Thursday, July 17, 2008

LDD's July hybrid challenge

Before I go to the snow (woohoo) I thought I better share this challenge. I will be super busy when I come back I might forget to share hehehe :)
Adapted from the LDD blog:
My challenge this month at the Little Dreamer Designs blog is to create a freestyle album. Freestyle, as in album shape, means to mix different sizes and shapes in your album. For this challenge I have created a basic mini album designed from an A4 sheet, just to keep things simple, but feel free to add other shapes and sizes when creating your own project.

Here is how to do it:

Create an A4/Letter document and cut it up in 4 different sized parts (or use the challenge's freebie). Design your pages based on each part you have cut, in my case, I have just used Michelle's Tried and True Quick Pages - Serendipity and adapted the pages to the sizes I wanted, easy peasy:

Mateusfreestylealbum_0 Mateusfreestylealbum_1

Now to the fun part of putting together a freestyle album. I have had a lot of people approach me to complain they can’t get their favorite shaped chipboard album anywhere. Well, you don’t have to worry about that with a freestyle album, just use whatever you have available to create your own shapes. Heavy cardstock, photographic paper (of a heavier weigh) and cardboard are my favorite alternatives to chipboard bases.

So, get a box, any box! (I used a diaper box, because I have lot’s of those around LOL) and open it up:

Mateusfreestylealbum_2 Mateusfreestylealbum_3

Cut to the size/shape of your page and then tear the print from the box:

Mateusfreestylealbum_4 Mateusfreestylealbum_5 Mateusfreestylealbum_6
(I love the grunge look of tore corrugated cardboard)

Adhere your page to the cardboard.

Mateusfreestylealbum_7_3 Mateusfreestylealbum_8
I tore parts off some of my pages to let the corrugated cardboard show through.

Also, remember to do any stitching/ stapling/ punching BEFORE you adhere your pages to the cardboard.

Repeat the process for each page and then mark where you need to punch holes to tie all of them together. You can use metal rings or just ribbons. Then you are done.

Here is my finished project: you at 4

you @ 4

you @ 4

you @ 4

you @ 4

you @ 4

Hope you come to LDD and play along :)
All righty, see you next week!


Anonymous said...

Nossa Mi seu álbum ficou perfeitooo!
Lindo amei, tá muito diferente. Uau!

Quanto tempo sem passar por aqui, deixa eu te agradecer pelo freebie ali de baixo, que tá o máaaaximo, amo seus templates!

E não posso deixar de falar do vídeo do Mateus, oq é esse seu filhoooo? Aff, Mi, que coisa mais lindaaa do mundo! Parabéns!
E parabéns por tudooo, to muito feliz por vc e todas suas conquistas, sou fãzona assumida de ficar na primeira fila, hahahahha

Beijão, Cá!

Ana Reis said...

Ficou lindo !! bjs

Len said...

Wow! That looks really great! If only I have time to do it :( Your projects are always awesome! :)

Jackie E. said...

I love this template and what you've done with it Michelle - going to try one as soon as I get settled in!! :)

MrsG said...

Always love your work, sweetie. All your projects are fabulously done, wish I live near your place. Thanks for stopping by my blog and Hope all is well in Aussie. Take Care and Miss yah!
Beth :)

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for the template Michelle. And wow! On your hybrid freestyle album. I have to admit that this album scares me a little to try so I've left it on the shelf. lol
Good luck with everything girl. Gonna miss you at SA.

mflott said...

I really like this idea! I'm gonna have to try it - I have a diaper box I can cut up too!

vinnie said...

Wow! what a great project! I love your craetivity! this is awesome! So glad you had time to play M!

Janet said...

Well, this is just awesome. Since I am craft-challenged, I had to look at it for quite a while to get how you did it and you are just a genius!! And, I love the diaper box solution (have plenty of those). Thank you for the inspiration. I'm going to have to try this!

Ratzlaff Reflections said...

Check it out!

Ratzlaff Reflections said...

Oh, good grief! I guess you can check it out on my blog! Thanks for the rockin' template!

Michelle said...

Hi, I love this hybrid album idea. I tried it but encountered a problem. I printed my layouts on photo paper and adhered them to the cardboard with mod podge. But it seems that the mod podge has discolored the photos in some places and it looks like there are different colored streaks on my photos. What do you use to adhere your pages to the cardboard? Have you heard of this happening before and do you have any suggestions for fixing it? Thank you so much for taking the time to help. My e-mail address is

Anonymous said...

Спасибо понравилось !