the mood strikes me to make a mini album, and i get busy lol.
and since i pretty much only scrap with my SC kits, sometimes i have to improvise.
no kit in this month's kit?
just gather what you see here...-chipboard packaging or shape that you dig
-your fave scissors
-trusty glue stick (i use Tombow brand, but whatever you have on hand is great)
-smidge of sandpaper from my husband's stash
-whichever paper you would like to cover your mini in
-a scrap piece of chipboard
-your Basic Grey file set...which, for a distresser like myself, is a definite must have and all-around go-to tool.
ok...now, take that smidge of sandpaper and sand the sheen off of the packaging. it allows the glue to adhere better, which as a result is better for your paper to stick to.
next, trace lightly around the paper with a pencil...don't worry if you goof and it isn't a perfect trace.
grab your scissors and cut around your outline on the paper. but don't just cut ON the line...oh no! cut OUTSIDE of the line, so that you are actually cutting it bigger than your tracing. again, perfection not required.
flip your paper over and adhere it to the chipboard. see how mine is nice and off center/raggedy? no matter! the only time that would matter is if you were using something like ledger or graph paper, and you wanted it to line up properly on the cover. it's nice to use a print that is random enough to be forgiving the first time you play. oh, and you would have of course taken the buttons out of the packaging, lol...this is a spare set i have, so pretend you don't see them, ok?
now...here is the fun part! i'm right handed, so i hold the chipboard in my left hand and sand with my right. the key is this: MAKE SURE YOU HOLD THE CHIPBOARD AS NEAR TO THE EDGE AS POSSIBLE!! this will prevent any unwanted bending, but it will jeopardize a freshly manicured hand. notice i have no polish on my fingernails...if i did, it is likely that it would be a fantastic abstract pattern when i was done sanding, lol. see how i file right along the edge? you can see the outline of the chipboard as it turns white from the sanding...this is a good thing! also notice my trusty BG file...yes it's creased, and yes it's a bit beat up...but it keeps on ticking! if you don't have one handy, an emery board will do as well...just try to use one of the thicker ones, as it will be tricky to use the thin.
now just keep sanding all along the edges...all the way around. you will notice the paper starts to break away from the chipboard where you are sanding...again, a good thing. the sanding of the paper/chipboard/glue interface helps them to bond/mesh/fuse together. after years of using this method, i have NEVER had the paper lift off of a cover...it just doesn't happen, lol. see why you didn't have to fret about perfect trimming?? after i sand off all of the edges, i go back around and sand a bit more until i get the desired distressed effect i'm looking for.
after you do the front cover, flip it over and do the back! i wait until i have both sides covered before i start decorating...it's just easier to hold in my hand that way. then, grab your spare piece of chipboard and trace around the original front cover. this will be your back cover...do the same steps to cover it, only you don't have to sand the surface as it will already be matte and should accept the glue stick with open arms. again, IF IT ISN'T PERFECTLY MATCHED WITH THE FRONT, NO BIGGIE!!