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Making a mini-album from an old book by Fran Tynan

Making a mini-album from an old book by Fran Tynan

Fran as made this wonderful OTP project using the Studio Calico ‘Documentary’ papers.


  • Studio Calico Documentary papers- “Looky There”, “fStop”, “Itinerary”
  • Studio Calico Documentary FabRips
  • Studio Calico Documentary Alphabet stickers
  • Basic Grey Basics – Manila paper “Glossary”
  • Pink Paislee Parisian Anthology Dimensions Corrugated Elements
  • Jillibean Soup twine
  • Masking tape
  • Old book – I bought mine for $2 at a second hand shop.

Step One – Wrap the Basic Grey “Glossary” paper around the book to see what size you need to trim it down to cover it. Trim to size and ink and stitch around the edges.

Step Two – Adhere to the cover making sure the book is shut when you do so. Also leave the spine of the book adhesive-free to make opening it easier – ie)
just put adhesive on front and back covers.

Step Three – Cover the spine with masking tape to give it an old-fashioned look.

Step Four – Decorate the front cover with strips of the FabRips – I love these things. They are so easy to use as they are self-adhesive and already have little slits cut for you to start ripping.
Add a frame from the Pink Paislee Parisian Anthology Corrugated elements and add your title to the frame.
TIP: So you don’t put adhesive all over the back of the frame but want to
know where to stop where it will hang over the edge – just add your adhesive
on while it’s upside-down.
Tie some Jillibean Soup Twine around the cover.

Step Five – For the inside – decorate as desired with patterned paper covering the pages – as theres a good chance the book may not be acid-free. I’ve used some Basic Grey Manila “table” paper for my journaling pages as it was perfect.
As my album is a trip journal (for a trip I haven’t been on yet!) I’ve got a
lot of journaling pages in mine – with the facing page containing a photo.
I’ve just put a photo in there for demonstration  purposes only!

Step Six – Something you will need to do to fit all your items on your album is to remove some of the pages. Just use a craft knife and a metal ruler to cut
out some of the pages every now as then – as many as you need.
(TIP: If your kids have stolen your metal ruler then use another lone metal
item that’s close by – like a long-armed stapler! LOL)

Step Seven – Add a few different sorts of pages in for added interest – like this
accordion page. It makes the album more interactive while also giving you
more space for photos/memorabilia.


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