Make Mine a Mini and a Blog Hop!
Friday, August 1, 2014
I still have so much to share about the My Crush books from Close to My Heart! In this post I’ll show you how to create an adorable ultra-mini album, using the papers and binding rings that come in the In the Pink My Crush Book.
Today I’m joining other Close to My Heart consultants to celebrate the release of the brand new Annual Inspirations, Close to My Heart’s newest catalog format. New products, papers and stamps galore, all available now on my shopping website! View the catalog or purchase your own copy here.
You’ll find lots of inspiration using the newest products on the CTMH Blog Boosters hop. After you have learned all my tips for using the My Crush book to make your mini, you can scroll to the bottom of this blog post and find many more ideas and artwork by my fellow CTMH consultants.
Let’s get on with the tutorial!
For this album, I chose the In the Pink book My Crush book. Each books contain 30 sheets of 7" x 10" double-sided heavy cardstock, printed with coordinating patterns. They are not matchy-matchy, which I totally love. I like how the eclectic mix of papers allows you to pick and choose when you want to only use a handful of the patterns for a smaller project.
The book comes in a Kraft hardbound cover with a wire binding. But you don’t need to keep it that way.
That’s right, I want you to “destroy” your book.
Are you gasping with fright? You can do it, I’ll hold your hand.
Removing the Pages
The spiral binding is easy to remove from the cover. Use your fingers (no fancy tools required!) and spread the wire apart. Just enough to get the pages out. Then roll the entire binding right out of the cover. It’s not attached, it will come out as easily as the pages did.
See, that wasn’t too hard, was it?
You now have 30 beautiful pieces of 7” x 10” paper to do with as you please. Cards, scrapbook pages and projects await you.
To create your mini album, you can just cut the pages using your paper trimmer, making sure to include the hole-punched edges so you can re-place the wire binding. Use edge punches, corner rounders, and choose any size you like for your book.
If you’d like to get a little fancier, you can cut your pages on the Cricut. I used the Close to My Heart Cartridges, mixing and matching my shapes for a funky layered look.
Cutting your Pages on the Cricut
To make sure that you will include the hole-punched edge on your pages (and not accidentally cut it off – whoops!), I recommend cutting a sample or two.
Using scrap cardstock, cut the shape you want at the size you want. I chose to create a 4” mini album, so I set most of my shapes to 4”, but I also wanted a layered look so I didn’t stick with that size every time. It was fun to just play around and see what I could come up with.
Leaving your test shape on the cricut mat, position your My Crush page over the shape. You’ll see above that I made sure that the holes in the page would be included INSIDE the shape. If I would have positioned the page all the way to the left side, my holes would have been cut off or cut open. And we can’t have that.
Peel back your page and remove the test shape.
Reposition the page and cut your shape again. Perfect placement!
Now, repeat, repeat, repeat, until you have enough pages for your mini album!
Assembling Your Mini To assemble your mini after you have decorated your pages, just use wire snips to cut a portion of the wire binding, put the pages back onto the wire and squeeze closed with your fingers. It’s not rocket science, but you’ll feel like a genius.
This mini only used a small fraction of the pages included in the In the Pink My Crush book, so you can make multiple books or use the leftovers for cards and scrapbook pages.
I hope I’ve inspired you to think “outside the cover” and consider getting a My Crush Book for yourself to cut apart. I’d love to hear your comments on what new Close to My Heart products are your favorites!
Now if you’d like to get more inspiration on using the newest CTMH products, click on any of the thumbnails below! Check back daily until Aug. 7 for new blog hop entries at the bottom of this post.