Monday, April 23, 2018

Sweet Baby Girl Accordion Mini with a Box

Hello everyone, there sure isn't anything sweeter than a new baby.  One of my closest friends just became a Great Grandmother for the first time and I wanted something special for the baby to celebrate her entrance into our world.  I opted to use Echo Park's Sweet Baby Girl collection and it is that, just the sweetest bits of pink and teal and everything available to make whatever project you'd want.  I also want to give a big shout out to my crafty friend Cheryl Wells who sent me a Country Craft Creations Gift Card at Christmas time.  Yes, I know, I've been hoarding it, but I was so glad I had so I could purchase this fantastic collection.  If you're ever on the fence about what to get another crafter you can't go wrong with a Gift Card!

 I decided to make an accordion mini, one of the fastest and easiest around.  You simply determine the height of your mini, mine is 6", determine the number of pages you're going to want, I choose 12 and then cut, score, adhere and fold.

My supplies all came from the Country Craft Creations store.  I used white Artisan cardstock for my base.  Since the sheets come 12" square I simply cut them in half creating 2 6"x12" strips and scored each strip in half at the 6" mark.  I made hinges and attached three strips together creating six 6" spots on each side.  Once attached it's just a matter of decorating with your favorite papers and folding the pages back on one another to create the accordion.

I primarily used the 6x6" pad from the collection but I did use the whole cut apart sheet that had the 12 months on them.  These became the magnetized flaps for each folded section and will represent the baby's first year in photos and notes.

Side one shows the first six months and

Side two shows the rest of the year up to baby's first birthday.

Adding the magnetized flaps allows a small photo to be put on the back and numerous photos to be held loose between the magnets.  Please join me on the video as we walk through the whole books process and completion.  As I said this is a super simple idea any one can make for any occasion.  Thanks so much for stopping by!

This video will show you how to construct the basic box to house a 6x6" mini

I've entered my mini into the Crafter's Castle Challenge, I don't normally enter challenges, I used to but have just gotten out of the habit but Janie gave me the head's up and I couldn't resist.

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Sandi said...

Please do a tutorial on the box. It would be gratefully appreciated.

Lagene said...

Awesome acordian album!

The Craft Princess said...

I love it!!! It is so cute and looks easy enough to do. Thank you for sharing that. If you want you could enter that in Crafter's Castle's ANYTHING GOES always and the prize this month is a $100 gift certificate :) Hugs...Janie

The Craft Princess said...

Me again....I really love this!!! Thank you so much for entering our challenge at Crafter's Castle this month....good luck :)
Hugs... Janie
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JD/ Jill said...

This is absolutely adorable! Thanks so much for sharing how you did this!

PennyDuncan said...

What a beautiful album and something that will be treasured for decades to come!!