Monday, May 28, 2012

Stitch-bound Dog Mini Album for Charity

This is a stitch-bound dog mini album that I created for the Speaking of Dogs online auction taking place in October 2012. Speaking of Dogs is a Toronto area dog rescue.  I have made two albums for them previously, both coaster style, ring-bound albums.  (You can see the first one in this post and the second in this post.  Those ones sold for between $10 and $15.  100% of the proceeds goes to Speaking of Dogs.)

This one is stitch-bound.  I have made 3 stitch-bound albums so far.  (Well, one is still in-progress and the other is here (with video).)  I started this one over the Christmas Holidays 2011, knowing it would take me a long time to finish for October 2012.  Since I want to submit it to the Accucut Craft 2nd Annual Grandemark Challenge, I had to polish it off earlier than anticipated!

I used a belly band as the closure.  I liked this idea because it allows for expansion in the thickness of the album as stuff gets added to it.  I left it fairly plain with minimal embellishments. This way, a non-scrapbooker will not be overwhelmed and will (hopefully) find it easy to just add pictures OR a fellow scrapbooker will have space to add their own flair and style.

This album has only 3 "signatures" which are the folded pages that I stitched together.  3 signatures creates 11 pages (4 x # of signatures - 1 because the back page is glued to the back cover.)  With tags and flip pages, there are  45 spots to put your combination of journaling and photos, counting the inside front cover. This album will hold wallet photos (2 x 3 inches and 2.5 x 3.5 inches) and mini photos (3 x 5 inches).  (For a tutorial on the stitch-binding technique, click to see this video: Stitch Binding Tutorial video.)

The signatures were made with the Accucut Craft "Cards-Filing" die.  I folded my paper over before cutting to make them into file folders.

I added hinges for some flip-up pages.  Once you add the patterned paper, you don't notice the hinge pieces.  The large tags in this album fit wallet sized photos and are made from the Accucut Craft Gift Tag #16.  I cut the tags a little shorter than the full size.  I used papers from Michael's (I didn't pay attention to the brands) and a 4 x 6 mat stack from K&Co.  I used a whole sheet of dog-themed sticker images from the Sandylion outlet store which I got for dirt cheap.  (Correction: Sandylion was purchased by Trends International and the outlet store is now "Stickers'n'More".)

These smaller tags were made using Accucut Craft's Gift Tag #4.  Keep an eye on the Speaking of Dogs site this fall.  You can bid on this album at a HUGE discount price!

JUMP TO MY VIDEO CHANNEL to see the whole album.

(Want to make one of these yourself?  You can buy the file folder die cuts in my Etsy Shop.)


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