Saturday, April 14, 2012

Tutorial: Sydney Album Kit

Today, I have a tutorial using the Sydney Album Kit. My goal is to show what the Sydney album contains, give a few tips and then show a project I made with it.

You can buy just the album or a kit with a tin for the album. Perfect for a quick project to capture an event or a gift. There are so many things to love about the Sydney album. The colors are amazing.
The Sydney album was design with busy people in mind. It is (3) 12x12" sheets of die cuts. A lot of the work has been done which allows you to save time. It cam be used to create a round mini album or add the die cut elements to any card or project.
There are (11) 4-3/8” diameter circles, (1) 3-7/8” diameter circle, tags, arrows, buckles, flowers, corner elements (pre-scored for easy folding)…35 double sided embellishments in all, not all shown in the picture above.

The die cut elements are cardstock. They are white-core, so they can be sanded or distressed to give a vintage or shabby chic look.
All the die cut elements are doubled sided, usually solid color (or monochromatic) on one side and patterned on the other.
The die cut elements pop out without the use of scissors.

However, there are remnants of where they were attached. I use my 4" Kai scissor and run the blade along the edge to clean them up.
A sanding block can be used to distress the cardstock or smooth out any rough edges. The sanding blocks come 2 in a package and have fine sanding grit on all 4 sides.

I trimmed the edges with a scissor then went around with the sanding block to get a nice smooth edge.
The edges were inked with Burnt Umber Palette ink. This hides the white core and any imperfections for a nice finished look.
I stacked all the circles for my album and punched them all at once.
I added a binder ring with ribbons to hold the album together. Now, the album is ready for pictures, journaling and embellishments.
The small circle was trimmed, inked and matted on one of the larger circles for the top lid of the tin. Now, the tin is ready for embellishments too.

Three stamp sets were used for this project -- Well Defined Backgrounds, Define it & Memories.
This is the finished tin. I used one of the flower die cuts and a frame. The eyelets are Amelia hardware.
So easy to create in a few hours, with all the die cut elements, this kit is a real time saver for our busy lives. What a lovely gift to give someone special.
Die Cuts from Sydney kit – tag, corner accent and flower
Die Cuts from Sydney kit – bracket and arrow
The edge detail was done with a Bind It All
Stamps – Memories and Define it
Hardware – Amelia hardware
Die Cuts from Sydney kit – 2 tags, bracket and buckle
The recipient can easily add photos to this mini album.
Die Cuts from Sydney kit – tag and flower
Maya Road Sheer Round Scallop Coasters

Hope you enjoyed today's tutorial. If you would like a printer friendly version of this tutorial. It is available for download on the Red Rubber Designs website.


  1. That looks like an Awesome Project! thx for sharing!!

  2. Oh gosh... This is wonderful...can't wait to try one! Thanks Debra. ;D

  3. I have the defined backgrounds, but never would have thought to use it in this way-wow, what a great idea! Thanks for the inspiration.

  4. I remember making one of these way back when! I love how you did yours! Very elegant! Great tutorial!

  5. This is such a pretty kit and you have presented it nicely. Super tutorial, Debra!


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