Divider card mini album

As any regular readers will know, I love making mini-albums and I love using supplies from Staples and I love using up stuff that ha been languishing in my stash.  This little gem ticks all those boxes!  Last year I made a desk calendar using similar dividers, in kraft brown.  These are buff, which I still like but less than the warmer brown ones.

I created pocket pages from three different orientations – tab left, tab middle and tab right (the left and right ones I just scored in the middle and sealed on the open side and the bottom, the tab middle one I folded the sides in to the middle and sealed.  I covered them with the patterned paper (all from the Whimsey stack from DCWV) and punched the thumb pull before sealing them closed.

The dividers are fairly substantial so the weight of the pages is good, more like chipboard pages.

I also have been considering closures – I had bought a stack of 50 magnetic business card backers, thinking I would use them (before the advent of clear stamps!)  to mount unmounted but cushioned rubber for use with my Magnastamp handles but never used them.  They have to be 15 years old at least. You can still find them at Amazon in the US, not so sure about the UK.  You can buy the completed business cards but the blanks to make your own are not so common.

Anyway, they are sticky on one side and magnetic on the other and very thin, and attach to each other even with decorative paper between! I cut one and created the closure.  I think a single sheet of thin PAPER, rather than thicker cardstock weight paper would have made a better choice, but live and learn.

As you can see I can hold it by the closure and the book does not open – the flap does slid forward a bit, but it’s minimal:

This is the base that I will be working on at the Basingstoke crop on Saturday – I have all the photos printed and am looking forward to getting crafty with it.

The glare hides the title a bit but it’s called “The Story Behind the BAD PHOTOS” and will be decorated on the pages, with journaling about the “bad photos” why they are bad, why I feel the need to make something from the, the stuff that no one would realize when I’m gone and they come across them and say “Rubbish photos – let’s bin ’em”

I may do a quick PDF or slideshow on the construction if I get the chance, to ease back in to documenting my projects, and will post if I do!

Now I have to tidy up the awful mess, hoover the scraps and punch debris, and collect up the rest of my supplies so I can hit the ground running on Saturday!