Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Accordion Binding with Gate Fold Cover

Hello, Diana here with this month’s Mini Album Tutorial. The inspiration from today’s album is from the Book Re-Bound by Jeannine Stein, I used part of the binding technique from her Twelve Month Organizer to make my album.

The materials I used: 6 large kraft envelopes and 2 small ones, cardstock to make the accordion, one piece of cardboard for the back, glue, assorted pattern paper and assorted embellishments.

To make the accordion measure the Length of your biggest envelope, mine was 5”, so I cut two 5” pieces out of a 12X12 cardstock.

Using a Scoring board or Bone folder, make 1” marks along the upper and lower edges of both pieces of cardstock.

Notes from the Author:  when creating an accordion binding, go slowly and make sure the folds are even and neat, resulting in a sturdier book.

Since I have 8 envelopes, and I’ll need a back and a cover that makes a total of 10 spaces, that is why I cut two pieces of cardstock, I joined them to add the four extra spaces I needed.

For the Back Cover cut a piece of cardboard to the same length you did your accordion cardstock, for the width measure your envelope and cut it little longer.

To make the back part of the gate fold cut a piece of 12X12 cardstock to your previous Length, you’ll be scoring two folds that will make the flap of the album, one  will be part of the closing and the other will go over your pages. Since a 12X12 was not big enough I added an extra piece of paper using a border punch to decorate the part where I glued them together.

Adhere your envelopes from back to front, starting with your back cover; I rounded the corners of the accordions two edge parts to give it a nicer look.

Decorate your envelopes before you add them to the accordion, each accordion fold is 1”, to prevent me from decorating that space I marked a line with the same paint I used around the edges of my pattern paper.

Very Important, Score a 1” line on all your envelopes, this is to make it easier to flip the pages, I forgot that step and ended up with a stiff album.

If you have been following my work you’ll know I like to use envelopes on a lot of my projects, this is because where ever I go I save what I can use as memorabilia, in this case I just tucked in each envelope what I kept from the day.

I used glue to adhere my pages to the accordion; you can also use Binding Snaps.
Next glue your pages to the accordion, it is very simple, just add glue to one fold, adhere the page, add glue to the next fold and adhere it to the page, add glue to the back of the fold, repeat.

For the cover I used a thinner piece of cardstock to give it more flexibility.

To make the closing of the fold gate I used two brads and layered them on scalloped circles.

I adhere and extra piece of cardstock to the flap to make it sturdier, the circle scallop you see on the flap is hiding the metal pieces from the brad.

To decorate my pages I used a lot of pattern paper scraps, fabric squares from Basic Grey, decorative tape, punched out shapes and assorted embellishments.

Here is a view of the open album.

As always I hope my monthly tutorial was inspiring and that you’ll soon be making one to keep your memories.
Have an amazing day!


Saturday, November 12, 2011

Thank you Mickey!

 I was looking for a simple design to repeat on several thank you cards to send out to our family and friends after our wedding, and really liked the circular patterns on this button mask by Creative Expressions.

which I felt matched well with the roundness of the Mickey shape (our wedding was at Disneyworld so the invites also had this shape on them).  I sponged Poppy Red Impress ink onto the card through the mask and punched out circles of black card in two different sizes for the Mickey shape.
When I also found a curved 'thank you' stamp in my stash I loved the way it seemed to curve around Mickey's ear!  I stamped the words using black StazOn.
I added some gold Stickles to the buttonholes to give it some sparkle and I'm ready to go!  It was easy to do a batch of these to send off quite quickly and I just had to leave the Stickles to dry.  Now I just have to pick a nice picture of the wedding to pop in the card for our guests that weren't able to share our special day - that'll be the hard part! :)

Happy scrapping

Gayle xx

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Christmas Planner

Hello, Diana here. Christmas is a very busy season for a lot of us, so how about making a Planner to keep you organized; this is the one I made.

I used this Mixed Media Album from Basically Bare; it has four envelopes and a chipboard separator in the middle.

The paper line is from Fancy Pants Tradition collection, alphas are from KI Memories and Making Memories Glitter Stickers, the embellishments I used to make the star is Pink Paislee house of three Flair and a vintage button from my stash.

Because the album has envelopes my planner can be used year after year, I just need to tuck in the specific list and toss it away once the holiday is over.

If you need help figuring out what to put in your book, just Google Holiday or Christmas planner and you’ll find a few sites that offer ideas, some even have downloadable PDF lists.

This is the chipboard separator; I made a 5th envelope with the pattern paper to add an extra list.

The last two envelopes have the fold facing inside so you can appreciate a little better the shape; I also decorated the backs but did not embellish them.

As extra embellishments I used alpha stickers from October Afternoon, twine and assorted brads, this paper is so pretty that it did not need that many decorations.

This is how the planner looks open.

As always I hope I was able to bring some inspiration to your day.


Monday, November 7, 2011

A vintage inspired mini album of thanksgiving

Hello everyone!  It's Julie here today with an album of thanksgiving, and I'm not talking about the meal.  This album is made for keeping track of what you are thankful for this time of year.  I'll show you how I made this one that I'm going to sell at a local craft show.

