Today, we’re off and running with our mini series on making Word scrapbook albums! If you missed our introduction yesterday, you can read it here. There are so many great Words to choose from, I know you’ll find one that “says” just what you want. For your first album, a word with just a few letters, like Love, Baby, etc. is a good place to start, but you can just jump right in there with any “Word” you want! I’m tempting you with another Word album – today, I’m featuring a Love book, ready for the next wedding that’s pink!
Our first step is selecting your paper palette. There are so many amazing, beautiful scrapbook paper lines, choosing the paper can be the hardest part! If you are new to scrapbook paper, check out the lines from Basic Grey, K & Company, Bo Bunny, Webster’s pages, just to name a few I love! Don’t feel limited by what is available at your local craft store. There are wonderful online retailers that carry tons of incredible paper lines – try A Cherry on Top, Scrapbook.com, and the shop of a new online friend, The Memory Nest. Shopping for paper is like shopping for clothes or shoes – it changes all the time, so if you see something you LOVE, buy it! You’ll always find a use for scrapbook paper in some kind of project. I have so much paper, it’s a total addiction – I’m always buying more!
For Word albums, you can use either cardstock, regular weight scrapbook paper or both! It’s nice to use papers from the same line, but as long as the color palette goes together well, you can mix and match. I like to use a mix of patterns in my Word albums – sometimes I use solid colors, though not too often, because I adore pattern and color. You can put together whatever selection of papers you love for YOUR project! The My Word albums by Bo Bunny measure 6” high and the entire album is 12” wide. Word albums from Heart of Texas Studio measure 5 ¾” high and 12” wide. For a Word album with 4 letters, all you need is four pieces of 12” x 12” inch paper! Just cut each paper in half, to 6” by 12”, or 5 ¾” x 12” and we’re ready to go. Here’s the paper palette I’m using for a Baby “boy” themed album I’m making.
Once you have picked your paper and each piece is cut in half, it’s time to get the paper cut for the letters. After making so many of these albums, I have tried two different ways with the paper/gluing. Either tracing, cutting and pasting the paper OR just Mod Podging the entire sheet of paper to the letter and then trimming around it. To be honest, I prefer tracing, cutting the letter and then using Mod Podge to adhere the paper to the letter. I’d rather use scissors more and my X-Acto knife a little less – more control! As you make more Word albums, you can decide which approach works best for you.
First, decide which paper you want on which letter. It’s a good idea to think about which papers will be next to one another when the book is opened. I usually use the “busiest” paper on the front and back of the first letter – this letter is usually too small for a photo, so it’s a good place for a pattern that might be a little on the wild side! (More on what to put on the first letter later in the series!)
Once you have decided the layout of your paper, it’s time to trace! Since we already cut the paper to 6” or 5 ¾” by 12”, match up the letter to the top, side and bottom edges of the paper – less tracing and cutting! Keep in mind which side you are tracing on and which side is actually going on your chipboard letter. When you are tracing paper for the “front” side of the letter, your letter will be face down on your paper and facing to the left. See the “B” in the photo below.
It’s a good idea, especially for your first album, to mark the paper with an “F” so you know it’s the front. I can’t tell you how many times I messed up which side of the paper went where in the early days….and I’m all about sharing my mistakes you so you don’t have to make ANY! You won’t see any writing you make, because that side of the paper will be glued to the chipboard. Trace and cut the “front” of each letter with a good pair of scissors. I absolutely love the scissors from Tonic Studios.
Once you have all of the paper cut for the fronts of the letters, you’ll reverse the process, trace and cut the paper for the “inside” of each letter. Line the letters up again with the top, bottom and side of the paper, face-up this time, with the letter facing to the right, as in the photo below. This helps make sure you get the right side of the paper to the right side of the letter every time! Write a “B” for back. Once, I knocked all my papers on the floor WITHOUT letters indicating front and back. A lot of letters look the same front or back – like B!!!
Here’s how all of your “letters” will look once they are traced and cut!
Notice that the centers of the letters “B” and “A” are solid. We want to cut out the inside of those letters. With an X-Acto knife and working on a cutting mat, carefully cut out the solid centers of any letters. When you’re finished, your paper will look like the photos below.
Easy, right? Yes, it is and you can do it! Next time, get your Mod Podge ready! It’s time to dress up that bare chipboard letter with our cut paper and start to make our “word” say something!
Just for another dose of inspiration…here’s the Love Word album again. Hope you are enjoying the mini series and if you have any questions, just ask!
This project is linked up at the Wildly Original Linky Party at I Gotta Create!