So happy you stopped by. This month the amazing Spring Chorus monthly kit from Club Scrap inspired me to create a birdhouse project that holds a mini album. Also inspiring me was Earth Day (April 22nd) and wanted to recycle/reuse my Pizza Box that my kit comes in.
So without further ado, here is my completed project!
I began by measuring and cutting my Pizza Box into pieces for my birdhouse and mini album covers and spine.
Club Scrap's Book Binding Glue.
The door to the birdhouse opens and closes on a hinge that I attached using brads.
When I cut the box apart to make pieces for the house I made sure I saved the little stamped Chickadee image from the box lid for the front cover of my mini album. Instead of covering the covers and spine with cardstock I decided to create a decorative hinge system using Memoirs Green cardstock with a punched edge. I used up every bit of ribbon, die cut flowers, stickers and brads from the embellishment pack to create all my accents. The fern piece was fussy cut from white cardstock after I printed images from the idea recipe cards from the collection. I colored them with Peeled Paint Distress Stain.
I only had a small amount of cardstock left after creating my scrapbook pages from the Spring Chorus kit. Usually I can save a few bits and pieces by creatively cutting the paper, but this time I wasn't so lucky. I managed to save a few larger pieces of dark blue and those I punched and cut into photo mattes for the inside pages of my mini album. To cover the outside of my birdhouse in faux wainscoting, I needed to use more of the Memoirs green cardstock from my stash.
Gina K. Designs Video. I accented the score lines using Peeled Paint Distress Ink. I then attached the pieces to the outside walls of the house using ATG tape.
To create the roof I chose to purchase the digital kit so that I would have access to the wonderful imagery from the Spring Chorus kit. I created a collage of the sheet music image and printed it out on 8.5 x 11 paper. I backed it with more of the Memoirs green cardstock to give it some added strength and cut long strips out using my decorative "clouds" scissors. I inked the edges using Sapphire Club Scrap hybrid ink and attached using Book Binding Glue.
Then came the fun part of embellishing the house using all of the bits and pieces from the kit I had left over. I love making paper flower clusters and enjoyed playing with all of my punches to create them for the house. I also added some of the wood picket fence from my stash that I had purchase at AC Moore many years ago.
This is the back of the house. Fussy cut the Chickadee image and used some of the flower embellishments on the roof that came with the Spring Chorus kit.
Another fun idea I had was to make a bird's nest out of the the cool burlap ribbon from the kit.
I cut it into small squares and then glued it together in alternating directions with hot glue.
Pinterest technique, I created the cute little eggs.
The mini album is assembled using a technique I learned on Laura Denison's Following the Paper Trail blog. You can find a fun video tutorial for her unique book binding technique called Stack the Deck.
I used the Spring Chorus Fern Mask to create photo mattes for some of the inside pages. I spritzed the mask with Sapphire Glimmer Mist and with homemade Gelatos metallic blue mist.
Then laid the misted mask down on plain white cardstock.
Next up was finding a lot of great bird photos from over the years to show off inside this fun little album.
Here a just a few of the pages. I love how the "Stack the Deck" album design allows for so many photos to be hidden inside the pocket pages. I created the tags using plain white cardstock and punched a border using a Martha Stewart punch out of the Memoirs green cardstock and glueing them to the edge of the tag.
Here is how the mini album fits inside the birdhouse.
I hope you enjoyed this project as much as I enjoyed making it!
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