Summer Memories By Maria Celeste Gonzalo
Hi everybody! Welcome back! I’m so excited to show my new project! Would you like to create something sweet and beautiful to keep your summer memories? This is going to be a very special summer… I´m Celes from GuiadeManualidades.com and I want to share with you this lovely mini album!
Summer is coming and as we are all living in a very special situation… This summer is going to be different. Looking for a design in the Simple Stories Store in the Silhouette Design Store, I found this beautiful house from the Happy Together collection. You will find it HERE. So I decided to use it to make a mini book.
The collection for this project is called Summer Farmhouse and its all new! It’s full of lovely details and colors that shout "summer" and make you feel happy and ready for a picnic… Let's get started!
The first thing you need to do is to edit your cut file and separate all the house pieces. I recommend you to edit the house silhouette and modify the base of it (make a straight line). Then, separate all the other pieces without modifying them.
My final project is around 6 3/4” w x 8 1/4” h. I cut 2 pieces of the house silhouette in stable cardboard adding 1 piece of 2” w x 3 3/4” h.
I used two of the collection kit papers for the mini book. One of it to cover all the structure and the other one for the inside. I cut the inside paper using the same house silhouette file. But, you have to wait to add the inside paper until you prepare the spine.
I made a basic spine. For making it I cut a piece of yellow cardstock paper from the Color Vibe “Brights” Kit of 10 1/4” w x 3 1/4” h. Then you have to scored it in 1 ½”, 2”, 2 ½”, 2 3/4”, 3 1/4”, 3 3/4”, 4” , 4 1/2”, 5”, 5 1/4”, 5 ¾” 6 1/4”, 6 1/2”, 7”, 7 ½”, 7 ¾”, 8 ¼”, 8 ¾”. As a result you are going to have a spine with 6 hinges. Once it´s ready, you can glue the spine and then add the interior papers. The spine is smaller than your structure. Just leave 1/4” up and down.
Now we are going to work on the cover. We need to prepare all the pieces. You need white cardstock paper, charcoal cardstock paper from the Color Vibe “Basic” Kit, vellum and three of the collection kit papers. For the windows we are going to prepare something special. For each window you need to cut: #1- 3 pieces of the structure of the window in white cardstock paper, #2- 2 pieces of the base of the window: 1 in vellum and 1 in one of the collection kit papers.
Glue 2 of the white paper pieces, the add the vellum piece and add the last white paper piece on top. Finally, add the piece of the design paper at the back. Repeat the process with all the windows.
Besides the windows, you will have 2 pieces for the roof of the house and 1 piece for the fireplace. Cut them in charcoal cardstock paper from the Color Vibe “Basic” Kit. Use one of the design papers to cut the door and another one to cut the front house shape.
Once you have all ready, you can start to assemble the cover. Add the front house shape with 3d foam and then the rest of the pieces. I didn’t use the plants cut file. I preferred to use some of the chipboard for it. Then I added one of the die cuts and some enamel dots to complete the cover.
Let´s go to the inside! We are now going to make special pocket pages… we are going to cut the same house silhouette file for making our pages. Cut all the design papers you like and then add them to the spine.
For doing it, you have to glue them together but leave a “small pocket” between them. You will use that “pocket” to glue the page to the spine. It’s easy! Just check the alignment of the page with the structure. Repeat this process with all your pages.
IMPORTANT: If you are planning to make some inside structures as a cascade or anything else, you have to add them before you glue the pages together. The same thing must happen if you are planning to decorate with some brads as I did.
To decorate the pages you can use all you have. Die cuts, stickers, chipboard, enamels dots and washi tape.
I hope you like this idea! Play with papers and your cutting machine and create something beautiful.
See you next time!