Friday, May 27, 2011

Birthday Memories & More!!

With Unibind Photobook Creator and GlueArts adhesives...there's no limit to the albums and photobooks you can create!

Today once again the designers show just how truly talented and creative they are!

Lesley Langon has made a beautiful, hand-painted album...that yes...YOU can do!! Consider letting your child make their own...add a handprint...endless possibilities! Designer Patti a special album she has created to capture photos of her children's birthdays. What a great idea and fantastic album too!

Designed by: Lesley Langdon


Glue Arts Glue Gun
Glue Arts Glue Gun Sticks
Unibind PhotoBook Creator
Unibind Hardcover Landscape PhotoBook (8x10)
Flowers: Prima and Dollorama
Paint: Ranger and Making Memories
Ribbon: Webster's Pages
Bling: Nestabling by Want2Scrap
Other: Key Hole Metal Piece (Lee Valley Hardware), Paintbrush, Rag


1. Gather your coordinating supplies and place on top of your Unibind album to set out a vision for the cover.

2. Start by painting the cover with the lighter color (gold), and while still wet, paint up and down strokes with a darker color paint (red).
3. While still wet, with a rag, make a circle pattern in the paint.

4. Let dry. Go over the album with some of the darker paint (red) with your finger tip until you acheive a desired result.
5. Let dry, then glue down your embellishments with your Glue Arts Glue Gun and Glue Arts Glue Gun Sticks.

6. Position your pages into the crease of the album and insert into the PhotoBook Creator Machine by Unibind. Let the adhesive set, remove and enjoy your album!

Birthday Book Album
Designed by: Patti  Milazzo

For this project using Unibind’s Photo Book Creator and Glue Arts Adhesives, I wanted to create a single mini album to record both my children’s birthdays from 1 to 18 in one small book. I designed it to be a fun “at a glance” album with simple pages to hold a single 3 ½ x 5 photo of each child side by side. Under each photo there’s room to journal the highlights of that year or that particular birthday. And although the pages within will be very simple, I couldn’t resist embellishing it in my usual style with bright, cheery colors and fun birthday themed accents.


Glue Arts:
Glue Glider Pro with
1/4 High Tac Cartridge Refill - Pro
U-Cut-It Adhesive Foam
Extreme Adhesive Squares
Extreme Micro Squares
Adhesive Squares

Other Supplies:

Basic Grey-Life of the Party pattern paper and stickers; Cosmo Cricket Tiny Type Alpha Stickers; Jenni Bowlin Vintage Buttons; Fiskars - Ultra ShapeXpress Tool, Star and Circle Squeeze Punches, Scallop Paper Edgers and Circle Hand Punches; Hemp; Cardstock

1. I started by cutting a piece of blue pattern paper 1” larger than the window on all sides. I used the Glue Glider Pro to adhere it to the backside of the cover and then covered the inside of the front cover with black cardstock.

2. I created a frame from yellow pattern paper by first tracing the window onto the back of the paper and then sketching a free-hand scallop design around the window. I cut out the scalloped frame with a craft knife and punched circles in each scallop. Then I cut out the center of the frame along my traced line. Finally, I machine stitched around the frame twice to complete it.
3. I also cut a 1” strip of measuring tape pattern paper to go across the bottom of the album cover and machine stitched across that as well.

4. I used my Glue Glider Pro with High Tac Adhesive to adhere both the frame and the numbered strip onto the album cover.
5. Next, I adhered 2 punched stars to the top corners of the frame again with the High Tac Adhesive. I used the Extreme Adhesive Squares to attach a green button to the center of each star – the banner string will later be attached here.

6. I adhered additional punched stars around the top corners of the frame. I also adhered punched circles and a star sticker with U-Cut-It Adhesive Foam to the top center of the frame.

