Wednesday, February 21, 2018


The event is in 17 days!! I am making kits for my add-on workshops and getting some prizes ready for my students! 

If you have not yet signed up for the all-day event, please do so, by clicking HERE. I have seen all the great goodies and pampering you will receive at the full-day event!!   

If you want to sign up for ONLY my workshops or if you want to reserve a kit, click HERE

My class alone has some amazing sponsors: Graphic 45, CutCardStock, Really Reasonable Ribbon, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L, and Xyron. The kits are packed with products, and well worth the additional $50 workshop fee!! The full workshop fee will go directly to the charity! I am not taking a penny of the fee as I want all of your contributions to benefit the charity. 

There are spots open! Come and join the fun and help someone in need! (Registrations close on March 2nd.)

Friday, February 16, 2018

Lucky Shamrock Mini Album

Good morning, Crafters! I am up on the Authentique Blog this morning. I have created a fun, multi-fold, folio-style mini album, using the NEW Shamrock Collection (the older Emerald Collection is also available via the link, which coordinates! I did not have any of Emerald, except for the sticker sheet).
I love all the green prints and vintage images in this collection. There are several shades of green, along with white and some pops of pink in the collection, making it so fun to work with for spring projects.  
This mini is 6" x 6" when folded. There is plenty of space for photos and journaling, or you can add small, flat gifts, such as chocolates, coffee packets, and the like. There is space for adding gift cards and little notes. 
I have used magnets for a closure. One magnet is hidden on the cover flap, and the other under the diamond print paper. 
The middle section unfolds to reveal yet another section. Each section is 6" x 6", and each page is connected using 1/2" hinges cut from black cardstock. It is easy to add more or fewer sections using this method. (Unfortunately, there is no tutorial for this project. I had a few craft mishaps and ended up with no usable photos!)
Then the last section unfolds, for three sections, each 6" x 6". The top two gutters (spines) are 1/2" and the bottom gutter is 1/4". The size of the gutters will depend on how thick your embellishments are.
Each of the sections then fold out horizontally to reveal pockets and then more panels. The pockets are 6" x 2" and hold a 5 1/2" x 5 1/2" photo mat. 
The pages fold back for more space to add photos or fun cut-apart elements. The pages are an accordion fold style, attached with the 1/2" hidden hinges.  
Here is a close-up of the first pocket section. I have kept the decor to a minimum so that the mini does not get too bulky. 
The pockets are roomy enough to accommodate more than one photo mat or a packet of coffee or another flat gift.    
I used a lot of the sticker embellishments from the Emerald Details Sticker Sheet. I also found some cute St. Patrick's Day charms to cut out with the Silhouette machine. 

To see a video of each page, click the link below.

Thank  you so much for looking!

Authentique Supplies Used:

Shamrock Collection papers
Emerald Details Sticker Sheet
Artisan Cardstock - Cream Linen
Spectrum Series Cardstock - Black Jack Two, Antique Lace OneGreen Thumb Two

Additional Supplies: 
Cardstock: WorldWin Papers Smooth and Silky Midnight
Magnets: Basic Grey
Trims: Really Reasonable Ribbon Bud Green Taffeta, Apple Green Satin with Grosgrain Edge, Green Baker's Twine
Enamel dots: Your Next Stamp Love Earth Gumdrops, Eyelet Outlet White
Button: glitter flower button from my stash
Die cuts: Snapdragon Snippets Lucky Irish Charms (cut file), Cheery Lynn French Pastry Doily
Tools: Creative Memories corner rounder, Stampin' Up 1 1/4" circle punch
Adhesives: hot glue, ATG tape, Scor-tape, foam tape, Ranger Multi Medium

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Really Reasonable Ribbon February Blog Hop

Welcome to the Really Reasonable Ribbon February Blog HopYou should be coming to my blog from the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog. (For the complete blog list, scroll to the bottom of the post.) After visiting me, hop over to the spectacular Ginny's Blog next!

At the end of the hop, comment on the RRR Blog post, answering the question listed, for a chance to win the February Ribbon Club Assortment shown below. (The Design Team appreciates your comments, too!)
This month the collection is called Purple and Green Mix. This is one of my favorite color combinations! It is the green of spring and the purple of my birthstone (Amethyst) together in one pretty package! 

Before we get to my project for today, I wanted to explain how I ended up where I did. Two things happened to create the perfect project storm for this month's project. 

