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Stamperia Alice Shaker Window Mini Album

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Stamperia Alice Shaker Window Mini Album Tutorial with Reneabouquets

Hello, Friends!  Today’s Stamperia Alice Shaker Window Mini Album Tutorial is a spin off from the Alice Altered Mini Album we made 2 weeks ago.  I still had 3 signatures left over after altering the album, plus (she hangs her head in shame) a sizeable pile of scraps. I thought it might be fun to show you how you can make a really cute mini album using one of the signatures as a base.  And that is what we are doing this Throwback Thursday.

But can we talk for just a minute?  Why did I buy so much Alice paper?  I think I must have been afraid of one day running out, because I have a lifetime supply. I kid  you not!  That’s just fair warning that sooner or later there will be another Alice project.  Do you mind?  I think a lot of you seem to enjoy Alice as much as I do.  But if you are tired of her, please let me know, and I will try to restrain myself.  Now, let’s get on with today’s project!

It’s Always Tea Time

Since I was in a “clear out the stash” mode, I went searching for other goodies to add to this project.  Lo, and behold!  I found a Prima Venetian Shutter window in my stash!  Perfect for a shaker window on the cover of the album.  And, I found this adorable Mad Hatter and Alice in my stash of Reneabouquets goodies.  (She has a huge selection of Alice chippies!)  The flowers are also from Reneabouquets, as are some of the charms and trinkets on the cover. I’ll link to everything below.

This album represents the part of the story where Alice drank from a bottle that made her shrink.  I say that because this adorable album is only 5 1/2″ square and only about 1/2″ thick.  The nice thing about albums this size is that you can make them in a day.

A Peek Inside

When you watch the video tutorial, you’ll see that this tiny album is loaded with interactive features.  I have pockets, hidden pockets, pull out pages, slide in pages, pop ups and more built into the design. It’s wonderful fun to flip through.

In keeping with the wacky vibe of Alice’s story, some flaps flip up, while others flip down.

And there are mysterious doors to open, too!  Wonder what’s lurking behind this door?  You’ll have to watch the video to find out!

Stamperia Alice Shaker Window Mini Album Tutorial Video

You can watch this album come together in this video.  It’s a long one, so grab a cuppa and a snack to sustain you!

 

I hope you enjoyed watching that as much as I enjoyed making it!

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Ship to Shore Easy Mini Album Project Share

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Photoplay Ship to Shore Easy Mini Album Project Share with Tips for Make & Take Tuesday

Hello, Friends!  It’s Make & Take Tuesday, and I have a really fun Photoplay Ship to Shore Mini Album Project  Share for you.  This is wedding week, and I have a bunch of little loose ends to tie up before the big day.  So I didn’t have time to create a details tutorial for you.  But I will share lots of tips in the video.  Honestly, this cute little mini album is so easy to make, I think you’ll be able to figure it out from the project share video and the tips.

Card Base Mini Album: How it Happened

In the process of re-organizing a few things in the studio, I ran across a huge stash of multi-colored 5 1/2″ square card bases.  I vaguely remember buying them in bulk at a super reduced clearance sale years ago.  But when they arrived, I discovered they were super flimsy…maybe 45# weight…and not suitable for supporting the heavily layered and embellished cards that I make.

Over the years, I’ve moved them here and there, contemplated tossing them, given them to the grandgirls to play with and thought to myself, “some day, I’ll know just what to do with you.”  Well, this is that day!  Lo and behold, they work perfectly for a quick and easy mini album base!

Shipshape Stacked Card Base Mini Album

Look how cute it turned out!  And when I say easy to make, I am not joking.  Here’s how I assembled the album base.

  • First, locate a stack of unloved card bases.  Mine all matched, but mix and match would work too.  They should all be the same size, however.
  • Cut one of the card bases into 1″ wide strips.
  • Next, score each 1″ x 5 1/2″ strip in half from top to bottom.  Now you will have a whole stack of 1/2″ wide hinges or gussets.
  • Now adhere each gusset to the back side of each card base.  My fold was on the LEFT, so I glued the folded edge of my hinge/gusset against the left hand edge of each card.
  • Then, glue the back side of each hinge/gusset to the front of the  next card base, also on the left.
  • Continue until you have as many “pages” as you desire for your album.
  • Now cut liners for each page.  Since my album is 5 1/2″ square, I cut 5 3/8″ liners.  The liners will cover up the hinges!
Hidden Pocket Pages

The hidden pocket pages are equally easy to make.

