• Circle Explosion Album

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    When Amber gave us our assignment for September, I was at a loss at what to do . . . I don't do many 3D projects. But then I remembered about a make 'n take I did several years ago while in Florida where I did one (1) page of a Circle Explosion Album/Card. And though I didn't have instructions, I thought "Okay, it's time for me to step out-of-my-box" . . . I mean, mini albums are NOT my thing. It is completely out-of-my-box . . . but that's what we are to do as crafters, right? We are to stretch out limits and go outside of our boxes . . . well, at least, try to.

    So after deciding what to do, I needed to decide how to decorate it and what I was going to do with this album/card after I was done with it. I finally decided to give it to my mother-in-law either as a Christmas gift or a "Thank You" gift because I had decided to use pictures of the grandchildren . . . my sister-in-law and I have had our kids' pictures taken together every year at Christmas for our Mother-in-law. So this was a way for me to get 8 years out of 15 into a small album. Here's what I did:

    Supplies:
    4 – 12x12 white cardstock
    1 – 12x12 scrap scrap cardstock (to make wedge templates) - optional
    ¼” double-sided tape
    Tombow adhesive
    6x6 “Season’s Greetings” paper pad by Echo Park
    “Jovial” chipboard stickers by Basic Grey
    Jilliebean Soup “Christmas Eve Chowder” Soup Labels
    Misc.rub-ons from Making Memories
    Mini type alpa by My Little Shoe Box
    Tools: Cameo, Cricut or other die cutting machine/toolto cut 11.75” circle

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    Step 1 – First getting cardstock ready beforecutting into a large circle. Score cardstockinto fourths . . . make a score line at the middle horizontally and vertically. In upper left corner, score a diagonal (thiswill be a crease) and then in opposite corner (upper right corner), make linesfor cutting a tab. (See picture where Idrew lines for this.)

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    Step 2a - Place scored cardstock onto cutting mat ofyour Cameo, Cricut, or other die cutting machine that will cut an 11.75” circleand cut an 11.75” circle.

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    Step 2b - Place scored cardstock onto cutting mat ofyour Cameo, Cricut, or other die cutting machine that will cut an 11.75” circleand cut an 11.75” circle.

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    Step 3 – Take circle off machine and cut away large wedge, leaving just the tab.

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    Step 4a – Fold on all score lines including the diagonal one. Fold into a 3-D “triangle”with tab on the outside, except for the one for the front. This is so the tab will be hidden behind the pages. You don’t have to if you plan on covering with paper. Put double-sided tape on tab and attach to make page/corner (see picture).

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    Step 4b – Fold on all score lines including the diagonal one. Fold into a 3-D “triangle”with tab on the outside, except for the one for the front. This is so the tab will be hidden behind the pages. You don’t have to if you plan on covering with paper. Put double-sided tape on tab and attach to make page/corner (see picture).

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    Step 4c – Fold on all score lines including the diagonal one. Fold into a 3-D “triangle”with tab on the outside, except for the one for the front. This is so the tab will be hidden behind the pages. You don’t have to if you plan on covering with paper. Put double-sided tape on tab and attach to make page/corner (see picture).

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    Step 5 – Put double-sided tape on the back of eachpage/corner on three (3).

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    Step 6 – Assemble 4 pages/corners together, leaving one open.

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    Step 7a – Using large wedge template cut paper for front & back covers and adhere to album. Put a ribbon on at this time so it’s under the front & back cover papers . . . this will be used to tie the album closed.

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    Step 7b – Using large wedge template cut paper for front & back covers and adhere to album. Put a ribbon on at this time so it’s under the front & back cover papers . . . this will be used to tie the album closed.

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    Step 8 – Time to decorate . . . this is where you can let you imagination go wild. Using the wedge templates (optional) and using coordinating paper, cardstock,stickers, etc. decorate/embellish your album/card. You can use some of the leftover paper/wedges for pockets. You can create more space by making tags to put in pockets or attached with a clip tied with twine,ribbon, etc. The options are endless. NOTE: It was easier to decorate my “pages” before adhering them into the corners/pages of the album/card.

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    The base of the album can also be used for more photos, journaling, quotes, etc. as long as it stays on either side of the fold-line. When opened you can use the ribbon to tie it open or use a clip to hold it open. Can be closed into album/card when needed.

    Enjoy your “Explosion” album/card as a centerpiece for a party, holiday or to show off an event, trip, a “Mom’s brag” book, your fur babies, etc. Again, the possibilities are endless.

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    The base of the album can also be used for more photos, journaling, quotes, etc. as long as it stays on either side of the fold-line. When opened you can use the ribbon to tie it open or use a clip to hold it open. Can be closed into album/card when needed.

    Enjoy your “Explosion” album/card as a centerpiece for a party, holiday or to show off an event, trip, a “Mom’s brag” book, your fur babies,etc. Again, the possibilities are endless.

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    The base of the album can also be used for more photos, journaling, quotes, etc. as long as it stays on either side of the fold-line. When opened you can use the ribbon to tie it open or use a clip to hold it open. Can be closed into album/card when needed.

    Enjoy your “Explosion” album/card as a centerpiece for a party, holiday or to show off an event, trip, a “Mom’s brag” book, your fur babies,etc. Again, the possibilities are endless.

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    The base of the album can also be used for more photos, journaling, quotes, etc. as long as it stays on either side of the fold-line. When opened you can use the ribbon to tie it open or use a clip to hold it open. Can be closed into album/card when needed.

    Enjoy your “Explosion” album/card as a centerpiece for a party, holiday or to show off an event, trip, a “Mom’s brag” book, your fur babies,etc. Again, the possibilities are endless.

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    Some samples of the base of the card/album.

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    Some samples of the base of the card/album.

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    Some samples of the base of the card/album.

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    And that's it!

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Items Used
  • 12x12 white cardstock
  • 12x12 scrap scrap cardstock (to make wedge templates) - optional
  • ¼” double-sided tape
  • Tombow adhesive
  • 6x6 “Season’s Greetings” paper pad by Echo Park
  • “Jovial” chipboard stickers by Basic Grey
  • Jilliebean Soup “Christmas Eve Chow
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