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Antique Elegance Card Album

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Store all of your holiday cards and wedding cards in one place for simple reminiscence with this Antique Elegance Card Album fron Jen Carreiro. Create a cover and keep the memories of your friends' and family members' well-wishes on your special day. This lovely album for homemade greeting cards is a simple way to commemorate a wedding or special event.
 

Antique Elegance Card Album


Materials:

  • Greeting cards
  • Ribbon
  • Patterned paper (brand Wild Asparagus)
  • Brads
  • Ruler
  • Pen
  • Chipboard initials
  • Scrapbook Daisies Glue dots
  • Album ring
  • Bride + groom rubber stamp from Paper-Source (optional)
  • Stampin Up! Stamp pad
  • We R Memory Keepers Crop-a-dile
  • Making Memories Tag Punch
  • E600 Glue
  • Cross charm from Ruby Tuesday Bead Company (optional)
  • Martha Stewart Paper Trimmer


Instructions:

  1. The size of your album will depend on the largest card in your group. You will need two pieces of cardboard, mine was saved from my last sheet set that I bought – always save good cardboard! From the cardboard you will make the front and back pieces of your mini-album. Measure about a quarter of an inch past each side of your largest card.

    Antique Elegance Card Album

     
  2. For the album covers, you will need three pieces of patterned paper that all complement each other. Based on the design you choose for the front of your album, measure and cut your desired papers.
     
  3. Inking the edges of your paper is a technique used to add dimension, just dab/swipe your ink pad across the edges of the paper.

    Antique Elegance Card Album

     
  4. Next, cut and ink your second piece of patterned paper. Choose a plain paper – one that doesn’t overpower your chipboard initials.
     
  5. For the backside of your album, trace the back panel and cut your choice of paper to cover it. If desired, stamp a cute bride & groom on the backside, the stamp is from Paper-Source.

    Antique Elegance Card Album

  6. Attaching your cover patterned paper to your cardboard: Using Glue Dots, press your paper firmly to the glue dot roll and peel off. The glue dot will come away from the roll and be stuck to the backside of your paper, do this all along the edge of the paper – leaving and inch or two in between each dot. They are very sticky. Then apply to your cardboard base.
     
  7. Use the same technique for the front. I wanted the flower pattern paper to cover the teal paper so I attached the teal paper first and then the flower paper. Remember to firmly press your paper into the glue dot, if you don’t, when you pull the paper away from the roll it could tear your paper.
     
  8. Next, the wrap around bow, this part is very important. When tied, it is what holds your whole entire album together. You will need about 30″ of your desired ribbon. I wanted my bow to tie directly over the line of my two patterned papers on the front of my album so I measured accordingly. My teal square was 4″ long, so on the back album cover I measured 4″ from the top. Put a mark about one inch in from each side – this is where we will attach the ribbon.
     
  9. Placing the ribbon over your marks, stab through the ribbon with scissors or an Exacto knife to create a hole for your brads. It is best to do this on a spongy surface like a foam board or a couch pillow that you don’t care about. Make sure the holes go all the way through the ribbon and the cardboard.

    Antique Elegance Card Album
     

  10. Now we will cover the inside of your album covers. Trace your cardboard and cut out your choice of paper to cover the inside of the cardboard covers, attach with glue dots. It is important to do this step after the ribbon is attached so that the paper covers the brads that come through the backside of your album.

     
  11. Now for some embellishments. I created a tag using the Making Memories Tag Maker, to say ‘Our Wedding Cards’. The tag maker kit comes with metal rims, templates, and the tag press. Trace your choice of template to match your tag rim. Cut it out and make sure it fits within the metal rim.
     
  12. Then write your desired saying onto your paper, I always practice, then write in pencil, trace in pen, and then erase the lingering pencil.
     
  13. Place your paper insi de the metal rim, at this point the edges of the rim stick out – once punched it will lay flat and the paper will be completely encased within the metal rim. Place inside the tag press and press firmly. Voila! A perfectly pressed tag. Now attach your tag with glue dots to your album cover.
     
  14. Next up, the initials. You can buy chipboard (fancy name for embellished cardboard pieces) alphabets anywhere and everywhere. I attached mine with E600 because I don’t like using glue dots with chipboard. Chipboard (or cardboard) has many layers – and like I said when pulled from the glue dots roll, sometimes your paper can tear. This happens a lot with chipboard, you press it down, pull away, and are left with part of y our chipboard on the glue dot still attached to the roll. Glue is just easier. Glue on your initials.
     
  15. Now for the album ring. Draw a little dot where you want to punch your hole, I did it about a half an inch in from each side. Place your album covers together, insert into your trusty Crop-a-dile hole punch and chomp away. Crop-a-dile’s cut through cardboard like butter, this tool is a must for this project.
     
  16. Now stack your cards together and in sets of four to five, punch the same type holes. For ease I set the correct measurement on my crop-a-dile. Punch every single card.
     
  17. Open your album ring, insert your album cover, then all your cards, and then finally your back cover! Close your ring and you have yourself a card album! The next step is tying the bow, from the backside – around your album. Trim the edges up.

    Antique Elegance Card Album

  18. If desired, add a charm to the album ring. The one pictured is a cross charm from Ruby Tuesday Bead Company.
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