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Write By: dawnsmit Published In: Projects Created Date: 2015-11-28 Hits: 456 Comment: 0

What do you give the man who has everything for Christmas?
This morning an empty cereal box gave me the answer... 
A photo album for his desk at work.
Here's how I made it.

Step 1:
I placed a piece of paper and a photo on the cereal box to get an idea of how to cut this.



Step 2:
I decided to use a variety 6"x 6" paper pack in black and white



Step 3:
I spent way too much time looking through old photo's, desperately trying to reduce the number of "favourites" 
I then printed them out, 4x on an A4 page size and a few 9x on an A4 page (wallet size setting on my printer)



Step 4 and 5
Using my We R memory keepers scorer and trimmer,  I opened the whole box up flat and cut off the excess.
I scored the middle of the side of the cereal box to give myself a fold on the "base" of my album
I added a 1cm border all around my 6" x 6" paper - you can make it larger or smaller.




Step 6 and 7:
Just showing you the scored line and fold on the soon to be base.
The paper was only attached with small pieces of washi tape which I used as my sizing guide.




Step 8:
Attach double sided tape all the way around the box (I didn't cover the inside as I liked the brown)



Step 9:
I cut 3 pieces of black cardstock to size and attached them to my box (you could also use pretty wrapping paper for this)
I went over the joins with washi tape to finish it off.



Step 10:
Using my Heidi Swapp Cinch, I punched all the pages I needed (I used 20) and the 2 top ends of my album.



Step 11:
Now comes the serious fun!
Grab a load of stamps, project life cards, rub on's, stickers, washi tape, brads and any other embellishments you can find and start decorating your pages.



Step 12:
My desk looking like a (fun) creative mess



Step 13:
Here are a few of my finished pages - I did both sides of the page.





Step 14:
Using the handy holder on the side of the Cinch I decided on my layout and put the pages onto a 1" binding ring - I later changed this to a 1/2" binding ring as the other one was just too large



Step 15:
Bind it - so easy to use this machine : )



Step 16:
The finished album
I love this and I can't wait to give it to my husband on Christmas day. My kids had a sneak peak and they each want their own one and I must admit I would love to do a pretty pink flowery one for myself.



*Please remember I decorated this for a man, a very serious and conservative man when it comes to colors, so I did keep it as plain as I could with a very neutral color scheme... you should go as wild as you can and have fun doing it!


Dawn Smit


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