Hello, SaraL here with a new how-to on this relaxing (and surprisingly sunny) Spring Bank Holiday in the UK!
I hope you all enjoyed the fabulous sales over the iNSD weekend, and are ready to play with some of your new purchases
Whether you are new to hybrid or not, I want to take today’s post to show you one of Heather’s newest DIY templates: the MOM Album - especially relevant now as many countries are going to be celebrating Mother’s Day very soon! Do you prefer to call your mother MUM? Not a problem! I asked (well, pestered) Heather for a ‘u’ template especially for us, and I have it here today for you to grab!
If you are in the UK or another country who have already celebrated Mothering Sunday, try using this template for a extra special layered Birthday card or simply as a general ‘hello, here are some photo’s of your grandson to make you smile’ kind-of-mini album, like me
…and this is the delightfully happy Burst of Sunshine digital scrapbooking kit I used:
All of Heather’s templates come with nice, straightforward instructions. If you’re new to making anything hybrid, and you have ever used a standard layout template, then trust me, you can definitely use a hybrid template – the difference is that you actually print the hybrid one out & play with it! So here’s how to make the album.
Step 1: Open your template and decorate it to your hearts content. Perhaps plan if you’d like any of the images printed separately for layering onto the finished card later – like I have done with the butterflies:
Note: If you plan for the back of the album to be printed with something other than a pretty background paper, then you need to copy the background layer template, rotate it 180 degrees & then add your decor too.
Step 2: Print everything (onto heavy weight paper, card etc) and cut it all out.
Step 3: Stick the coordinating fronts & backs together with your preferred adhesive – I used glue dots this time. Trim any white bits that may show so everything is neat & tidy
Step 4: Bind your album together. I punched holes into mine & threaded ribbon through. Alternatively, you could use a Bind-It-All machine, a super strong sewing machine, a key ring or simply glue!
Step 5: Finishing touches: add any embellishments you like to your album. This is when I adhered the butterflies, paper flowers etc to my album.
…and there you have it! A unique (and rather special) homemade mini album, for one of the most important people in the world:
Running out of time? No need to worry, as Heather has a ready-to-go Mother’s Day printable, which is available separately here in her store. All you need to do is add photos, print, cut, stick & bind together. I promise it takes significantly less time & resources than you may worry it does. Trust me
One more idea for today, using that extra special ‘u’ template! Take a look at my ‘I*heart*U’ mini album, which I actually intend to give as a layered anniversary card to my husband:
I used Love Is… by Heather to decorate the template, which was made in exactly the same way as described above, but this time I reduced the size (for no particular reason, other than I wanted to fit all the printout onto one piece of card and save ink!). On the reverse of each page, I used a coordinating background paper overlaid with words from a favourite song… and I have to say I rather proud of it.
The occasions for using for Heather’s growing collection of mini album templates are endless: just use a kit relevant to the event, play & have fun!
Until next month – and don’t forget Mother’s Day!!!