This article teaches how to make new pages for your clear album using transparencies and overlays. This is one possible method of doing it, but of course there are many other possible ways you could approach the task of making new pages for your clear album.
For our example, I’ve chosen a rather complex shaped album to work with. This album is in the shape of a snowflake. This album technically isn’t completely clear; it’s actually opaque. The official name of this product is “Sheer Snowflake Coaster Album,” and it is manufactured by Maya Road . Maya Road has a whole collection of other coordinating Sheer supplies too. But anyway, whether the album is clear or sheer is irrelevant. You could actually use this same technique to make a new page for a chipboard or other album too. It IS slightly easier to use this technique for clear or sheer albums just because positioning the elements is easier when you can see right through everything you are working with.
After selecting the album, I selected a transparency. To keep the snowflake theme going, I chose to work with a gorgeous hand-screened
Hambly Frosty Snowflakes Transparency. If you’d rather make a completely clear page, you could use Clear Acrylic Sheets by Clear Scraps instead.
The next step: Position a page from the sheer album on top of the transparency. Depending on the design of the transparency you are using, you might have to do some planning at this stage. You will want to use your transparency to its best advantage. One of the snowflakes on this transparency is very similar to the shape of the album page, so I decided to position the page in such a way that I could have the snowflake design right in the center of the new page.
Next, trace around album page. I did this step with permanent marker. Note that most permanent markers will leave some sort of outline around the edges of the page you are tracing around. So, if you do not want that to happen, you will have to think of something other than a marker to use to complete this step. I think that perhaps a paper piercing tool or similar tool, used with slight pressure to “draw” around the outside of the album page in the same manner you would use a pen, would work. (However, I haven’t tried it because I like the effect of having outlined album pages- it works fine with most designs that I do.)
Here’s how mine looked when I was finished tracing:
The next step is to cut around the traced image on the transparency. If you are using regular straight edged scissors, you will want to cut INSIDE the marker line so that you do not have an outline around your design. (Unless, of course, you decide you want to have an outlined album page.)
Note: You have the option of cutting with decorative scissors/ paper edgers. I almost did for this example, but instead I decided to keep it simple. Cutting around a design with paper edgers would be better suited, I think, to a simpler design. It would be really cute to do that with a new page for, example, a heart-shaped clear album.
Repeat this process as many times as you want!
I was able to easily get 3 new pages for my snowflake album out of one single transparency. Plus I have a few more areas of the transparency that I can use in other ways too.
The last step is to punch holes in your new clear album pages. I recommend that you use a sturdy metal hole punch for this task, NOT a cheap plastic punch. I actually do own a cheapie punch and I tried it, and it didn’t work. Perhaps it would work on a thinner transparency, but it didn’t work on this lovely high-quality Hambly transparency. The transparency was just too heavy-duty for it. The metal punch, however, worked fine.
The Maya Road Snowflake Sheer Coaster Album originally came with 8 pages all together. So now that I made new pages for it out of the Hambly Frosty Snowflakes transparency, I have 11 clear album pages all together. It will be fun to alter and embellish them all!
If you’d like to create your own Snowflake Shaped Clear Album, please click here to view some snow themed clear albums and supplies for sale.