First, I needed paper bags and I chose two plain lunch bag sized paper bags and one pink bag.

Since I decided to work on this while watching football, I had to drag down my whole scraproom and set up shop in the living room.  Sadly, I do not have a tv up in my scraproom.  Now if you'd like to make a paper bag album for yourself, you certainly don't need to have a ton of supplies ready.  I'm just one of those crafters that experiments with all kinds of stuff until I settle on something that works.  A few of my essentials include fabric pieces, bingo cards, sheet music, old notebook paper, Cuttle Bug and Papertrey Ink Dies, as well as Papertrey Ink stamps.

I started by folding the bags in half.  I alternated the openings of the paper bags so all my inserts would be on different sides when it's open.  I appologize for that green loop which appears to be growning out of my album.  I had a crafty bag on the floor and that is the strap!  Sorry!  :)

You will need to sew the bags up the middle with a sewing machine.

For my cover, I measured the paper bag front and cut out a piece of fabric the same size.  I used my sewing machine to stitch around the fabric BEFORE I adehered it to the front.  Once on the front (used Yes Paste), I added various vintage goodies until I got it the way I wanted it to look.

This is my first interior page.  I frayed the edges of the fabric and stitched all little embellies on before I adhered to my album.

My next set of pages used one of my favorite supplies, old papers! 

Above is a different angle of the pages.  I used Papertrey Ink Gratitude Journal stamps for this project.

My next set of pages!  I just loved the doily die from Papertrey Ink and I decided to use it with vintage sheet music.  I also used some 7 Gypsies tape under the die cut.  The little tags with pink satin ribbon were also made using a Papertrey Ink tag die.

When looking for fabric, hit up the thrift stores!  You don't need yards and yards, just a scrap will do nicely on a page!

I also love vintage lace and use it whenever possible.

Here's a pic of the inserts I made using the Papertrey Ink tag die as well as a vintage Bingo card and Vintage postcard.  These items peek out of the paper bag openings.  Perfect for journaling and leaving your thoughts.

My back cover.

I hope you enjoyed looking at this paper bag album and get inspired on making one for yourself!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Bonfire Night and Happy Anniversary

In the UK, the 5th of November is Bonfire Night or Guy Fawkes Night, which means a LOT of fireworks! Either in a public display or in the garden at home, there are usually lots of bonfires, sparklers and big bangs!  Guy Fawkes Night is celebrated every year on this date in memory of the foiled attempt in 1605 on the life of the monarch at that time, King James I.  A man called Guy Fawkes led a plot to blow up the House of Lords with gunpowder to take the lives of the King and the Government, but the plot was discovered and Guy Fawkes was executed.  The survival of the King was celebrated across London with bonfires, and all across the UK to this day, every November 5th is celebrated with bonfires and fireworks.  Sometimes a 'Guy' (a man's shape made up of some old clothes stuffed with paper) is put on the bonfire, after the children take the figure around to collect a penny for the Guy.  I remember as a child that the bonfire at the public display was always enormous, but the fireworks were always my favourite :)

If you'd like to know more about the British traditions behind Guy Fawkes Night you can click here but to celebrate like a true Brit all you really need are some sparklers and fireworks and the will to light them and enjoy them :)

In our house, the 5th of November is also my parents' wedding anniversary; we used to buy fireworks every year to set off in the garden but since we now have five dogs it's not quite as important to us to celebrate at home; there are plenty of local firework displays so hopefully we'll be able to catch one tomorrow night :)

In the meantime, I'd like to share with you my card for my parents; I had a lot of fun with this card and it got a little grungy in the end!  The borders are scraps of BoBunny paper, embossed with swirls and then inked with gold ink and Fired Brick distress ink.  The central image is stamped in black StazOn, with the heart shape cut out and then inked in spiced marmalade and dusty concorde Distress Ink, with the central heart shape outlined with a black Posca pen.

I am actually addicted to small sparkly gems, so of course I had to use some to outline the heart shape, and then added the caption using letter stamps on some leftovers pieces of the BoBunny paper.

Thank you so much for visiting us today!

Happy scrapping!

Gayle xx

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Making a Card Kit

Hello, Diana here; today I would like to share a bunch of cards I made.

What do you do when you buy a very nice paper collection for a project and when you are done you still have a 3rd part of it left over?  Well, because of situations like this is why I started making cards.

I gathered all the leftover papers and embellishments, in this case it is the My Minds Eye’s Stella& Rose Mabel line, since all the papers have matching colors it makes the job easier and faster.

I also matched ribbon, twine, flowers and other assorted embellishments. And to get even more inspired I took an online class at Big Pictures called Cooking Up Cards and made 9 cards using their recipes.

Here are the cards I made:

So Happy.
 Thank You.
 One Special Day.
Happy Birthday.
 Thank you.


I still had a few chip shapes to use, so I made these three small cards.

There was even enough paper to make a double page layout.

So next time you have a lot of leftovers from one paper collection, make a Card Kit :)

Hope you all have a great day.