THIS IS EXTREMELY PHOTO HEAVY, SO PLEASE BE PATIENT FOR IT TO LOAD!
During CK's Summer Camp 2011, I noticed a post about creating a mini album from a coupon organizer and I really wanted to try it! I stopped by Target and picked up this great blue one for $1.00 from their dollar bins. (I used foam Thickers in white to write the title on the front!)
After reading, and rereading, and rereading the directions and then having my scrapping friend Christy do the same thing...we still couldn't figure it out, so we went AWOL and did it ourselves! :) First thing I did was to open the coupon organizer and see if yours seals at the bottom. Mine did not. I then took the very last envelope (for coupons) and cut each side within the fold on both the left and right side. That allows your coupon organizer to now flip open like a book with all the envelopes on one side and one pocket on the right.
I then took each pocket and turned it into a page by cutting the right hand side fold so that they were all separated from each other and now pages! I left the left side (or top now) together to be like a book.
I then covered each page with a piece of patterned paper from KI Memories Enchanting pack. I love it because they all coordinate, but don't look "matchy-matchy!" Do you see the tabs on the left? I just traced the whole page, tab included, and cut it out and adhered the patterned paper. I used the tabs to put a number on that will coordinate with journaling in the back! I also inked every page edge and all accents, photos, etc. with Amaretto ink. This hid any imperfections in my cutting and trimming! (Best hint ever is to ink the edges of a mini album to hide mistakes!)
Slip-n-Slide page. Each page flips up revealing a 2 page spread longways! (up and down!) I found I can fit 4-5 photos on each double page. More slip-n-slide. Note that each photo is matted in the scraps from another background page! The "Good Times" velum is from one of the other mini albums I created this week.
Fourth of July! The rub-on's (memories and the dots under the photo) are also left over from the other mini albums.
Vacation Bible School. Smile tag is also a left over!
Learning to do cartwheels
Swimming with best friends! I used the "Best Friends" rub on as a left over from another mini album. I found the "Fun in Sun" vellum from a Summer pack of vellum sayings.
Fountain fun and Being siblings (wrestling) and then posing with friends
Letterboxing. The tree and bird are fussy cut from some extra background paper. I love how it looks!
Hanging out at the river. Beach Bum is from the same vellum summer pack.
I love vellum phrase packs! The "Hit the Books" is from a school vellum pack. More reading!
The last page is actually the back of the coupon organizer. I adhered patterned paper to the back (just traced the coupon organizer open and then cut it out!) I then used more Thickers in white to put numbers to match the numbers on the tabs of the pages. I then journaled here so people could match the tab number and the journaling number and read! I thought this was an easy way to journal without cluttering my pages.
Here's what it looks like open, before you rotate it like a book. See the dot paper under the blue flap and above the photos? That's inside the last envelope. I just trimmed it to the right side and slid it in. Now I have a pocket for memorabilia too!
Here's the pocket! You can barely see it because it's clear, but see where the dots look shiny? That's the last coupon organizer envelope. I ran a line of ATG tage along the bottom of the envelope to seal the bottom--AFTER sliding the paper in. Now I have a complete pocket!
Let me know if you have any questions about putting together this album! Ask any questions in the comments and I will do my best to answer them!