This is my finished album. I guess that you can see that I go over the moon decorating. I love flowers and butterflies. I love the idea that my card stock paper pack had so many bright colors. It let me create a beautiful bouquet using only the colors of the paper in my album. I have said that I love making paper flowers. I've had some emails asking if I love making paper flowers why do I use so many artificial flowers on my albums? The answer to that is durability. Paper flowers are fragile. They tear, fold, and wear out with a lot of handling. Artificial flowers can even be left outside, you can't do that with paper flowers. After spending so much time on a project I want it to last a long time.
After cutting my cover pieces out of chipboard, I started assembling the cover. First I started by applying Tyvex to the spline pieces.
The cover ready to assemble one side.
The first side in place.
Ready for the other side.
The other side of the cover. I used a metal ruler to help keep the pieces alined.
The inside of the cover completely assembled.
The outside of the cover.
Outside of cover. Ready to apply card stock.
Apply both sides of the top cover first. Making sure that they overlap the bottom by a few inches. Cut the bottom last making sure that it doesn't overlap onto the spline pieces.
Now that I have the outside of my ATC album done it was time to work on finishing the inside. The first thing that I needed to do was make the accordion fold inserts to hold the pages. I started with a standard 8 1/2"x 11 1/2" size piece of card stock. Using my score board I made the first score on the 8 1?2" side at 2", then 1/2", then another 1/2", then 1/4" I repeated the 1/2",1/2",and 1/4" until I was at the end of the paper.
Then I applied score tape to the back side.
I attached them over the spline pieces of the inside cover. Now is the time to press them against the score tape strip between the cover pieces. Be careful not to tear them. Then once again carefully flex the cover making sure not to tear it.
This is with all the pages attached.
Now that my album is done I know that if I put ATC's on both sides of the pages, the tags, and on the inside of the cover, that it will neatly hold 115 to 116 ATC's depending on how I arrange them on the inside covers. Now I will start transferring my ATC's out of their ring binder notebooks and into my beautiful new coffee table book, decorating the pages and tags as I go along. I started this album last October. I took it up to the cabin in November and never found any time to work on it. Finally after all this time I have all the pieces out of the plastic scrapbook paper storage box that I stored it in. It is a wonderful feeling to finally see it finished. This album is a spin off of an album that Kathy Orta shared in a video. I modified it for ATC's.
I hope that you will consider making one of your own. It is extremely easy and fun to make.