Gypsy Moments Tri-Fold Mini Tutorial

Hello Friends!

A couple of weeks ago, I shared this fun Coffee Break Mini with you.

Design/Coffee Break Birthday Mini Album for RRR

Kathy by Design/Coffee Break Birthday Mini Album for RRR

So many of you requested a tutorial for this style album that I went to work creating a second album, making sure I photographed the construction steps along the way.  So, here I am today, with my Gypsy Moments Tri-Fold Mini Tutorial.  Grab a cuppa and snack, because this is a content heavy post with loads of pictures, and I don’t want you to pass out from hunger or thirst before we reach the end!

Here’s a photo of the completed project to whet your appetite.

Gypsy Moments Tri-Fold Mini/Kathy by Design

Gypsy Moments Tri-Fold Mini/Kathy by Design

This is one of the newer lines from 7 Gypsies, and I have fallen completely in love with it.  I’ll have a slide show of all the pages and details towards the end of the post, but I wanted to sort of give you a vision of where we are going today.

This is a very compact mini, just 4″ wide by 6″ tall and the base is made with one sheet of 12″ x 12″ cardstock.  For this particular mini, I used a piece of Canvas Corp White and Kraft Lace Cardstock.

Gypsy Moments Mini Album Tute 01This is such a great weight to work with and the pattern is perfect for this project.  There is just something magical about white ink on kraft paper!  Yummy!

Soooo…this next photo might scare you to death…but I wanted you to see the process I go through when I tackle a project of this proportion.  Here’s a photo of (most) all the products I pulled from my 7 Gypsies/Canvas Corp stash.

Gypsy Moments Mini Album suppliesI like to have options!  Obviously.  I pull out everything that inspires me and pile it up on one side of my desk.  Do you see those itty bitty antique silver coat hangers?  Squeee!  And the sa-weet Flea Market Findings Charms?  Be still my heart!

Gypsy Moments Mini Album Tute 02Cut your 12″ x 12″ paper in half to form 2 12″ x 6″ rectangles.  Place on your scoring tool, and score at 4″ and 8″.  Placing the paper face down on your work surface, fold first the right hand side in toward the center and then the left hand side.  Crease with a bone folder. The patterned side of the paper should be on top with the fold on the left.

Gypsy Moments Mini Album Tute 04Cut the other 12″ x 6″ rectangle into these sizes:

  • 2 (two) 3.75″ x 5.5″ rectangles
  • 1 (one) 3.75″ x 2″ rectangle
  • 1 (one) 2″ x 5.75″ rectangle.  These will become the inner pockets for your mini.

Gypsy Moments Mini Album Tute 05Flip your paper over so that the print side is up.  The second 3.75″ x 5.5″ rectangle will be used in the middle panel, as you see here.  You’ll use the kraft side, not the printed side.

Gypsy Moments Mini Album Tute 06Use a circle punch to cut thumb holes in the top of each of the 3/75″ x 5.75″ panels.  Ink all the edges of all the cut pieces and the base piece for the mini with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

Gypsy Moments Mini Album Tute 07Cut a 3.5″ x 5.5″ piece of Light Pink Burlap . Fray the edges (save the strings!) and attach it to the front panel of the mini album base.  As you can see here, I stitched it on, but you could use fabric glue or scor-tape if you prefer.  Spritz it with some Vintage Pink Glimmer Mist.  (Keep the glimmer mist and burlap handy…we’ll be using it more as we progress.)

Gypsy Moments Mini Album Tute 08Cut a 24″ length of Sheer Iridescent Fuchsia Ribbon and secure it to the right hand and middle panel of the mini album base as you see here.   I used Scor-Tape for this. This will be the closure for the album.

Gypsy Moments Mini Album Tute 09Fussy cut  a floral section from the 12″ x 12″ Board and Room paper and stitch or glue it to the front of the mini album as shown.  Note that I have left the cut side open.  This will become a pocket where we can tuck in tags.  I did use some foam dots along the bottom and top edge to hold it in place, but you want to be careful to leave an open edge.

Gypsy Moments Mini Album Tute 10Here you can see where I’ve inserted a Happy Birthday Tag and a Handcrafted Tag into that pocket we created.  To make these tags, I simple inked them, splattered and spritzed them with a little Vintage Pink Glimmer Mist and matted them on lilac cardstock.  I ran more of the ribbon through the top edge and then used some of the burlap strings to tie little bows that I topped with vintage mother of pearl buttons from my stash.  I created a loopy bow with Pink Burlap String , hot glued it to the album, and then added a button on top.

Now, the temptation here is to finish the cover.  But you don’t want to do that.  Know why?  If you do that now, stuff will get crushed and you’ll have a hard time working on the inside.  We will actually finish the rest of the album, and then do the rest of the cover last.  And yes, I learned this the hard way!

