I joined a swap over at Scranndaze. It's a great little community just starting up. The swaps are small and personal..We had four people in our group, myself included. We had to make a mini for each member of our group and it had to be 3x3 or smaller with a nature theme.This is what I came up with.
I recycled the chipboard from the back of a paper stack. Cut four 3x3 pieces out. Painted with $0.99 arcylic craft paint than distressed. Next I cut 2.75 x2.75 piece of Prima decorative paper and distressed the edges. Placed a button shaped brad. Cut a piece of Early Express paper by stampin up and embossed it for the binding. Sticky taped the binding and finally glued the Prima paper onto the cover. Next I embellished the cover with a Prima bird, and raffia folded into a bow with two Recollections flowers wrapped around it. The inner pocket pages were added next, and finally I punched a hole in the back, Grabbed the string off an old shipping tag and tied it to the back, wrapped it round the front of the button for the closure.
Here is one of the inner pocket pages..Although the vine was glued on with a hot glue gun It was not strong enough to be a permanent fix. I should have used Aleens fabric glue.
My final step was to make tag's for the inserts. I combined many different medias to provide some interest to the album including fabric, embossing, and transfers.
If you get a chance check out the video Kathy made of my album the ones I rec'd in the swap...They are just beautiful.