This is a super simple tutorial I put together for A Cherry On Top using Pink Paislee's "Vintage Vogue" and an acrylic mini album by KaiserCraft. This acrylic album was also my first time ever doing one as well!
I think one of the most requested tutorials as far as mini albums go
would have to be how to put together an acrylic album. I know that
these see through beauties are often intimidating and seem quite
daunting at first. I know that from experience! Here, I hope to break
that intimidation and show you that with a little bit of forethought and
planning, they are actually quite easy to do. Also, this acrylic album
is my first time doing one too!
I used an acrylic album by KaiserCraft and Pink Paislee's "Vintage Vogue". I also dressed up my album edges using alcohol ink. Since I used sepia colored prints, the alcohol ink and these papers work beautifully together.
Now, the key to an acrylic album is PLANNING and THINKING BEFORE STICKING!
The way I did each of my pages is that I would hold a piece of
patterned paper up against one side of the acrylic and see how it looked
on the other side. If Iiked the way it complimented the photos on both
sides, then I would think about photo placement in order to hide the
That leads me to the biggest question regarding acrylic anything. Which adhesive do I use??!! I highly recommend using any clear adhesive. I used Zots and my ATG.
When I planned my page, I remembered to carefully place my adhesive so
that I could cover it up on the other side with the photo, papers, or
There really isn't a good way to show you how in a pictorial.
It's something that you are going to have experiment with and just jump
off the edge with. I will show you how my finished album turned out
and give you tips and tricks as I go.
If you look carefully, you'll notice that none of my "edges" are glued
down. If I were to place adhesive on the very edges of the papers, then
I would have to figure out how to cover that adhesive on the other
side. I also made sure that my embellishments did not extend too far
past the edges of the patterned papers as they are not double sided.
Keeping the page designs simple makes planning both sides of the page
super easy. I kept my designs very basic by using circles and
rectangles. I tried to pick my photos for the backside of the page to
compliment the patterns that showed through. I also relied heavily on
layering and pop-dotting to keep things visually interesting and to add
Here, you can see the backsides of the pages peekeing through. I used
the papers that showed as added matting to my photos and picked my
layering papers to coordinate accordingly. This is where and why I
recommend working within one product line for papers. The papers do the
work for you.
Here's another example where you can clearly see the backsides showing
through and adding depth and coordination within the layers. Once
again, all of my adhesive is placed in the middle of my photos and
papers. That way, no matter what, it'll be covered by whatever you use
on the reverse side.
I got so engrossed in making this album and figured out that it was
sooooooooo ridiculously easy to put together, that I lost track of my
pages and turned the back "cover" into a photo page! OOPS!! So, I just
traced and cut out a template for a back cover out of the packaging
from the album and covered it with coordinating paper.
These albums really are easier to put together than they look. The trick is THINKING BEFORE STICKING.
They do require a certain amount of planning and forethought. It's
really important to keep the design simple at first until you get
comfortable with doing them. You can use any adhesive as long as you
remember that it needs to be covered on the other side. I do hope that
you will approach these albums with a bit more understanding and
clarity. They really are easier to do than they look.