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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.

December 20th, 2013

image transfer on front of mini album calendar
back of mini album calendar
 mini album calendar fanned open
sample tags for mini album calendar

I found the inspiration and the instructions for this mini album at The Scrapbook Fan Blog.

The mini album itself uses only one 12 by 12 sheet of cardstock or thick scrapbook paper, strategically folded. It makes seven pockets for tags.

I challenged myself to make this entire album using odds and sods from my stash.

The book itself is made from a Tim Holtz scrapbook paper, and decorated with the animals from the same TH series.

I created tags using some scrapbook paper that seemed to match the TH papers fairly well. I decorated the tag fronts with more of the animal pictures. On the back of the tags, I used stamped sentiments combined with black rub-ons.

For the front of the book, I did an image transfer using an image found in Cloth Paper Scissors magazine. I transferred it directly onto the scrapbook paper using Gold’s Gel Medium, then I stamped the word DREAM on the front using brown ink.

If found one of my calendars had tiny months for 2014 — so I cut them out, darkened them with Distress Ink, and attached them to the surface of each page.

I used a couple of round things in my stash. I think they are called boshers . I glued the boshers in place and tied the book shut with ordinary string.

May 6th, 2013

A few days ago, I showed pictures of an Oriental-themed coffee filter album.

This is the video demonstration:

April 19th, 2013

front of accordion album made from a file folder
back of accordion album made from a file folder
accordion album made from a file folder fanning open
tags for accordion album made from a file folder

This project is an accordion album made from a file folder. The theme is “Sewing“. I incorporated an old Vogue pattern, a red zipper that had been in my sewing box for about twenty years and some vintage clip art.

To embellish, I bought a small sewing kit at the Dollar Store and used the bits and pieces as decoration.  I also used a few buttons, rick rack and lace from my fabric bag.

I also made a video showing how I folded the file folder. I will post the video tomorrow.

I am entering this project in Playing in Paradise Challenge #113. The theme for this challenge is to use something recycled, in honour of Earth Day on April 22.

November 20th, 2012

CD album, front and back
CD album, front
CD album, fanning open

I made this small CD mini album as a Christmas gift for a friend. Essentially, it is a small, hand made scrapbook with accordion hinges for binding and covered CDs for the layouts. Since I have altered CDs, this project is also considered altered art, I suppose.

I have made CD albums many times, but this is the first one I have done designed with Christmas or winter holidays in mind.

The layouts contain photographs and are decorated with die cuts made using the Cricut Expression 2 Electric Cutting Machine .

The cartridge is Cricut Cartidge, Joys of the Season.

On the back, I made two die cuts representing Ladies Dancing. The ladies are from the Joys of the Season cartridge.

On the front, to represent  Lords a Leaping, I used a die from Memory Box.

Other miscellaneous trim include stickers, ribbon and of course, scrapbook paper.

I have entered this project in the Playing in Paradise Challenge #93.

December 5th, 2011

two hand made mini albums shaped like a clutch purse
open view of two hand made mini albums shaped like a clutch purse

I learned how to make these Clutch mini albums at a workshop at Scrap Arts, our local scrapbook store here in North Vancouver.

The albums are intended to resemble a clutch purse, and can be used as a small mini scrapbook, as a journal for what whatever purpose you desire.

These small books are put together with a unique type of accordion spine. The spine is created with a series of accordion folds, and the pages fit over top of the mountain folds.

Each book has six pages plus front and back cover.

The flower over the clasp is made with the Tim Holtz Alterations Tattered Florals Die.  On one, the flowers are made with a combination of black scrapbook paper and white ribbon. I discovered that you can cut ribbon nicely using the Tim Holtz die and the Big Shot.

On the other book, the flower is made using wedding tulle and a black, velvety material.

I made one of these clutch albums into a wedding album, and the other has pictures of a martial arts event. Both will be Christmas gifts.


May 21st, 2011

envelope book cover This is the cover of an envelope book I made for a swap at Art for the Creative Mind group on Yahoo.  The theme of the book is Things I Love to Hear.

I opted to go with a humorous approach, so I made a list of some of the things I like to hear in terms of comments or compliments.  I suspect my list would be similar for a lot of women.

I include such messages as “No, the dress doesn’t make you look fat’, “There are no calories in this cake”, “There are no mosquitoes this summer”, and more.

I used eight envelopes and covered them with scrapbook paper. The main colors used are brown, cream and turquoise. To bind, I dyed binder rings blue using alcohol links and punched holes with the WRMemory Keepers Punch and Eyelet Setting Tool.

Here on the front cover, I have used an image from The Graphics Fairy blog. I have added a painted chipboard flourish to which I added a large, pearl brad, and a number of quilled chrysanthemums.

I made the chrysanthemums using the Chrysanthemum Cuttlebug Quilling Kit, which I cut on the Big Shot. I have done quilling before, but this kit really takes a lot of the grunt work out of it. I love these flowers.

As far as I know, Cuttlebug has three kits: the rose/carnation kit, the daisy kit and the chrysanthemum kit. I have the rose and the chrysanthemum and I may get the daisy at some point.

Anyway, back to the envelope book. I have made a video, which is on the fuzzy side. I apologize for this. I bought a new computer a little while ago and had to replace some of my software. As part of this modernization process, I purchased Adobe Premiere Elements 9 to use for video editing.

It’s much more powerful than Windows Live Movie Maker, but it does come with a learning curve. This video was my first try and as yet, I do not have the software mastered. Expect to see improvement down the road. LOL

There are, of course, many ways of making an envelope book. This is only one of them. It strikes me that an envelope book is form of altered art, given that you are altering envelopes.

October 28th, 2010


Yesterday I posted pictures and a video tutorial showing two small mini albums in a tin box.. The albums were accordion albums.

Accordion albums are easy to assemble. In the pictures shown here, I have used playing cards to show you how to put one together.

You could make an album out of playing cards. In fact, I think I am going to do just that fairly soon.

However, it is more typical to use card stock or other firm papers.

In the pictures shown, note that the spine will be made of ribbon. You could also cut strips of paper to form the spine. In this case, you would fold each strip into a mountain fold so the album will fold properly.

In the picture to the top, note that the ribbon goes underneath the first of the four cards. It is glued into place, and if you are making an album in a box, you would glue this card down in the box’s bottom. The ribbon reaches over top of the following three cards. It is glued into place.

The next step is to place three cards OVER TOP of the ribbon, forming three layouts with a usable surface on each side. These cards are glued into place and your layouts are ready to decorate.

Naturally, you can make as many layouts as you want. The size of your box or container will a consideration, as you want to be sure the finished album will fit inside the box and the top will close nicely.

There are many uses for accordion albums. Fitting them in a box is but one.

October 27th, 2010

Asian themed mini albums in a tin box These two Asian themed mini albums are accordion scrapbooks glued into a tin box. As such, this could be considered an example of altered art as well as scrapbooking.

The mini albums have an Asian theme because they contains photos of my Tai Chi class

The covers and inside lid are lined with Asian themed scrapbook paper. The Asian collage is accomplished with ephemera purchased at Ruby Dog Art House in Vancouver. This includes clippings from a Chinese language newspaper, various other Asian papers and a coin with an Asian character on it. The words “Tai Chi” on the front are spelled out with stickers.

The white flowers are purchased, but the centers are made with punched shapes and a metallic brad.

Inside, I have added a stamped and heat embossed Chinese character, which I am told translates into English as “Qualified.”

One of the accordion albums has a ribbon spine; the other has a spine cut from card stock.

Here is a video showing the albums and how they are made:

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