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June 14, 2011

Father's Day Mini book!

Hi everyone this is Suzanne from cricutcraftinggrammy.
Today I would like to share  the Father's Day mini books I made for
my son in laws.  It is an accordian type book and folds up to 4 x 6 and can
be displayed  in the open format.  Here is a picture of  the open
book.  Remember if you click on the picture it will enlarge for better
These are the two mini books I made.  I tied them with Bakers Twine through
the rings at each side and then also around center.  
I used a variety of  paper including Life's Journey from K and Co. (old
fashioned kids),  MVP paper from We are Memory Keepers (trophies),
 Reel Me in from TPC Studio (words) and DCVW paper from stack 
Family Connection for stripes.  
I cut the pieces to 4 x 6 inches and then took my Tim Holtz distress inks (Tea
Dye and Black Soot) to match the edges of the papers that were already aged.
 After running the ink pads over the edges and fronts to get the look I
want I allow them to dry for a few minutes.  
For the chipboard pieces you can cut your own chipboard, use cereal boxes, or
use prepared books.  Since I have them I am going to use these prepared
books.  They often have these at Michaels in a variety of shapes for $1.

Before I glue the pages I lay them out to make sure I like the way the colors go
together.  I then glue using my ATG gun or Beacons 3 in 1 Glue.  I
also press the paper down firmly using a brayer and making sure all corners are
glued well.  You can then cover the back in the same fashion.  Allow
to dry and trim any excess carefully.  I then like to round the corners
with my Corner Chomper which helps keep the corners from splitting from
In this case I am not going to trim the paper to the chipboard  shape but
if you do wish to do this use a cutting mat and exacto knife.  
I then selected my cuts from the A Child's Year cartridge all at 3 inches and
cut the image and shadow from plain cardstock.   The words " I love my
daddy" were cut at 2 inches from Elegant Cakes.
Next I took a variety of stamps and stamped over the pages.  
To give the ink a richer look I used gold embossing powder and over the clear
ink (Versamark) and dried with embossing gun.  
The last step is to antique the silver binder rings with Adirondack Alcohol
Let these dry for an hour or so until they are not tacky any longer.
I then glued all my pieces to the pages and used my Crop a dile to add holes for
Here is the first two pages  " I love"
"my daddy"
This is last page of book 1.  I printed the pictures wallet size and in
black and white.  I also used a little Tim Holtz Tea Dye Ink to age them a
This is grand daughter Kenzie with her daddy. 
This is grand daughter Katie with her daddy.  
Hope you enjoyed this project and tutorial.  Have a great Father's Day and
see you soon!

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Carol W. said...

Awesome album for Father's Day! love the different papers and distresing! TFS

Daynene said...

Love this album all the detail is amazing. THanks for posting.

Unknown said...

Love your album and I never thought to use alcohol inks on the binder rings!!!

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