Degree of difficulty: Difficult 3mm cardboard
craft knife and cutting mat
two sheets patterned cardstock in colourful designs
five sheets plain cardstock in a matching colour
three sheets cardstock in each of three different but matching designs
170 x 170mm matching fabric
acid-free double-sided tape
brown and gold liquid chalk
two ornate clock hands
round metal frame
round metal decoration
gold DMC embroidery thread
two large faux flowers
one small faux flower
one 35 x 50mm photograph
ten 200 x 250mm photographs
large round button
assortment of rhinestones and buttons
You will need
two metal binding rings
four metal eyelets
1 Use a craft knife, cutting mat and a
metal ruler to cut out two 200 x 200mm
pieces of 3mm cardboard.
2 Cover one side of the cardboard with
patterned cardstock in a colourful design
using double-sided tape. Lightly
sand the edges to a smooth finish. Repeat
to cover the other side of the cardboard,
using the plain cardstock.
3 Age the edges of the card using brown
liquid chalk, then repeat with the gold
4 Paint the clock hands with glaze and
leave them to dry. (We used Plaid Glass
5 Repeat with the round metal frame
and the decorations, ensuring that the
areas between the raised designs are
covered. (You can stick small rhinestones
or beads onto the wet glaze. Use
a small pair of pliers to make the rhinestones
easier to handle.)
6 Use a square punch to punch out
squares from two sheets of cardstock in
different patterns. Age the edges of the
cardstock using brown and gold liquid
7 Attach the paper squares in a patchwork
pattern to a piece of fabric
measuring 170 x 170mm. Leave a few
randomly spaced squares blank so the
fabric is visible in places. Attach with
double-sided tape once you are happy
with the design.
8 Punch small holes through the paper
and the fabric, where the squares will
9 Sew the squares together using gold
DMC embroidery thread.
10 Attach your completed sheet of
patchwork to one of the plain-coloured
sheets of cardstock to form the cover.
11 Use a glue gun to attach faux flowers
to the cover. Let some of the petals protrude
over the edges of the cover, then
cut them off neatly using a sharp pair
12 Lightly sand the edges of a 35 x 50mm
photograph and attach to the cover
using double-sided tape. Add a sticker
for extra decoration and reinforcement.
13 Use a glue gun to attach the glazed
hands of the clock to the centre of the
faux flowers. Attach a large, round
button (with the hook at the back
removed) to the round metal decoration
and glue onto the hands of the clock.
14 Attach the metal frame to the cover
using double-sided tape. Mount a round
sticker onto a leftover piece of dark
cardboard and glue in position inside
the frame. Repeat to attach the sticker
below the frame.
15 Glue the buttons and rhinestones to
the two corners nearest the flowers to
create a small frame.
16 Use a square punch to punch out
more squares from two sheets of cardstock
in different patterns. Age the
edges of the squares using brown and
gold liquid chalk. Attach the paper
squares in a patchwork pattern to the
remaining sheet of plain cardstock,
using double-sided tape.
17 Reduce the 200 x 250mm photographs
to 200 x 200mm and lightly sand
the edges to a smooth finish.
18 Glue the photographs to the undecorated
side of the plain cardstock and onto
the remaining sheets of plain cardstock,
then age the edges with brown and gold
19 Use rub-on transfers to write a caption
for each photograph.
20 Neatly stack the pages of your mini
album and mark where the holes for the
metal binding rings will be. Use a onehole
punch to make the holes, tapping
it lightly with a scrapbooking hammer.
Repeat for the covers.
21 Insert the metal eyelets into the holes
in the covers and use an eyelet setter and
scrapbooking hammer to secure them.
22 Hook the rings through the holes in
the front and back covers to bind them.
Decorate the front of the mini album
with remnants of ribbon.