The first thing that happened is, that while I was digging into some bins of old projects, trying to decide what to do with them, I found a few that I thought would make great NEW projects. By recreating some of these older projects with updated techniques and papers, I can have some new projects to share. In essence, I decided to copy off myself!

The second thing that happened is...well...Pinterest. I had been looking at some ribbon embroidery, for no reason whatsoever. I had also been looking at some weaving projects, because a friend was pinning some weaving projects and...well, you know how you can see stuff that your friends pin....and long story long, you get sucked in. 

The next day, Pinterest felt that I would - maybe, possibly, perhaps - enjoy seeing some pins guessed it, ribbon weaving! A few of the projects that I saw were of hard-bound books with ribbon weaving on the front cover. I decided...hey let's try that! 
I ended up making a 6 1/4" x 4 1/4" little folio/mini book project with a woven ribbon cover! This book is a "remake" of a few little gift card folios that I made YEARS ago. I decided to update the book technique and try a fun new cover style!
As you can see from the cover, this is a St. Patrick's Day themed mini. I kept the cover simple so that the beautiful ribbon would be the star of the show...or shamrock of the show. 
The ribbon panel is an extra layer that I added to the front of the book. 
This book is fairly flat, with just six pages, suitable for 6" x 4" photos.  
This is a fun style that you can make with any theme you wish, using any ribbons you wish.

Let's get started! We will work on the outside covers last.  
For the base of your book, cut two cover pieces of heavy weight (1/16") chipboard to 6 1/4" x 4 1/4". Cut the spine piece to 6 1/4" x 1/2". 

Attach the chipboard pieces to the center of 8 1/2" x 11" black cardstock. Make sure to have a 1/8" gap between the spine piece and the cover pieces. Angle the corners of the cardstock and apply strong, double-sided adhesive to the tabs.
Wrap the cardstock around the chipboard, as shown. 
For the decorative papers, I used Authentique Shamrock and Graphic 45 Secret Garden, Children's  Hour, and Place in Time. All the collections are currently available.

Cut purple print paper to 6 1/8" x 2" and attach to the spine area. Carefully bend the book covers while gently scoring the spine gutters. Do not press too hard or the paper may tear.
Trim two pieces of the green shamrock paper to 6 1/8" x 4 1/8" and attach them to the inside front and back covers, as shown.  
To create the inside pages, cut one piece of black cardstock to 6" x 8". Score on the long side at 4". Fold on the score line and burnish. You will have a folded piece that is 6" x 4".
Cut four pieces of black cardstock to 6" x 6". Score on one edge at 4" from the edge. Fold on the score line, creating 6" x 4" pages, with 2" tabs. You can add gutters if you wish, by scoring again, but I decided to not add them, so I only scored once.
Using one of the 6" x 6" pieces, add adhesive to the 2" tab, with the fold facing to the right. Place your 6" x 8" folded piece of cardstock onto the desktop with the fold to the left. 
Attach the pieces together. Fold the 6" x 4" piece over, like a book. Add the next 6" x 6" piece to the top of the "booklet". Continue to add the 6" x 6" pieces until you have a folded booklet that is 6" tall by 4" wide, containing six (6) pages.
Attach the last page of your booklet to the back cover with strong, double-sided adhesive.
Fold and crease all score lines to make sure your pages open and close nicely.
You have a "free" spine, such that nothing is actually attached to the spine. It is just there to accommodate the thickness of your booklet.
Create a pocket for the inside front cover. Cut black cardstock to 6" x 4". Measure in from the top left corner 2" and make a mark. Measure 2" up from the bottom right corner and make a mark. Draw a diagonal line connecting the marks. Cut along the line.

Flip the pocket over and add 1/2" tabs to the three edges of the pocket. This will allow for slipping thicker items into the pocket.
Attach the pocket to the inside front cover.
Decorate the pocket and then add a few tags. I love how the Authentique and Graphic 45 papers coordinate! One of my favorite things to do as a paper craft artist is to put different collections from different manufacturers together!  

Decorate your pages as desired. Each page holds a 6" x 4" photo, but I decorated my pages with pretty paper.
I used some paper and a large tag to create a pocket on this page spread. Two ATC-sized tags tuck in nicely.
I love all the vintage images. Most of these images were originally printed onto postcards to be mailed to your friends and family for the various holidays. Both Authentique and Graphic 45 have tons of these sweet images in their various collections.
The green and purple are perfect together! 
Here I used Authentique Shamrock papers with Graphic 45 Children's Hour images. 
And the last two pages. The last page is also the inside of the back cover.

