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Tutorial: C128 Life Stories Trio of mini albums in chest by Marie Smith

Tutorial: C128 Life Stories Trio of mini albums in chest by Marie Smith
Trio of Mini Albums In Chest
Created by Marie Smith
South Africa

The moment I set my eyes on the C128 Life stories collection, I realised its versatility. The theme and colour scheme make the collection equally suitable for modern-day photos and for vintage photos.

We are fortunate to have authentic family photos and postcards sent between relatives, dating back from before 1900. My husband’s aunt gave us family photos of his great-grandparents, parents, and other relatives, with the names of people or the places written in pencil on the back of the photos. She shared some short anecdotes in the same manner. We also have my husband’s mother’s original birth certificate and the marriage certificate of his parents. All these photos and information have enabled us to record the family tree and the main story line of five generations.

I made a chest that displays three mini albums. These albums will be used to tell the main storyline of the five generations in photo’s and journaling. Embellishments inside the albums will be kept at a minimum – only the beautiful papers will be used.

The fussy-cut book strip at the front of the chest is a pocket into which items can be inserted. The mini book will tell the story of “Mrs Meyer, Dressmaker of Machadodorp”. Cut-outs from the sentiments pages in the paper collection will also be inserted into the pocket.

For This Project You Will Need:

  • Fabscsraps C128 Life stories paper pack
  • Fabscsraps metal charms – 3 keyholes plus a variety from the C128 collection
  • Cord to adhere metal charms
  • Fabscraps stencil DS128-02
  • Black gesso
  • Prima waxes – electric violet, rose gold, mint sparkle
  • 3 mini albums (instructions given)
  • Thick cardstock to make the chest and the covers for the mini albums
  • 9 x A4 sheets f firm white or cream cardstock for the inner pages of the mini albums
  • Metal legs for the chest
  • Nuvo embellishment mousse pink peony
  • Prima icing paste rose gold
  • Chipboard elements such as hearts and lavender twigs
  • Two shades of purple ink pad to paint chipboard lavender twigs
  • Embossing ink and Lindy’s Gang two-tone embossing powder That’s marble-lous.
  • Paper flowers and leaves
  • Rose gold wax
  • Wax seal stamp


  1. Make three mini albums.
    • For the cover of each mini album cut the following
    • 2 pieces of 18cm high by 13cm wide from thick cardstock such as Triplex (thick chipboard)
    • 1 piece of 18cm high x 6,5 cm wide from thick cardstock such as Triplex (thick chipboard)
    • 2 pieces of white canvas (or fabric such as calico)
    • 2 pieces of C128 printed paper 15cm wide x 21 cm high
    • 1 piece of C128 printed paper 6 cm wide x 18 cm high
    • Use the three pieces of cardstock and the canvas to make the cover (video tutorial available on the Youtube channel of The Purple Magnolia )
    • Use the two larger pieces of printed paper to cover the cardstock cover. Use the smaller piece on the outside spine of the cover.
    • Make inside pages for the albums.
      • For each album, cut and score firm cardstock (at least 240gsm) as follows:
      • 29 x 17 cm, scored lengthwise at 12 and 17 cm
      • 27 x 17 cm, scored lengthwise at 12 and 15 cm
      • 25 x 17 cm, scored lengthwise at 12 and 13 cm
      • Assemble the inside by nesting the three pieces and adhering them firmly with strong glue.
    • Adhere the inner pages to the spine of the cover.


  1. Make the chest.

2.1 Cut chipboard 38cm wide by 29 cm long.

2.2 With a metal ruler and craft knife, lightly score on all four sides, 7cm from the edges. Do NOT cut through the cardstock – merely create a score line with the craft knife.

2.3 Cut away the four corners (shaded in the diagram below).

2.4 Fold the four sides on the score lines. Use double-sided tape to secure corners and make the chest.

2.5 Cover the four sides of the chest with C128 printed papers.

2.6 Adhere the metal feet to the chest.

  1. Embellish the albums and chest to your desire.
    • Use the stencil, Nuvo embellishment mousse and icing paste to create texture on the covers.
    • Use metal charms from Fabscraps on the spines of the mini albums. First paint the metal charms with black gesso. When dry, apply waxes in different colours.
    • Paint lavender chipboard twigs on two shades of ink.
    • Heat emboss chipboard heart with Lindy’s gang two-tone embossing powder That’s marbel-lous.
    • Make wax seals.


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