I absolutely adore making mini albums out of drink coasters. What started out as friends noticing me "stealing" drink coasters off the tables of restaurants and bars, has developed into an all out collection of coasters form all over the world! The word was out- I was collecting them and friends just started handing them over.
I had to put a stop to it eventually as it was getting out of hand, now they know to save only uniquely shaped ones that are thick! Now that I have an amazing curated collection of coasters I figured I better start using them as intended and make some books. I always start by picking out ones of all different shapes and sizes- to add depth and interest.
My big tip of the day is to ink the coaster edges before you cover them with paper. After you cover them, unless you cut perfectly- you may not be able to get in there with the ink. So ink first, then again if you like after they are covered.
I love making Mini albums! I love to add layers and textures and trims- then get excited to see how they all come together when the book is done. This album I created for my photos from one of the first Art Events I ever attended- yes it's from 2009 and I am just getting to it!
Grey Flowers? YES!!! I was first skeptical about grey- but now I am in love with these Grey Textured Blossoms. The little Bees are vintage floral supplies I found at the Long Beach Flea Market- aren't they to die for?? I have been waiting for the right project for them and the Bee theme of Authentiques Be(you)tiful line are the perfect compliment.
Here I am using the Amber Textured Elements x9. Instead of just putting in regular image prints I used Scrapbook Attitude to give that amazing Mixed Media transparent look.
Here I used Authentique "Statments" die cuts. I hate my writing and I always mess it up by spelling something wrong- so I used pencil- the charcoal grey went great with the design and when I messed up, I just used my eraser.
I love Petaloos Assorted Brads and it's fun to mix flowers with stickers for added depth
My final page- I added the Petaloo Textured flowers at the top- and loved the final look when the album is closed.
Here is a close up of the cover- I am crazy about the Petaloo Label plates- They paired up perfectly with the Authentique sticker for my title
Even though these Petaloo Textured Mini's lool like they are a design element, they are actually hiding the brads from the cover.
I used these Brads, but didn't want to add a cover on the back- so I gently snipped the brad part off with wire cutters and glued these on.
I always use Xyrons 5 Inch Creative Station with Permanent Adhesive on all of my Mini Albums. I make a lot of albums and using tape runners does not give you that full edge to edge coverage you need for a mini album that will be handleld.
I like to reinforce my Petaloo flowers down with Aileens tacky glue. It is much more forgiving than hot glue-so I can still play with it after I get them down
And these cuties form the Petaloo Brads- love them as an extra accent anywhere!
I hope you get inspired to take home those coasters and create something wonderful with Petaloo! -Denise Hahn
Tulle and trim- Fabric Barn