The album track I took at CKU was Everyday Eclectic with Jen Gallagher. She did a marvelous job, though I am seemingly incapable of following instructions. lol The class kit was Echo Park's 'Everyday Eclectic' collection and an 8x8 album American Crafts album. We used all but one of the papers and most of the stickers. Love that! but what about the cover?
Buy more paper? Nope, I like fabric covers but at the moment I have no fabric. I do have ribbon though, lol. Did you know that when I'm playing with ribbon I'm in my happy place. :D There's not enough of any one kind to do something matchy-matchy but more than enough to do something eclectic.
Another project we did at CKU was a fabric covered baking dish to make a magnet board. The instructions called for strips of fabric laid in lines. One of the women there seemed to have the same issues with directions that I do. She wove the strips. Brilliant!
So borrowing her idea and adapting it, here's how I made my woven album cover:
I cut enough lengths of ribbon to cover the cover. They were about 10", a bit longer would have made the last row easier, so maybe 10.25" would have been better.
|You can see I haven't got quite enough so I cut more|
I painted the outside of the front cover and a little ways down on the inside cover to seal the chipboard. I'm not sure I needed to do that but I had visions of the adhesive soaking into the chipboard.
When the paint was dry I glued the ends down close to the fabric edge on the front. It looked like this part of the way through.
|I used a Perfect Paper Adhesive|
Next I let it dry under a heavy book to make sure things were good and snug while the adhesive cured. It was a good laundry day when I did this. lol
When everything was completely dry, I closed the cover, flipped the ribbon around to the front and began weaving. Over under, over under, one row at a time.
|You can see it in this picture|
1) It's really hard to keep the weave straight. Weavers have a thingy to help with this.
2) Some ribbons work better than others. The heavy tapestry like ones didn't adhere very well so they slipped but they wove beautifully! The lighter ones stuck well but tended to bunch up. If I were to do this again I would use all grosgrain. It seemed to work the best on average.
When that was all done it looked like this
Now I opened the cover and wrapped the ribbon ends to the inside. Then there was more glue, a heavy book and an overnight sit for it to look like this.
Almost done now. Next I cut a sheet of paper to cover the raw edges and go right up to the brown fabric. Mine was 8x8.5" but the dimension would depend on how much your ribbon was wrapped around. I glued the paper to the inside cover and since I used a liquid adhesive I put a heavy book on it to dry then went to clean my house.
When it was dry, I wrapped the brown ribbon around the front adhering it with ribbon adhesive. There might be better adhesives but that was the one I had. I didn't want the liquid to soak through where it would be seen.
|In real life the binding doesn't look quite so bumpy.|
I added a leftover sticker to cover the join and the front was done.
Now what pictures to put in it? I'll show you the rest when there's something inside.
Have a great weekend.
ps: this is probably not original but I've never seen it before.