Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Matchbook Mini Album Tutorial for The Kraft Journal

     Hi everyone!  This week I want to share a tutorial for a little matchbook mini album.  I saw a tutorial for one of these at on their forum and I just thought it was so cute.
     To make it you will need three to six regular lunch bags.  Nowadays these things come in tons of different sizes so you may have to adjust your measurements depending upon your bag size.  Mine measure about 5 1/4" x 10 7/8".  Babette has some great little coffee bags in the Kraft Outlet store that would be awesome for one of these albums.  I changed my mind about what tutorial I was going to do or I would have used them.  They have a really nice plastic coated lining inside that makes them nice and sturdy.
     From the top you will measure down 5 1/2" and cut.  You just need the top portion.  Do this with all your bags.

     Next you want to cut a piece of cardstock measuring 5 1/2" x 12".  It needs to be scored at 1", 6 1/2", and 7".
     For my album I chose to distress and ink all the edges.  That's up to you.
     Next you can decorate your "pages".  For mine I decided to use a large polka dot rubber stamp and a pretty lacy border stamp to decorate my bags.  I stamped with Versamark and embossed with white embossing powder.  It really pops on the kraft bags.
     After they are all embossed, stack them and place them in the album so that the one inch flap you scored folds up over the bottom edge of the bags and staple.
     Now, just like a little matchbook, the decorated cover of the album slides down under the bottom lip to hold it closed.  For the cover I used Brown Kraft and Buff Ivory Cover Weight cardstock and a Scalloped Grungy Prim Tag from Kraft Outlet.
     This makes such a cute little mini album that can actually be used as a card which is what I'm doing with this one.  My friends teenage daughter is having her birthday party this weekend and I'll be giving her this.  She can put any special little notes or memorabilia from her b-day in the pockets or print out her party photos and keep them in there.
     Hope you'll give this simple tutorial a try.  I think you'll love the results.
     I'd like to enter this matchbook mini into the following challenges:

Creative Craft Challenges--anything but a card
Digital Tuesday--cute and girly
Incy Wincy Designs--anything but a card
Sentimental Sundays--birthday
     Have a great week!
Other Supplies
Papers:  My Minds Eye, Recollections, Copic X-Press It Blending card
Stamp:  Tickled Pink "Lil Birthday Kellita", My Mind's Eye Stella Rose Hattie "Remember", Stampabilities "Polka Dot Background"
Ink:  Copic markers, Spiced Marmalade and Vintage Photo Distress inks, Versamark
Tools:  Martha Stewart Eyelet Lace edge punch, Marvy Uchida Heat Gun
Miscellaneous:  Offray ribbon, Studio 12 pearls, Stampendous Opaque White embossing powder


Trina said...

What a cute idea! The front of your album is adorable!

Jenny said...

Just gorgeous Tracy. You have definitely inspired me. I am off to make one right now.... 11pm oh well, at least I wont be interupted. hugs jenny x

Nancy said...

Oh, wow! I really, really love this one! I'll be making this as soon as I can...I'll even post it...maybe! lol How fun! Thanks so much Tracy! :o)

heidy said...

Hi Tracy,this is gorgeous,love to try it someday!
Hugs Heidy

Dana said...

So, so cute!! I love the white polka dots and lace trim embossed on the Kraft! Your adorable Tickled Pink girl is colored to perfection!
Another wonderful Tracy Tut!!

Unknown said...

That is one brilliant idea and I really love how yours turned out Tracy! Kraft and white go so well together!! Hugs, Ira

Sleepy Stamper said...

This is so cute I do love the way the embossed white looks against the kraft! I have to give this one a try.

Sylvia x said...

Thanks for joining us over at creative craft challenges, fantastic project and thanks for the tutorial too

Sylvia x

Cheryl said...

What a sweet album! Thank you for joining our “Birthday” challenge at Sentimental Sundays .


cheryl said...

oh this is just gorgeous super idea too beautiful detail,bless you for playing at creative craft challenge this week hugs cherylxxx

Audrey Pettit said...

This is such a fantastic mini album idea, Tracy! LOVE it!

Unknown said...

What a great idea. and this is so cute. I love how you decorated the cover.. Thanks for the great tutorials..

Hugs, Linda

Christy said...

I can't believe it never occurred to me to make a card into a mini album! Just LOOOVE it. So much so that I shared it with my blog today (with a link here of course) so everyone I know can see :) :)

Unknown said...

Great tutorial and gorgeous outcome! Thanks for joining us for Sentimental Sundays Birthday Challenge and I hope you join us again next time!


Lynn said...

I have to tell you I LOVE this idea and will be making more. A perfect way to share a few photos without having to make a full mini-album. TFS