Username Post: Clear/Acrylic Albums        (Topic#1465441)
lilmrmaid
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Has anyone else bought these and scared to do them?? Afraid you will mess it up??

I am


 
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could you practice on a piece of transparency? The idea is basically the same.
Don't be afraid, they're so fun and neat! I had a blast doing mine


 
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I love doing them....you can do it! Just have fun!


 
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I love them too, but just like you Yvonne, to scared to try to make one!


 
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I did my first one and was a little nervous, struggled with it a little bit, but in the end I loved it! Will probably do another one soon!


 
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  • TesaB on 05-28-08 09:21 PM
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Hey, Yvonne, just get started!!! It's no chance you will mess it up!

I did a couple of acrylic cards first, just to get the feeling of working with several layers and sides at the same time. I used ordinary Hambly overlayes. You could try that for a starter!


 
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  • Anonymous on 05-29-08 04:41 AM
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Oh man, I don't even want to think about doing one of these, but they do look interesting. Anyone have one in the gallery that they've completed?


 
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Ohhhh I want them so bad but here in Maine no one is carrying them yet. Ohhhh the stresss.


 
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Good Morning! I have an acrylic album that I made for a class that I taught at a lss. It's entitled "Brothers" and you are more than welcomed to look at it. It might be on the 2nd page in the gallery, but I'm not sure. One thing to remember is to use Staz-On ink if you stamp. Stamp on a hard surface and don't hurry because it is slippery and you can blur your image. I use Zot dots and Zip dry for adhesives. In fact, I have used a Xyron machine for some things. Good luck and can't wait to see what you come up with!


 
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Hi Yvonne & everyone! Tesa is totally right, just get started! It'll flow from there! I am a DT member for Clear Scraps and I LOVE LOVE LOVE their acrylic albums and shapes! Clear Scraps is sooooo versatile and you can manipulate the acrylic in nearly any way imaginable!

Sew right on it!
Use your CAD and punch - makes a perfect hole EVERY time!
Ink it
Hand-cut it
Use your die-cut machine on it

Here are a few of my albums in the gallery if you'd like to take a look! And there's a great selection of Clear Scraps products in the store!

Featured Blog (Clear Scraps layout how-to)
Clear Scraps Dog Bone Album (Pawprints On My Heart)
Clear Scraps House Album (This Old House)
Clear Scraps Angled Tag Album (Pool Party)


 
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I have to warn you - acrylic is highly addicting! I was so afraid my first time too but I LOVE acrylic now - albums, embellishments on my layouts, card fronts....everything!

My favourite ways to dress it up are paint (paint, and more paint), Staz-on ink, Rub-ons!! (especially the rub-ons that show the design the same on the back too, and other things that show well on both sides - magic mesh, doodled things (American Craft Slick Writers work GREAT, and Sharpies too).

I have more examples on my blog too if you wanna check some out - or email me if you have questions! I'm on the DT, but even if I wasn't - I'd highly recommend the Clear Scraps stuff available here at Scrapbook.com!

Oh..and I use my Bind-it-all on a alot of Acrylic...(see blog posts).

Cathy


 
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Once you take the plunge and do that first album there will be no stopping you! Pop on over to www.clearscraps.com and check out all the stuff in the gallery and the projects link as well. YOu can always start by doing one of the project listed with instructions and once you have the hang of it you can jump right in with your own!

I was very afraid the first time and now it comes so easy!


 
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Don't feel bad, I have yet to do a complete acrylic album. I have done little albums with the front and back covers done in acrylic. For me however, it's the being cheap factor. The acrylic albums are kind of pricy and aren't usually available anywhere that Coupons are accepted. Because for the price of an acrylic album I can usually get a really nice 12 x 12 with a coupon for about the same price. $15.00 for one project is a lot for me and that's before you get to the stuff in the album. However, I want to try some projects that are smaller like an acrylic key chain album or something like that. So maybe if the album is to much try something small first and than work your way up. Acrylic is fun


Edited by PaperPrincess13 on 05-29-08 10:39 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.


 
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For reference. Here are a few... ok a lot examples of clear acrylic albums.
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I am nervous about trying them too so I totally understand where you are coming from. I just signed up to take a class a lss and make one. Will let everyone know how it goes.


 
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Let me just say that I was a little nervouse to but once you get over that, you will become addicted!!! I LOVE my acrylic albums from Clear Scraps and I've tried just about everything on them by now. Don't be afraid... My motto is "There's no mistakes in Scrapbooking..." You can hide just about every "boo-boo" with a flower and paper or a picture! In fact just today I took one of the crayon albums from Clear Scraps and painted each one a different color for one of my daughters pre-school pictures. I'll post it in the techniques area tonight if I get a chance... I painted a color, took a paper towel and kind of "sponged" off some of the paint and then I even put a rub-on down the edge of a ruler! It looks pretty cool but I'm not done yet... If you feel like you don't want to make a mistake on an album buy one of the small Clear Scraps decorative frame sets or tags. That's only a few dollars and you can try out what you want without feeling too scared! Have fun with this stuff!!!


 
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I'm going to post some pictures of an album I just finished with the Clear Scraps acrlyic. I used a lot of SRM stickers over the paint as well as rub-ons. You can check it out in the techniques area if I can figure out how to do it!!! LOL...


 
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I'm in the same boat...I have two acrylic mini-albums here that I am scared to put that first thing down on...one of these days!


 
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I saw them and thought they were adorable, but I know I'd never get around to another project!


 
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I did one for a guest design team spot! I was really nervous to start, but it ending up being one of my favorite projects! So fun!

