Friday, February 28, 2020

Window Flower Box Album Tutorial

Hello crafty peeps! Today, I'm sharing a fun tutorial on how I made, cut and assembled my spring window mini album using my Silhouette CAMEO. This cute album is perfect for photos of family, friends, everyday moments, a spring birthday or even Easter!

Spring window flower box shaped scrapbook album tutorial

I used paper from Doodlebug's Simply Spring collection, some petite prints for the shutters and window box and a Doodlebug cutting file called Simply Spring Window Flower Box (links below).
Spring scrapbook album pages
This mini is filled with colorful pages and the sweetest little die cuts and stickers of birds, bugs, flowers and all things springtime!

Spring scrapbook album pages
Spring scrapbook album pages with house and flowers

Notice the cute shaped sprinkles on these 2 pages - the leaves in the tree and the adorable little butterfly. I love those tiny enamel stickers!

Spring scrapbook album pages

Spring scrapbook album pages

Now, for the tutorial ...
Using the cutting file, I enlarged everything so that the window portion shown below measured approximately 4.8 x 6.5". Then I separated the pieces and duplicated the window frame so that I could create the shape of my album pages.  Once duplicated, I right-clicked and released the compound path on the second window.

Next, I moved the background of the shape out of the way and erased (or deleted) all of the tiny inside pieces.
I then moved the original window frame aside and made the solid piece white (just to remind myself that this would be cut out of white paper). I wanted my pages to be the full size of the window plus the window box, so I welded the window box to the bottom of the solid window.
Now I had my full page shape so I duplicated it and cut out 12 pages and the rest of the pieces for the shutters.

For the shutters, I created some thin, folded strips that I adhered to the edge of the shutter that would attach to the album cover.  These piece allowed my shutters to swing open.

I reinforced the thin pattern paper with a heavy white card stock layer for extra durability, and then attached my shutters to each side of my window.

Although I forgot to get a photo, I also cut the shutter pieces out of swimming pool petite prints again so that when opened, the shutters are blue on the outside and inside.

For the album binding I did a common "hidden hinge binding" technique.  If you aren't familiar with how to create a binding like this, Kathy Orta has a good video here.  (The white card stock that I scored for my binding was 4 3/4" x 9 1/4", but you may decide that you want the binding to run to the bottom of the album, which would be 5 1/2" by 9 1/4").  Once you have the hinge, just adhere a white page to each side of each hinge (two pages with the hinge sandwiched in between will be "one" page.  The album will have 6 pages, including the front cover.  Finally, I used a scrap piece of swimming pool dot to cover the binding on my spine.

Spring window flower box scrapbook album

Now ... you get to have fun decorating each of the pages! I hope this tutorial gives you some new ideas for creating a shaped mini of your own. Until next time, keep saving those memories!

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