I used digital paper from Basic Grey's Clippings Paper Packs and Element Packs. I thought it made the book really fun.
Here's the cover of the book. I also changed the binding from that which Kathy's tutorial instructed, as I was not a fan of duck tape. So a friend of mine (Jeannie), who made one of these books for me as a birthday gift, suggested we use some Tim Holtz grunge board for the binding. I loved the look of it on the book she made me, and loved the leather feel, so took her lead and used it.
The latch on the front was made with a brad, an eyelet and a washer (another idea from Jeannie). The eyelet was glued into the underside of the brad with the rolled side of the eyelet facing away from the brad. Then an elastic hair tie was secured into the back of the cover (with an eyelet).
I used many of the elements from the Clippings elements pack for this, many of them replacing the insert cards shown in the tutorial. I backed them all in solid black, so the printed side could be used for journaling and the solid black side would be for photos. There are three pages in the album that have the large tag coming out of the very top of the page. For those tags I made a tab with an eyelet and some ribbon as a pull to remove the tag from the pocket. Again, the back of these are solid black and to be used for photos.
This next page is pretty simple. There is a small pocket at the bottom left that is the opposite side from the previous page. On the right, you can see a large card. Half of this card is slipped into one of the envelope pages, and can be pulled out.
Here's the same page with the insert card pulled out. The inside of the card is black, for photos.
Here's another page where I added one of the library cards and, on the right side, another pocket. I added the little arrows for fun. They were in the element pack with the other great journaling cards.
Next, we are going to try Kathy Orta's folio lapbook project, also with full tutorials on youtube. I have purchased a couple of her tutorials/videos for some alternate photo books and some folios, and am looking forward to trying those after I have practiced on these free tutorials.
Thanks so much for taking a look! Thanks to Jeannie Lassey for always being available to answer my incessant questions. She's my lifesaver!
Have Fun and Craft Your Own Story!