Here it is a cute little mini-album made out of upcycled TP rolls. Mary over at CardzTV, recently did a video on how to make a mini-album out of TP rolls. Here is the link to her video (http://cardztv.blogspot.com/2009/07/cricut-mini-tag-album.html).
I loved the idea and decided I would try my hand at it. The mini-album is for my DGS (dear grandson) and it is about his mini “bacation”, as he calls it, to the Wiggle World in Fiesta Texas at San Antonio, TX.
This came out so cute and although there is ribbon on it I tried to keep it as boyish as I could.
I started collecting TP rolls and then following Mary’s video, I flattened them out using my bone folder to get the edges sharp.
I put them under a stack of books; however, I still wanted them flatter than what they were so I decided I would try a different approach.
I took a spray bottle of water (this is actually the spray bottle of water I use on “Henry”, our grandkitty to make him get off things he shouldn’t be on) and sprayed the TP roll until it was damp.
This works perfectly. The TP rolls flatten out just right.
Lucky me, I had the Tags, Bags, Boxes & More cartridge and the 4″ tag, cut on blackout was perfect for my TP rolls. The 6″ long x 4-5/16″ paper was just the right measurement I needed to cover each roll. I used my paper cutter to even up the ends on anything that was off after covering them. As you can see I used 5 TP rolls to make the mini-album.
The crop-a-dial was perfect and so easy to use to cut the holes in the TP rolls. It has this one feature that allows you to set a gauage at the depth you want to make the hole in the item. That way the holes are all the same distance in from the edge. No worry about having to measure and make sure you get them all the same. Then it made setting the eyelet very easy. Just a quick squeeze, no pounding. So Mary, you were right! This instantly became one of my favorite “TOOL OF THE TRADE”.
I wanted this mini-album to be about the pictures and not about emblishments, so I simply put the ribbon on with staples and added the pictures. I also put just a little bit of information on the white space of the tag but nothing elaborate.
These pictures don’t show it but I also added a few rub-ons here and there on the pictures. Don’t tell Gareth, but I signed the Wiggles picture “love Wags” and put a paw print on the tag.
I matted some of the photos and put them on the outside of the covered TP rolls. This way he can flip through the book and see some photos or he can pull the tabs out and see the special photos.
I can’t wait to give this to him. It is the perfect size for his little hands and it can sit on his shelves or in a book case. He loves books and loves to have you read stories to him so I’m sure this is going to be one of his favorite stories that he will want Mom and Dad to look at and read over and over.
My hats off to Mary at Cardz4U and CardzTV for a great video on how to make this darling mini-album out of recyled (or should I say upcycled) TP rolls.
Now, I need to start saving them again for another mini-album. I’m sure my DGD will want one of these for her adventures. After all you can’t do for one unless you do for the other.