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Part 5: How to Make a Mini Album from Scratch

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Part 5 How to Make a Mini Album from Scratch with Stamperia Welcome Home

Hello, Friends!  Part 5 How to Make a Mini Album from Scratch is the final segment of the gigantic tutorial for this Stamperia Welcome home interactive mini album. We’ve been sharing in depth tutorials over the past several days.  And this is the final day, my friends!  Time to create the cover art and put all the pieces of this paper puzzle together.

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So now I want to live in this quaint little cottage with roses growing up the picket fence and a marmalade kitty sitting at the gate.  How about you?

Today we’ll create the cover art step by step, and you can listen to my sweet husband play pretty music while I add the flowers around the shutters.

Then I’ll give you the deets on how to create the fabric spine and dangle charm.  I came up with a new way to add the charms, and I think it’s pretty fabulous.

So, if you are ready, please join me for Part 5 How to Build a Mini Album from Scratch.


Do You Need to Catch Up?

If you missed the 4 previous installments of this tutorial you can find them as follows:

  • Building the album base, tabbed spine, and signature: Part 1
  • Covering the decorative tags and creating the interactive inside covers: Part 2.
  • Decorating the signatures: Part 3.
  • Finishing the Signatures: Part 4.

True story, my friends….I love the way this album turned out.  Many of you have told me that you will be making it along with me, and that’s so exciting!  I hope you have as much fun with it as I did.

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!




Part 4 How to Make a Mini Album from Scratch

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How to Make a Mini Album from Scratch with Stamperia Welcome Home

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to Part 4 How to Make a Mini Album from scratch with Stamperia Welcome home!  From the feedback you have left on my YouTube Channel and blog, y’all seem to be enjoying this in depth tutorial.  That makes me so happy!  Thanks for all the kind words and comments.  Y’all are the best!

Today we’re going to finish out the 2nd signature, finish the flip flap page on the center tab, and make the inserts for the side pockets.  You’re going to learn how to make the cute pop up feature pictured in the photo above.  Once you know how, you’re not going to want to stop adding this interactive feature to your cards, albums and folios.

Using Large Images in Small Albums

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Stamperia has some of the most gorgeous 12×12 papers on the market.  But let’s be honest…trying to fit 12×12 paper into a 6×6 album can be very difficult.  Over the years, I’ve figured out a way to keep those 12×12 spreads in one piece, and I’m going to share that with you in today’s tutorial.

Fun with Flaps

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Several years ago I discovered the magic of flaps.  Ever since then, I have found many ways to create interactive elements by scoring a simple flap.  I’m going to share a really fun way  to create a door that opens in this mini album.  I think you’ll like it!

Part 4 How to Make a Mini Album from Scratch on You Tube

Are you ready to see how we finish up the interior of this album?  Grab a cuppa and a snack, prop up your feet, and maybe grab a notebook and pencil, too.  Here we go…

You’ll find a linked supply list below this post.

We’ll finish up this in depth tutorial for this week’s Make & Take Tuesday.  In that final segment we will create the shaker cover, the cloth spine, and the ribbon closure.  See you then!

Thanks for stopping by!




Part 3 How to Make a Mini Album from Scratch

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Part 3 How to Make a Mini Album from Scratch with Stamperia Welcome Home

Hello, Friends!  Are you ready for Part 3 How to Make a Mini Album from Scratch?  In this segment, we’re going to dive in and start working on the interactive signature pages.  First, we will do a walk-through of the first  signature so you can see how all the pages work.  Then we will create those same elements in the second signature.  I think you’re really going to enjoy seeing how all the bits and pieces come together!

In case you missed it, you can watch Part One HERE.  That’s where we build the chipboard album from scratch, add the tabbed spine and make the signature pages.

Part 2 of this series can be viewed HERE.  In this segment we make the 3 decorative tags and design the front and back inside covers.

Teacups and Teapots

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Each signature in this mini album follows a theme.  The first signature focuses on the whimsical houses in this collection.  The second signature focuses more on teacups and teapots, one of my favorite themes.

More Practice with Building a Scene

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Both segments will give you lots of practice using collage to build a scene.  This segment is a bit long, but that’s because I take the time to build each page in the signature step by step with you.  I hope you will enjoy watching the way the pages come together and learning a bit more about my process for building a page.

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Grab a cuppa and a snack, and maybe a notebook and a pencil, too.  I caption in most all of the measurements for you, so you might want to write them down as you watch.

You’ll find a linked supply list below this post in case you want to make this album with these same supplies.  But you can also use any papers that you happen to have on hand.  That’s the beauty of learning how to create with this process.

I hope you enjoy a restful Sunday.  Look for Part 4 of this series tomorrow.

Thanks for stopping by!




Country Bunny Boxed Mini Album Set

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Hello, Friends!  I’ve been counting down the days until I could share this Country Bunny Boxed Mini Album Set with you.  It represents a dream come true, and there’s nothing I love more than seeing a dream come true!  My sweet friend Tamra over at Country Craft Creations unveiled her new Country Bunny paper collection yesterday in a Facebook Live event.  Tamra asked me to create a sample project for yesterday’s release party on Facebook.  And today I get to share it with you all here.

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You’ll get to see this delicious paper collection and all the details of this project in the video below.   I altered a Graphic 45 Ivory Book Box, then filled it up with 3 handmade bitty mini albums.

