I'm so excited to share this new tutorial with you today. If you missed my tutorial on creating a large mixed media album with removable pages, head on over HERE. Making that book got me in the mood to do a cloth covered mini album. Most of the details on the construction are found on the first post, but with this book I wanted to do a nestled spine. Again, the purpose of these books is to have room to add bulk in my mixed media pages. This type of signature gives plenty of space between the pages for such.
For this album I covered the covers and spine with a continuous piece of batting (or fleece).
Wrapped a chambray denim around the covers.
Then used black cardstock on the inside.
You can make this album in any size you want, but I based my size off of the chipboard pieces I used for the colleges in THIS post. Here is a handy reference for you for making your own album.
Signatures for 6 Flaps (12 Pages Front and Back) with Gap Between Pages of 3/8.
1. Height of Pages X 1 3/8
2. Height of Pages X 2 1/8
3. Height of Pages X 2 7/8
Score each Signature ½” from each end.
Spine Width: Height of Covers X 2 5/8
My pages will fit perfectly onto the flaps.
I use red line tape to adhere everything. It is important to burnish the tape well. I adhere the pages in place one side at a time to help with alignment.
You can see that the tops of the pages are open. You could attach tape to the bottom on the inside of your pages and use these openings for tags, but I wasn't going for that look in this particular book.
Here she is folded up and ready to have the cover altered. I'm going to wait for just the right challenge to inspire the direction of my cover collage.
Here's a look at my first collages inside of my new album. They are posted HERE for your reference. This is going to be so much fun to fill!