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Thursday, March 8, 2018

Chunky Grad Kids mini album

As promised, here is my mini album for 

I used the file 
Chunky Grad Kids and rectangles from my design program (Cricut Design Space).

This project takes a good amount of playing with the files
but is easy once you know how to do it. I will
do my best to explain how to do this. 
Once you know how you can use this technique to
create many other mini albums if you would like to.

  1.  Load the KBD file into your design space.
  2. When you load the print then cut, make sure you make it so it does print the cut. This is an important step in this file. Some of KBD files do not have a base file so you have to use the print then cut to make one.
  3. You will need to duplicate the colored print then cut image and make it so it just cuts and not print then cut (unless you want to use the print then cut).
  4. Duplicate the base pieces. You will then need to regroup the file so that you can size everything to the right size to fit onto the shaped album pages.
  5. Size the file so that the base piece is about 6 inches. You will need to use the grids in your design space and enlarge the file until the base is 6 inches. Everything must get bigger proportionately or they will not layer. This is why everything must be regrouped to enlarge them. You can use whatever size you want. I chose 6 inches.
  6. To do the numbers with this file, You will need to ungroup the file with the numbers 2 times to separate the numbers.
  7. You will then need to use an inserted shape to slice them from the file so that you have individual numbers and not need to cut them all. 
  8. Size the numbers the way that you sized the base pieces. 
  9. Once everything is enlarged, bring in some squares that you will make into different sized rectangles for the pages of the album.
  10. Make the size of the rectangles that I used to the size you want so that the pieced image you will add is showing as much as you want it to. I like them so they all show most of the image. However, I do not have any of the large 12x24 inch paper. When you make them that big, you will need larger paper than 12x12 inches.
11. Align the base shapes to the bottoms of the rectangles. 
12. The base shape should overlap the rectangle when you weld it. 13. Weld the base shape and the rectangle together.

 14. Embellish and assemble the pieced shapes (the kids and numbers).
 15. Glue on top of the page where the shape was welded on.
 16. Decorate the album the way you want it.
 17. Add pictures.
 18. Give to the recipient and watch their excitement.

Accordion spine
I put an accordion spine hinge in my mini album. There are many ways of doing it. You can look on YouTube for videos on how to make it. It really isn't hard.

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