Artbooking Birthday Album Tutorial

Last summer my stepmother celebrated her 70th birthday with a fun surprise party.  I am FINALLY getting around to making her birthday album!  I used a Teresa Collins paper pack and embellishments to decorate the pages.  I really love the combination of bright yellow, dark blue and teal in these vintage papers.  Here is how I made the book:

I decided to use the My Creations Kraft 3 Ring Album from Close To My Heart (Z1871) as the cover.  The catalog description said that it would display 8 inch tall Cricut pages so I thought it would be perfect for holding my album’s pages.


First I cut a variety of 8 inch tall pages from the Artbooking cartridge by Close To My Heart from random paper from my stash.  Surprise, surprise, the holes in the pages did match up perfectly with the rings in the Kraft album!


Next I placed the pages in the albums, alternating full size pages, half pages, and other decorative pages.  I then tacked all the photos on the pages to complete the album plan.


Once the album plan was made, I was ready to start decorating the pages.  I decided which papers to use, and cut them out on the Cricut using the same cuts from Artbooking as I made for the page bases.  I glued the pattern paper cuts to each side of my base pages then added the mats, pictures and embellishments.

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The final step was to cover the front and back pages of the Kraft album with pattern paper.  I used Scotch Quick Dry glue and made sure all the edges were glued down well.

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Here is the completed album!  I am anxious to give it to the Birthday Girl–I hope she likes it as well as I do!

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To purchase the Close To My Heart products used for this project, go to my shopping site HERE.

Have a wonderful, crafty weekend!    Laurie





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  1. Very pretty! My husband just finished restoring a collector car, and we have pictures of each phase of the restoration. I wanted to make him an album for Father’s Day or his birthday, so thank you for the fabulous launching pad to many ideas!

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