I recently bought this box set to create a mini-album for a relative at Christmas. I thoroughly enjoyed working with this material and would be happy to use it again if the opportunity presented itself.
The box set includes an accordion album that has 5 pages (giving you 10 total pages when you count front and back), three individual sheets of punch out chipboard embellishments, and a chipboard box that easily contains the raw materials. Although this box set is called All Boy, only a small percentage of the chipboard is definitely geared towards boys. If you like the stars, arrows, tabs, frames, and borders you could just as easily use this material for a more feminine looking project. You will have a lot of chipboard pieces to choose from and have plenty left over to use on other projects. The album is sturdy and well made and the hinges showed no wear even after I finished working on the project, which often required the album to be folded and weighted down in bizarre contortions while my glue dried. My only complaint about the design of this box set was that there was absolutely no way my finished album would fit into the box it came in as the chipboard in the album makes it too bulky. Using any of the chipboard tabs would also make your album to large to fit in the box.
I found that a few key tools made my project go much more smoothly. My craft knife and embossing tool helped to remove some of the smallest chipboard pieces from their sheet. There is a clear front and back to the chipboard pieces that is usually only visible when the pieces are raw or inked. A craft knife will score the cuts on the back of the chipboard sheet and an embossing tool will help you punch out the itty bitty pieces. I mostly used patterned paper from the Crate Paper Zoom pack, so my Basic Gray Precision File set was very helpful when I covered embellishments with patterened paper - several of the larger chipboard pieces have smaller cutouts (stars, arrows, circles) that would have been very difficult to finish neatly without the files. If you don't have the file set you can always choose to paper over the cutouts in the larger chipboard pieces. The larger pieces of chipboard punched out very cleanly.
The hinges of the accordion album and the corners of the storage box are finished with a heavy tape that is the same shade as the album. The tape takes color as well as the rest of the album but I would advise against adhering paper flush with the inside hinge. Paper should be adhered with a few millimeters of the hinge tape exposed - this will let the pages lay as close to flat as you can get when you shut the book. Chipboard needs to be placed even further from the inside hinges and you REALLY need to take care not to have chipboard embellishment against chipboard embellishment when two facing pages are shut or you will not be able to fold the album very far.
I used an UHU glue stic to adhere paper to chipboard for the entire project. I did glue to the very edge of whatever I was working with and then left the item to dry flat with a heavy book on top. None of the pages curled or warped in any fashion from being coated in glue. If I were to do the project over I would adhere all of the background papers first and then go back to add photos and embellishments. I worked page by page and eventually it got harder to get the page I was working on to lay flat on my work table. It can get particularly tricky to fold the book in a way that isolates a single page if you've already added several tabs or have other embellishments sticking out past the edge of the pages.
This was the first product I've used from Fancy Pants Designs and I was very pleased with the quality of both the raw materials and my finished project. I also love that I have plenty of chipboard and an unfinished box to work on later! I could have easily given this product 5 stars had the storage box been just a little deeper so a finished project would more easily fit inside.
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