Crafty Secrets July Linky Party


Crafty Secrets July Linky Party: Travel Mini with fold out flaps tutorial

Hello, friends!  It’s time for the Crafty Secrets July Linky Party!  This month, we are celebrating summer with projects that feature the beach, travel, picnics, vacation and outdoor fun.  Each member of the design team has prepared a tutorial to inspire you.  Once you create your own NEW project featuring Crafty Secrets products, you can link up to the BLOG.  Each participant will receive a $6 voucher to the online store, and one lucky participant will win a $50 shopping spree!  We’ll be visiting your blogs to leave you a comment and see what you have shared.  Sound like fun? I think so, too!

This month, we have a really special treat!  My good friend, Gloria Stengel, is joining us as Guest Designer!  We’re so thrilled to have her with us, and know you will be inspired by her beautiful work. You will find the links to Gloria’s project and those of the rest of the team at the bottom of this post.

Travel Mini with Fold Out Flaps Tutorial

Seems like everyone takes at least one trip, big or small, during the summertime.  And what better way to preserve the memory than with a vacation travel mini?  And that’s what I have to share with you today.  Loads of pictures, and a tutorial that shows you how to add fold out pages to your album by using an envelope.  Lots of photos to follow, so go grab your beverage of choice, a tasty snack and we’ll get this party started!

June Linky Party 15This is my finished travel mini album.  I used heavy 4″ x 7″ chipboard for the pages.  Here’s a look at the supplies I used in making this album.

June Linky Party 01I printed a load of papers and images from Creating with Vintage Typography (CD 3) and used bits and pieces from Adventure and Travel Scraps, Travel Creative Scraps, Summertime Vintage Images Booklet, and Journey digital art stamps (which aren’t yet uploaded to the store, but will be soon).  I also used strips of the Cotton Blend Vintage Travel Ribbon and Turquoise and Brown Ombre Ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon. I matted everything with cyan cardstock and inked all the edges with Vintage Photo Distress ink or Vintage Photo Distress Paint.

June Linky Party 02June Linky Party 03June Linky Party 04I painted the edges of my chipboard with Distress paint and left it to dry. While that was going on, I die cut a bunch of tags from black,light blue and kraft cardstock using the Luggage and Tags Die from Heartfelt Creations.  I cut my cardstock to measure 3 1/2″ x 6 3/4″ and my designer papers to 3″ 1/4″ x 6 1/2″ inches. I “smooshed” my ink pad onto my non-stick craft sheet and then sprayed the inky area with a mister bottle.

June Linky Party 05June Linky Party 06June Linky Party 07Once the ink beads up, you can drag your cut papers through the ink to age and distress them. I also squeezed out a small puddle of Vintage Photo Distress Paint onto the craft sheet and then tapped the open end of the cap into the paint and tapped it onto my designer paper to add circles like the one seen in the photo on the right.

June Linky Party 08June Linky Party 09June Linky Party 10Next, I dry brushed the paint along the edges of the papers.  I spritzed and flicked water droplets onto the inked and painted surfaces, using a clean paper towel to tap up excess water.  This makes the paper look deliciously old and worn.  I love the way it looks! Once you finish with this step, you can begin the fun part: layering images, adding ephemera that you’ve printed from the CD and adding the fold out pockets.  Here’s a look at the completed cover.

June Linky Party 12I used burlap and crocheted lace from RRR, digital stamps from Crafty Secrets , tags, jute string and lots of distressing to create the cover.  This part is so much fun! Here’s a look at the first two pages inside the album.

June Linky Party 18The little banners are printed out from the Typography CD, and the binoculars are from the Journey DAS.  I love how big I was able to make these.  All the papers used are from the Typography CD.   The next set of pages has room for a photo and a pocket full of journaling tags.

June Linky Party 22I want to give you a closer look at the bathing beauty tag because it has a really fun interactive feature.  It’s from the Summertime booklet, and it really tickles my funnybone!

June Linky Party 23 You cut out the holes and put your fingers through them to make legs.  It was hard to get a really good picture of this: holding the camera with one hand while sticking the fingers of my left hand through the leg openings was tricky!  But you can really have a lot of fun with this cute tag!

