Tuesday, July 09, 2013

May Arts DT Submission "Do What You Love" Album

Hello –

I am thrilled to present my project for the May Arts DT Submission Round Two!  I am so excited to have made it this far.  I had to try out for the May Arts DT because I have been using these ribbons for so long.  Too long to let the cat out of the bag because then you’ll guess that I’m much older than I tell people.
Today, I will be leading you through a tutorial of my mini album titled:  “Do What You Love”.  Those that know me did not have any doubt that I would be making a mini album LOL.  Most of the time I start my albums with what theme I want and that leads to the paper I will be using; and then it leads to the colors I choose. 
Step One:  Gather your supplies anything you think you might or might not use. 
Mostly likely if the product is in front of you then, for me anyway, it will be used.  Try and get a style going, whether it’s vintage, monochromatic, or a collection of papers.  Start matching up May Arts ribbon to go with your project along with buttons, chipboard, fabric, fiber, whatever your “go to” favorites are.
Step Two:  Since I will be using a chipboard binder album, I need to cover it up. See below where I cut my paper bigger than the chipboard front and back covers.  I want to fold in the paper to get nice tight mitered corners on the album covers. 
Album is 5.5 by 7.5.  Cut two sheets 1 inch bigger for front and back.
Binder – I am using burlap to wrap around to cover the binding on my 2 ring album. I cut the burlap 6.5 by 7.5 to wrap around the 2.5 by 7.5 binding.  Then I used corrugated cardboard first adding eyelets and sheer dot 3/8” ribbon before adhering to the binding.
Notice my woven burlap ribbon on the outside cover.  Adhere the burlap ribbon before covering the inside pages.  It is just a nice finish around the album rather than a blunt cut

These are the ribbons I used.


Step Three:  I usually make the cover first, that’s just me – it sets the mood for the rest of the album. 
I made a special “flower” for the front of my album.  I cut 8 pieces of 4 inch each of the burgundy burlap wired ribbon.  Then I folded the pieces in half and sewed them all together.  Afterwards I sewed a button using SM10 jute fiber and then cut my 8 petals in half lengthwise.  Now I ended up with 16 petals and since the ribbon is wired the petals fluff out nicely.


Here is my finished album cover.  I also added the 393-25-09 cream flower ribbon to the cover along with the green BY16 leaves and the soft green leaves XL16 that I cut apart.

Ribbons used for cover:


Step Four:  This is where I decide whether or not I am going to “add” to the album pages.  In this case I decided to add an acrylic flag and some tags, and also added to binding.

Flag:  Using acetate from K&Co. “Handmade – Cara Marie” collection, Clearscraps acrylic flag, May Arts cream flower 393-25-09, green faux suede XL 16,  pompom wired yellow PM27

Binder:  added May Arts RG25 grosgrain/ivory stripes ribbon, Tim Holtz Idea-ology acrylic tags

Tag:  Used Ranger Distress Ink and Tattered Angels spray on manila tag.  Then I cut approx 3” long and ½ inch apart slits into tag.  I then wove May Arts Ribbon through slits and added scraps of paper.  To embellish I stamped a Maya Road bee, added a charm and a wooden tag.


Used ribbons:  RG25, JD33, PM27, 445-15-25 and brown 1” wide sheer C33 to tie a nice bow at end of tag

Step Five:   Finish decorating your pages. Decide what element is going to go throughout the book.  This will give the album some continuity.

On this album I will use the same ribbons and buttons on all my mats.
I used brown sheer polka dot JD33 on all mats and then I used brown Jute SM33 to tie my buttons.  You can use different papers on your mats but the ribbons and buttons (pack of October Afternoon buttons) are the same throughout.



That is it for now, I will post all the pages at another time.  Thank you so much for stopping buy.  Please leave me your thoughts and wish me luck!

Happy Scrapping,



  1. all I've got is WOW!!! Hope you are asked:):):) awesome stuff here!!

  2. Looks amazing! Love all the ribbons you used! Good luck to you!!!

  3. Wow! what an amazing book! Love the ribbon flower on the front!

  4. Wow! what an amazing book! Love the ribbon flower on the front!

  5. I loved your Submission! Hope that we get to work together soon!! Good Luck!


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