  • Before you glue down your designer paper liner, create gussets or hinges for the sides and bottom of the album base.  These are identical to the hinges you cut to join the card bases together, but just cut them a little shorter. I cut mine 1″ x 5 1/4″.
  • Once your gussets are in place, adhere your paper liner to the gussets, forming a lovely pocket.
  • Create the pull out page for the pocket by cutting the 5 1/2″ card base down to 5″ x 5″.

Quick and Easy Pocket Pages and Tip-In Pages

To make the pocket pages, simply fold the right hand side of a page back 2″ and crease.  Add gussets to the top and bottom of the page and voila!  Instant pocket!

Create a tip-in page by cutting your designer paper wider than the base page.  Because I wanted a 3 1/2″ flap , I cut my paper 3 1/2″ wider than the base page.  Then score at 5 3/8″ and fold.  Easy peasy!

Waterfall Pages

The back side of the “short” pocket pages are sized perfectly for waterfall features.  So as you can see, even though this album is on the small side, there’s lots of room for 4×4 photos, journaling and photo booth sized pics.

Photoplay Ship to Shore Easy Mini Album Project Share with Tips on YouTube

If you’d like to join me for a sight-seeing tour of this new Photoplay Paper collection and a walk through of the mini album with tips, please enjoy this Ship to Shore Easy Mini Album on my YouTube channel.

Even though I’m traveling this week, I’ll be back on Thursday with a quick and easy card-making tutorial for Throwback Thursday!

You’ll find a linked supply list below this post.  Thanks for stopping by!

Now go get your craft on!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Gingerbread Christmas Mini Album Tutorial

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Reneabouquets Gingerbread Christmas Mini Album Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  For this final Throwback Thursday of 2022,  I have this adorable Reneabouquets Gingerbread Christmas Mini Album Tutorial to share with you.  The tutorial will show you how to create a quick and easy 5 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ Stacked Spine Mini Album base and some special interactive mechanisms that go with it.  It’s my Christmas present to each one of you that has followed my blog and left so many lovely comments this year.  Truly, you are the best of the best, and I am thankful for each one of you! Now let’s get this Throwback Thursday rolling!

Sweet Shop Gingerbread Christmas Mini Album

 

I wish you could see this album in real life.  It is just so stinkin’ cute!  The camera does not do a good job of picking up the sparkle in the shaker box or on the embossed snowflake frame.  So you will have to use your imagination there.  If you happen to have Echo Park Gingerbread Christmas in your stash, it is the perfect playmate for Reneabouquets new Sweet Shop Christmas collection.  I’ll share a peek at the goodies in the video tutorial below.

These beautiful flowers are part of the collection.  I’ve paired them up with Copper and Cream Gingham Ribbon to really amp up the gingerbread vibe of this sweet little mini.

These Sweetshop Gingerbread embellishments are just so darling.  I’ve used them throughout the album.  Because they come in multiple sizes, you can easily add them to card fronts or inside a mini.  The detail is amazing!

The Christmas Dangle Spine

We do so love a good dangle charm element, don’t we?  Here’s a close up look at the one I created for this album.  Not only do I collect charms, my husband gives them to me on special occasions, our daughter is always on the lookout for them, and even my sweet friends and followers send them to me.  That’s why it’s sometimes hard for me to list where I found a particular charm.

A Peek Inside

This petite mini album will hold 3×5 cards for recipes, 4×4 or 4×5 photos or small bits of ephemera. The base is made with 110# Michael’s Recollections  8 1/2″ x 11″ Kraft cardstock.  It’s my favorite kraft cardstock for paper engineering as it is super thick and strong…just a step below chipboard, really.

 

Interactive elements and mechanisms are what make a mini album so much fun.  So I’ll show you how to create this fun flip/flap folio page in the video tutorial.

