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August 12th, 2015
front of mini journal showing gold embossing and rosette
 mini album back cover with stamped clock

I seem to be on a roll making these mini albums recently. I made this one after being made aware that a friend is celebrating a landmark birthday soon. I decided to make her a small scrapbook album using this design.

The instructions for making the fold are found here: Folded 3 x 3 Album with Calendar Focus.

The album uses one sheet of 12 by 12 paper, folded to make several 3 x 3 “pages”.  Each page has a pocket, resulting in seven pockets.

For the album front, I used bookboard for firmness, then covered with textured paper. I added a strip of thing gold metal that I had dry embossed using an embossing folder and the Big Shot.  I added a gold rosette made with a Tim Holtz die.

For the back cover, I used a larger strip of embossed gold metal, and a stamped image of a clock face. The text circling the clock face reads “The Best of Times.

Since this is a scrapbook, I used a digitally edited photograph for each page front, trimming with small embellishments such as rub-ons or stamped text.

I used a travel theme on the seven tags. The recipient has travelled quite a bit and taken photos. I used her own photos for the background images on the tags, and used Photoshop Elements to add a travel-related quote on top of each photo.

I tied the small scrapbook closed with a strip of beige organza ribbon.


August 11th, 2015
front of mini journal showing stamped head of vintage lady
 mini journal fanned open
 mini journal fanned open showing calendar theme

It is perhaps a bit early in the year to be making a calendar for 2016. However, that is where my muse lead me. This mini journal, calendar themed, is made from folding one 12″ by 12″ sheet of scrapbook paper. The instructions for making it are here: Folded 3 x 3 Album with Calendar Focus.

I made this mini journal for a swap at Art for the Creative Mind, an online mixed media swap group. We called this project Swapped for Fun.  The list owner mailed each participant an identical stamped image. It was the woman’s head that you see on the cover of the journal. We each made a project using the stamped image. We were free to do anything we wanted with the image. The idea is to see what different approaches the members will take.

After some consideration, I decided to use it as the front cover decoration for a small calendar journal. I colored the image with Prismacolor pencils, then cut it out using a circular die cut and the Big Shot.

The words “Calendar for Year 2006” are computer generated, as are the printouts of the tiny calendars.

The front and back covers are made with heavy, glittery scrapbook paper, as are the seven tags that are tucked into the page “pockets”.

I decorated with die cuts and occasionally with stickers.

I left the backs of the tags white, but stamped a meaningful word on the back of each, using black ink.

I closed the mini journal by attaching two silver colored decorative buttons to the front and back covers, and running peach colored ribbon through the holes, as shown.

I hope my swap partner likes this project. It was interesting to make.

July 31st, 2015

4 x 4 art card with gold embossing and a gold rosette This 4 x 4 art card is intended as an addition to a fat book or chunky book. I made it for a Swap at Art for the Creative Mind. The theme was “strong” and the color was to be gold.

I started with a 4 x 4 piece of gold scrapbook paper, and layered that with gold and white designed scrapbook paper.

I used a piece of thin gold metal and embossed it using the Big Shot and an embossing folder.

I then used the Big Shot to cut out the Tim Holtz rosette die and made the rosette that appears in the upper left side.

Since the theme was strong, I used a quote found on the Internet and applied it manually using a Micron Pen.

The text reads, “It is in herself that she will find the strength she needs…”


January 3rd, 2014

pop up box birthday card, open
pop up box birthday card, open

I made this pop-up box birthday card to send to a little girl on her 3rd birthday. The box folds flat for mailing, as you can see in the lower picture.

The instructions for scoring, cutting and folding this card are located here: Pop Up Box Card at Splitcoaststampers

Despite the apparent complexity, this pop up box is quite easy to make and the instructions given at splitcoaststampers are clear.

The box itself uses only one 12″ x 12″ sheet of card stock, plus whatever papers and trims you want to use for embellishing.

I used a set of coordinating birthday papers and stickers that I won in a prize draw awhile back.

I added some ribbon that I found in my stash.


December 31st, 2013

violet coloured artist trading card or ATC This ATC (artist trading card) is themed Violet Perceptions. The goal for this particular swap is to make an ATC that represents how the colour violet makes us feel.

For some reason, violet makes me feel lucky.

I made the background using an embossing folder, and rubbed over it with some violet coloured ink.

I made vellum photo corners using a fold found on the Internet.

The shamrock is cut with a punch and heat embossed with some violet coloured embossing powder.

I used a purple pen to write the words “lucky” around the edges.

November 13th, 2013

4 x 4 chunky page vintage kitchen
4 x 4 chunky page vintage recipe

Made for a swap at Art for the Creative Mind, this 4 x 4, or chunky page has Recipe as the theme. I did it in a vintage style.

On the front, I used vintage scrapbook paper that reminds me wallpaper during the fifties. I added the word “recipes” using alphabet stickers, and I used a three dimensional vintage image for decoration. The sentiment reads “Kitchen Queen” — I’d cook if I could find the can opener.”

On the back, I attached a hand made envelope, using vintage scrapbook paper. Since we were expected to include an actual recipe, I printed out a computer generated recipe and folded it into the envelope.

Unfortunately, this item was lost in the mail. I made a slightly different 4 x 4 and mailed it to my swap partner. The second one arrived safely.

August 26th, 2013

greeting card featuring an origami dress made with pages from a book This greeting card features a woman’s dress made with origami folds and using the pages of a book.

I layered the card, made from light brown card stock, with a some coordinating pieces of paper. One paper is dry embossed using a Cuttlebug folder.

I made the red shoes using stamps from Hero Arts. They are heat embossed with red embossing powder. The sentiment, Happy Day, is heat embossed on to the book page, and mounted on a red circle.

The origami dress is remarkably easy to fold. The instructions are at this web site: The artist recommended using the fold to make Christmas tree ornaments. The little dress would work well for that as well. It would be a cute angel, if you added wings.



June 13th, 2013

z fold card open, showing photo of dogwood trees in blossom
z fold card closed, showing tag enclosed

I made this Z-fold card for a swap at Art for the Creative Mind. The theme was “trees”.

I used a photograph that I took of a flowering dogwood tree. Dogwood is British Columbia’s official flower.

I sized and modified the photo using Adobe Elements and printed it out on glossy photo paper.  I guess you could consider this a form of scrapbooking, given that I used a photograph.

In the bottom picture, I showed a tag that I made and included in the card. The tag explains the legend of the dogwood and mentions its status here in BC.

Although I did not do much embellishing for this project, I did add a strip of gold sticker on the tag, and also some black and white fibre.

June 10th, 2013

card with asian theme This hand made greeting card has an Asian theme.

I used Bassil card stock for the card itself, with a layer of torn scrapbook paper along the left side.

I made an origami kimono using pink vellum, using a pattern found on the Internet. I tied a deep red bow around the kimono.

The Asian word is stamped and heat embossed with gold embossing powder. I have been told that the word translates to “qualified.”

A small Asian charm completes the card.

May 18th, 2013

4 x 4 with garden theme This is a second 4 x 4 that I made for a fat book or chunky book. The theme was Secret in my Garden.

It’s an Asian bamboo garden, and the secret is the kimono, I guess.

The bamboo is stamped on an old coffee filter, using a green dye ink.

The kimono is an origami fold, made using Asian themed scrapbook paper.

I embellished with a green bow tied around the kimono, and added an asian charm with a length of beige embroidery cotton tied through it.

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