Thursday, March 21, 2013

My Core’dinations Creative Frenzy Tutorial

My Core'dinations Frenzy Mini Album Tutorial
I just love how it turned out, It looks like an old vintage book.
The base of the album was made with the Little Bitty Bags.  I used 4 bags for this album, which creates 8 side pockets and 3 top pockets. 
You can watch my tutorial here on the basic paper bag mini album using bags from Really Reasonable Ribbon.   I have done the same thing here, just a different size bag, and in the video you can see how I used the Core'dinations cardstock to make a pretty binder for another paper bag album.  So just use the measurements below for this album.
Fold bags in half and trim the ends opposite the fold (you can do them at the same time) to measure 3.25"
The fold will serve as the pocket back and you will now have two openings per bag for tags.
I used Ranger's Vintage Photo (RVP) to ink all the inner fold creases and edges of bags.
I used Score Tape to attach my bags together and to the cover.  
Please see the video above for placement of Score tape (remember not to put tape across the top, because tags will be going in there.  Try to keep score tape close to the sides, so that the top tags will fit in).
Measure and Cut Cardstock cover 5.25" (tall) by 7.5" (length).  Score (length) at 3.5" and 4".
This will give you a 3.5'' front cover .5" binder and 3.5" back cover.
I used a texture plate from sizzex to Emboss.  
I did the cover and binder together, and then the back. 
I used a Perfect medium pad and applied it to the raised areas of the cover, applied Gold embossing powder (a la mode gold) and heat set  it.  Using my Crop-O-Dile I punched two holes in my binder.
(I used the large hole punch and instead of measuring I just had it go as far as it reached, easy peasy).

Using Stazon Jet black Ink, I stamped my flowers onto my Melon silk ribbon, and then inked it with Ranger's Vintage Photo distress ink (RVP).
Next I cut out 8 pieces of Core'dinations Cardstock
3 and 1/8th" wide by 5" tall.  I embossed them, sanded them and inked them with RVP.  
I used Scor tape to adhere them to the bags.
The cardstock pieces will go on the inside of your bags.  You can see that I did not place them right in the fold or the book would not close.
Next I cut out 8 pieces of Core'dination Cardstock
for the side pocket tags.  They measure 3.5"wide by 4.75" tall.
I used different Embossing folders for the tags, sanded them and inked them with RVP   Then I used a Martha Stewart lace punch for the edges that peak out from the pockets.
Cut three pieces of Core'dinations Cardstock  2" wide by 5" tall.  This time I used some embossing folders to just emboss either the top or bottom edge.  
I also punched the top edge with the same punch.  I used Stazon jet black ink and some stamps I made to stamp on the tags.  Then I used RVP distress ink on the edges.
I used my Crop-O-Dile to punch holes in the top of my three top tags.  Then I used the pink chevron and blue striped ribbons from RRR.  Yes, I inked them with RVP.

Next I used a scallop circle die to cut out 8 Black Corde'nations mats for photos.  I simply sanded these, and adhered them directly to the page with scor tape.  I didn't want my book to get to chunky.

I also used a label die to cut out 8 labels, which I embossed, sanded and inked with Ranger's distress inks.  I tied them with Brown Sugar Baker's Twine.
The Cover
I used some green, light teal, dark teal, ivory and pink Core'dinatons cardstocks from the CARD SIzzix PACK and dies to cut out the bird, leaves, swirls, flowers and frames.  I embossed the leaves, and ivory piece.  
Sanded all pieces, inked all pieces with Vintage photo and I used Perfect Medium and Utee on the bird, flower, ivory oval, and pink and teal frames.  I used Pop dots under the bird, pink frame and ivory oval.  Finished off the cover by adding the Juliet Lace and my favorite Moss leaves from Really Reasonable Ribbon and some champagne flatback pearls.  Use the Perfect medium pad on your pieces after you have sanded and inked them.  Then you pour on the Utee crystals like you would glitter, tap off excess.  Then heat with your heat gun.  
Here are a couple photos of items I used.
and some more
Few more embossing folders and punch.
Ink pads
There are some things I forgot to get photos of..sorry.  But feel free to send me an email if you have a question.
You can see the finished project here.

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit me today!
I hope you have been inspired to treat yourself to some 
Core'dinations Cardstock and start Creating!!

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  1. Oh, mY! You've been busy! Love the brick and teal colors. The embossing and inking add super dimension. Happy Spring :)

  2. This is absolutely gorgeous Heather, and I really wish for you, that they´ll get some use of your wonderful skills, You are so clever.

  3. Gorgeous! Love all of the "Heather" details..this is a sweetie. Hugs

  4. All right heather, we both auditioned for core'dinations. So, many of the regular's have put their names in the hat.... wow, fantastic.!! I had fun trying... either , way, i am shipping out my stuff to get published in a mag next month.
    ava g

  5. soo pretty...boooo though I cant see some of the pics. cherry

  6. Anonymous8:15 AM

    This is just beautiful. And the tutorial is fabulous! I know you'll make it for could they not want the most talented designer ever??????? You can just sen the book home with Kenny....I love it lol. Good luck on making the team...keeping my fingers crossed for ya....Love ya millions...Huggs from your BFF

  7. Fabulous albem and tutorial heather. I saw this on MIM...Loz

  8. Stunning creation, fab tutorial and love that bird on the front. Thanks for linking up to Make It Monday this week.
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  9. Just popping back to let you know I featured your lovely mini album on my blog as one of my POTW entries from last week at Make It Monday.


Thanks for Visiting my blog today! Hope you found some inspiration...Have a great day! Hugs....Heather