Gypsy Moments Mini Album Tute 11Open up the mini and begin work on the inside.  This is the far left panel.  It looks awful, because you can see the reverse side of the stitching I did on the front.  To cover this up, I used a piece of washi tap on the far left edge, and cut another little piece of burlap to go on the top.

Here is where you will begin to use your own creativity.  You will need 3 (three) 3.75″ x 5.75″ rectangles to cover the left, center and right hand panels on the inside of the mini album. You will need two more to cover the right and the center panel on the printed side of your base. Once you’ve done this, you can add your pockets and flaps.

Gypsy Moments Mini Album Tute 12Here you can see the mini album in progress.  I’ve added a thumb hole panel to the far left side, and I’ve added a Gypsy Moments ATC Mini Folder over that.  A word of caution: when you are gluing these pockets and flaps into place, use either a very thin bead of strong white glue to secure them, or 1/8″ adhesive taken to the absolute edge of each panel, or you will not have room to tuck all the goodies into the pocket.  Ask me how I know this….

Now that you’ve got your base made, you can have let your creativity loose and decorate to your heart’s content.  When everything is finished, add the finishing touches to your cover.

Gyspy Moments Tri-Fold Mini/Kathy by Design

Gypsy Moments Tri-Fold Mini/Kathy by Design

Here’s what I did:

I fussy cut three more flowers from the Gypsy Moments Board and Room 12″ x 12″ paper, and shaped them into dimensional flowers.  Someday soon, I ‘ll do a tutorial on how to do this.

Now, please enjoy this little slideshow of all the details and bits and pieces of this sweet little album.


Well, if you made it all the way to the end, you probably need to stand up and stretch!  I know I do!  I hope you are inspired to make one of these fun minis.  If you do, I  hope you’ll share it with me.  Let me know what you think in the comment section below.




17 thoughts on “Gypsy Moments Tri-Fold Mini Tutorial

  1. thecobweboriumemporium

    Thank you for your tutorial Kathy. I sit, sometimes, on my side on this computer screen, and although filled with enormous admiration for your artwork. I’m stunned as to how on earth you got a selection of ‘stuff’ and made it into something which totally takes my breath away.

    If I’d have been given the same ‘stuff’, I wouldn’t have made anything even near as wonderful. In fact … I’d probably still be looking at it and wondering what to do! LOL
    Sending my love, as always, ~ Cobs. xxx

  2. Linsey

    Oh gosh Kathy, this is totally gorgeous!!! Thank you so much for taking the time to share this tutorial and now I can go off and try to recreate something half as beautiful as yours!!! You are so inspiring and just plain fabulous!!! <3

  3. Diane Hover

    STUNNING!!!! Wow, what an awesome tutorial, and it was super fun to see how you “operate” my friend!! I even loved seeing the “spools of goodness” in the “photo shoot”…speaking of photos, what camera do you have/use for your projects…anything special? I am in the market for a new camera!! Anywho, a wonderful and fabulous project!! Sorry I am so late getting here, but I had 4 projects I thought was due the end of April, but it was due yesterday…yikes I was a scrambling fool (and my desk looked sort of like!!!

  4. katespapernest

    Kathy, I do the exact same thing when I am getting ready to start something new. I pile up all this stuff on my work surface. That brought a smile to my face. Glad to know I am not the only mad scientist out there!

  5. LuvtoKraft

    This mini came out beautifully and your tutorial is detailed and easy to follow, Kathy. Love the colors and all the embellies! Thanks!

  6. Pattie Jns

    Hi Kathy, love the music, along with your gorgeous album. My!, you are creative. just a super look at your thinking process. thought I was the only one that put out so much when creating and then don’t use it all. but I think you well….. thanks for the tutorial….hugs, Pattie

  7. soozyb2013

    I must give this one a second read, maybe even three or four. It’s beautiful Kathy and thank you so very much for the tutorial. It really does help us beginners out a ton!!!!!
    Thanks again.

  8. Robin

    WOW! You are awesome, my friend! What a wonderful tutorial with all the step by step instructions and then the beautiful video with the lovely music! Oh, my, you have out-done yourself on this one, Kathy! As always, I love your work – your joyful take on life shines through all your projects. Thank you so much for sharing!

  9. Gretchen Wilson

    Awesome Kathy, love all the detail and all the shabby chic embellishments. Thanks so much for sharing the directions, they will come in handy, not having to figure it out myself.

  10. Darlene Pavlick

    BEAUTIFUL! Thanks for all the step by step directions … little tidbits I hadn’t thought about before but will put to great use now! Thanks for inspiration!

  11. Anne H.

    How are you one person coming up with so many amazing projects every week?! Every page of your mini book is a work of art on its own. Thank you for the great photo tutorial. All the more impressive the way you compose all the details. On top of all that I am coveting all your spools of textured trims in the display! Yum!! 🙂

  12. carol

    Hi Kathy this is gorgeous. The craft card with the lace is stunning and as always there’s lots going on. Definitely one to revisit with a cup of coffee. X

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