Monday, May 20, 2019

Liberty "Tiny Mini" for Authentique

Good morning, Crafters! I have a sweet, little Authentique Paper project to share today! A few folks asked me if I was leaving Authentique since I am now on the 2019-2020 Graphic 45 team, but...the answer there is a big, fat...NO! Not unless Authentique makes me leave, at any rate! Being on BOTH of my favorite paper teams at the same time must be Earth's version of Heaven! {grin}
A week from today we celebrate Memorial Day here in the USA and we are just a little over a month away from Independence Day! I wanted to create a little book that would fit wallet-sized photos of all your patriotic snaps!
This little book is 4 1/4" tall and 3 1/4" wide with a 1" spine. It is the most adorable, tiny book - if I do say so myself!
I used the Liberty Collection, 12x12 paper and the sticker sheet. I also used a few tiny bits of past collections: Glory and Heroic. I went all out with the red, white, and blue theme!
To create this book, cut two pieces of chipboard to 4 1/4"x 3 1/4" and one piece to 4 1/4" x 1" for the covers and spine. For the hinges, cut dark blue cardstock to 4 1/8" x 4 3/4". On the 4 3/4" length, score at 1", 1 1/4", 1 1/2", 1 3/4", 2", 2 1/4", 2 1/2", 2 3/4, 3, 3 1/4", 3 1/2", and 3 3/4".
Cut decorative paper to approximately 6 1/4" x 9 3/4". Place the chipboard pieces onto the wrong side of the paper, making sure to keep 1/8" of space between the spine piece and the cover pieces. Also, make sure that your covers are centered and lined up with the print, if that is a consideration.

Angle the corners and add double-sided tape to the edges of the paper, as shown.
Wrap the paper around the chipboard, gently scoring the space on each side of the spine piece. If you are not careful, the paper may crack or tear.  
Your hinge piece has 13 sections. There are one-inch sections at the beginning and end, and eleven 1/4" sections in the middle. Place adhesive on the first 1/4" section, then on the fourth, seventh, and tenth 1/4" sections, as shown above. (I used 1/4" wide double-sided tape.)
Accordion fold the hinge piece to adhere each first and second 1/4" section together to form a hinge tab. Repeat for the 4th and 5th, and again for the 7th and 8th, and for the 10th and 11th. You will end up with a 1" gutter, four hinges with 1/4" gutters between, then a 1" gutter at the end, as shown above.
Attach the hinge piece to the spine. Trim decorative paper for the inside of both the front and back covers, covering the 1" tabs of the hinge piece. Once again, gently score the space between the chipboard covers and the spine, taking care to NOT tear or crack the paper.
Trim eight (8) pieces of dark blue cardstock to 4 1/8" x 3 1/8".  
Attach two pieces of cardstock together for each hinge tab, sandwiching the hinges between, to make four pages, one for each hinge tab. (There are other ways to make the pages, but I had a bunch of cardstock scraps to use up, so I did it this way.) 
Close the book and decorate the cover. I used a die cut to make rosettes from some of the Liberty decorative paper. I glued the rosettes onto the cover with white glue. The top rosette is 2 1/2" and the lower one is about 2". I added some stickers to the rosette centers, and to decorate the rest of the cover.

I also created a bow out of some plaid and checked ribbon. I had some packaging from a set of patriotic ephemera bingo cards, so I cut a tiny bingo card out of the packaging to add to the top of my bow. The bingo card is the size of a postage stamp!

I used Copic markers to color-ize some decorative pins to give a bit of sparkle to the front of my little book. It looks like a big firecracker went off and spilled out lots of red, white, and blue pretties! 

I mounted a sticker onto some cardstock, then used foam tape to attach the sticker element to the spine of the book.  
The inside is very simple. Each page contains a 4" x 3" piece of decorative paper or one of the cut aparts from the Liberty collection. So EASY!

The inside front cover contains a sticker from the Glory Collection, which coordinates perfectly. For page 1, I mounted a sticker onto some cardstock, then cut around it. I glued it on the right side to make a tuck spot for a photo. 

Page 2 is one of the cut aparts from the Liberty Collection paper, Liberty Eight. I added a word sticker (from the Glory Collection). Page 3 contains a 1 1/2" rosette. If you are careful where you place your glue, you can use the rosette as a tuck spot for a photo. 
Page 4 is another cut apart from Liberty Eight. I added a word sticker, mounted onto some cardstock, to make a tuck spot for a photo. Page 5 also has a sticker mounted onto cardstock, but I added a tiny clothes pin to one edge. You can use this as a tuck spot also, or clip a photo to the top of the page with the clothes pin!
I added a little pocket to page 6 and placed a small, ATC-size, tag inside. There is another little rosette on the pocket. Page 7 contains a cut apart from the Heroic Collection, which also coordinates beautifully with the Liberty Collection!.
Page 8 has another sticker tuck spot, and the back cover also contains sticker.
This "tiny mini" is so easy to make, and simple to put together! I hope you have fun making your own, with your favorite Authentique collection!

Thank you so much for looking!

Note: As always, when I link to supplies, these are NOT affiliate links. I am simply sharing a link to where you can purchase supplies. Some may be places where I purchase my items, and some may be a place where I am on the design team (such as Really Reasonable Ribbon). But, I don't get anything if you shop via my links. If you find a better deal or offer, or shop locally, that is excellent! 

Authentique Supplies Used:

Liberty Collection: 12x12 Paper, Details Stickers

Glory Collection: Elements Stickers, Details Stickers
Heroic Collection: Heroic Eight 12x12 sheet

Additional Supplies Used: 

Cardstock: Bazzill Nightmist
Chipboard: Grafix black
Copic markers: to color the pins
Ribbon: Really Reasonable Ribbon Plaid PatrioticRed Plaid
Circle punches: Stampin' Up 3/4" and 1"
Rosette dies: Tim Holtz Paper Rosettes, Mini Paper Rosettes
Decorative pins: stash
ATC tag: Graphic 45 Ivory
ATC tag die: Graphic 45 Large Tag, ATC Tag, and Flowers die
Adhesive: ATG tape, hot glue, white glue, Scor-tape, foam tape, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares


  1. Fabulous mini album, G! I love this's happy and gives me the chills because I am so thankful to be part of the red, white and blue! Thanks for the awesome tutorial also!!

    1. I am happy to be red white and blue, too! ;)

  2. This is fabulous! I love it and plan on making it!

  3. Love it! This paper collection is great and you showcased it so well with this little mini.

  4. Fab album, Gloria. Great patriotic papers that are great for saving holiday memorabilia and photos. tfs

  5. The instructions and photos on making this darling booklet are excellent. I have watched numerous You Tube videos on making hinges and I did not really understand them as well as I did until seeing your photos. I recently discovered making albums and I am having a blast with it. You inspire me with this project.

    1. I am so happy that the photos were helpful! Albums are super fun to make! ;)

  6. this album is wonderful (nothing new coming from you) I'm saving this blog post to my favorites so I can come back to the tutorial. Been wanting to create a new mini book! Thanks!

  7. Unbelievably GORGEOUS album!!!!! I just find those paper rosettes SCREAM "Americana" and so they are just THE PERFECT complement to your album cover. Super job! <3