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Friday, September 19, 2014

Pocket Pages Mini Album

For this projects you will need this Equipment:
A Silhouette Electronic Cutting machine. This file works great with both the Silhouette Cameo and the Silhouette Portrait cutting machines. If you use the portrait machine, you will need to rearrange the pieces to fit in your cutting area. To move the pieces around individually, ungroup the file under edit.

For those of you who are new to my blog, and may not have heard about the Silhouette electronic cutting machine(the machine I used to cut this file out,) I put together a product review at this link. You can read other's reviews of the machine here. This machine will change the way you craft, and most importantly, you will get lost in the fun of it all!

Adhesive:
Glue (use a good paper glue like Tombow mono liquid glue it will not warp your paper.)
-and/or-
Double Sided adhesive. (I use a Scotch ATG 714 gun. Scotch got smart and made a similar one for crafters the Scotch Cat 085--it's quite a bit less $ than the 714. I like that it has a seemingly endless roll of adhesive. It saves a ton of money in the long run when compared to little craft adhesive dispensers. Especially if you buy the adhesive reels in bulk.)

You will also need these Silhouette Files:
(the files will be linked as soon as they appear in the Silhouette store.)

Studio software set up:
Choose a selection of coordinating card stock for the pages and tags, and white card stock for journaling bubbles. I used card stock from my Summer Lovin' collection for Carta Bella. In your Silhouette Studio software, you will need to ungroup the parts (found under object tab) and slide the parts into the active cutting area. You may need to do a few ungroupings to get down to the level of parts you want to move into the active cutting area. Now select the cardstocks you want to use for the parts in your live cutting area.

Assembly Instructions:
1-2. Crease each of the pocket pieces as shown.
3-6. Apply adhesive to the tabs and press them to the inside of the pockets.
6. Fold pocket as shown.
7-8. Fold back the scallops, and adhere to the reverse side.
9. When you flip it over, it should look like this picture...still having access to the pocket.
10-11. The cover section does not have scallops to flip over. Instead, glue a contrasting scallop piece over the scallops on the cover.
12. Cut out the journaling bubbles and the mats. I prefer to write on white card stock, you can use whatever you want. You can cut out more journaling bubbles that what is in the file, by copying them and pasting them into the live cutting area.
13-14. Select which journaling shapes you want to use, and adhere them throughout the album in whatever you feel works best. You can also tuck them under scallops as shown in pictures 13. and 14.
15-16. Place the layers into the order specified within the file. The cover has a wider spine, the next layer has a narrower spine, and the centerfold piece has just a single fold at the center. This makes the album go together with a neat clean look that fits beautifully. Thread small ribbon through the holes and tie a bow.

This mini album can also be used for gift cards. 

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