Bringing back one of my favorites . . .

Hallow 1

If you used to take my classes at For Keeps Sake (yes, they are closed. insert sad face.) you might remember my Innies & Outties workshops. Because they were one of my favorites I'm bringing the concept back for Halloween.


Hallow 2

We'll begin with a We R Memory Keepers linen 8x8 binder and add page protectors with photo mats on the inside of each page protector. Then we'll decorate the outside of each page protector with embellishments = INNIES & OUTTIES.  Each student will get a full Simple Stories Vintage Halloween collection kit + lots of other embellishments I will be adding to each class kit.

The cover will be layered similar to the photo above.

I'll be teaching this class at

Checkered Cottage, Kirkwood MO

October 13 (all day class)

and at

The Doodlebug Inc, Jasper IN

October 19 (all day class)

Hope to see you there!

Eileen Hull Wrap Journal for Mini Album Makers Challenge Blog . . .

Welcome to the September 2018 edition of Mini Album Makers Challenge Blog. This month I'm using one of our sponsors fabulous dies: Eileen Hull's Wrap Journal. Here's a You Tube video with Eileen showing all the possibilities with the wrap journal:

For my wrap journal, I used a material called Kraft-Tex.  It's paper but feels and acts like leather. 


To begin,  you'll need a piece of paper that is longer than 12".  This die measures 13.75" long X 6" wide.  The Sizzix die is a steel rule die so will cut paper, cardstock, chipboard, leather and the Kraft-Tex that I used.After putting the Kraft-Tex through the die, you can see that the die punches the holes and scores the material. The height of the cut book is 5-1/8" tall.

Next, I'll cut the inside pages. 

Unfortunately, I don't have Eileen Hull's Passport die yet. If I did, I could die cut the pages that fit the inside of this wrap journal. But since I don't have it (yet), I've cut my own papers to fit:

I wanted 2 papers per signature (set) and as you can see, I'll need 4 sets (one set per hole).  I'm using dark brown cardstock. Because I want to use signatures, I'm cutting the cardstock twice as wide as I need + 4.25" tall. 

I'm using 4 pieces 8.5 X 11 papers:  Cutting 7" X 4.25" = 8 papers total.  With the 7" side up against the top of the scoreboard, I'm scoring at 3.5" (or in half).


Next, it's time to ink up the Kraft-Tex. I am using Distress Ink: 

  • Vintage Photo all over
  • then Walnut Stain on the edges
  • followed by Espresso on the corners.


You can see the scored lines better once it's inked. Love that the die scores the wrap journal for you!

Next you can choose to either add the pages into the journal or decorate the pages first.  After you've decorated your pages, you can add them to the journal. You can add the pages with several different ties including wax linen thread, ribbon or elastic. I'm choosing wax linen thread for my book.

No matter which you choose, you will need 4 pieces that are approximately 12" long each piece or enough for each piece to go around the book + tie in a knot.


Thread the ribbon or wax linen thread from the outside of the journal to the inside of the journal, leaving equal amounts of thread in the center. NOTE: The 1st hole at the top of the book matches the 1st hole at the bottom of the book and so on.

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 Using the two ends, stretch the thread as taut as possible and tie a double knot at the center inside. 


Next, take one signature (two pieces of the cardstock sandwiched together) and insert under the thread.

Continue this for each hole in the spine and each two page signature until all 4 holes have tied thread and one signature per thread.


 As you can see in the photo below (and instructions above), I chose to tie my threads on the inside of my journal. You can, of course, tie your threads on the outside spine.


 I'm going to leave for a while to decorate my pages, cover, etc.  Then I'll be back to show you how I chose to close my Wrap Journal.

And by magic . . . seconds later . . . magnets are in place.  M = Magnets  The magnets are hidden under the decorative paper.


Here's a PDF on how I use magnets in any project:  How to Use Magnets for Closures

After adding a charm to the binding, the Wrap Journal is complete:


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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?