Monday, June 27, 2011

Altered CD Mini Album with a Mini Tutorial

Here is a mini album that I made out of some of the many old CDs that we have in a box next to the computer.  My hubby says that he should sell them to be used in skeet shooting, but I convinced him that I can make some fab things with them like this super cute mini album. I used my Cricut Expression to cut the circles that are covering the CDs and the Paisley cartridge to cut the layered flowers.  I also used the wonderful Viva Decor Pearl Pens to accent the pages in my mini album.  Click on the pics to view them larger.

Pages 1 and 2

Pages 3 and 4

Pages 5 and 6

Pages 7 and 8

Pages 9 and 10

Back Cover

Here is a mini tutorial on how to cover the CDs:

Step 1: Gather your supplies. 
               You will need a CD, 5 inch circle cut out of patterned paper,
               Scor-Tape, and sandpaper

Step 2: Place strips of Scor-Tape to the outside edge of the CD

Step 3: Adhere the 5 inch circle over the CD and then sand off the edge that overlaps the CD.  This gives it a perfect distressed finish and fits the CD perfectly.

Step 4: Decorate the finished CD page and then bind to other completed pages with your favorite binding machine.

I just love the Scor-Tape.  It works fabulously for those hard to adhere projects and it was the perfect adhesive for this project.  I also love to use it to secure ribbon to projects (like the ribbon on page 2 of the mini album above).  I have never had any other adhesive hold ribbon to paper as well as the Scor-Tape does.

Another of my new favorite items is the Viva Decor Pearl Pen.  It works fabulously to add a perfect dimensional accent to any card, scrapbook page, or mini album.  It even is a fabulous accent for clothing as shown by other members of the ScrapbookPal design team.  Here I used the Gold color to accent the butterfly body and also the butterfly trail (on page 6 of the mini album):

Here I used the Silver color to add a center to the flower on the cover of the mini album:

To create this flower, I cut out 4 different sizes on my Cricut Expression with the Paisley cartridge.  I then rolled the petals and then pinched the ends a little.  I then covered with some Mod Podge and when they were dry, I spritzed a little Glimmer Mist onto them.  I layered and adhered them together with some Glue Dots and then added a little punched flower to the middle along with the Viva Decor Pearl Pen center.

      Cardstock, patterned paper, ribbon, felt flowers: Stampin' Up!
      Die Cuts: Cricut Expression with George and Basic Shapes and Paisley carts
      Stickers: SRM Stickers
      Punches: Stampin' Up! (scallops, corner rounder, flowers),
          Martha Stewart (butterflies)
      Pearl accents: Viva Decor Pearl Pens
      Adhesive: Scor-Tape, Glue Dots, Scotch ATG
      White gel pen: Sakura
      Binding system: Bind It All
      Other: CDs, buttons, paper clips, Glimmer Mist

I hope you enjoy my mini album and tutorial!!  Have a fabulous day!!



  1. Amy, This is absolutely great! I have many old CDs. All I need is a binding machine. I'm seriously thinking about getting one :) Love this project. TFS

  2. awesome.. I like making these. love the details!!

  3. Great project and beautifully done. I have been saving my old CD's to do something like this. Thanks for the inspiration.

  4. Oustanding, simply marvelous!

  5. I saw your butterfly card on Northridge publishing blog and thought it was so cute.

  6. This is so beautiful and absolutely brilliant!! Tfs and have a great day. :)

  7. What a great idea! I love all of the fun paper and embellishments you used!

  8. What a fantastic project!! I love this idea and am so inspired to go make one! TFS!
    Sherrie K


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