Every mini album needs a waterfall mechanism.  This one is made with 4×4 elements.  I’ve weighted it down with another Sweet Shop Gingerbread man.  And, there’s a surprise element that you’ll see in the video tour!

You need room for journaling as well as room for photos in a good mini album, and these cute pull out pages do the trick.

How about hidden pockets?  Yep….gotta have them!  And tip in pages with a cute tab element are loads of fun, too.  Especially when they are adorned with a Sweet Shop Candy Cane!

TIP: Create more “real estate” for photos with the help of flip up pages and flap pages!

Look at all the room behind this flap page!

Reneabouquets Gingerbread Christmas Mini Album Tour and Tutorial on YouTube

You will notice in this video tutorial that I welcome you to Make & Take Tuesday.  Well, that’s because I forgot about the RRR Blog Hop that took place on Tuesday.  So I just moved this over into the Thursday slot.  Really, it works perfectly, because Gingerbread Christmas is an older collection from Echo Park.

So grab a cuppa and a gingerbread cookie and join me as we make this fun mini album base.

You can view this video HERE.

As I stated earlier, this is my last video for 2022.  I have a new grandson to cuddle, cookies to bake with The Littles, the house to decorate, our daughter’s February wedding to plan, and  some Button Farm Club Kits to finish up before the end of the year.  So I’m not really taking a break…I’m just taking care of business!

I have a few posts pre-scheduled, and if I have time, I might do a “favorites of 2022” post for you to enjoy while I’m taking care of stuff.  I’m also planning a fun 10 year Blog Anniversary celebration in January (there will be giveaways!) so look for that.

In the meantime, I wish each and every one of you a peaceful, joyous, meaningful Christmas.  May the Light of the World, Jesus, fill your hearts and homes with love, harmony and celebration.  I send every one of you a hug!

Stay warm and cozy!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Stamperia Classic Christmas Mini Album Tour

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Throwback Thursday: Stamperia Classic Christmas Mini Album Tour with Tips & Ideas

Hello, Friends!  It’s Throwback Thursday and I have a lovely Stamperia Classic Christmas Mini Album Tour to share with you today.  Once again, there’s no tutorial, as this is a massive project.  But we will take a leisurely stroll through the album and I’ll share lots of handy tips and ideas that you can use in your next mini album project.  You’ll be able to find a linked supply list below this post.  So grab a cuppa and join me for a Classic Christmas treat.

Creating a Vintage Vibe

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Christmas is a time for home, family, friends, good food and celebration!  So I tried to incorporate all of these elements in this Graphic 45 Rectangle Tag and pocket Mini Album.  I could almost hear the carolers singing and feel the snowflakes gently falling as I designed the cover.  Here are some tips to help you create a classic, vintage Christmas vibe.

  • First, heat emboss the album edges with Stampendous Aged Gold Embossing Enamel.  Those faux gilt edges create a frame and instantly say “Old Fashioned Christmas.”
  • Next, add sparkle with Dries Clear Adhesive and glitter!  You can add snowy effects under on windows, doors, fields and trees.
  • Then, choose Vintage Christmas Ribbon for the bow.
  • Finally, offset the rectangular chipboard house with a round Snowflake Frame from Reneabouquets.  This is one of the most gorgeous Christmas frames I have ever seen, and it adds elegance and vintage charm to the album cover.

Reneabouquets Snowflake Frame Shaker by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Begin by heat embossing the frame with WOW Vintage Champagne.  Then die cut an acetate circle using Spellbinders largest circle frame die.  Adhere the acetate to the back of the frame with Dries Clear Adhesive.  Now adhere 3 rows of 1/8″ foam strips to the back of the frame to make the shaker box.  Die cut the circle element from the paper collection, dress it up with a little glitter, then fill with a mix of snowflakes, beads, buttons, and flat back pearls.

A Charming Spine Treatment

Now dig through your stash of Christmas embellishments and create a lovely dangle charm for the spine. When these move, they sound like Christmas bells softly ringing.

Stamperia Classic Christmas Mini Album Tour on YouTube

If you’d like to see the the rest of the album, hear how I altered it, and learn how I combined several different paper collections to cover the pages, then I hope you will enjoy this short video tour.