Here is the first page. The picture of my son is actually on the second page and the one of my daughter is on the third. I just love how these allow that!!


Acrylic Album (cover)
By -Robbie-

The entire album is in my gallery if you want to take a peek.


 
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  • nicoleigha Said:
Hi Yvonne & everyone! Tesa is totally right, just get started! It'll flow from there! I am a DT member for Clear Scraps and I LOVE LOVE LOVE their acrylic albums and shapes! Clear Scraps is sooooo versatile and you can manipulate the acrylic in nearly any way imaginable!

Sew right on it!
Use your CAD and punch - makes a perfect hole EVERY time!
Ink it
Hand-cut it
Use your die-cut machine on it

Here are a few of my albums in the gallery if you'd like to take a look! And there's a great selection of Clear Scraps products in the store!

Featured Blog (Clear Scraps layout how-to)
Clear Scraps Dog Bone Album (Pawprints On My Heart)
Clear Scraps House Album (This Old House)
Clear Scraps Angled Tag Album (Pool Party)


Nicole, how did you sew on acrylic and use die cut machine. Are you using thiner acrylic pages? I don't beliee my machine would go throught he ones I have used.
The first book I created was in a class. This gave me some of the basic ideas about how to deal with things showing on both sides and how you can use two sided paper to your advantage because it does show through. One of the funnest techniques I used on one of my books was alcohol inks. You can colors the acrilic one color or give it a stained glass look. Just dive in a go for it.


Edited by shells22 on 05-31-08 07:10 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.


 
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Hi Nancy! For the stitching I sewed a ZIG -zag stitch around the front cover of a Clear Scrap Flower album with my regular sewing machine and a regular needle (80/12). I've also used a regular straight stitch.

Die-cutting: I ran the whole front cover of the Angled Tab album (Pool Party album link in my previous post)directly through my Sizzix BigKick to cut a large sun from it.

Both of these techniques work like a charm!


 
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I got some acrylic tabbed pages from Bind It All, and I want to use them to create an album. My question is this...what kind of adhesive do you use on acrylic pages????


 
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Here is what I used

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I didn't mind buying the album until the saleswoman said that I had to get a special adhesive. That is why I am afraid to use an acrylic album.


 
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eh- I got some styrene painting blanks at J's for $1 each and cut them to size with a knife and used them for a book I made for my mom- they made a GREAT cover and punched well with the bind it all. I think it turned out pretty cute and you can probably use the styrene for pages too.

Kylie w/added BLING! By Seaexplore


 
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I want to try one but I'm to afraid to. I'll proably start out trying it with transperancies like suggest on page 1.


 
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i took both of the acrylic album workshops at archivers over the summer and did the clear card one... LOVE the acrylic albums, you definitely want to try it out. maybe scraplift from the gallery... it was a little easier for me having someone tell me how to do it so i didnt have to think about how to match everything up. i just love them and i think theyre perfect for little mini albums or for theme albums! i've also made mini albums with just an acrylic front and back.


 
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I LOVE acrylic albums! I make gift albums out of them.. and I want to make a Ali's 25 days of Christmas album mixing acrylic with chipboards ( I know.. I'm a bit late on that..) ..

I use zip dry paper glue and Glue Dots on the pp and embellies. There are tons of cute acrylic albums here on sb.com !

If you're interested, here are a few that I've done:

Engagement Photo Arcylic Gift Album


Love Clear Album


Berry Good Together Gift Album (Cover)

Have fun making them!


Edited by jellyziva on 01-05-09 10:47 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.


 
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I would soooooo want to make these albums, but really am afraid of messing them up. I almost purchased some of these covers, but decided against it due to inexperience. Thanks for the positive comments!


 
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Acrylic is addicting....there are so many cool things you can do with it that you can't do with regular chipboard, for instance. The layering possibilities are endless b/c you can layer on both sides of the acrylic....addicting I tell ya!

Just a warning about sewing and die-cutting...not all acrylics are the same. Some will crack when you cut them or splinter when you score and break them....I may be a little bias, but Clear Scraps won't crack like that. I cut mine with my Fiskars paper trimmer (scores through and then breaks cleanly like drywall). I put my Clear scraps acrylic through the Cuttlebug - it's awesome! I don't own the Sizzix but Nicole cut some cutsie little pieces for me last year!! And the Bind-it-all cuts through it like butta

Cathy


 
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  • CathySAHM Said:
Acrylic is addicting....there are so many cool things you can do with it that you can't do with regular chipboard, for instance. The layering possibilities are endless b/c you can layer on both sides of the acrylic....addicting I tell ya!

Just a warning about sewing and die-cutting...not all acrylics are the same. Some will crack when you cut them or splinter when you score and break them....I may be a little bias, but Clear Scraps won't crack like that. I cut mine with my Fiskars paper trimmer (scores through and then breaks cleanly like drywall). I put my Clear scraps acrylic through the Cuttlebug - it's awesome! I don't own the Sizzix but Nicole cut some cutsie little pieces for me last year!! And the Bind-it-all cuts through it like butta



Cathy



So glad to hear this. Why do I distrust?? Don't know. I only planned on using the "bind-it-all" anyway.




Edited by gmanscrap on 01-05-09 06:48 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.


 
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Yep, Cathy is totally right.

Hi Cathy!!


 
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  • Purpose By Design Said:
I didn't mind buying the album until the saleswoman said that I had to get a special adhesive. That is why I am afraid to use an acrylic album.




Oh wow I did not know that and thats one of my 2009 goals. Good thing I got the whole year to figure it out!


 
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