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Posted 10/26/2013 by Jill Sprott in General Scrappin'
 

Jill Sprott
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Posted: 10/26/2013 3:31:55 AM
I'm in the midst of working on a mini-album, and I have to ask -- how you do you approach the cover of an album when making a mini? I'm always amazed by the covers that some people come up with. I wish I could be that innovative! I'm comfortable filling the pages of a mini, but when it comes to the cover, I find it kind of intimidating.

Any tips? How do you tackle album covers?



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Posted: 10/26/2013 4:33:14 AM
The cover of a mini album is almost my favorite part! I start with my theme and then I create a vision of what I want people to think/see when they pick up the album before they even open it. My cover actually sets the tone for my entire album.
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Posted: 10/26/2013 5:21:31 AM
I love making mini album covers, I tend to use scraps from the papers I've used for the album and just layer up like crazy, add some embellishments and words and I'm good.
Here's some I did this year mini albums and one I did for Amys Mix It Up class mini album cover


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Posted: 10/26/2013 5:50:05 AM
This is relevant to me...I am thinking about my Grateful November album and its dark cover of nothingness. I hope I can decorate it to make it nice and inviting. I kinda suck at layering but I am going to give it a go with this cover.


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Posted: 10/26/2013 6:19:15 AM
I don't attempt minis often, my thankful album this year will be the first since 2011!, but I misted it then added the title with a strip or pp that is used inside, added some washi the date and called it good.
Thankful album cover


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Posted: 10/26/2013 7:15:17 AM
I've done just a couple of album covers. I think about durability. I use embellishments that won't be easily damaged, and adhesives that will really hold.

Love the idea of spraying and/or painting on the cover!


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Posted: 10/26/2013 9:57:51 AM
I keep it simple, with only the title, the thing to close it (often some ribbon) and a few embellishments that were left once the inner pages are done.

I also like it to reflect the album's feeling, like for this mini album which was in a chalkboard style.



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Posted: 10/26/2013 10:53:51 AM
Thanks so much for the ideas so far. And as for this...

I am thinking about my Grateful November album and its dark cover of nothingness.

I know that cover well.



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Posted: 10/26/2013 11:10:30 AM
The cover really sets the tone for the album, in my opinion. I try to incorporate the colors and feel from inside the album to the cover so it's cohesive. Sometimes it works, and sometime not. lol

Here are some of my album covers.




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Posted: 10/26/2013 2:22:16 PM
I think it depends also on how you are going to store the album.
If it is going in a book case, then you would probably want the embellishments flat as not to get ruined.

I display mine so I love lots of dimension.
Or I give them away as gifts, so the recipient can deal with that, lol.

Here is a Spring mini I did.
Spring mini
Alice in Wonderland mini
Alice in Wonderland
and because Halloween is coming up my Hocus Pocus mini
Hocus Pocus

But if they are going in a book case, such as my DD and Project 365 then I keep the album covers flat.

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Posted: 10/26/2013 3:02:20 PM
I hate doing covers, which probably explains why I have some blank chipboard album covers still. Looking for inspiration for DD here. This will be the year I make a gorgeous cover!!


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Posted: 10/26/2013 3:43:07 PM
My chipboard covers are mostly blank because I get stuck on how to change them.



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Posted: 10/26/2013 3:48:08 PM
More, more, more examples, please! I fight the battle of the dark cover of nothingness, too!


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Posted: 10/26/2013 4:28:43 PM
I like for my mini album covers to be a bold introduction of what's to come. HERE'S THREE COVERS of a few albums I completed this year.


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Posted: 10/26/2013 4:45:24 PM
I agree with having the cover set the tone for the rest of the book. Here's an album cover I recently did for a friend's 50th b-day.

Maybe one of these days I'll get around to posting the rest of the album in my gallery, but meanwhile you can see it on this blog I share with some talented friends.



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Posted: 10/26/2013 5:41:43 PM
I have the same problem. Since my first album has been a Chipboard 6x8 Sn@p I have the responsibility of covering it. What I have planned is to leave the cover to the very last, this way I can try sum up album a bit easier since i'm not really sure where it's going to lead to.

Also I find doing the cover a little intimidating on the nice fresh chip board so i thought if i leave it till last and let it get a bit dirty, scratched up or whatever this might help me care a little less and just go for it. At the very least I will paint a cover on and if it doesn't work out so good i'll just paint over it again ahaha.

Good luck, and remember its meant to be fun so as long as you are enjoying yourself you are doing it right!

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Posted: 10/28/2013 7:06:28 PM
Great examples…mine is currently blank….but this is my first chipboard album, so I have hopes of starting on the right foot.


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