Wednesday, April 20, 2011

It's Another Whimsical Wednesday Challenge!

It's that time again...A Whimsical Wednesday Challenge Day.
I hope you all have been playing along.
There are great prizes to be won, so many inspirational projects to see and you have 2 whole weeks to link up.
If you are new to Whimsical Wednesdays we have a scrapbooking challenge the first Wednesday of the month, and then other paper crafting projects each Wednesday for the rest of the month.
This week is Challenge #3.  The theme is:
"Spring has Sprung in our Homes" - Create a Home Decor project with a spring theme.
For my project I made a CD Mini Album/Birthday Gift. What a Fun Project.

I was you-tube watching and came across this video on how to make these mini albums.
We all know there are CD cases laying around the house. I thought I could make this album and have it double as a birthday gift for my mother-in-law as well.

So here is how it is done
You need double sided paper for the front and back covers. The dimensions for those are:
4 7/8 x 4 3/4 for the front cover
6 x 4 5/8 for the back cover scored at 1/4" on both short sides
2 pieces of matching paper for the inside measuring 4  x 12 and scored at 4 and 8. These will then be folded accordion style and attached to one another to make one long accordion piece.
1 piece of cardstock for the inside mat measuring 4 1/4 x 4 1/4. This will be attached to the inside back cover where you will then place the accordion pages.

Once everything is attached you can decorate any way you want.
I made a circle tab with the coordinating paper as the pull. I also added mats on every page.
The gift card holder measures
3 x 3 5/8 scored 1/2" on the bottom--this is the back
2 x 4 3/4 scored 1/2" on each side- front. I used my circle punch to make the opening tab as well.

I hope you like my project and think about giving it a try! It was super easy...lots of fun and would make a GREAT gift. I know my mother in law loved it :)
Just think about how cute this would look on a coffee table...made to match the recipients decor.

 Please be sure to hop over to the Whimsical Wednesday Challenge Blog  to see what the rest of the Design Team has created for your inspiration. You will find the link there to enter your project for this challenge, and the guidelines. We can’t wait to see what you will create.

Thanks for visiting


  1. OMG! This is just a great gift idea for any occasion! Thanks for sharing! A card a day is a lot of work, I wish you the best of luck on your journey and can't wait to see what tomorrow will bring!

    Rock On!
    Rock Girl

  2. Darling project and fab gift idea! Especially love the idea of matching it to the recipient's decor. Gonna have to try one. xxD

  3. Jess your mini is incredible!! I have never seen this before, it is so different. Such a great gift idea and I like that you can decorate the front cover and leave it on display. I love the pocket and circle tab....adds such interest to it. Thank you for the tutorial. Great job on the challenge. :)

  4. SUPER project JESS! I love your mini album, Great gift idea!Amazing job like always,Have a beautiful day!! :)

  5. Your project is so cute! I have never seen one of these before. Thanks for the tutorial. I really love the idea of making it to match the decor. Tfs and have a great day. :)

  6. This is so cool! I love the idea of a mini album out of a CD case! Great job!

  7. Jessica,
    This is just a great idea! Thank you for including the youtube site and your great instructions for making the CD book. I love the colors and all of the details about the book. i am sure your mother-in-law will love it.

  8. What a super awesome gift!!! You did a great job, I love it! I will definately have to try this out. Thanks for the inspiration! Hugs, Cathryn67 :)

  9. Great gift idea and delicious project. Love the detailed instructions! Beautiful.

  10. Hi Jessica~ this is terrific! I just love the whole idea of it but then you made it so pretty, practical & a present...just wonderful.
    The idea of being able to display is great too. Your colors and touches made this quite the lovely creation.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Crafty best wishes,

  11. This is a fantastic idea! Great job!!

  12. Neat idea! Be sure to stop by and see my newest post! You won!

    Georgiana : )
    Carson's Creations

  13. Jessica~ this is so darn PRETTY! I have NEVER seen this before and LOVE this whole idea! The background paper is just perfect , then you added more for that extra touch! LOVE the embellies too! GREAT and CLEVER idea ~ best of all you linked the video too! Your mother-in-law is going to LOVE it!
    Great job!

  14. What a super fun project! I like that the case would help make it more durable.

  15. oh what a nifty little project thanks for the great instructions :)