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The next two page spread is  fun fold out page.cs july linky 01

Both these pages fold out to reveal inner pocket pages. Here’s what’s inside the fold out on the left.

cs july linky 02I used a 3″ x 5 3/4″ envelope to make this fold out page.  I covered the envelope front and back with my designer papers.  added a pocket by gluing only the sides and bottom and then punched my holes to match the holes in the album.  Here’s a photo of how the page was added.

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Turn the envelope face down, open the flap and glue the opened envelope flap to your chipboard base, then cover your page with your designer papers.  Easy peasy!

June Linky Party 28This is the right hand fold out page.  It is a pocket I created with one of the post cards I printed out from the Typography CD. It opens to reveal this scene on the inside.

June Linky Party 29All these images are digital stamps from the Journey DAS.  I just printed them out, colored with Spectrum Noir pens and then used them to decorate my pages.  The finishing touch was to bind my album with brass “O” rings and then tie on a bunch of yummy ribbons.

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And that, as they say, is that!  Thanks for following along with me !  If you have any questions about any of the steps. please ask me!  I’m always happy to help. Be sure to link up your project to the Crafty Secrets BLOG before midnight PT, Sunday July 15th. Now, go visit the rest of the team’s blogs, and be sure to leave our Guest Designer, Gloria Stengel, some special love:

Sandy Redburn ♥ Gloria StengelKathy Clement (you are here) ♥ Michele Kovack

Darlene Pavlick ♥Sheila RumneyElizabeth Lincoln

Can’t wait to see what you bring to the Crafty Secrets July Linky Party!  Summer parties make me happy right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers!



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14 thoughts on “Crafty Secrets July Linky Party

  1. Lee Ann Barrett

    Beautiful album, Kathy! This is so you! And you and Gloria must be in on the whimsical stuff together, with your finger legs and her pipes! I had to laugh when I saw your picture! You are a master at collage style layering and this album is a perfect example of it. Love!

  2. cottagerca

    your mini is brimming with goodness and gorgeous texture. thanks for sharing and showcasing crafty secrets

  3. carol e

    Kathy your book is amazing, gorgeous details on every turn of the page. It must have taken an age to do this but worth it. Thank you for the inspiration, the funny legs, using an envelope pocket and all the hints and tips along the way. Thanks also for the wonderful easy to follow explanation of how to do it. X

  4. Elizabeth Lincoln

    You inspire us all! It’s because of your fabulous mini albums that I had a try at one. I love mini albums with secret pockets, fold out sections, and interactive details like you have incorporated here. That little finger/leg thing would have me howling for ages but I would have enclosed two so you could have them fight or interact or something, but then I have a sick sense of humour.
    I poured over this for ages looking at the many details and enjoyed every minute of it.

  5. Sandy

    All the details you have included in your mini beach album make it totally amazing Kathy and really show off both our Crafty Secrets printed and digital products. I love it all and the images you used and how you colored the Travel Digital Stamps and added all the layers and worn shabby feel is perfect!

    Thanks for all your help being our Design Team Leader, blog posting and more!

  6. Gloria Stengel

    What a lot of work went into this! It is such a great project. I love the colors you chose. Ok, that lady…I have her but think the :finger legs” are creepy. ROFL You are so funny! Thanks again for having me as the guest DT!

  7. Darlene Pavlick

    Well there ya go again! This mini album is DA BOMB! LOL … You know I just LOVE WHAT YOU DO and the fact that you take the time to share all the details is just wonderful. NOW I just need to find a block of time and give some of these helpful hints a try …
    I too love the ‘legs’ … how ever did you take the photo and show off those ‘legs’ at the same time? Afraid I’m not quite that talented! LOL! Happy Day Kathy!

  8. Diane Hover

    OMGoodness, how I love this….so many wonderful details to look at and read about…love the bathing beauty and her “legs”…what a fun and unique idea!! I love mini albums and this one is a gorgeous one….you certainly have a knack using all the Crafty Secrets beautiful digitals and putting them together…did I mention I “LOVE” this!!!!!

  9. smithgfb

    What a fun and wonderful mini you have created. They are such a lot of work but you make them look like they are so easy. You definitely inspire me!

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