Now, let's work on that fantastic ribbon cover!
Your mini measures 6 1/4" x 4 1/4" and is wrapped in black cardstock. I wanted to keep a tiny black border, so for the cover attachment, cut 1/16" chipboard to 6 1/8" x 4 1/8". 

Wrap the chipboard in a coordinating color paper or cardstock. I used a green dot in the same shade of green as the ribbons in the February Ribbon Club Assortment. I did this just in case there are gaps in the ribbon, you will not see the naked chipboard through the gaps.

In addition to using all the ribbons in the February Assortment, I also added Grape Plaid Ribbon and a piece of White Lace.
I used a mix of satin, grosgrain, and polyester ribbon styles. The widths vary from 5/8" to 3/8". I did not bother to measure anything or plan it out. I had a bit of an issue at the end, but I fixed it, as you will see.

I started the weaving by attaching the top horizontal ribbon first. Then I added all the vertical ribbons, just attaching them at the top and bottom, wrapping each to the back. I wove the top horizontal ribbon as I went along, making sure that particular piece was securely attached as I went along.
I used double-sided adhesive, but you can use hot glue or some sort of fabric glue. 
Once all the vertical ribbons were attached, I continued to add the horizontal ribbons, weaving them in a standard basket weave pattern. 

I used only 3/8" ribbon widths for the vertical ribbons, however, once I was near the end, there was not enough space for two 3/8" pieces, but it was too wide for just one 3/8" ribbon! I ended up adding the grape plaid, but the 5/8" piece looks odd (on the right edge). All because I did not measure in advance! 

I varied the widths for the horizontal ribbons and it seemed to come out perfectly, by sheer luck! 
I solved the issued of the offending plaid by rotating the piece and placing white lace over that area. I like how it looks much better now!

Add foam tape to the back of the ribbon piece and attach it to the front of the mini album.
Trim paper for the spine and back cover and attach.

To decorate the cover, I cut the word "lucky" and a shamrock charm with the Silhouette out of black cardstock. I used a spray adhesive to attach them to the front cover. The spray adhesive seemed to adhere well to the ribbon.

Now, hop over to Ginny's Blog to see what she has for you! Ginny is the QUEEN of all things layered and ribbon-y, so I am sure she has a beauty for you to see!

Here is the RRR Blog Hop Order in case you get lost!


Gloria - YOU ARE HERE!

Thanks so much for stopping by today.

Ribbon: Really Reasonable Ribbon February Ribbon Club AssortmentGrape Plaid RibbonWhite Lace
Cardstock: WorldWind CutMates Licorice, Smooth and Silky Midnight
Printed paper: Authentique Shamrock (full collection); Emerald Details Stickers; MicoBasics Light Lavender dots and checks; Spectrum Green Thumb One and Two, Graphic 45 Secret Garden Beautiful Blooms, Meadow Lane, Sunkissed; Children's Hour March Calendar (8x8), March Collecitve (12x12 and 8x8); Place in Time March Cut-Aparts
Chipboard: Grafix
Tags: Graphic 45 ATC - ivory
Enamel dots: Your Next Stamp Love Earth Gumdrops
Shamrock charm: Snapdragon Snippets Lucky Irish Charms (cut file)
Lucky word die cut: English font, cut with Silhouette machine
Tools: Creative Memories corner rounder, Martha Stewart score board, Stampin' Up 1/2" circle punch, Provo Craft deco scissors, Silhouette machine
Adhesive: ATG tape, Scor-tape, 3M foam tape, Arleene's Tacky Spray, Ranger Multi Medium, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L foam squares

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Mini Albums Makers February Challenge

The Mini Album Makers Challenge will feature a monthly challenge, with each Design Team Member posting a link to a mini album tutorial, tip, or trick on the 1st of each month.  Then, one team member will post a full tutorial on the 14th of each month! (My BIG tutorial month has changed from February to April.) In addition, there will be guest makers each month! The team will pick our FAVORITE project to be the next GUEST MAKER!

Click HERE for the February Challenge! You will have all month to make a NEW project and enter the challenge for a chance to win a prize. (See prize details at the end of the post.) Winners will be posted on the 7th of each month on the Mini Album Makers Blog.