The back side of the book box houses a box style pocket with a little flip folio tucked inside.  Before we look at the video, I’ll just share some little peeks at each of the individual components.

Country Bunnies and Butterflies

Each hardcover mini album measures 3 3/4″ x 5 3/4″ x 1 1/2″.  The trims, designer papers, cardstock papers, flowers and crystals are all part of the kit Tamra is selling in her online tore, Country Craft Creations.   I added just a couple of pretties, like this resin bunny and some metal embellishments  from my stash .

Each mini album has a theme and a  unique design.  This one is Bunnies and Butterflies.

Wait til you see what is inside!  This collection is sooo charming!

Country Bunny

I call this second mini album Country Bunny.  Look how sweet the face is on this handsome bunny rabbit!

The soft colors of this collection are so warm and inviting!

You will find lots and lots of sweet bunnies inside these double pull out pages!

Bunnies and Bonnets

Do you see the gorgeous lace trim that comes in the kit?  It adds so much lovely texture to the design!

This album has a wrap around spine and one of my precious vintage buttons.

And I’ve added some surprise elements inside the pages, too!

Spring Fling Fold Out Folio

I am over the moon for the images in this paper collection!  Look at this adorable little outfit!  This flip folio measures 5 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ with a 1/2″ spine.

You’ll find tags, mini folios and pockets tucked inside.

To see all of the elements, you’ll have to watch the video project share below.

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I’m extremely honored to be part of Tamra’s release party!  She’s such a good person, and so generous with the crafting community.  If you’re not familiar with you, you can find her on Facebook.  Her shop is loaded with lots and lots of paper pretties, too!  You can find out more about Country Bunny HERE.

I’ll be back tomorrow to share a card that I made with this lovely collection.

Thanks for stopping by!




Victorian Christmas Envelope Album Tutorial

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Prima Victorian Christmas Envelope Album Tutorial for Throwback Thursday

Hello, Friends!  If you are a fan of all things Victorian, then you are going to love this Christmas Envelope Album Tutorial.  Welcome to Throwback Thursday!  Normally I would tell you to grab a cuppa and a snack while we talk all things papercrafting.  But this Victorian Christmas Album seems to call for china cups, linen napkins, silver spoon and crumpets.

As many of you know, I have been in the process of re-organizing and purging my tiny studio.  As is always the case, I found some forgotten goodies that inspired this Throwback Thursday.  Prima’s Victorian Christmas Collection was released in 2015.  I fell in love with it immediately.  All those jolly Victorian Santa Claus images,  sweet birds and vintage toys captured my imagination.   When i also found a forgotten stash of 5″ x 7″ burgundy envelopes, the concept for this envelope album was born.

Now,  I did not invent the idea of using envelopes to make a mini album.  It’s been around forever.  But I did make a few innovations to make the concept my own.  I’ve created a little video tutorial to guide you through the steps of making the album base with something wonderful from your crafty stash.

Some Helpful Tips and Tricks

This album measures about 5 3/4″ x 7 1/2″.  That’s because I used envelopes for 5″ x 7″ cards.  But you can use whatever size envelopes you have in your stash as long as they are all the same width and height as one another.

Adding canvas and fabric to the cover design really strengthens and reinforces the album spine.  Ranger Industries makes a Sticky Back Canvas that is really easy to work with.   I highly recommend it.  Just measure it to size, peel off the backing and press it in place.  Easy peasy!

If you choose to use a fabric spine as I did for this album, there are a couple of things to bear in mind.

  • First, don’t use fabric that is too thick or stiff.  It will make it hard to open the cover.
  • Next, stitching around the edges will keep the fabric from fraying.  If you don’t sew, you can use a product called Fray Stop for this purpose.
  • Stitch your buttons in place before you adhere the fabric spine to the base.
  • Adhere your fabric spine with a strong adhesive like Red Line Tape or Scor-Tape.
The Picture Show

This little gold letter box is a charm that came as an add on to the collection.  Fill it with festive greenery for a fun detail.

Use foam dimensionals or waste chipboard to build up lots and lots of layers.  Look for Christmas greenery in the floral department of your craft store.  The Christmas pick this greenery came from was on clearance.  I love a good deal!

A Peek Inside

Because Victorian Christmas had a countdown cut apart page, I decided to turn my album into a December Daily.  You’ll see all the details in the video tutorial and tour below, but I thought you might like to see a few detail shots here as well.

Double waterfalls with magnetic closures offer a great way to use up scraps.

Use a circle die to create an interesting edge on your envelope pocket pages.  These also make it easier get photos and recipes in and out of the pockets.

There are so many wonderful Victorian Santa Claus images in this collection.  It just makes a fun lap book, even without photos or journaling.  But I included lots of room for both.

TIP:  Add even more of a Victorian Vibe to your envelopes by brushing the edges with gold paint.  I did not have any gold paint in the studio.  So I brushed the edges with Prima Gold Crackle paste.  It worked beautifully.

Envelope Album Tutorial

If you’d like to see how to create the envelope album base, please enjoy this tutorial and video tour with tips and tricks.


Do you have this collection in your stash?  Or have you ever made an envelope album?  I’d love to hear about it in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!




Please note:  Throwback Thursday projects are designed to inspire you to get into your stash and make something new from something old.  Because many of the products I use for Throwback Thursday are older or retired, I may not be able to link to them.  But I bet you have a suitable substitute in your crafty stash!