Hi there! Shellye along today with a handsome little mini album made with pieces from the SN@P! Baby Boy Set and a onesie shaped die by Top Dog Dies. I love to make small albums such as this to give as gifts to a new mom or grandma...they're the perfect size for a brag book and display so sweetly on a shelf or cabinet!
The die that I used is actually a 'card' die, so look for that if you're interested in shopping for it. First, I cut the shape from white mat board; you can also use a medium-heavy weight chipboard. When I cut the shape, the scoring area of the die actually cut instead of score, which worked out perfectly. So a 12 page mini album would consist of cutting the entire die shape three times from a 6X12 sheet of material. Next, repeat the process and cut the shape from either a cardstock or patterned paper.
The 'mat' portion of the pages were die-cut with a onesie 'finisher' die set, but you could also cut an oval or rectangle so that it fits nicely. I die cut the pieces from various 4X6 cards found in the SN@P! Baby Boy Set, as well as some plaid and solid patterns found in the Homespun 6X6 paper pad. The front is simply decorated with some layered hearts and adorable stickers from the set.
I decided to go with a 'flip-up' style album, so just keep in mind the direction that your pages need to be decorated when putting it together. Between each chipboard page, I added 2-3 of the 'months' cards found in the Baby Boy SN@P! 3x4 cards. Great place for mom to journal or add extra photos.
Also, when putting the album together, I try to stagger the embellishments from page-to-page so that one page's embellishments doesn't layer right on top of the next page's.
Use designs found on the larger, 4X6 cards as embellishments. Below, I cut one of the hearts from a card and then simply added some hand-stitching over it.
Although I try to keep the 'bulk' to minimum with such a thick album, I still like to raise up a few of the stickers by adding foam adhesive to the back. Brads and buttons dress up plain stickers and give a touch of dimension.
And don't forget about the other fun products by Simple Stories that you can mix in! The DIY Kraft and Burlap pieces are great for layering.
One of my favorite SN@P! products are the adorable pockets! Here, I've added one of the smaller ones to the page and then simply tucked in one of the DIY Kraft tags.
In finishing, I like to add some baker's twine around the edge of the album. This isn't necessary, especially when using a clean-cut die, but it does add such a soft texture. For the binding, I took the first page of the album and punched two holes at the top. I then used it as a template for creating holes in all of the following pages. The album is quite thick, so I strung through two 1.5" rings and tied on single ribbon bows to each. Now it's ready to be adored for many years to come!