changed them to private at some point. I updated the post to include a link to a great tutorial by my friend, Cyndi. Please let me know if you have any more questions!

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    1. Laura, I updated the post to include a link to my friend Cyndi's tutorial. I hope you enjoy it!

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Thanks so much for taking the time to share your thoughts. I appreciate your comments so much!