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Stamperia Friends YouTube Hop

Stamperia Friends YouTube Hop Music Folio with Journal Insert Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  I’m so excited about today’s post that I can hardly stand it!  This Stamperia Friends YouTube Hop was first announced on my YouTube Channel in October of 2018.  Packages took a long time to ship, the holidays happened and the date kept getting pushed back.  But the time is finally here, and the hop is now live.  If you love Stamperia Papers, and you love video tutorials, then you are going to love this amazing hop!  It’s an incredible honor to be part of a wonderful line up of mixed media artists who all share a love for Stamperia papers.

I decided to create a mixed media trifold folio using Stamperia’s gorgeous Music paper pad.  This is a 5  1/4″ x 7 1/4″ trifold folio with loads of pockets, flaps and interactive elements.

Similar in design to the Love Notes folio I made for Graphic 45 at CHA, this slightly smaller folio has a lovely secret tucked inside.

The center box style pocket holds this hand stitched 4″ x 5 1/2″ journal.

I’ve prepared a YouTube video tour and tutorial for this project so you can see all the details and learn how to create your own folio, should you desire to do so.

In the description box below the video, you will find links to all the other YouTube videos in the hop.  You will want to hop along, as we are giving away TEN Stamperia prize packages for those who hop, comment, subscribe to the channels in the hop and subscribe to the Stamperia channel on YouTube.

I’ll provide a link to the products I used below.  Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you enjoy the hop!



Product Links to Stamperia Supplies

Other Supplies: Old sheet music from my stash, waxed linen thread, novelty buttons, Little Birdie Flowers, Gathered Twigs Distress ink, Gathered Twigs Distress Paint

Wander Mini Album for RRR Show Me the Pink Challenge

Wander Mini Album for Really Reasonable Ribbon “Show Me the Pink” Challenge

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  It’s time for another fabby challenge at Really Reasonable Ribbon.  This time our theme is “Show Me the Pink,” so I created this Wander Mini Album in soft shades of pink and cream.  It’s even got a pink birdie on the cover!

Wander Mini Album for RRR Show me the Pink Challenge 01In the process of purging “stuff” from my closets this month, I ran across a whole stack of 4.25″ x 5.5″ white card bases.  I mean a STACK, people!  As I was flipping through them, a little lightbulb went off in my brain: “Wouldn’t these be perfect as a base for a mini album?”  And just like that, the idea for this Wander mini album was born.  The corrugated cardboard covers were cut from another pile of “stuff” I found while cleaning, and they add strength and stability to the project.  I really need to work up a tutorial for this one, as I think some of you would like to give it a go.  Let me know, and if enough people say “pretty please” I’ll put something together.

Wander Mini Album for RRR Show me the Pink Challenge 03I found these pretty Bo Bunny Garden journal papers while cleaning out the Closet of Shame and the color palette is perfect for this challenge.  I wanted my pretty pink bird to sit inside a sort of wreath, so I created one using an empty spool of 1/8″ redline tape.  The plastic base was wrapped with Grey Canvas Color Band ribbon and White LeavesBaby Pink Seam Binding was a perfect color match for the designer paper.  To give it more of a shabby chic feel, I spritzed it with water and crumpled it after tying it with my Zutter Bow-it-All.  The bow was topped with a soft pink Cottage Rose and some creamy white Gypsophila Blossoms.   These same Gypsophila Blossoms were clustered around the wreath with Pink Sweetheart Blossoms.  

Wander Mini Album for RRR Show me the Pink Challenge 02You all know how much I love my little birdies, so this album makes me happy, happy!  I tucked in a beautiful bronze leaf that I painted with Picket Fence Distress Paint.  Then a snippet of Molly White Crocheted Lace was secured below the title to add even more texture.

Would you like to peek at the inside?

Wander Mini Album for RRR Show me the Pink Challenge 04This little book got fat in a hurry, so I ‘m glad I thought to add the natural mesh ribbon as a closure.

Wander Mini Album for RRR Show me the Pink Challenge 05I added pocket pages, fold out pages and fold down pages to the book, making it very interactive and fun to stroll through.  I also dug into my scraps of crocheted lace trim, using it to add texture and pattern to the inside pages.

Wander Mini Album for RRR Show me the Pink Challenge 06It was fun to add these little cards to the pockets.