7. To create the banner, I trimmed a 1 ½” x 12” strip of scallop edged paper. From that, I cut 8 – ½ “ wide tall tabs. I cut a 12” piece of hemp. Then I folded the top ¼” of each tab down to wrap over the hemp and secured each tab with an Extreme Micro Square. I punched ½” circles and applied alpha stickers to spell “birthday” for the banner. I attached the circles to the banner tabs with small squares cut from U-Cut-It Adhesive Foam. For the rest of the album title, I punched 1” circles and again adhered the small circles (“book”) with U-Cut-It Adhesive Foam. These I attached to the blue background with Adhesive Squares near the bottom of the frame opening.
8. To attach the banner to the album, I tied bows on the ends of the string. Then I applied an Extreme Micro Adhesive Square to the back of the bow knot and pressed it into the center of the button. I liked that it looks like I tied the button with hemp without needing to fuss with actually doing it.
Tip: Once the banner is attached at both ends, adjust it as needed and apply a couple pieces of the U-Cut-It Adhesive Foam to the back of 2 of the tabs. Then flip the banner back over and when you have it positioned evenly, press to secure the foam. This will prevent the banner from getting tangled and let it rest evenly across the cover.
9. The present at the bottom left corner of the frame is a simple rectangle wrapped and tied with a piece of hemp. I used another Extreme Micro Square to help secure the hemp in place as I tied the bow.
10. As I’ve mentioned, I kept my pages very simple for this album. I used 8 ½” x 11” pieces of neutral colored cardstock (use 10 or 20 depending on whether you wish to use just the front or both sides). I divided the page with a dotted line and cut a narrow strip of pattern paper and adhered it across the center of the page allowing room at the top for a 3 ½” x 5” photo and journaling space at the bottom. I cut a punched circle in half and adhered each half under the strip where I added the birthday year for each child (sample page – the year of their 1st birthday). At the top center of the page, I added a small circle punch and indicating how old they were on that birthday. Super simple!
11. Once I prepped all the pages to include birthdays for 1-18, I inserted the pages into the album spine and followed the Unibind manufacturer instructions to bind the album. It was a breeze!
12. My birthday book is now ready for me to add my photos and journaling.

More amazing albums and projects today...don't you agree?! Would you like to win your own Photobook Creator? Have visions of projects you could make! Unibind and GlueArts would like to give you a chance to create your own PhotoBooks. Unibind has generously given us a Unibind Photobook Creator to give away to one of our GlueArts fans!

We're also going to include a GlueArts Glue Glider Pro and our Adhesive Squares.

Simply leave us a comment and we'll select one random winner next Monday!! It's just that simple!

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  1. I am going to have to try this machine if I don't win! Will have to investigate where I can buy it! Thanks for sharing the project, Love it! and having a wonderful blog!

    Naomi A. of Colorado
    luna 10575 at msn dot com

  2. Still convinced that Unibind would be the binding machine I need to invest in. Just love the projects it can do with my favorite adhesive!

  3. Wow! What a wonderful week of Unibind! The GlueGirls have truely showcased how awesome these books are! Thanks so much Glue Arts!

  4. I love the books today - I can see myself making them for my kids!

  5. I especially like the little birthday present.
    thanks 4 the chance

  6. Wow! She makes me "almost" ready to believe I could do one! Lovely work!

  7. love these two books but mostly the painted one - I love to paint and really caught my eye - first time I hear about this machine -for sure it would be nice to be able to make some of these books. - beautiful work!!

  8. just came back from checking out & liking Unibind's FB page

  9. These books both turned out Great!! I would love to try the painted one, I just love it!! Thanks for the chance to win!!

  10. I already "like" Unibond on FB, but have sent them some more luv!!

  11. Fantastic creations ladies! I love the look of the unibind and have liked them on FB! :)

  12. I'd love to win one! Thanks for the chance.

  13. I just LIKED Unibind, and said a Glue Arts hello

  14. Today's painted I Wonder book is fantastic. I don't use paint much I feel the desire to try it again. Thanks for the inspiration!

  15. I love the project!

  16. beautiful! I love how you show so many other products and lines with your products. Inspiring!


  17. Amazing projects, I love all the details!

    Carol B

  18. Two beautiful and unique projects. Great ideas.

  19. This has been a great Unibind week. Can't wait to get one!

  20. Looks like a great machine, thanks for the chance to win a wonderful giveaway, your projects are wonderful.

    later tater,

  21. I never thought of painting a cover~! how clever

  22. OH MY GOSH!!!!! What a giveaway! I so need this, both my son and my daughter got engaged within the past couple months! Ohhh, please let me be the lucky GLUE ARTS winner!! Thanks for the chances.

  23. I am back! I shared my love at your suggestion with Unibind, and I liked them too! Thanks again for a much needed giveaway prize!

  24. Love the I Wonder album! The fact that it was completely altered really makes it cool!

  25. what great albums we have seen this week and what a generous giveaway from Unibond and GlueArts. you are both tops.
    stamping sue

  26. This is so lovely- fantastic job and great colors too

  27. OHHH! LOVE the banner--so cute:) THANKS:) sbmmhoover at yahoo dot com

  28. Wonderful albums and the Unibind is really cool!!!

  29. What wonderful albums! Unibind is such a cool product! Lesley's projects and layouts are always so endearing. Jan