I have a fun tutorial for you this month! We are going to make a recipe journal mini album out of envelopes! I have made lots of minis with envelopes, but this is the first time I have tried a hidden spine binding. It was a learning experience! 
This sweet mini measures approximately 7 3/4" x 6 1/2" x 2". Each page of the album is an envelope, bound together by the envelope flaps. The mini has chipboard covers and a loose spine binding.
Each page is approximately 7" x 5" and can hold photos, journaling, recipe cards, and more

Every other page is an actual envelope with a pull out photo mat or journaling page.
I did not do a lot of extra embellishment to this mini so far. I really wanted it to be something that can be added to and embellished as it is used, like a recipe journal. This would also make a wonderful new bride gist as it is also great for sharing photos of family dinners or favorite family dishes.

To see a video presentation of the inside pages, click the video below.

Let's get started with the tutorial. You will need some heavy weight (approx. 1/16" thick) chipboard, a stack of cardstock, printed paper in your theme, and ten A7 envelopes (7 1/4" x 5 1/4"). 

Make sure to use STRONG and STURDY envelopes for this type of binding.

I chose Authentique Saucy and Fabulous paper collections for my project.

Please read all the directions BEFORE you begin the project.

Cut two pieces of chipboard to 7 3/4" x 5 3/4".  

Cut two pieces of kraft cardstock to 8 3/4" x 6 3/4" and attach the chipboard to the center of the cardstock. Angle the corners and add strong adhesive to the tabs. 

Note: For this step, choose the same color cardstock as the color of your envelopes. I used kraft envelopes, so chose kraft cardstock. 

Wrap the pieces of chipboard. I used a pencil to label my chipboard so that I knew which was the inside front and back cover. I also labeled the outside so that I knew which was the front cover and which the back. 

Cut dark brown cardstock to 7 5/8" x 5 5/8" and attach to the inside front and back covers. Trim printed paper to 7 1/2" x 5 1/2" and attach to the cardstock. Set the covers aside.

Cut the envelope flap from ONE of your envelopes. This will adhere to your front cover. Set it aside. 
For the remaining nine (9) envelopes, place the original envelope flap score line at 5 1/2" on you score board. Score at 5 3/4" to create a 1/4" gutter.

Note: I really wish I had created a 1/8" gutter instead for my project. If you plan to add a lot of lumpy embellishment to each page, keep the 1/4" gutter. However, if you plan to add fewer items per page, then 1/8" will work better. 
For each of the nine envelopes, place strong adhesive in the area near to top of the flap, where the envelope may already have adhesive.  
Place the envelope with the flap removed onto your work surface with the opening face up and to the right, as shown. Place one of your scored envelopes face down, with the flap folded back. The second envelope opening should be facing the work surface. 
Remove the adhesive liner from your envelope flap. Unfold the flap and insert it into the first envelope, making sure the the score line you made lines up with the edge of the first envelope. The adhesive will adhere to the interior of the first envelope.

You will have an open envelope, a 1/4" gutter and the "front" of the second envelope. 
Fold the second envelope over on top of the first envelop. You will then see the envelop opening. Attach your third envelope in the same manner.
This is how the 1/4" gutters will begin to look.  
Continue to add envelopes until you have added all the rest of the envelopes. You will have ten (10) envelopes total.
This is after adding eight envelopes. This becomes the spine of your mini album. 
Place the front cover face DOWN on your work surface. Attach strong adhesive to the top-most envelop in your stack. Attach the envelop to the inside of the front cover, making sure to line the envelope up with the edge of the cover. 
Repeat the process to attach the inside of the back cover to the last envelope. 

I began to realize at this point that the envelopes I chose were not quite sturdy enough for this project. Since the envelopes act as the spine, they take a lot of pressure from the covers and need to be quite sturdy envelopes. 
To create the spine cover, trim kraft cardstock to 7 3/4" x 5 5/8". Measure 1 1/4" in from each long edge and draw lines with a pencil to mark off those areas. Place strong adhesive to the outside of the drawn lines, as shown. 
Place adhesive areas of the spine piece at 1 1/4" from the edges of the chipboard covers. 
This will hide the envelope spine and give reinforcement to the covers. My spine cover is a tad too large, which caused me some issues. 

Measure your spine CAREFULLY before attaching your spine cover. You want enough "give" in the spine cover to allow the book to open fully, but not too much, nor too little or it will pull and stretch the envelopes, perhaps tearing them. You need about 1" of space between your envelope spine and your spine cover. I have more like 1 1/2", which is a bit too much space. I recommend that you attach the spine cover with removable adhesive first, to check that it's the right dimension. 