Wander Mini Album for RRR Show me the Pink Challenge 07And you know how much I love to slip tags in between pages.

Wander Mini Album for RRR Show me the Pink Challenge 08This trio of tags is topped with a combination of Natural Burlap String and Pearl Pink Shimmer Satin Ribbon.  Short ribbon scraps like this make great tag toppers!

Wander Mini Album for RRR Show me the Pink Challenge 09This page folds out to reveal two more decorated pages.  The center page has a double fold down pocket filled with more pretty cards.  The gypsophila and sweetheart blossoms are just the right size to tuck inside an album like this one.

Wander Mini Album for RRR Show me the Pink Challenge 11Here’s a peeky at the fold down pocket page.

Wander Mini Album for RRR Show me the Pink Challenge 12The final page has another pocket and more pretties to look at.

You could easily add photos to the backs of the tags and cards, or write little notes, encouraging quotes or memories on the backs, too.  I designed this Wander Mini Album as more of a “look book” than a true photo album.  I love the way it feels in my  hands, too.

Be sure to visit the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog because the design team is showing you all their fabby pink projects today.  And, you get to play along!  Just create your own pink project using ribbon or trim and link it up on the RRR Challenge Blog.  You can find all the information HERE.

I’m so glad you stopped by today, and I hope you enjoyed this little Wander Mini Album.  I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!




Halloween Photo Flip Album Tutorial

Crafty Secrets September Linky Challenge and Blog Hop: Halloween Photo Flip Album Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  It’s the first Monday in September and that means it is time for the Crafty Secrets Linky Challenge and Blog Hop.  We have a frightfully fun theme this month: Too Cute to Spook!  You can visit the Crafty Secrets BLOG to see sneak peeks from our Spook-tacular Design Team with links to all their fabulous Halloween projects and tutorials.  If you should choose to play along with us this month, we even have FREE DIGITAL DOWNLOADS for you to use in your projects.  And what’s a Blog Hop without prizes?  One lucky participant is going to win a $25 shopping spree to the Crafty Secrets online store! Sound like fun?  Well, it is!  So let’s get this Blog Hop on the road!

Halloween Photo Flip Album Tutorial

Kathy by Design for Crafty Secrets This is a photo heavy post with a step out tutorial, so you might want to grab a cuppa and a snack before we begin.

This Halloween Photo Flip Album is a design I adapted from my buddy Gloria Stengel’s blog.  Here’s a peeky at the inside:

CS September 2015 Linky 06The album measures 5″ wide, x 8.5″ tall, with a 1″ spine.  It has a side pocket for holding tags or photos and 8  double-sided 4×4 photo mounts.  It’s a great place to store your Halloween party photos and can be adapted for any occasion.

All the papers I used are from the Crafty Secrets Digital Jumbo Vintage Halloween Kit.  This kit is loaded to the gills with amazing papers, ephemera, templates, frames and printable images.  I  use some of the papers in this kit all year long, and I highly recommend it.  I also added in a few little images from the Halloween Vintage Scraps, which are now available in digital format. I also used a few bits and pieces from our Vintage Halloween Images and Journal Notes Booklet.

In addition to the above items, you will also need:

  • Two sheets of medium weight chipboard cut to measure 4.75″ x 8.25″
  • One strip of medium weight chipboard cut to measure 3/4″ x 8.25″
  • Three sheets of 12″ x 12″ black cardstock
  • Art Institute Dries Clear Adhesive OR 1/4″ Scor-Tape or other strong adhesive
  • Foam adhesive
  • Ultra Thick Embossing Powder (UTEE)
  • Versamark Embossing Ink Pad
  • Black soot Stickles
  • Black Satin Ribbon and orange ribbon scraps
  • Petaloo Flower
  • Felt leaves
  • Spellbinder’s Large Standard Circle Die
  • Spellbinder’s Magnificent Circles Die
  • Cajun Craze Cardstock from Stampin’ Up or other dark orange cardstock (two sheets/8.5″ x 11″)
  • Black Soot Distress Ink
  • 1/2″ wide Scor-tape
  • Heat tool
  • 1/2″ corner rounder tool

To begin, you will need to print off the following items from the Jumbo Vintage Halloween Kit.  Print papers at 8.5″ x 11″ unless otherwise noted.

