I love when you have a project in your brain that ends up being even better than you imagined. This project is one of those. I have wanted to connect Tim Holtz Mini Cabinet Cards together to create an accordion album for a while now. One night laying in bed it came to me. I had to grab my phone and make some notes. The next day, it was done.
I really love that when this accordion is folded up it looks like a stack of vintage treasures. I love that there are bits and pieces of the things inside peeking out just waiting to be discovered.
The structure of the book is made up of 5 Mini Cabinet Cards. I created “leather” strips by dying Grunge Paper strips with Walnut Stain Distress Stain. I added stitching to the strips so that they would look more like leather straps. I cut not notches and slits in the sides of the cabinet cards so that I could feed the strips through each cabinet card.
The front of the album has layers of goodness. There is a layer of cotton batting, a layer of Eclectic Elements fabric, a Photobooth strip, and a Found Relatives card. Those items are all adhered to the cover and wrapped with a dyed piece of Crinkle Ribbon. All of the elements have been curled, wrinkled, and inked with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.
On top of the ribbon there are even more layers. Next is a die cut floral piece from the new Emporium Ephemera pack, and a torn scrap of vellum, a Foundry Frame, and a Remnant Rubs sentiment added to a scrap of a Pocket Card. I added drips of different colors of Alcohol Ink on the Foundry Frame to add color. I used a Loop Pin to attach two vintage pearl jewelry dangles and a Shield Charm. The front cover also has Mini Corners on the two front corners.
I love that I had I found the Remnant Rub sentiment “Beautiful Moments” because I wanted this book to have different pictures of our lives using pictures from my phone. A few years ago I realized that my family just isn’t a 2 page 12×12 layout family. We don’t go on big adventures. We are very much about small moments that are captured in the quick snap from our phones. I wanted to create an album that would let me share lots of random images that tie together to show a beautiful life.
The first inside page has several layers. The base is a piece of pattern paper from the new Correspondence Paper Stash. I added a Star Fastener to each corner. Under the base paper, I added a paper flag cut from another Correspondence piece of paper.
Next, there is a new Pocket Card matted on a piece of cork from the Textured Surfaces set. Tucked between those layers is a piece of manila cardstock die cut with the new Postage Dots side. I colored the manila with Festive Berries Distress Spray Stain. After it was dry, I added Special Delivery Remnants Rubs to the die cut. I curled, tore, and inked the edged with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink. I bent a large Game Spinner in half to create a clip. Under the clip I added a photo and Spun Sugar Distress Glittered heart die cut with the new Heartfelt die.
The second page is a pocket page. To turn the Cabinet Card into a pocket, I filled the opening with a piece of Correspondence pattern paper. I added a Remnant Rub sentiment to an Index Label. I place the label on a scrap from a Pocket Card. I clipped the sentiment piece and a piece of Emporium Ephemera to the card opening. I also tucked a piece of ephemera inside the pocket along with photos I printed into a block. I added random strips of Tissue Tape throughout the book also as a unifying element.
Inside the pocket I added a #8 manila tag. I embellished the tag with scraps of Correspondence paper, Emporium Ephemera, and arrow from Industrious Borders. At the top of the tag I layered a Mini Gear with a Ring Fastener to create a pull tab.
The third page follows the same formula, Correspondence paper inside the cabinet card, Tissue Tape, Emporium Ephemera, and another Game Spinner clip. I also added a Flashcard with a Remnant Rub sentiment and a scrap of dyed Crinkle Ribbon. One thing to note here is the layer of vellum that lays between the strip of photos and the layers of embellishments. I think it adds a subtle break between the two so that they don’t compete against one another for attention.
The tag for the pocket on this page was created using a Pocket Card. I added a few pieces of Emporium Ephemera and an Industrious Borders arrow. For this tag and page I printed my photos in a strip.
The next page incorporates the same elements again, paper inside the cabinet card and layers of Emporium Ephemera. I added a Mini Numeral on this page. I chose 5 for our family of 5. I also used a Small Talk sticker for the sentiment. I added a scrap of vellum behind the sentiment to help it stand out from the images behind it.
The insert for this page is another tag. It combines torn Correspondence paper, an Industrious Border arrow, Emporium Ephemera, Remnant Rubs, and a Mini Numeral that has been painted. I repeated the Mini Gear and Ring Fastener combination at the top.
The last page is pretty simple. I wanted to have a memo board feel so I used a larger piece of the cork Textured Surfaces for the page base. The Textured Surfaces have an adhesive back so I added a piece of scrap paper inside the cabinet cards so that I could still have a pocket inside the cabinet card. This page is pretty simple in that it just has the photo strip and Emporium Ephemera “stapled” to the cork.
The ends of the “leather straps” wrap around to the front of this page. I added new Star Fasteners to them to make them look like the are riveted in place.
I thought it was super fun to find a movie ticket from Bolivar, Mo in the ephemera. I grew up not far from there so using it felt like adding a little nod toward “home”.
I used a Pocket Card to create the insert for the last pocket. I folded an Index Label over the top and added a Typed Token and a Star Fastener to create a pull tab for the pocket.
I will be adding handwritten quotes about time and moments to the book on the journal cards. I added the first one already to the first page. I think it is a perfect choice for this little book…
The best way to pay for a lovely moment is to enjoy it.
(sweet sigh) I just love the way this book came together. It incorporates such a sweet vintage feel with images I really love. What a fun way to revisit those moments by have snapshots of them all in this one book.
PS- I am thinking this book should be an upcoming online class. What do you think?