Monday, October 6, 2014

Halloween Mini Accordion Album

Hi all! I hope you're not getting tired of my Halloween projects, because I have another one for you! This time it's a little mini album that I think you're going to love.

I created this project for this month's challenge from Inspiration Emporium. By taking Eileen Hull's Mini Album die and turning it sideways, I created a portfolio. And here's the fun part...

I added envelopes to create accordion pockets that hold tags. Perfect for scrapbooking your Halloween memories!

Here's how it came together:

  1. I started with envelopes from Walmart that measured 4 3/4" x 6 1/2". I sealed them and then cut 1 3/4" off of one edge.
  2. Next, I mixed some Brushed Corduroy Distress ink with water and misted the envelopes. The new Distress Stain sprays would be perfect for this, but I don't have them yet. :(
  3. When the envelopes were dry I added a strip of Scor-tape to the top back of each envelope.
  4. I cut Ranger's #10 tags down to 5" so that they would fit into the envelopes. I added various trims to the top and decorated them with paper from My Mind's Eye.
  5. To create the album cover, I adhered more paper from MME to a piece of cream mat board and die cut it with Eileen's Mini Album die. I decorated the front with dies from Eileen and coordinating papers.
  6. For the spine of the book, I scored a 4 3/4" x 3" piece of black cardstock every 1/4" and then folded it accordion style.
  7. Next, I added Scor-tape to hold the envelopes in place and adhered the spine to the book. (If I did this again I would adhere the pages to the spine first - this was a learning experience!)
  8. Finally, I adhered the envelopes to the spine and then to each other.
To give the accordion part a more finished look, I added Tim Holtz's Tissue Tape to the edges. To create the closures, I used the album die to cut two closure pieces from Grungeboard, I painted them black and then added brads. Velcro dots secure them to the album cover.



I love that this little album can sit up on its own and be a decor piece, as well as an album. I hope you're inspired to make one of your own. It would make an adorable Christmas album as well!

All the supplies I used can be found at Sizzix and Inspiration Emporium via the links below. Remember, at IE you can use my coupon code - stamptramp - to save 10% on your order.





17 comments:

  1. OMG... love it ( of course I think I love everything you make) ! This is just so very creative... so fun. love the colors and ALL the small details !!

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  2. Nope, not getting tired of your Halloween projects. Keep um coming. Love how this all came together. Such a great addition to the Halloween decor.

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  3. Wow Shelly, this is absolutely fantastic, I love what you have done with Eileen's album die - very clever and super creative. I could never tire of seeing Halloween makes! Anne x

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  4. It's awesome, Shelly!

    I LOVE all your Halloween projects! :)

    Claudia x

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  5. Gorgeous Shelly, I adore your mini album my address is.......(only kidding lol). Love the papers and I love the fastenings too. Gorgeous piece and very creative x

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  6. I love this book!!!! I can see this for other seasons/occasions very easily!!!! LOVE IT!

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  7. I absolutely love this idea and, of course, had to order that mini-album die! :) I love everything you make, Shelly!

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  8. SO very very beautiful.
    Hugs Astrid

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  9. Such a clever design! Must try this Shelly. Thanks for sharing. Jenny x

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  10. Great design! I love how to turned it!
    How fun to make one for Christmas!
    Great job Shelly!

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  11. Love this piece of work Shelly... cute and so practical for those special Halloween keepsake pictures... Love it ... Love, Light and peace... Bonnie

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  12. Tired of your projects? I think NOT....Love your mini! TFS girl :D

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  13. I always enjoy your minies!!! This one is one of my favorites ^.^

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  14. Ive always wanted to try the accordion style art, this give me lots of inspiration

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  15. Oh wow this is so dinky and clever Shelly! Wonderful detailing as always - love how you threaded the ribbon thru the idealogy on the front! Thanks for sharing. Nicola x

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