  • Book Covers (print TWO at 5″ x 7″)
  • Black and White Check paper
  • Halloween Talk (Print 8.5x 11 inches in a LANDSCAPE orientation)
  • Halloween Diamonds
  • Orange/Black Diamond  (Print TWO)
  • Black Check
  • Black Damask
  • Black and Orange Stars
  • Green Stripe
  • Halloween Diamonds
  • Orange Script
  • Washi Tape
  • Masquerade (print ONE at 4″ x 4″)
  • Night Scene (print ONE at 4″ x 4″)
  • Orange Music (print ONE at 4″ x 4″)
  • Scor-Pal or other scoring tool
Creating the Halloween Photo Flip Album Base
  • Trim one sheet of black cardstock to measure 12″ wide by 10″ tall.
  • From the long side, score from left to right at 0.5″, 5.5″, 6.5″, 11.5″ .
  • Turn 90 degrees (the 10″ side) and score the top at .75″ and on the bottom at 9.25″
  • Crease all the folds, then trim the corners as seen in the photo below.
  • Tutorial CS Sept Linky 02Glue the pre-cut chipboard pieces onto the back side of your paper, as seen here, being sure to leave a little break on either side of the spine so that your album will open and close with ease.
  • Add glue or Scor-tape along the edges as seen here.

Tutorial CS Sept Linky 03Fold the top and bottom edges of the black cardstock over the top and bottom edges of the chipboard.

Tutorial CS Sept Linky 04Fold the sides in to create a mitered corner.  This is the inside of your book.

  • Tutorial CS Sept Linky 05Trim the Halloween Talk paper to measure 10.5″ x 8″
  • Ink the edges with Black Soot Distress Ink. Center and glue on the inside of your book cover, making sure to crease on either side of the spine.
  • Cut two panels of Orange and Black Diamonds paper to measure 4.5″ x 8″.  Mat onto slightly larger Cajun Craze cardstock, trim and stitch around the edges if desired. One piece is your front cover, and one is your back.  But do not adhere yet!
  • Cut one strip of Orange and Black Diamonds Paper to measure 7/8″ x 8″.  Mat onto slightly larger Cajun Craze cardstock. This is your spine.
  • Add brads to top and bottom of the spine.  Glue onto the spine of your album cover.
  • Cut 24″ of 1″ wide black satin ribbon.
  • Laying your album face up on your work surface, add 1/2″ wide Scor-Tape from side to side at the midway point of your album.  Center the black satin ribbon on this adhesive strip and burnish to secure.  (See photo below)
  • Glue the front and back covers into place.

Tutorial CS Sept Linky 06This is what your album should look like at this point.  Now, to embellish the cover.

Creating the Halloween Photo Flip Album Cover Embellishment
  • Ink the edges of one of the 5″ x 7″ book covers with Black Soot Distress Ink and mat on to slightly larger black cardstock.
  • Fussy cut the medallion from the other book cover.  Use a Spellbinder’s Circle die to cut the pumpkin center from the middle of the medallion.
  • Tap the fussy cut medallion and the die cut circle with Versamark ink.  Sprinkle with UTEE and heat emboss.  Repeat to create an epoxy finish on both items.
  • Use the Spellbinder’s Magnificent Circles Die to create a medallion backing for the die cut circle. Glue together, and add a brad to the center if you desire. I coated the black medallion with Black Soot Stickles.
  • Place the epoxy medallion over the matted book cover using foam adhesive to secure.
  • Place a double layer of foam adhesive on the back of the circle piece and glue in place.
  • Create a black satin bow and use a glue gun to secure to the right hand side of the book cover.  Add a flower on top.

CS September 2015 Linky 03The cover design will look like this.

CS September 2015 Linky 04And here is what the cover looks like from the back.  Spook-tacular!

Creating the inside of the album

To create the side pocket:

  • Cut a 5″ x 6″ rectangle from black cardstock
  • Measure 1.5″ from the left hand top edge and make a mark.
  • From the right hand bottom edge, measure up 2.5″ and make a mark.
  • Use a ruler to draw a diagonal line between these two marks and trim off the resulting corner piece.
  • Cut a 4.25″ x 5.25″ rectangle from the Halloween Diamonds Paper.  Trim the corner as you did above.  Mat onto the black cardstock.
  • Score 1/2 inch along the left side and the bottom.
  • Crease and miter the corners.
  • Glue the flap on the left and the flap on the bottom into the left hand page of your album.
  • Decorate the pocket as desired and fill with tags that are cut from the Halloween Vintage Scraps.

pocket page

CS September 2015 Linky 07Creating the Flip Album Pages

Create a base for your flip album as follows:

  • Cut a 4″ x 7 3/4″ panel of black cardstock and cover with a slightly smaller piece of the Halloween Diamonds paper.  Center this and glue down on the left hand side of the page. This is where you will mount your flip pages.


