Monday, October 28, 2013

Graphic 45 Camera Album + Tutorial

13.11.2013 Update- This album was selected in top3 here.

Hello lovely people!

Today I will show you the process of creating this mini album:

I wrote this tutorial especially for the Israeli challenge blog "Going Out of Lines".

Step 1

Cut 6 strips of cardstock measuring 3 3/4” X 12”.
**Don’t throw away a piece of paper which is left. Score it in half on the long side, and then cut at each 3 3/4 “ (you’ll get 6 short strips but we will need only 4 of them).

Step 2
As far as the strips we are working with are quite narrow, apply to it 1/8" scor-tape as shown below. Our hinges are ready:

Step 3
Connect each 3 strips of cardstock together with the help of the hinges:

Step 4
Get ready to use your Bind-It-All. We'll punch each of the 2 strips we prepared (on both sides), in order to get the effect of a photo film. 
I use a spacer because I want the punch holes to be just near the edge.

Set your Bind-It-All to a "B" position and start to punch.

There's a chance that after you're done, the holes won't be completely symmetric on the end. Don't panic, just trim the non-symmetrical piece.

Step 5
Use your scoring board and score both of the strips at each 4.5", and after this fold each of them in an accordion manner. Don't get upset that it's not completely straight, it won't show :)

Step 6
To make the photo-spots I used a plain white paper. I cut it to 3" X 4" (13 pieces for each of the "film" strips). I rounded the corners & distressed the edges with the Vintage Foto.

I also stamped all of the cards with the Sculpey Alphabet Stamper:

Step 7
Let's prepare chipboard pieces for our camera base. Cut your chipboard pieces as follows:
- 5" X 4 1/8" (2 pc)
- 5" X 1 1/4" (1 pc)
- 4 1/8" X 1 1/4" (2 pc)

Step 8
Now cut chipboard pieces for the lid:
- 5 1/4" X 1 3/4" (2 pc)
- 5 1/4" X 1.5" (1 pc)
- 1.5" X 1 3/4" (2 pc)

Step 9
Prepare the hinges for the mini album base and lid. Cut long strips of cardstock 1" X 12", score each one of them in half (0.5"). 
Let's make only 4 strips first, and then add more (if needed).

Step 10
In order to form the mini album base, we'll glue down the chipboard pieces to cardstock measuring 8 3/4" X 10 3/4". For the sake of convenient work, draw border lines at 0.5" from all the 4 sides of the paper:

Step 11
Take the chipboard pieces we prepared for the album base, and attach scor-tape on each piece on the sides as follows (I'm using 1/4" scor-tape):

Step 12
Glue all the pieces down to the cardstock as shown on the picture below. Leave 1/8" space between the parts:

Step 13
Add 0.5" border to the central piece, trim the access paper, miter the corners. Your result at this stage has to be as shown below:

Step 14
Apply scor-tape on the outer edge of the chipboard base as shown:

Step 15
Wrap the edges and glue them down. Your finished mini-album base now should look like this:

Step 16
Now let's get back to the hinges. Right now we need 4 of them:
1" X 5" (2 pc)
1" X 4 1/8" (2 pc)

Attach scor-tape to the back side of the hinges:

Step 17
Remove the tape backing and insert the hinges to their places:

Step 18
For the lid cut cardstock measuring 9 3/4" X 6.5". Draw a 0.5" border from all the 4 sides:

Step 19
Just as we did in the steps 12 & 13, glue down the chipboard pieces in the following way and miter the corners:

Make diagonal cuts in the inner corners:

Apply scor-tape on the outer edges of the chipboard pieces as shown:

Don't wrap the lid yet. 

Step 20
Prepare another 4 hinges:
1" X 5 1/4" (2 pc)
1" X 1.5 " (2 pc)

Apply scor-tape to the back side of the hinges:

Step 21
Attach the hinges first:

Step 22
Wrap the piece:

Step 23
Prepare 4 additional hinges:
1" X 1 7/8" (4 pc).
With the help of these hinges assemble the lid:

Step 24
The most of the work is finished:

Step 25
I made the camera lens from the roll of glue-dots. just covered it with black paper:

Step 26
Glue the white foto mats onto the film strips. In order to attach the film to the album base, apply scor-tape to the last "frame":

This is how your base will look like from the top:

Now when everything was almost finished, I though which paper I should use for embellishing my camera album. I had Graphic 45 "Steampunk Spells" paper left from this Mini-Album, there were only several sheets left, but I didn't need a lot this time:

Here are the pictures of the finished project:

And... That's it! :) Thank you for reading and visiting me today!

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  1. Incredible; like allways surprising me!; fantastic tuto and fantastic mini. You are the best!. Elena F.

  2. Oh wow, this is gorgeous! And so beautifully detailed. I just adore this so much! Thank you for providing a step-by-step. :-) x

  3. Incredible make :)
    Thanks for joining in my challenge over at Crafty Ribbons Challenge

  4. Awesome project and tutorial Alexandra. I need to book mark this post so I can take a better look and study the tutorial.
    Hugs, Katie


  6. Fabulous album! Thanks for joining us at Crafts 4 Eternity this week hugs x

  7. Wow what a gorgeous project and fabulous tutorial, Thank you for joining us at Artistic this week. Abbie xx

  8. Amazing project and great tutorial! Many thanks for entering the Rhedd and Rosie's Challenge and good luck! Melissa (DT) xxxx

  9. Wow! This is an intense project, wish I had the patience for it.just a work of art! Thanks for sharing! :-)

  10. Fabulous tutorial!
    Thanks so much for sharing!

  11. Wow! What a great mini album, love the colours. Thanks for joining us at The Crafter's Cafe Challenge blog and good luck!

  12. This is simply stunning I wish it was mine, such a lot of time and effort has been put into this and it show. Thank you so much for sharing this with us this week at Artistic Inspirations

    Zoe DT

  13. Gorgeous work! Amazing and so detailed I really love the camera album!!! Thank you for joining us at Hugs Kelly

  14. Amazing project, and brill tutorial! TFS! Thanks for joining us at Rhedd & Rosie's challenge blog.
    Fiona x

  15. טוב, זה כבר מוגזם!!! מדהים!! אהבתי מאוד. סיכוי שאעשה כזה דבר - אפס. כל הכבוד. ענת

  16. Just so amazing... what a fun album and great tutorial !

  17. Beautiful creation. Thank you.

  18. OMG this is amazing!! Love it.. great tutorial! HUgsxx

  19. Wow. This is a fantastic project. Thanks for the tutorial. I am going to have to try this someday.

  20. Wow! Your project is amazing!! So much work, but it really payed of!:)
    Love it! And your blog is filled with fantastic inspiration! Thank you for sharing.
    Big hugs, Camilla

  21. Wow! Absolutely fantastic,
    Thank you so much.
    I am visiting for the first time and it is so interesting, I am following you in all ways I can.
    Once again thank you.
    I hope that you have a wonderful day.
    Love and best wishes.

  22. I´ve been looking for this for some time. Thanks for sharing

  23. WOW no words.......thank you your tutorial is awesome

  24. Oh I can't wait to use this tutorial! I have a number of friends in the photographic world, so these will make wonderful gifts for them. TFS!
    Helen -- Firenze Cards

  25. love this and thank you for the wonderful tutorial


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