Friday, 25 February 2011

Mini sunshine album

Started making this yesterday afternoon, in between making tea, washing up and all the other boring jobs - didn't finish it until 2am....

For the basic pages I used a Sizzix Ornate Tri fold Bigz die (I will make another mini without the die, and put all the measurements up another day)

Cardstock - double sided (I used K&Co Berry Sweet)
Tag Punch                                                                        Nestie - Labels 1
3mm Ribbon - 10cm per page                                          Chipboard cover - front and back
12mm Ribbon 45cm                                                        Prima flowers for decoration
Chipboard embellishment for cover

Cut out as many pages as you wish for your album...I used 7

Cut out enough tags for each pocket, and tabs for each tag.  I used quite bright card to contrast with the base cardstock.  For the main tags I used the Nestability labels 1.

Fold the pages along the score lines, but fold the flap part back on itself - this will form another pocket. Glue the sides of the little flap down, leaving the top open for a tag.

Open out the page, and stick tape down 2 sides

Punch out two holes with a hand punch or crop-o-dile along the middle fold - 3cm in from the middle on each side - I used my woodward centre measure ruler.  Thread the 10cm piece of ribbon from the outside in, leaving you with the loose ends on the outside of the page.

When you have folded and stuck your pages you should have them all with bits of ribbon sticking out.  Take page 1 ribbon and tie it to page 2 ribbon - repeat all the way along the pages ( 2 to 3 - 3 to 4 - 4 to 5 - 5 to 6 - 6 to7 )

By the time you are finished you should have a wodge of pages all tied together. THEN, take all the ribbons from one side, and tie them all together to the ribbons to the other side, making one big knot. 
I put a blob of glue to the know, to give it extra staying power.

Glue the tabs to the tops of the tags, and pop them into the pockets.


It was quite late by the time I finished last night... that I missed out the photographs on this bit...sorry!
It was 2am by the time I finished, and got a bit carried away...

Cut 2 pieces of chipboard 5" x 4 3/4"
Cover with some of the same paper you used for the pages, leaving a 2" gat all around. Use this for folding in, making a neat edge.  stick the ribbon along the insides of the cover, across the middle, leaving enough room for the pages of the book in between both covers.

You can see here how I stuck the ribbon underneath the inner cover (just)....
Pop the Tags in place, and there you go....
Have fun making it....xx

Wednesday, 23 February 2011


I couldn't wait to use my new Martha Stewart score board - so I thought I would have a go at making a rosette - and it was fun. So I decided to share it with you in my first TUTORIAL. Have a's easy and quick!

It is a bit on the plain side for me, but I managed to add my bling!!! The photograph does not do it justice, but it was 12.30 last night and I was feeling a little weary......
Hope you enjoy the tutorial.  xx

Materials needed:
Paper strip - 1 1/2" x 12"  (or 4cm x30cm)                                  Stickles
Circle punch - 1"                                                                         Swirl stamp and sentiments
Glue                                                                                            Ink Pad
Double sided tape                                                                        6 x 6 card stock
Card to mount it onto                                                                   Score board

I have 2" papermania packs of papers that to be honest I am stuck as to what to do with them sometimes. This is just the thing....  I cut the paper down to 1 1/2" strip ( I did do it with a 2" at first, but when it came to flatenning the rosette down, it tore.

Score the whole length of the strip in 1/4" intervals.

Then fold to make a concettina - mountain fold, valley fold, all the way across.

When you get to the last fold, cut off the end piece. This will help you to overlap the first piece to it...

Glue one side and overlap the other, this makes a continuous pattern so when it's flattened you won't be able to see the start or finish.

Once glued you should have a complete circle.... now for the tricky bit....i couldn't take a photo of that bit, because you really need two hands to push down and make it flat...

Punch out 2 cirles with your punch, and HAVE THEM GLUED UP READY...then stick one on the front of the rosette and one on the back - this gives extra stability.

I had fun doing these, I made one up with every paper patten in the set.  The two small ones I cut down - they are both 1" wide, even though they don't look it...

Have a go, and I hope you enjoyed this tutorial...xx

Tuesday, 15 February 2011


Hello everyone, I am so excited about doing this blog.  I have so many ideas I would like to share...

So, all I have to do now, is get working...x