Project by Tammy White
I started with 3 - 12 3/8" x 6 1/8" paper bags and folded them in half. I then inked all of the edges with Vintage Photo Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad. I then took 2 - 11" x 5 1/4" inch lunch bags and folded them in thirds and inked those edges too.
I used the K&Co Americana 12 x 12 paper pack for my papers. I cut 10 pages at about 6" x 6" and distressed the edges using the Tim Holtz Distressing Tool and inked the edges with the Vintage Photo Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad. I cut photos mats out of the same paper at 4" x 4" and 3" x 3" and distressed those the same way. I attached the papers to the paper bags using Scor-Tape.
For the front and back covers, I cut chipboard at approximately 6 1/8" tall x 6 3/8" long. I painted the chipboard navy blue. I used the paper from the Americana pack with the flag on it for the front and back. I distressed them the same way as the interior papers and attached to the chipboard with the Scor-Tape. I attached the first paper bag to the inside front cover and the last paper bag to the inside back cover with the Scor-Tape.
The letters spelling out "America" are from one of the papers in the pack which I hand cut and then attached to tags I made from the left over papers. The "A, M and E" are small tags measuring 4" long x 2" tall. The "I, C and A" are 11" long x 5 1/2" wide made with solid color cardstock folded in half. The "R" is not a tag and is just attached to the back inside cover with Scor-Tape.
I used my Crop-A-Dile II Big Bite to punch holes in the pages and covers and then used jute twine to attach all of the pages together. I also cut a small piece of Tim Holtz Grunge Paper and attached it with the Scor-Tape to the inside edges of the covers.
As you can see in the pictures, I used the Viva Decor pearl pens throughout the pages to add texture and dimension and then embellished with adhesive rhinestones, tickets, and mini flowers. I used a Gold Viva Decor Pearl Pen to color in the bell I cut at 2 1/4" from the Independence Day Cricut Cartridge. I used a Silver Viva Decor Pearl Pen to write "And Proud of It".
I hope you enjoyed this mini album and that I've inspired you to make one of your own!