Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Chunky Twine Challenge: Mini Album Cover by Traci Penrod

Hi Doodlebug fans!  It's Traci from Artsy Albums and I have a tutorial to share with you today.  The design team was asked to create a project where Chunky Twine was the star of the project.  I created a simple 4x6 album full of black & white family photos, but the fun part was the cover!  
To create my album, I found three small pieces of scrap chipboard.  I used white, but you could easily use regular grey chipboard and cover the pieces with pattern paper or paint.  The two cover pieces are 5" x 6 1/4", and the other piece is 4" x 6".  I used a heavy-duty hole punch to punch binding holes in the front and back cover pieces.
Next, I taped one end of my black chunky twine to the back of my 4x6 chipboard, applied a small amount of liquid glue to the front, and starting wrapping the twine around the board.  I repeated this process several times with black, grey, and white chunky twine ... taping the ends on the back, and glueing on the front.  I finish the top of the piece with red twine for a pop of color.
Once the twine was wrapped around the entire 4x6 piece, I used a strong liquid glue to adhere it to the cover of my album (Note:  I added a piece of 4 1/4" x 6 1/4" mint pattern paper and some fancy frills stickers to the album cover before adhering the twine piece)
I added mint pattern paper to the inside front and back covers also, and created a chunky twine heart to carry the twine into the inside.  
For the heart, I just punched out a heart shape from white card stock and then added red twine to the heart, glueing as a followed the card stock shape.
For my inside pages, I kept them simple -- plain white card stock measuring 4 3/4" x 6 1/4".  I punched the binding holes and then just added my black and white photos.  I added 10 pages, so I have 20 fun family photos throughout my album.  This little album will be a fun keepsake to carry in my purse and share with friends :)
I hope you enjoyed this quick little tutorial and find fun ways to use chunky twine in your projects!!
Binding rings
Strong liquid adhesive


  1. To cute, Traci! I love how you used the chunky twine on your mini! Super fun and innovative inspiration!!! Thank you!!

  2. Such a clever way to use the chunky twine! I love that heart! The globe image is my very favorite from the Sweet Things collection. Great to see how you used it on this project.

  3. Love how you used the twine on your album Traci!!!

  4. This is so clever Traci! Your heart is amazing! :)

  5. Incredibly cool and what a fantastic cover to this album!! Loving so much that heart - AMAZING!!!

  6. Traci, this is just beautiful!!!


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