Tile Coasters and Mini Album w/ Echo Park

Hi Everyone – a couple of fun projects to share today. 
Tile Coasters
Not only fun, but this first one is super cheap and definitely one that you can do with older kids too.  Take a look at these coasters – they look “designer” but in fact I reckon you could make a dozen of these for less than $20!
I was going to make a tutorial for these, but I quickly realized I could not possibly improve on the fabulous tutorial shown on the website where I originally saw this idea which was here at the Cottage Home Blog.
I have used papers from the Echo Park “For the Record” Collection (available here in New Zealand) and if you have not seen Echo Park’s 6×6 paper pads I definitely suggest you check them out. They have the scaled-down designs like many manufacturers BUT they are also double sided which gives you many more options for use.
I followed the instructions shown on the tutorial above, with a couple of exceptions. I used Spellbinders squares to cut my squares (I am somehow challenged when trying to cut squares with a paper trimmer!) and instead of felt pads I bought a pack of cork circles to adhere to the bottom ($2.99 from any hardware store)

The steps are basically:

  1. Cut squares of paper to right size
  2. Mod-podge the squares to the tiles making sure to get right to the edges
  3. Apply 3 coats of Mod-Podge over the top of the paper
  4. Spray with acrylic sealer
Here are some close-up shots.  These were supposed to be “rustic” looking so I was not concerned with the unfinished edges of the tiles, but you could of course paint them if you wanted a more even look.
Folded Mini Album
I have shown this type of album many times before (album made from one single sheet of paper – see here for my tutorial) but this time I wanted to demonstrate how the “Noteworthy” Paper from the For the Record Collection was perfect for creating a special little notebook
I am a listmaker – so these little titles from the Element Sticker Sheet were perfect for accenting the front of the album! The elements from the Noteworthy paper fit perfectly inside the 4″x3″ size of the finished album
Each page has a spot for a list, note or little photo
Please post a comment with any questions
Lowri 🙂

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  • Reply Liz July 14, 2011 at 10:38 AM

    Super cool!

  • Reply artistaprilcole@gmail.com July 15, 2011 at 7:02 AM

    Great projects… love them :]

  • Reply Judy Bagwell July 15, 2011 at 11:12 AM

    Love the coasters!!

  • Reply Mimi July 15, 2011 at 5:24 PM

    Great projects! I made some tile coasters using maps for my son's first house. Now I want to try some with pretty paper like these!
    Glad you shared at WhipperBerry!

  • Reply The Answer Is Chocolate July 15, 2011 at 6:26 PM

    I adore both of these projects!

  • Reply black tag diaries July 16, 2011 at 7:10 PM

    LOVE the coaster idea. Will definitely be making some of those… genius. PS, your guest post is up on my blog today!

  • Reply Kirsten @ Mushki Loves July 18, 2011 at 2:26 AM

    These are too cute! I think I need some!

  • Reply Ashley July 18, 2011 at 4:51 AM

    love the coasters!!!! 🙂 thanks for sharing:)
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  • Reply Ty and Whitty July 18, 2011 at 6:47 AM

    oh my heck I love these coasters. Anyway I am dropping by to let you know that I featured your stinkin cute deck of love cards on my this weeks pinterest loves #9 on my blog. Go check it out! leave a comment, grab a button and follow. Love your ideas 🙂

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  • Reply heidig July 18, 2011 at 10:43 PM

    Love the coasters and the little folded album – very cute!

  • Reply M.E. Hall August 3, 2011 at 2:19 AM

    I love the tiles! I am going to have to give them a try! Thanks for the idea!!

  • Reply paperchains March 22, 2012 at 6:29 PM

    These tiles are awesome, had a friend who did something similar she ut pics of her family on them

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