A twist on a favorite binding . . .

MAM Aug 1

Hello fellow Mini Album Makers Challenge blog readers.

It's August 1 and that means new ideas from the team. 

For this mini, I decided to use some old envelopes I had laying around. They are chipboard policy envelopes and I thought they would make great sturdy pages.

MAM Aug 2

Next I used chipboard for the covers and spine and put that together with binding/packing tape. Added pretty paper to the front & back outside covers (not the spine though!), wrapped the paper to the inside of the covers and I was on my way.

Mam Aug 3

I wanted to use fabric to cover the binding. If you haven't used fabric before for the binding cover, you'll be amazed at how easy it is to use. 

Step 1:  Cut a piece of fabric that is 2" taller than the book and 4" wider than the binding. This will insure that you have enough fabric to wrap around to the front & back cover as well as fold over the top & bottom of the book.

Step 2: Add Artisan or Scor-Tape to the binding of the book, making sure to cover all of the binding. Also add score tape (at least 1" or 2" depending on your fabric) to the front & back outside covers.

Mam Aug 4

Step 3:  Remove the covering on the tape and (centering the fabric side-to-side and top-to-bottom) add the fabric, stretching all the wrinkles out of the fabric:

Mam Aug 5

At this point you will have about 1" of fabric leftover on both the top and bottom of your covers. Turn your book over to the inside.

Step 4: Add tape to the top and bottom of the inside of the book. Stretch the fabric over the top of the book and adhere with the tape. Repeat for the bottom.

Mam Aug 6

You won't believe what a difference using fabric to cover bindings makes. No more worrying about binding tears or paper stretching. It's so easy to work with!

And now for the twist I promised. I found this on Pinterest and thought I'd give it a try.

Step 1:  Create the Kathy Orta hidden hinge binding system as usual (see videos on You Tube for those instructions).

Normally with the hidden hinge system, you end with flaps on the side that need to be glued to the front & back cover. Not with this!

Step 2: Take those side flaps and fold them towards the back of the hidden hinge system. Glue them down.


You will still have the 1/4" or 1/2" front & back seam but those flaps on either side of the binding are neatly folded back and glued down. This will insure the entire binding system fits inside the spine.

And look how nice the back looks:


Simple but genius and so sturdy!

I have searched all over for the gal who posted this and can't find it either in my saved Pinterest or on You Tube. Would love to give her credit. If anyone finds her, please let me know.

And my mini is complete:



Note: Those beautiful floral laser cuts are courtesy of one of our generous sponsors, Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts.

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HELP because one thing leads to another . . .

I ran across this video the other day. It's by Jen of Eve (one very talented lady):

And I thought . . . I have plenty of beads etc leftover from my jewelry days. So let me get that stuff out, get it organized and make some of these adorable embellishments. Then I can have them on hand to use at will.

Which led to this mess:

Jewelry 1

and this:

Jewelry 3

Jewelry 4

Jewelry 2

and out of all those supplies and working all day, I ended up with this:

Jewelry 7

Not very productive!

Anyone want to come over and make embellishments?

Mini Album Makers July Challenge . . .

MAM July A

Combining three of the Mini Album Makers Challenge Sponsors was so much fun. This mini was completed with help from Eileen Hull's Travel Journal, Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Steampunk chippies and Seth Apter's Baked Textures. 

This project started with Eileen Hull's Travel Journal die available from Sizzix and your favorite craft store.


The die will cut the front & back cover as well as 3 labels.  Although this is a large die, it will definitely fit through your Big Shot. You will need the longer plates.

Since this die cuts around the covers and scores the page inserts, you will need to use matboard or chipboard for the covers. Using this die to cut paper will cut through the score marks of the die.

Here's what the covers will look like:

Journal Die
One of the spines will overlap the other spine slightly. Take a look at this PDF that Sizzix put together:


I also found this YouTube video very helpful:



Once you have the covers cut, choose decorative paper to cover the chipboard. You will need 2 pieces of decorative paper for the front cover and 2 pieces for the back cover. Using the die, cut out all the decorative paper.

Using wet glue or scor tape, cover both sides of the front & back cover with the decorative paper.

String as described in the instructions/video above.


I tweaked my journal a bit by adding a decorative cover over the spine. Here's how:

  1. Cut a piece of decorative paper 5.5" wide X 8.75" tall.
  2. Score on the 5.5" side at 1.75" and 2.75".
  3. I then used a decorative edge punch and punched both sides of the paper. If you are using a punch with a very wide design, you might want to cut the paper 6.5" wide instead of 5.5".
  4. You have 3 sections to this paper. Add scor tape on the back of the paper only on the right and left sides (no scor tape in the 1" middle section).
  5. Attach the front portion of the paper to the front cover.
  6. Attach the back portion of the paper to the back cover.
  7. The 1" center spine cover remains loose.

MAM July C

Once the spine cover was secured, I added another piece of chipboard to the front cover. (I like building up a cover.)

Mam July D

And a second smaller layer to the cover:

MAM July E

Now that you have the basic journal put together, it's time to add the pages. I used 3 pieces of decorative paper for each signature.

  1.  Cut 3 pieces of decorative paper 7.25" tall X 7.5" wide.
  2. Score each piece on the 7.5" side at 3.75"
  3. Sandwich the 3 pieces of paper together = 1 signature

Repeat the steps above 2 more times to create 3 signatures total.

Once that's complete, each signature will tuck behind one of the elastic bands. 


Now that Eileen Hull's Journal is put together, I'll show you how I used our other two sponsors products, Seth Apter and Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts.

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts products I used:


Dress Forms with Wings


Gears Shape Set

Collage Border Steampunk



Steampunk Light Set


Texture Sheet Gears

Seth Apter Products used (available through Emerald Creek):




Combining Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts and Seth Apter Baked Texture powders is a match made in heaven. Begin with raw chipboard.

Of course, because the Baked Textures work as embossing powders, you need something for the powders to stick to prior to heating. I used a combination of burnt umber & rust acrylic paint and Prima's Rust Effect paint in dark brown.

Mam July D

Prior to attaching to the cover, I randomly painted burnt umber and/or rust. Before the paint dried, I sprinkled on Seth Apter's Baked Textures. I used all 3 colors on each of the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts. 

To create chunky areas, I painted on the Prima Rust Effect. It's very chunky and comes in dark brown - perfect for a rust effect. Before it dried, I sprinkled on a bit of the Baked Texture again and heat set.

MAM July J

MAM July I

After using the Baked Textures, I had a bit of it left in my tray (three different colors). 

MAM July M

Instead of throwing it out, I took a tag and a pad of Versamark ink and scraped the sides of a tag. Then dipped it in the Baked Texture mix I had left and heat set.

MAM July K

Once everything was where I wanted, I added some prills to the front cover.


MAM July L

MAM July H

Thanks for riding along with me on this Steampunk venture. I appreciate your visits and comments.

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