Friday, April 29, 2011

Me & My Girls Special Mini Album

We invited Designer Cheri Wenger to join us for today's post!

Cheri has a beautiful family and style! Today she showcases both in a special album using Maya Road products and GlueArts adhesives!

Me & My Girls Album
Designer: Cheri Wenger

Use items in your cabinets, such as cotton balls, foil, plastic wrap, cardboard packaging & parchment paper, to aid in crafting. Also, learn how to make a textured crinkled ribbon flower using ribbons, a brad, some foil, chipboard and a heat embossing tool.

Supply List:
Maya Road Tea pot chipboard album
12 x 12 Cardstock: Basic Grey Sultry Posh & Elite; Color Bok Lime Green Glitter
Glue Arts Glue Glider™ Pro with Exteme adhesive; Extreme Mini Adhesive Squares; U-Cut-It Foam Adhesive and Vellum Adhesive; SU Two way Glue
Ribbons: SU 5/8” Brown Grosgrain;  SU 1” Magenta Organza Ribbon; May Arts Olive Velvet Leaves and Lime Green Wired Satin Ribbon
Tools: Crop-A-Dile; Paper Trimmer; 1/8” Extended Reach Circle Punch; Embossing Heat Tool; Craft Scissors and Paper Snips
Inks: Bic Brown Permanent Marker; Tsukineko Walnut Antiquing Solution; Color Box Petal Point Brown Pigment Ink
Embellishments: Maya Road Mixed Blossom Mini Chipboard Set; SU antique brad; Prima Marketing Mulberry Paper Flowers & Teal Flower; Walmart Pink Flower Petals; Recollections Beige Adhesive Pearls; Pink Chipboard Alphabet Stickers; K& Company Vellum Phrase
Other: Old Spiral Notepad; Pencil; Cotton Balls; Aluminum Foil; Plastic Wrap; Parchment paper; vellum or tissue paper.


1. Tip: When you want to cover chipboard shapes with patterned papers, here is a tip that will help you align the paper with the shape. To accomplish this, simply raid your pantry for parchment paper or use tissue paper or a scrap of vellum. Trace the shape with a permanent marker, then position on top of your patterned paper. For this project, use the sign shape for tracing.

Then place the outline on top of the patterned paper to determine what area you want to use. Next, place chipboard on top of the outline. Lift up, slip out traced outline, then place chipboard back in place. Trace around chipboard shape in pencil and cut out with paper snips. Use extreme adhesive with Glue Glider™ Pro to attach to chipboard.

2. To create the covers of this album, I used an old 6” x 9” notepad. Cut spiral ends with craft scissors and uncoil binding. Trim covers to 8.5” x 5-15/16”.

Use sturdier panel for front cover. Cover Insides with lime green glitter and outside front with flower print and back with circle patterned paper.

3. Place a canvas fabric heart onto a piece of plastic wrap and mist with walnut antiquing ink.

Blot ink with cotton ball. Mist to get desired results. For this, at misted darker than desired,

So I turned it over and liked the back side ink markings better. I blotted onto pooled ink on plastic wrap til complete. See examples below. Set aside to dry.

4. Cut varied size loops of pink organza ribbon ranging from 3” – 5.5” lengths. Arrange these at alternating angles with shorter layers pierced through the top of the decorative metal brad and mid size to longer layers at angles layered behind them. Use an extended reach punch to make a hole in scrap chipboard and secure brad through hole. Wrap foil around it. Heat Ribbons with heat tool and watch them crinkle up to create an antique looking flower. Remove from chipboard and place through grommet on heart and fasten in back.

When canvas heart is dry add extreme adhesive to back side. If it is too bulky, you can apply adhesive before inserting flower.

Using Pro and extreme adhesive, attach it to top left of front album cover. Cover oval chipboard piece with plainer section of floral paper. Be sure to trace onto CS in pencil prior to attaching to chipboard. Punch holes with Crop-A-Dile. Cut a 24” long piece of magenta organza ribbon and cut points on ends for threading through holes in oval chipboard. Wrap ribbon around front album cover and tie bow on right side. Add chipboard letters on top.

Edge CS with wedge of brown pigment ink. Use your other hand to lift away from album while doing this. (I needed both hands to take the photo so I couldn’t show this in image).

Using brown marker, add “&” sign between letters and add pearl as a dot above “i”. Cut flower head out of remaining floral CS with snips and cut small pieces of U-Cut-It foam adhesive to raise up on bottom of album cover. Apply on top of brown stems. Use extreme mini adhesive squares on the back of teal flower and attach below label. Add mini adhesive pearls to center. (Refer to image in step 7, below).

5. Cut vellum sheet into two 2” long pieces and apply to back of vellum phrase trimmed to fit on top of covered sign chipboard. (Make sure that the two pieces butt up on back side of vellum.) Add to top of covered chipboard, edged in brown ink. Trim overlap with snips.

Attach with Pro and extreme adhesive to back side of cover. Use extreme mini adhesive squares to add leaves, petals, paper flowers and brown plastic flower centers to embellish.