  • 8 squares of black cardstock to measure 4″ wide by 4.5″ tall
  • Score the top of each square 1/2″ from the top to form a 4″ square
  • Round the two bottom corners of each square with a 1/2″ corner rounder tool
  • Cut 16 squares from designer paper to measure 3 7/8″ .
  • Round the bottom corners
  • Ink the edges with Black Soot.
  • Glue onto the fronts and backs of the black rectangles, being sure that the patterns are right side up.
Assembling the flip pages:
  • CS September 2015 Linky 08Stack all the pages in order on your desk so that the 1/2″ fold line is folded behind each square.
  • Pick up your first page, and starting at the very top, apply glue to the scored and folded tab.
  • Line it up straight, and glue down so that it forms a “hinge” .  See the photo above.
  • Take the next page, and lining the “hinge” up at the bottom edge of the previous hinge, glue into place. Do not overlap the edge of the previous hinge, or your pages won’t flip open properly.
  • Continue until all 8 squares are glued down as shown.

CS September 2015 Linky 10

To create a journaling pocket, cut a postcard from the Halloween Vintage scraps and glue down the side and bottom edges, leaving the top edge open.  Insert a journaling tag from the Halloween Image booklet into the pocket.

CS September 2015 Linky 11Add little tags or word phrases to decorate your photo mount pages.

CS September 2015 Linky 12You can also decorate with small printed images from the Vintage Scraps.

CS September 2015 Linky 13I cut strips of washi tape paper  to cover the black hinges in my album, but that is not required.

CS September 2015 Linky 14Mix and match your patterns to keep things interesting.

CS September 2015 Linky 15The final page shows the Halloween Diamond paper from the  4″ x 8″ panel.  Neat and tidy!

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Well, if you are still with me, give yourself a pat on the back!  That was a long tutorial, I know…but I think you will have loads of fun building this little flip album.

Now, go visit the rest of the girls on the hop:

Kathy Clement, DT Leader  (You are here)
Darlene Pavlick
Diane Hover
Ginny Nemchak
Melody Clement
Michele Kovack
Sheila Rumney
Teresa Horner

Visit the Crafty Secrets BLOG for all the deets on joining the Crafty Secrets Linky challenge and to download your fun free images!

Thanks for hopping by!



Place in Time Mini Album


Place in Time Mini Album for Really Reasonable Ribbon Autumn Challenge


Hello, Friends!

It’s time for another great challenge over at Really Reasonable Ribbon.  This time, we have been challenged to create a project with an autumn theme.  I combined ribbon from the Autumn Days Ribbon Club with beautiful papers and images from Graphic 45 to make this Place in Time Mini Album.  It’s a great way to store all your sweet summer memories so they don’t slip away.  This is a photo heavy post, so you might want to go grab a cuppa and a snack.  I don’t want you to pass out before you finish the post!

Kathy by Design Place in Time Mini Album for Really Reasonable Ribbon

This little album has a faux leather cover that was created by sanding and embossing an old cereal box with an Anna Griffin embossing folder.  The dry embossed cover was pounced with Espresso, Ginger and Caramel Alcohol Inks.  Next,  the entire surface was treated with Versamark Ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  It looks and feels like leather.  So cool!

If you’d rather not read all the content below, I made a short (under 2 minutes) video so that you can see the inside.

RRR Autumn Challenge Placein Time Mini 02For the binding, I simply scored and accordion folded to create hinges on the inside where I could attach my inner pages.  The front of this album is bedecked with images from the August Place in time papers because they are the perfect match for the August Autumn Days Ribbon Club Assortment.  I also used yellow, olive and navy burlap string throughout the book.

RRR Autumn Challenge Placein Time Mini 04The inside pages have a kraft cardstock base, topped with papers from Graphic 45 Place in Time and French Country collections.  I left lots of room for photos, journaling tags and mementos.  I love the way the Autumn Days Ribbon Collection bridges summer to fall.  The colors are perfect!

