Friday, April 12, 2013

Graphic 45 Bird Song Mini Album with Bead Binding

Oh how beautiful is this paper line, and so outside my norm.
Amazing how as I worked with the paper
I began to love it more and more.

There are six pages, each page separated by black beads.
The beads are strung from cord through the back and
tie in the front securing the book together.
(See links to how I learned this type of binding
at the end of this post)
Large mat inserts pop into each side pocket.

It took a bit to remember how to make a fan
which now becomes an easy way to hold my
folded photo holder in place.

Here the blue butterfly mat tucks under the strip on the
left once pulled out it reveals other photo mats behind.
The two girls are intertwined together and glued
along the right edge and bottom to form a pocket.

Each two page spread is matted with the same background
papers.   The front and back insides are also matted alike

I tried my hand at lots of fussy cutting.  In this case the birds
in the top right act as a stopper to hold the mat from moving about

The circle alphabet is from a previous Graphic 45 Collection
The birds come untucked from the little flap
to hold photos or jouranling

All six book pages are standard 8.5"x11" paper folded gatefold
style.  Over the top matting is placed to about 1/8th inch of the edge
then the decorative elements are added

The center folds up and down behind the umbrellas

Don't you think the twig branch works well over the windows.
Lots of cut out flowers.  Behind the windows the larger
photo mat tucks in quite nicely

Here on the left is a Waterfall, you can check my YouTube
Playlist under Page Insert and Tutorials for a link to how
I made it.

I drew the lanterns on black paper and then paper pieced
them from the collection, added cording and a back piece
to sandwich it together for strength.

Check out my video to see all the pages and many more photos.

I used ideas for the bead binding from
Laura at Following the Paper Trail 
and Debbie Hemsworth

SVG cuts (Pagoda and Symbol) were from
The Frugal Crafter

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