A Picture Postcard Album

Mother Goose Album Cover Clare Charvill Graphic 45

Morning everyone, I'm really excited to be sharing my large Nature Sketchbook album over on the Graphic 45 blog today along with Pam who shares her fun nature themed Bird Box. 

Nature Sketchbook online workshop
It's quite a detailed album with a full on line workshop (link above) if you'd like to make it yourself. While I was flicking through the pages I thought it would be fun to go back to basics and share some easy ways to create albums with you this week.
Albums don't have to be complicated to look gorgeous and sometimes it's refreshing to simplify things down, create simple structures and then let the papers you decorate them in shine out from the pages.  
Over Christmas Annie, my sister asked if we could make an album for a friend of hers to give to her granddaughter, for all the postcards she she sends her from her travels.  Of course I said, so I had a rummage through all my old paper collections, gathered up a pile of Mother Goose papers and embellishments (we thought these would be perfect),  put them all in the car with a supply of chipboard and black card and while we were together we had a fun day creating the album.  Annie was the layout designer and I was the sticker together.  What a great team we were.  Amazingly it took us 11 hours to create the finished album.  Here's how it came out.......... 
Mary Had A Little Lamb........

Hey Diddle Diddle........

 Humpty Dumpty ...........

 Little Miss Muffet..........

 Little Boy Blue............

 Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.................

 Mary Mary quite contrary...................

 Rock a bye Baby......................

Mother Goose........was the title of the compilation of Nursery Rhymes ......... we didn't know that 
Isobelle loved it too. 
The pages are 6"deep x 8" wide and work perfectly with the size of the large picture cut outs from the papers which made instant pockets. The horizontal pocket pages were created as one piece making it a quick album base to construct. This is a great album to make if you're new to crafting as all the pages are flat - designed to hold postcards (or photos straight into the pockets. You could even make it with your young children/grandchildren if they love to get creative.  Here's the supply list and what to cut out for the basic album and a video on how to put the basic album together. 
Supply List 
Two Chipboard Covers 8 1/4" x 6 1/4" 
One chipboard Spine 6 1/4" x 3" 
Spine Mounts and cover
From black card cut one 6 1/2" x 1 1/2", cut one 6 1/2" x 2 1/2", cut one 6 1/2" x 3 1/2" . Score all 1/2" in from both long edges. 
Cut one piece 6" x 5" - put tape around all edges one one side
Pocket Pages and vertical pockets 
6 x black card pages 8" wide x 8 1/4" deep - scored at 6" from one long side 
Six black card pieces cit at 7" x 4 1/8" wide - score all 1/2" in from each short edge 
now follow along with me to put your basic album together 
use papers you have to decorate your album in your own style and enjoy :-) 
Have a lovely day, and do call back again tomorrow when I'll be sharing my Valentine Album and how to make it. Ta ta 'till then :-) Cx


  1. Lovely really like this one :) all your work is amazing.

  2. Morning Clare, Wow !! I'm loving your Nature Sketchbook album, I'm off to G45 to see it in all it's glory !!
    Wow !! again yours and Annie's Mother Goose album is fabulous, and it only took you 11 hours Wow !! No wonder Isobelle loved it, well done Annie !!
    Enjoy your day.
    Lots of love from Patricia xx

  3. Wow ! , loving this Clare , beautiful work .
    Elaine H X

  4. Another master piece Clare I love everything you create x

  5. Mother Goose is one of my VERY favorites!! Love the album!! Someday I WILLL make one !! Just a thought : why not have a scrappin retreat in the UK making these lovely albums????? I live in California, but I world save up to spend a few days with you and your wonderful creations!!!!!

  6. Hi Clare, I too just love this little album and I can already see myself adding this to my "to do list" of Clare's kits! I really enjoyed the video - clear and concise instructions as always. Thanks for sharing. Take care
    Margaret A.

  7. Good Morning Clare, you possess the Midas touch; every piece of paper craft that is fortuned to be handled by you turns into something golden! Thank you for sharing yet another splendid creation. Cheers, Adam.

  8. Great little album as always Clare!!! Thanks for all your inspiration!!

  9. Once again a beautiful keepsake album - you are sooo talented!

  10. Such an inspiration as always. This paper is a favorite. Gorgeous