RRR Autumn Challenge Placein Time Mini 05The pages measure 4.25″ x 6.5″, so there’s lots of room for large photos to be tucked inside.  The waterfall page is tied together with a piece of Daffodil Delicate Stitched Satin Ribbon, which is one of the selections in the August Ribbon Club.  The little border at the bottom uses the Sunflowers on Kiwi Grosgrain Ribbon.

RRR Autumn Challenge Placein Time Mini 06Each page folds down with room for a photo on the designer paper and journaling beneath.  I love putting interactive pages like this into an album!

RRR Autumn Challenge Placein Time Mini 07Here’s a pocket page, with plenty of room to slip in a handful of photos.  Again, I used the sunflower ribbon as a border piece and tied a snippet of Daffodil satin through the chipboard button.

RRR Autumn Challenge Placein Time Mini 08Lots of room for photos here, and some fun journaling tags, too.  Large photos can be tucked into the pocket. The sunflower ribbon unifies the design and adds so much texture and visual interest to the album, don’t you think?

RRR Autumn Challenge Placein Time Mini 10Photo booth style photos are really popular right now, and these little tags are the perfect place to display them.  Using the front and back of the tags, you have room for 8 small photos.  Or, you can use a white gel pen to jot down journaling notes.

RRR Autumn Challenge Placein Time Mini 11The final page is a fold out page with room for large photos.

RRR Autumn Challenge Placein Time Mini 12Inside the fold out page, I have created a pocket with journaling tags and room for more photo storage.  So even though this mini is small in size, it has room for loads of sweet summer memories.

RRR Autumn Challenge Placein Time Mini 13Here’s another view of the faux leather surface and the accordion fold binding.  The bold gold flower is from Petaloo.  This color palette with the Autumn Ribbon Club Assortment reminds me of the golden light that is peculiar to fall.  I love the fall season, and think these papers, colors and ribbon do a great job of capturing the nostalgia I feel when autumn rolls around.

Now, it’s your turn!  Create an autumn themed project using ribbon or trim and link it up to the Really Reasonable Ribbon Challenge Blog.  Visit the BLOG for more inspiring projects from the rest of the team and details on how to play along.

Thanks for stopping by today!



This Place in Time Mini Album is available for purchase in my ETSY shop.

Anything But a Card Challenge at RRR

On the Boardwalk Zig-Zag Album for Anything But a Card Challenge at RRR

Hello, Friends!  Really Reasonable Ribbon has issued an Anything But a Card Challenge today, and I have a super fun On the Boardwalk Zig-Zag Beach Mini album to share with you.

On the Boardwalk Mini 01I found that RRR’s Canvas Color Band Ribbon was the perfect pairing for this beachy project. The texture it adds is amazing.  The ribbon is soft and easy to tie into these big loopy bows, too.  I used both the red and the sage throughout the album.

On the Boardwalk Mini 02The album measures 4.5″ x 6.5″ and has a fun accordion fold interior.  I die cut Tim Holtz Sand and Sea and added them to the colorful On the Boardwalk papers from Graphic 45.  Ivory Burlap String adds a light note, texture and a sense of movement to the cover

On the Boardwalk Mini 10The inside of the album is filled with fold out pages like this one….

On the Boardwalk Mini 13tag pockets….

On the Boardwalk Mini 17waterfall pages….

On the Boardwalk Mini 25accordion fold pages…

On the Boardwalk Mini 27pocket pages….

On the Boardwalk Mini 07and even has photo storage on the back side of the album.  This photo gives you a great idea of how cool this zig zag design really is.

I made a YouTube Video so you could really get  a sense of the flow of the album.  There were just too many pictures to put in one blog post.  Enjoy!

I love the way the beautiful Canvas Color Band Ribbon enhances the pages of this sassy little album.

Now you need to get busy and link up your own “anything but a card” project to the Really Reasonable Ribbon Challenge Blog.  You can find all the details HERE.
Want to make one of these albums yourself?  I put together a PDF tutorial that you can download from my ETSY shop.  It has pictures of all the pages, a complete supply list and detailed instructions.  I even tell you how to make those magical chipboard embellies! You can find the tutorial HERE.

Thanks for stopping by!



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