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March "Word Play"

An omgsupercute scrapbook album...from scratch!!!

Holy crap, you guys.  Holy crap.  
Ok.  So.  I don't know if any of you stitchers out there are scrapbookers, and if you're not, I apologize for boring you to tears with the cards and scrapbooking that I do, but it's just so fun and I have to share it all!!!!
Now, don't even ask me how I did, because I don't remember even a little, but I stumbled upon this amazing scrapbook designer, Heidi Swapp.  She's super cool. I may have seen something about her on My Craft Channel, but I honest to God don't remember how I found out about her, but I'm glad I did!
One quick thing - if you haven't checked out My Craft Channel, you should.  There are tons of great designers giving awesome tutorials on there.  Bonus.
Back to the story -- I saw on Heidi's website that she was going to be doing a tutorial for this adorbs little scrapbook album with a magnetic closure.  Yup.  Magnets, my friends.  
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Ok.  See that flap on the right?  The purple part?  Magnets under there and on the cover keep it in place.  
But guess what?
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The magnets are hidden.
This is the album (which is 8x8, btdubs) with the flap open.  Where are the magnets????  Good question.  The answer, however, is a secret.
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This is the inside of the front cover and the first page.  Holy cow I need a manicure like WHOA.  I just now noticed that.  Disgraceful.
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Samples of two of the inside pages.  I do like my ring, though.  Good choice, Jack.  Good choice.  Still need that mani, though.....
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And this is the back cover -- you can see the flap on the right.  So stinkin' cool!!  Naturally, I couldn't resist the paper with music on it :-)
Heidi, in her super awesome tutorial (scroll down to the second season -- it's in two parts, called "Magnetic Book"), shows you a way to make an invisible binding, in addition to giving step-by-step directions on how to create this book with the magnetic closure.  I, however, decided to utilize the fabulous YourStory machine that I got recently (at a superduper discount, I might add) to actually glue the pages in.  So, I saved myself a few steps, but I may try that invisible binding sometime, too, because I'm definitely doing this book again.
There is absolutely a learning curve with this -- I had the video on my phone while I was at my project table trying to do this.  I had to keep pausing and rewinding to see some stuff, but I think I finally got it all down.  I think I did a pretty bang-up job the first go-around though, don't you??  
OH --- I forgot to mention --- sandwiched between the cool paper I chose for the covers, is a piece of chipboard to help keep it sturdy.  
All I have to do at this point is figure out what I'm going to use the album for, get some embellishments, and go to town with all the doo-dads!!!  Yesss!!!!  
That's it for today!!  Be sure to go see the wonderful things Heidi has to offer on her site (she has great products that recently came out, too, if you're a scrapper)!!!  
Go forth and be crafty!!
~~~J
 

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