In this day and age, with electronics so prevalent, the art of journaling and capturing moments to be remembered or reflected upon, is becoming ever so popular. There are many options available, even albeit, electronic ones; however, when I saw this mini trifold, I thought right away, what a perfect opportunity to create something that could catalogue an experience in a truly special way, something that could be treasured for a very long time.
This wonderful trifold pocket mini from Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts is a great size to manipulate. It arrives flat with score lines already in place for easy assembly. I crease along the pre-scored lines and fold the bare journal into shape so that I can get an idea for the surfaces that I will be working on. This makes it easier to envision which planes are internal vs. external, as well as adjacent and opposite, which allows me to generate ideas and envision how I hope the journal will look completed.
The trifold has three distinct interior sections with flaps. It is a very versatile piece; the flaps can be made into pockets, or used with some sort of closure to create tabs that lift and open. You can also remove or modify a flap for even different results. You will notice that I modified the flaps in varying ways. I altered the middle section flaps to create two mirrored pieces. To do this I trace the chamfered flap to create a template, which I then trace onto the larger flap and then cut into shape with scissors. The exterior face of these flaps are covered with the main paper pattern. A circular disk of the handmade background paper is secured to each flap with an eyelet. These discs are the basis of a string closure for this middle section.
Using a stencil, I apply crazing medium through the openings with a palette knife. This is set aside to air dry. While it dries, I work on the flap that will cover this panel when closed.
The exterior of the top flap on this side, is covered with a patterned paper that depicts a woven pattern. I cut strips of my handmade, oxide inked paper, the same width of the weave pattern and slice the paper at the intersecting areas to allow the inked strips to be woven through. I weave the steps through and cut any protruding edges. I love how this adds interest to the flap panel and also helps carry the inked background paper throughout the trifold. This complete woven panel is inked around the edge and adhered to the flap with dimensional foam tape allowing the magnet piece under it to be concealed completely.
The interior side of the top flap is covered with the darker hue paper that is stamped and embossed with the script text. Along each side a trim stamp is embossed in gold. The center of this panel contains a die cut of the lighter paper secured atop the remaining sections of the doily. Before securing in place, an index clip is located along the edge to hold a ticket strip cut from the main paper. A coordinating flower die cut is also attached.
The inside view when it is unfolded, but each section is securely closed:
Some close up views of secured and unsecured sections:
I want a way to secure the trifold when it is completed and tucked away, but don't want to have it be overly fancy, especially since I may want to place it onto a bookshelf. I consider many options, and ultimately decide to dye a length of 3/4" elastic with Distress Ink in brushed corduroy. When it is dry, I cut the length to overlap when wrapped around the folded journal. I sew both ends of the elastic in place. Using a cabinet card from my stash, I remove the back panel and fussy cut around the design that surrounds the opening. Using a piece of the darker hued paper from the project, I die cut another flower; remove the die cut and replaced it with one that is cut and inked from a different paper (also used in the project). I add gold highlights, and mount this within the opening. Another paper slips through the overlapping area of elastic and is secured to the back of the cabinet card, securing it in place. This creates a fairly plat piece that slips on and off the trifold when not in use. It finishes off the journal exactly as I hope.
I really love the way this trifold came together, The colors and the patterns are gorgeous together. I think it will present the perfect opportunity to store some treasures and special memories.
I hope that you are inspired to create your own mini album, they take a lot of planning and design, but I believe they are absolutely worth the effort!
Thanks so much for stopping by today.
Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts TriFold Pocket Mini
Distress Collage Medium: crazing, matte
Distress Crayons: tarnished brass
Distress Inks: brushed corduroy, iced spruce, walnut stain, ground expresso
Distres Oxide Inks: iced spruce, cracked pistachio, walnut stain, spiced marmalade
Ranger: princess gold embossing powder
Seth Apter/Emerald Creek Baked Texture: deep sea
Tim Holtz Alterations Dies by Sizzix:
doily 2, handwritten love, labels, mixed media 2, stacked archway, stitched ovals,
stitched rectangles, stitched slots, tag collection, ticket strip, wildflowers
Tim Holtz Ideaology: cabinet cards, journaling tickets, story stick, mini paper clip, index clip
Tim Holtz Paper Stash: memorabilia, kraftcore nostalgia
Tim Holtz Stamps by Stampers Anonymous:
classics #9, correspondence, mini bouquet, ornate trims, wildflowers
Tim Holtz Mini Stencil 035 (set 10) by Stampers Anonymous
I am entering this project in:
Blank Page Muse Challenge: Embossing, Any Sort of way