Travel scrapbook album

Posted by jobo, 04 Aug, 2017

We just can’t get enough of the white-washed, shabby-chic, textured papers included in the Papermania Capsule Elements Wood paper packs. If a beachy holiday is a little further away for you, why not treasure those windswept memories in a pocket-sized mini book? It’s the perfect place to document those lovely holiday moments!

1. Cut ten pages for your album from four sheets of A4 kraft cardstock. Each page measures 6¾ x 3⅞", enabling three pieces to be made from one sheet. Trim nine ¾ x 3⅞" spacers to be placed between each page to allow space for the bulk of embellishments. Cut a 1m length of twine and paint with blue Papermania Geometric Kraft fabric paint. Follow the steps to the right to bind the whole book together.

2. Once you’ve completed your beautiful Japanese binding, you’ll want to fill your book in an equally pretty way. The blank kraft cardstock pages complement the Papermania Capsule Elements Wood collection perfectly. Begin your mini album with an introduction page, and make tabs for each double-page spread. The banner die-cuts from the ultimate pack work brilliantly; space them out across the width of the book and attach them with double-sided tape. These can mark the days of your holiday with numbers, or letters for the days of the week. Stick an alphabet thicker sticker on each tab, and finish the word with tiny alphabet stickers from the ultimate pack.

3. With the basics in, you can now fill your pages with photos and memories, layered on top of papers, die cuts and ephemera. A lovely way to show off your favourite photos is to frame them before sticking them in. Die cut these using the Xcut selfie frame die, snipping some of the sentiments included into the frame. Back these with coloured cardstock, adhering with a Sailor glue pen. Cut small arrows from the same colours to ensure that the colour scheme goes (even better if you co-ordinate them with your images).

4. Layer tags, tabs, tickets and border strips to fill the pages around your images. These provide places to put a title, journaling and dates, and complement each other perfectly if you take them all from the ultimate pack. If you wish to scrap while you’re on holiday, the die-cuts are great to pop in a little travel kit! Fill up each page as you wish and treasure forever.

How to Japanese stab stitch bind

1. Position the template on the edge of each page and spacer. Punch holes where indicated with an Xcut Screw Hole Punch.

2. Use a blunt needle to thread the twine through the middle hole from the back. Sew through the holes towards the top, looping the twine around the edges where shown.

3. Continue down the side, completing the pattern on the top half. Loop around the bottom edge and work back up to the centre, making patterns on the front and back.

4. Finish the middle section of the pattern, threading the twine through to the back and tying with the first tail end. Snip off the excess.

Project and how-to instructions by Jo Boland. Project originally published in issue (81) of docrafts Creativity magazine. Click here to subscribe to Creativity magazine for 12 months. Not only will you save money on every issue but you will also receive a free subscription gift when you sign up.

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