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As a thank-you to our fans for purchasing the Starlite July Kit, we created a brief mini album tutorial for y'all to digest & enjoy! It's a quick setup accompanied by a free SVG file for you to download and use to complete the project; CUT FILE FREEBIE HERE!
When you really look at the album, it's not too complicated. It includes three parts; Decorate Tag Pages, Alpha Pages, and Fillers. Most of it is constructed from the Starlite Kit, minus a few pieces here and there. Deciding on your fillers will be the biggest decision you'll have to make.
We went with three different styles: simple black/white dotted pattern paper (Crate Paper), lime green polka dotted transparency (Bella Blvd.) and gold embossed arrow vellum (Crate Paper)
BRACKET PAGE SIZE: 3.5" TALL X 1.4" WIDE
B/W POLKA DOT PAGE SIZE: 3.5" TALL X 1.6" WIDE
VELLUM & TRANSP. PAGE SIZE: 3.5" TALL X 1.4" WIDE
Prep a minimum of nine brackets from the file provided. Go for ten if wanting an extra. Feel free to use the Distress Ink Pad along the bracket edges for additional color. Rub it along the sides and spread it out with a sponge or dauber.
Pull out Starlite's pattern card set. Trim a 1" wide section from each one. Adhere the brackets as shown. The pattern section sits beneath the bracket and is flush with the right edge - solid colored border on bottom. Ensure the border is always on the bottom - look before adhering the two items together.
Layer each bracket/pattern section with solid card stock. Make sure the card stock is cut in accordance with the recommended page size of 3.5" x 1.4" - it may vary slightly.
Print or create nine 3.5" x 1.5" photos of things that define you as an introvert. Maybe it's your cat or a place you visit for solitude. There are no hard and fast rules here. Trim your photos to fit the backside of the bracket pages as shown. Note how the card stock peeks out from the top; to do this, cut off a .4" section from the top OR bottom of the photo. Clean up the edges as well.
Sure, we could of had you print the photos in a smaller format, but having extra 'photo' on hand allows room for error. Better safe than sorry!
Pull out the Happy Planner stickers. Find the page with matte black/gold quote banners. Add one flush with the top of each photo. Jot a word or two down about the subject matter.
We're BIG fans of circle punches! Get them out and start creating circles from various sheets of vellum. Throw them into a pile.
Once more, open the Happy Planner sticker book. Find the page with clear gold-stripe polka-dot stickers. Position both the sticker & vellum circles on top of bracket pages. Arrange them as shown, or one trick that works like a charm when composing multiple elements together is to situate them in a triangle while sticking to the rule of 'thirds' or 'odd numbers'. Have some of the circles fall off the edge of the page to keep things natural. Trim off the excess.
Take a look at our arrangement and feel free to copy. We don't mind! To glue vellum to paper, we recommend Scotch's Glue Stick. It dries clear and is readily strong!
How about a neat little trick? You know how some business cards have a solid color painted edge? Well, you can pull of this same effect with a Gold Leaf Pen and a mini album. Paint the edges of the album pages you just created using this handy-dandy tool! Voila! Nifty, eh? Let them dry to avoid the destruction of your beautiful pages.
Prep the filler pages and round out the top and bottom right-hand corners of the b/w polka-dot pages as we've done. Never hurts to have a corner-rounder punch within reach!
Punch holes at the top left corner of each album page - it's time to bring things together and get fancy!
Go ahead and throw these on as well! We spelled out the word 'introvert' - if you don't have this exact alpha sticker, find a substitute. We're all about combining the old with the new!
We're not going to get too technical with the first set of album pages. What we will say is that ephemera makes for excellent tags! Punch a hole at the top of the pieces shown (Starlite Mix-It-Up Ephemera) and anchor them with Heidi Swapp/Simple Stories ring stickers. Feel free to embellish with stamps, stickers, etc.
Yes, yes, yes, one of the pages is a lot to handle! You know how much we love to layer?! Without going into specifics, just note that you're totally encouraged to duplicate or recreate something similar to what's here. Much of this is a hodge podge of stuff from - including rub-ons from Jenni Bowlin! What, who's Jenni Bowlin?! LOL. If you weren't around for her vintage-inspired product designs, you missed out! The tag and ephemera is of course the ever popular American Crafts. There is a hidden 'layered life' card in there somewhere as well. And don't forget, pop-dots are your best friend!
Target is a retail joint that every crafter visits and thinks, "What here is worthy of my creative talent?" You can spend hours searching for the next creative hidden gem if it weren't for the fact that the place is designed to rob you blind! Still, the pull is real - hence the Welly Tins located in the first aid aisle. Toss the band aids in the cabinet and paint the interior of the tin with acrylic paint (multiple coats required - five or six!). Consider using a heat gun to hasten the process
Because the album is readily 'busy', select a simple wide ribbon to latch onto the ring. Thereafter, organize your pages and finish up!