Did you find some tips and tricks that you can use in this project?  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Country Christmas Itty Bitty Book Tutorial

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Throwback Thursday: Prima Country Christmas Itty Bitty Book Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  For this week’s Throwback Thursday episode, I have a darling Country Christmas Itty Bitty Book Tutorial to share with you.  Many of you expressed an interest in learning how I used the Amazing Paper Grace Scalloped Symphony Die to make the cute Baby Girl Brag Book last month.  Well, because I like y’all so much, I went ahead and put together a basic tutorial showing  you how to cut the pages, make the spine, and bind the album.

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This time I puled some of my favorite Christmas papers and dressed them up with Reneabouquets Beautiful Board.  These little books are so much fun to stuff into a Christmas stocking, give as a Secret Santa gift, or send to friends and family who live far away.  Each book measures about 4″ square with a 1/2″ spine.

TIP: wrap the spine with folded black twine.  Leave the ends long so you can tie a knot at the top of the spine.  Then trim the ends to make a fancy tassel for your book.  Add some sweet Christmas charms and flowers to finish the spine in style.

Basic Measurements and Materials

To make each album you will need 5 die cut Scalloped Symphony Note Card Bases.  Fold 3 in half to use as the pages.  Then cut one in half to use as the front and back covers.  Now find the center of the final panel.  Measure out 1/4″ from the center on each side and score a vertical line. Then cut 1/2″ from the scored lines on each side.  Fold along the score lines to form the spine.  Set the off cuts aside to be used as flap pages.

The binding mechanism for the album is a set of 3 cardstock hinges.  First, cut three 1″ x 3 5/8″  strips of black cardstock. Then score each strip in half to make 1/2″ x 3 5/8″ hinges.

Make a contrasting spine with a 2″ x 3 3/8″ piece of black cardstock.  Score 3/4″ flaps on each side.

You will need an 8 5/8″ x 3 5/8″ panel of buffalo check for the book cover.

Cut sixteen 3 5/8″ squares of patterned paper to line the pages of the album.

A Peek Inside

The tutorial will show you how to build a slash pocket inside the front cover.  The little flap page on the right is one of the cut off sides from the 5th Scalloped Symphony base pieces.  Simply score a 1/2″ flap on the right hand side of the flap.  Then adhere the flap behind the 3 5/8″ panel of patterned paper before you adhere it to the page.

Hidden pocket pages are easy to make!

  • First, cut 1″ x 3 5/8″ strips of black cardstock.  You will need 3 for each hidden pocket page.  Score in half as you did when we made the hinges for the pages.
  • Adhere these gussets on the sides and bottom of the patterned paper.  (On the back side, of course.)
  • Now you can cut 3 1/2″ x 7″ panels of buffalo check paper.  Score these in half, then crop the corners.
  • Tuck the pull out pages inside the hidden pockets.

Score 1/2″ hinges on the tops of 3×4 Journal cards.  Then adhere these hinges behind the patterned paper to make flap pages.

Now create a quick and easy pop up page.  First, cut an 8″ x 1″ strip of buffalo plaid paper.  Then score in half.  Next, fold the right hand side back toward the center score line.  Repeat on the left hand side.  Add just a bit of adhesive on the outside edges of this mechanism and adhere to sides of the page.  Then decorate with stickers and ephemera.

You’ll learn how all these pages and mechanisms work in the video tutorial below.

Country Christmas Itty Bitty Book Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to see how to put this sweet little book together, please enjoy the video tutorial.

The wonderful thing about this project is that you can adapt the base for any theme or season.  Add more pockets if you want to tuck in a series of gift cards.  Or leave more room for journaling and use it as a sort of mini diary.

I hope you have as much fun making this itty bitty book as I did!  Please let me know your thoughts in the comment section below.

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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**Please note:  Throwback Thursday projects are designed to inspire you to dig into your paper stash.  Many times the products used are no longer available for purchase.  Feel free to substitute another collection from your stash.  When products are available, I will provide links.  If a link is missing, it means I could not find the product in my usual online sources.  You can do a Google search to see if you can find it on your own.  Thanks for understanding!