6. Punch two holes in album front cover. Make sure they won’t pierce through anything on inside cover. Place over top of back cover (green, inside panel facing up). Trace holes with pencil, then punch. Insert metal rings through holes to attach front and back covers. Tie magenta ribbon over hinges and knot. Cut pointed ends. Tie lime green wired ribbon over top of each and knot. Cut V-slits in ends.

7. Cut rectangle from remaining floral CS. Layer photo on top and attach to inside back cover using Pro with extreme adhesive cartridge. Cut svg flourish from white cardstock and attach to inside back cover using 2-way glue. Use adhesive squares to fold brown ribbon and attach beneath flowers. Layer flowers on top then use adhesive pearls in the center.

8. Add additional pages to album using chipboard covered with solid or patterned papers, embellished as you desire to complete album. I left the back of the album plain, however you can add a date in which it was created or a special note if creating as a gift. This was my gift to myself as a cherished keepsake of photos with me and my girls.

Would you like a chance to win some of these products?

Today we have two ways! First...leave us a comment here for our blog! We'll enter you to win the Maya Road goodies and a collection of GlueArts products that are sure to make your crafting a pleasure!

Then go visit the Maya Road Facebook page! Give them a friendly GlueArts hello and if you don't already "like" them...well we'd love you to love them..okay like...but love is better! Maya Road will be offering a giveaway to our GlueArts fans who come give them a shout that gives you another opportunity to win and a great way for you to show another of our partner's just how amazing you ...our GlueArts fans truly are! 
And just a reminder if you have not sent in your poem...we'll give you through tomorrow to do so!

 Today we've got some more fun to share with you as if that wasn't enough!lol Did you know that April is National Poetry month? The Academy of American Poets established in 1996 National Poetry month for libraries, schools, poets and more to band together and share poetry. So we'd like to invite you to share some poetry with us. Now we know you're thinking Glue -- poetry?? Why not is our thought! We'd like to ask our GlueArts fans to show us their poetic prose. Whether in a haiku, limerick, rhyme, sonnet or ode.  Your poem should use GlueArts or GlueArts products within it. 

And what will we offer to you for your eloquent prose? We'll pick a winner who will enjoy a Glue Glider Pro, refill of their choice, our Ribbon Adhesive and our Extreme Adhesive that should incite many a poem! Please email your poem to us at by Saturday, April 30th. Please put POEM in the subject line!


  1. what a beautiful project! love the me & my girl mini album!

  2. Very pretty album and so special!

  3. What a beautiful and special album!!!! T4S

  4. Love this mini album...thanks for sharing

  5. Wonderful album with a lot of time and thought in it- and it shows!

  6. I love minis!! Great project!! So cute!! TFS!! Take Care!!
    Jennie @

  7. OH what a lovely album...and perfect for mother's day!

  8. Gorgeous mini album. Love how the chipboard is covered with pattern paper. Such a nice touch!

  9. This is such a cute project! Love the canvas and chipboard altering!

  10. What a gorgeous mini album!! I love everything about it!

  11. Love love love this album....Can't wait to see who won the poem contest....Hope it's ME!!! LOL

  12. What a wonderful end to a very fun week!

  13. I love this, especially the cute canvas heart. I just bought some of those and love what was done with the ink.

  14. Great tutorial, lovely project!

    Carol B

  15. always beautiful!! I love the project!

  16. Love this mini very colorful.

  17. SUPER beautiful! LOVE visiting here--so many beautiful creations!! LOVE:)

  18. Very pretty project, great prize package offered. Thanks for a chance to win.

  19. Love the blank canvas that you can create with. I love that you can use ink, stamps and paints. So many possibilities!!!

  20. Love the album. Thank you for sharing.

  21. Great Album love the flowers and the heart.
    debbie_craine at hot mail dot com

  22. So cute. Thanks for all the how to details.

  23. What a great album- thanks for sharing your inspiration and a chance to win Maya Road

  24. Beutiful album with some great ideas! Love Maya Road!

  25. Great job! That album is simply gorgeous. Wish I had your talent :)

  26. So pretty! Love your detailed instructions!! Great inspiration!

  27. luv glue arts adhesive ! :)

  28. I love how you have such detailed instructions! Thanks so much.

  29. Awesome project ... would loooove to win some Glue Arts and Maya Road products ...

    Love, Tracy G

  30. The pink flower that was heated up with the heat gun is my
    newest favorite flower look!! So amazing and so easy
    to do! Gotta love it! Thanks sooooo....much!!

  31. Love the album and the canvas heart. Thanks Glue Arts.

  32. Such wonderful creative inspiration! Thanks for always having the best DT out there.

  33. Great project! I love Maya Road and GlueArts... great combination! The crinkled flower is a really great look!

  34. The album is absolutely beautiful, stunning and so personalized :) love it!

  35. Love the crinkled flower technique. Great tutorial on your beautiful album. Thanks.

  36. very nice! I can't wait to make some more flowers, I've forgotten how fun that can be!