Cover the spine piece by cutting dark brown cardstock to 7 1/2" x 5 1/2" and attaching it to the spine piece. Trim decorative paper to 7 3/8" x 5 3/8" and attach to the spine. Gently bend the papers to form the hidden spine cover.  

Cut dark brown cardstock to 7 1/2" x 5 1/2" and attach it to the front cover. Trim decorative paper to 7 3/8" x 5 3/8" and attach it to the front cover.

Decorate your cover as desired. I kept mine plain because I chose this fun image for my cover. 

Cut dark brown cardstock to 7 1/2" x 5 1/2" and attach it to the back cover. Trim decorative paper to 7 3/8" x 5 3/8" and attach it to the back cover.

Now, you are ready to decorate the inside.
For each page, trim dark brown cardstock to 7 1/8" x 5 1/8". For each page trim decorative paper to 7" x 5".  
Mat each printed panel with a dark brown cardstock panel. For each of the envelope pocket page, use a circle punch to cut a notch in the upper right corner. You will make nine (9) notched pages.
You will also need nine (9) envelope pocket inserts. Cut dark brown cardstock to 6 7/8" x 4 7/8". Cut printed paper to 6 3/4" x 4 3/4". 
Each double-page spread will have a pocket page on the left and a regular page on the right. 
Each pocket will have an insert. I attached decorative paper to BOTH sides of my inserts.

It works best to lay out your papers before attaching anything, to make sure that you are happy with the patterns. For this page, I also added a paper clip and a journaling card.
For a few of the pages, I added a triangle corner pocket to hold recipe cards. For the pockets, cut dark brown cardstock to 6 7/8" x 4 7/8", then cut on the diagonal. Cut printed paper to 6 3/4" x 4 3/4", then cut on the diagonal. Decorate as desired.

Now, for the issue I had with the envelopes. I created my spine cover to be a bit too big, which resulted in a lot of "pressure" on my last envelope. Since my envelopes were not very strong, the last envelope tore!

I had to splice another envelope onto it, and create ONE accordion hinge between the last envelope and the back cover. This happens sometimes, when you are very far into a project when something goes wrong! Sometimes you need to soldier on! 
Here you can see the ninth envelop and the tenth envelop attached to the cover. I pulled the decorative paper off the last envelope, added my extra piece, then put the decorative paper back. 
Here you can see the extra bit of cardstock that I have folded into an accordion tab hinge. 
I attached dark brown cardstock to both sides of the hinge and created an extra page for my book. The biding is a bit stronger, but it's a bit wonky looking. I really wish I had just created a regular accordion fold hinge binding for the entire book. I expected entirely too much from my envelopes! So, live and learn for next time! 
I added decorative paper to the extra page (the right side page here).
Here is the other side of the extra page. I also created a corner pocket for the inside back cover.
I learned a lot about making this style of binding, and think that if I make another envelope album, I will do things a bit differently. And I will most CERTAINLY use thicker envelopes! 

Thanks for joining me today! I hope that this will inspire you to try some new book-making techniques! Don't be afraid of making mistakes. I make plenty! Sometimes, I toss the project in the trash, but sometimes I carry on, because you never know what will happen in the end...if you just persevere! 

Below is a full list of the Design Team, with links to their blogs! Make sure to visit them and give them some bloggy love!

Anne Redfern (taking a break)
Gloria Stengel (you are here)

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Our challenge follows a few simple rules:
Any Handmade Book Goes.  Enter any form of handmade mini albums, scrapbooks, journals, and book arts. Our focus is on completed works, so no layouts or journal spreads that are not part of a complete handmade book project. You do not have to provide a tutorial, but we wish you would. Feel free to use one of the DT tutorials to make your project and give proper credit where due. No back links allowed (this means your project must be first seen on social media between February 1st and February 28th, 2018).  Combine with any other challenges as applicable. No limit on entries. Share the love by visiting and commenting on other entries. Please become a follower. That's it - have fun! Click HERE to enter your project!

Come back on  March 1st for a new set of tutorials from the team! 

Printed paper: Authentique Saucy, Fabulous (retired)

Cardstock: American Crafts Rocky Road, WorldWin Kraft
Envelopes: Staples A7 Kraft
Chipboard: Grafix
Mini paper clip: Tim Holtz
Score board: Martha Stewart
Circle punch: Stampin' Up
Adhesive: Scor-tape, ATG tape