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e-Magazines - Issue 16 (Nov 2008) (Public)
Saturday, 01 November 2008 17:00

If you are passionate about keeping your memories even when on holiday, we have the perfect little project to keep you busy but not distracted from all the fun holiday activities happening around you. Keep a record of all the fun things your family does together with this beautifully decorated mini-album. The purpose of the album is to quickly staple ticket stubs and other important information in the album and write down places you visited and things you did. Prepare the album ahead of time so that you can also enjoy the holidays instead of keeping yourself locked up scrapbooking. Once you get home you can simply add your printed photos and have a completed, up to date album to tell the story of a wonderful vacation in an informal way.

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At the beach mini-album by Jowilna Nolte (Photo 1)

At the beach mini-album by Jowilna Nolte
Mini-album by Chiswick. Cardstock by Making Memories, Fancy Pants, Bo Bunny & Bazzill Basics. Acrylic paint by Making Memories. Other: Embroidery thread, journaling pen & pinking shears.

Decorate the cover with a fun holiday bunting
  • Cut small triangles from different pieces of off-cut cardstock.
  • Add a decorative edge at the top of each triangle and finish off with hand sewn elements.
  • Cut out a window on the front cover of the album and add a title behind it.
  • Use bubble wrap and other natural stamps and stamp patterns with white acrylic paint randomly onto the cover.
  • Add some pink swatches of acrylic paint around the edges by lightly dry brushing the edges.
  • Finish off with a hand drawn double line around the window on the cover. Use a brown or black permanent marker to draw freehand lines. Break up the lines in places for an informal look.

To scrapbook away from home take along only the necessary tools such as a mini-album, journaling pen, stapler, chalk ink, scissors and adhesives.

How to make the mini-album cover

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At the beach mini-album by Jowilna Nolte (Photo 2)
What you will need
  • Mini-album
  • Glue stick
  • Blue acrylic paint
  • Pink acrylic paint
  • White Gesso
  • Large paint brush
  • Baby wipes
  • Printed paper
  • Patterned paper
  • Scissors
  • Embroidery thread
  • Needle
  • Journaling pen
  • Stamps
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Step 1
Cover the front of the mini-album with old book papers, maps and magazines of your choice. Use a glue stick and make sure that the paper is stuck down well on the sides of the cover.
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Step 2
Paint a very thin layer of white Gesso on the printed book papers. Cover the entire piece and set it aside to dry. Keep in mind that some of the printing must still be slightly visible.
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Step 3
Add a small amount of pastel blue acrylic paint over the Gesso layer by pouring a blob of paint directly onto the cover and painting a thin layer over everything using a large paint brush.
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Step 4
Make sure that some of the printed papers and writing stay visible. Cover the pieces you don't like with more paint and thin out other areas with a baby wipe to reveal the background.

Step 1
Cover the front of the mini-album with old book papers, maps and magazines of your choice. Use a glue stick and make sure that the paper is stuck down well on the sides of the cover.

Step 2
Paint a very thin layer of white Gesso on the printed book papers. Cover the entire piece and set it aside to dry. Keep in mind that some of the printing must still be slightly visible.

Step 3
Add a small amount of pastel blue acrylic paint over the Gesso layer by pouring a blob of paint directly onto the cover and painting a thin layer over everything using a large paint brush.

Step 4
Make sure that some of the printed papers and writing stay visible. Cover the pieces you don't like with more paint and thin out other areas with a baby wipe to reveal the background.

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At the beach mini-album by Jowilna Nolte (Close-up 1)

Trim some of the edges with pinking shears to add texture. These shears come in different styles from haberdashery shops.

This article is an online reproduction of page 22-24 of imagine e-magazine issue 16 (November 2008) as released by Studio J Media. The original magazine can be ordered on digital compact disc directly from them on their website. Information shared in this article is deemed correct at the time the original magazine was released and may have become outdated or products referred to unavailable. For the sake of reference the publish date of this online article on our site is the date the original publication was released and times are for internal sorting purposes only.