Friday, March 12, 2010

Felt Embellished Album

This project inspiration is from Kimberly ( - see her blog which has some fabulous projects. I tweaked some of the content but kept the style of the album. The finished project size is 7" x 5" x 1/2". The outside of the album: a felt flower cut using the Bog Shot Sizzlit Die in felt!!!! There's nothing better than making your own embellishments! One 12" x 12" felt square yields a lot of flowers.

Close up of the front felt flower embellishment. The front cover is embossed with large dots for texture.

Inside Glassine Bag (from the Occasion Mini Page 19 item #117228) holding inserts with assorted tabs:

Here's the album "opened" up. There are inserts for journaling or small photos.

Added felt flowers to the first journaling page:
Middle journaling page felt flower:

Left Photo: 3rd journaling page felt flower
Right Photo: supplies needed for this project
(2) 5" x 7" Melon Mambo CS for the front & back Cover
(1) 5" x 4-1/2" Close to Cocoa CS for the cover binding. Score on the 5" side: 2", 1/2"
(3) Glassine Bags (from the Occasion Mini Page 19 Item #117228), bag is 4-3/4" x 6-3/4" long, cut to 6-1/2" length (-1/4" off the open side)
(3) 6" x 4-1/2" Glassine Bag inserts in Whisper White CS
(2) 4" x 4-3/4" Melon Mambo CS Journaling pages
(1) 4" x 4-3/4" Close to Cocoa CS Journaling page
(7) 4-3/4" x 1" Close to Cocoa page connectors, score 1/2"
(2) 6-1/2" long cut 5/8" wide Old Olive Grosgrain Ribbon
(2) Little Leaves in Old Olive CS

Left Photo: see my box of cut felt flowers
Right Photo: Emboss the glassine Bags. Recipe from the bottom up: tab 1, emboss plate, bag/paper, Silicone Rubber, texturz Impression Pad (see how I labelled my plate).

Left Photo: Use 3/16 Corner Rounder Punch for the right front and back cover.
Right Photo: Use the scallop trim boarder punch on both sides of the cover binding and one edge of the journaling pages.

Left Photo: secure button using embroidery floss threaded through a needle. This will be placed on the front cover.
Right Photo: After punching an assortment of flowers, secure with a mini glue dot. Use a white gel pen for the flower centers. Add a dimensional. These will be placed in the Glassine Bag inserts on the tabs.

Left Photo: Punch both sides of the cover binding. Add 5/8" Old Olive Grosgrain Ribbon. Single knot the ribbon.
Right Photo: Add sticky tape as shown

Left Photo: add sticky tape to the page connectors. Fold on score line, make crisp fold with a bone folder.
Right photo: Remove back of sticky tape, position to the back cover left edge as shown.

Left Photo: Remove the baking of the sticky tape from the 1st connector. Then attach the 1st Glassine Bag.
Right Photo: Continue to attach the 2nd page connector. Continue with the rest of the page connectors and journaling pages. Journaling pages to be Melon Mambo, Close to Cocoa, then Melon Mambo.

Left Photo: Last page connector is attached to the front cover.
Right Photo: Use 3/16 Corner Rounder Punch on one edge of the Bag insert. Add sticky tape to the tabs as shown.
  • Stamps: none
  • CS: Melon Mambo, Whisper White, Close to Cocoa, Pretty in Pink
  • Ink: none
  • Accys: SU Exclusive Basket & Blooms Die, SU Exclusive Big Shot Birds & Bloom Die, SU Exclusive Little Leaves Die, Big Shot Texturz Plate Kit #4, Glassine Bag, Soft Subtle Bards, Sift Subtle Buttons (retired), Boho Blossoms Punch, Round Tab Punch, Scallop Oval Punch, Curly Label Punch, 3/16" Corner Rounder Punch, Scallop Trim Boarder Punch (SAB), 5/8" Old Olive Grosgrain Ribbon, White Gel Pen, Sticky Tape, Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots, Piecer, Felt (non SU)

Thank you for stopping by today.............HUGs!!!!


Laura said...

Wonderful little mini album. Thanks for all of the great details. I haven't tried the felt with the sizzlets. Thanks for that tip!

Anonymous said...

I do not quite understand what is that plastic!

Creations by Patti said...

Hello Anonymous: I believe you are asking about the "galssine" bags? If so, these are not made of palstic. They are premade bags and are waxy on both the outside and inside. They are thin in thickness and similar to wax paper feeling. This item can be purchased from Stampin' Up. If this is not the question, please further explain. Thanks for your visit.

Jo Ann said...

have always wanted to try some felt flowers. is this a special kind (or thickness) of felt that can be cut with our sizzix dies or can you just buy a sheet a felt at any craft store ... and do you just run your *bare felt* through the big shot all by itself??? what adorable flowers. would LOVE to have a tub full of them. thanks for any help!
blessings, jo ann.

Jo Ann. said...

one more question: glassine bags?? are these the cellophane bags on p. 159 of catty? and did you use the medium size???
thanks again!!
jo ann.

Susan said...

great mini album; thanks for the tutorial, as it's a great one!

Creations by Patti said...

Hi Joanne. The felts used for this album is the square ones found at any local carft store. Theya re 100% Polyester. There are Acrylic as well as Wool felt but I believe those that are more dense are sold by the yard and more expensive. I used the Sizzlit just like using paper to put through the Big Shot. The Original dies cut much cleaner but the sizzlit works OK.

Glassine Bags: these can be found in the Occasion Mini page 19 item #117228 Bag size 4-3/4" x 6-3/4. Thank you for your question - I should clarify this point on my blog. that's an idea: the cello bags may also work but give a different look!

Katherine said...

Patti I had a question about the flowers too, did you have to use a shim? I tried to do this with the same sizzlit, but it didn't work for me. Maybe I need to try different felt.

Creations by Patti said...

Hi Katherine
Every Big Shot can be a little different. I use the Sizzlit to cut the "pointed" flower from Birds and Blooms and sometimes I had to clip a small part of the cut flower but for the most aprt, it did come out clean. The felt I used is not thick. The original dies have a deeper blade so any type of felt cutting is easier. I did not use a shim when using the sizzlit. Hope this info is helpful.

Jo Ann. said...

thanks sooooo much for the clarification. cannot believe i missed the glassine bag thing in the spring mini, as often as i have been through it (please insert a big DUH here). also appreciated the comments on the felt. i had tried that awhile back and gave up when my results were not clean and perfect. i see now that this was normal and ... i can deal with *cutting a bit* to finish the flowers. thanks again for your quick response!!!
hugs, Jo Ann.