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October 25, 2007

CK OCT Kit of the Month: How-to basics

Here's the basic how-to for working with the circles in the CK October Kit of the Month. There are still kits available if you would like to play along. You can see what other people have done with the kit by clicking "see kit details" and "idea gallery" – from there click on each person's name and you will be taken to their blog post.

Here's another look at my completed project (front + back of accordion album):



And here are some detail shots from when I was putting it together at home:


One of the cool things about this kit is that the circle frames are already die-cut for you. The photo shown above is 4×6. To cut the photo to fit I simply held the circle frame on top of the photo and used scissors to cut around the outside  – see photo below:


After cutting it out I adhered the photo first and then the circle frame directly onto the accordion album (see below).


For the opening + closing page featuring the transparency inside the frames, I did the following:


1. Laid the circle frame on top of the accordion album and adhered to hold it in place.


2. Using a craft knife I carefully cut out the white portion of the accordion using the circle frame as my guide. Here's the result:


I did this on the first and last page of the accordion album.


3. Place one of the transparent circles (they come in the circle format) behind the frame/album and adhere. Don't worry about the adhesive because it will be covered by another frame on the other side (see below).


4. Turn the accordion album over and lay a second circle frame on top and adhere.

For the pages that feature the large circle photos I used a circle cutter from Creative Memories to create the shape – it is just a bit smaller than the circle papers (which act as a nice frame). I printed my photos here at home at the size 5.5 inches x 5.5 inches (after using the circle cutter the size becomes closer to 4.75 inches x 4.75 inches). You could also use the circle papers as a guide and cut your photos that way as well.


Here's the second large circle photo:


The large transparency circles fit right on top of the photos. I
stapled the transparency onto the photo + circle patterned paper before
adhering it onto the accordion album.

Hope that gives you a bit of direction as you work through this project and celebrate someone you love.


  • 1.
    Mary Patterson said…

    ali this is awesome. and these kits are amazing! my mother and i just got our kits in the mail and plan on working on them this weekend together… hugs, mary-

  • 2.
    alyssa said…

    Absolutely love this kit – my first KOTM, but it will not be my last! I love the circular format. And the range of materials is awesome – so well coordinated without being all matchy matchy. Yahoo!

  • 3.
    {2H Design} said…

    Thanks for sharing so much “how-to” details lately Ali – that info is really helpful & it’s neat to see the way you work. I am saving this album for the right story, not sure what it will be yet. Thanks for sharing.

  • 4.
    Lynette said…

    I got my hands on two of these…love this kit…my plans are to make one for each of my twins – lots of hurdles and loving each moment of the journey of them growing!
    Thank you as always for your inspiration and ways of giving to others!

  • 5.
    Ingunn said…

    I am simply itching to get started on this, but my whole scrapbook room is packed up right now! *planning photos/story and drooling over this in the meantime*

  • 6.
    Jennie said…

    Thanks for posting this. I got this kit by accident – I sent the link to the travel journal kit to my dh as an idea for a birthday present, and he ordered this one by mistake. Now I get both – yay! I can’t wait to get started on it.

  • 7.
    Christine Villacarlos said…

    thank you, Ali, for sharing these instructions! can’t wait to work on mine!

  • 8.
    ikuko said…

    So awesome! Love all of your projects but this is going to be my favorite!
    I placed an order, but haven’t got it yet.
    (guess it’s flying over the pacific ocean now??)
    Can’t wait to play with this.
    Thank you SO much for inspiring us with such a great kit!

  • 9.
    Jann Saulsberry said…

    This is one of my most favorite CK kits…my other favorite being your first kit! Such a good way to document important stuff that I want to remember…and people that I want to honor. Thanks for making it so easy!

  • 10.
    Heather Prins said…

    thanks for the tips i can’t wait to get mine in the mail!! i got your book and i love it. Really Ali it is so fantastic!!!

  • 11.
    Carrie said…

    Thank you so very much for the details…it sparked my creativity… I finally started my album today!!!! A christmas present for my grandmother about our amazing relationship!! Can I ask what the white tool is in the 3rd photo in the corner??

  • 12.
    Leonie - Australia said…

    Thank you for always sharing your great ideas & projects, I like to pop in each day for my creativity shot for the day.

  • 13.
    Anilu Magloire said…

    So beautiful! I love those pics of Simon as a baby :)

  • 14.
    Rachel Kizirian said…

    maravilhoso! I love!

  • 15.
    Jamillah said…

    I just got mine today. Thanks for the tutorial. Now, I know how to really use the album to the fullest. You are so wonderful, Miss Ali!!

  • 16.
    Marty said…

    thanks so much for sharing. I really like this kit and haven’t quite decided how to use it! God bless :)

  • 17.
    Ronda Palazzari said…

    That is incredible! I love that you share your knowledge. And these projects over the last couple days have amazingly inspiring!

  • 18.

    Can’t wait to work with the kit. It is still shipping (international seems to take a while). Thanks for the instructions!

  • 19.
    Robin said…

    Ali, Do you have an Epson R1800? I have an Epson 2200 and have had the worst time using it. It is a bit too much of a printer for me…Clogged heads all the time, I end up spending an hour cleaning them each time I print and then my scrap time is gone. I was wondering if the 1800 is the same situation?

  • 20.
    Angie said…

    I love your how-to’s. Thank you for sharing!

  • 21.
    Elise Smith-Dewey said…

    Ali–they have 21 ATC holders in stock at your ATC store right now at 830am CST on Friday if that helps anyone–I just ordered one–here’s the link—
    Thanks for always being so generous with your step by step descriptions of projects. 1 ? on the acrylic Halloween album with the beads how did you fasten the album together–it doesn’t look like you used the rings that come with the album–tried to zoom on photo but can’t tell—Help! Thanks!

  • 22.
    Shawn said…

    FYI- the atrist trading card revolving holder is out of stock on 2 Peas. I did however find it on After I made my Christmas purchase they still have 16 left in stock. HURRY HURRY HURRY. Ali, you’re like the Oprah of scrapbooking, if you mention it or better yet post a picture of it it’s sure to be a hit!

  • 23.
    Laura Berry said…

    I just ordered the September AND October KOTM. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your ideas and inspiration!!!! Cannot wait to get my kits in the mail!

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