Combining Graphic 45 and Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts . . .

There's a new project up on the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts blog today. It's a tag mini album that I decorated with Graphic 45's Come Away With Me. 

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You can see how easy this is to put together when you visit the

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts blog.

With all the base pages pre-cut & scored as well as the chipboard covers,

the belly bands, inserts and extra tags, it's a Cinch (get it?) to put together.

(sorry, couldn't resist)

Here are some of the inside pages:

 The front cover (inside), holds a fold-out:

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I like to make the first page a title page,

which is easy with Graphic 45 papers.

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The circle was cut in two places to make pockets

that hold 3 Graphic 45 tags.

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Two pockets on this page:

one side pocket and one pocket made by fussy cutting an image.

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The next page has a fold-out booklet held down with a magnetic strip.

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and inside:

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Pocket on the left and a belly band on the right:

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The tickets at the top and image at the bottom hold the tag in place:

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And the last two pages of the booklet:

belly band with postkarte keeping the tag from falling out the bottom of the page

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and more fussy-cutting for two more tags:

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Next page, a tag acting as a pocket for 2 more tags:

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Flips are all about the right side page.

The front has an envelope with a tiny insert for journaling.

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Flip that to the right and reveal a pocket on the back

with inserts on the main page:

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The right pocket holds a mini tri-fold:

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and on the main body of that page = 

a small fold-out held together with a belly band.

The belly band has a magnet in it

as does the photo mat on the main page.

So, it all stays together  like magic!

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The last page houses another flip with a pocket and a tiny 

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts booklet.


The back of the postcard flip has a pocket and a

Gypsy Soul Laser Cut insert

pre-cut to look like a strip of stamps.

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and underneath is a belly band and two inserts for photos or journaling.


Hope you enjoyed this tour of my mini-book.


 the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts store

and get your own tag book to create and bind in your favorite way.

See you next month with another project featuring

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts.


Mini Album Makers Challenge Blog . . .

Today is the day the Designers show you more ideas on the Mini Album Makers Challenge Blog. This month I decided to do a very simple binding using a Zutter Bind-It-All.

Book A

To see the mechanics of putting this together, please visit Mini Album Makers Challenge Blog. I've written a tutorial with photos.  

In the meantime, here's how I decorated my mini:

I've used a Zutter chipboard book. I love these books! They have a rounded spine that looks like an old binding. I've darkened the book cover (it's a kraft color to begin with) using three shades of brown ink.

Book l

Building up the cover, I used chipboard with some of my cross stitch, Prima flowers and beautiful papers from Stamperia.

Book m

Left side with pockets including tissue paper prepared with resin.

Book n

Right side opens and holds pockets with tags.

Book o

Book q
Tiny feathers on the left page are from Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts.

Left page opens and holds 2 library pockets with tag inserts.

Book r

Book s

Right page reveals pages that hold 4" X 6" photos and a journaling card in a library pocket.

The button tag is used as a closure.

Book t

Book u

Left page with flaps open and a belly band to hold more photos:

Book v

A fun accordion paper bag page

Book w

with lots of storage:

Book x

A gate-fold page:

Book y

Book z

Thanks for visiting today.

Hope you enjoyed my mini-book.

Please visit

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and enter your own mini

with a chance to win a prize from our amazing sponsor

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It's March 1 and that means . . .

more mini-book ideas from the Team at Mini Album Makers Challenge blog.

MAMCB Mar 2018

Here's how this mini begins life:


Fold on the pre-cut scored lines and you have a tri-fold with pockets:

GSL booklet

I chose to make mine as flips, so did not adhere the bottom pockets but rather used other means of closing the flips.


This flap utilizes a magnet. Since it's metal, I used a Tim Holtz word charm as one part of the magnet.

The 2nd magnet is under the bird cage paper.


and open:


Flip #2 is closed with a magnet:


Flip #3 is closed with handmade (home-made) punched circles, string and a charm.



For the closure, I used a combination of Tim Holtz Swivel Clasps with Fasteners from Prima Marketing and TH.

The front closure is permanent.


Open the booklet by turning to the back and lifting the Swivel Clasp off of the Hitch Fastener.


Be sure to visit the Mini Album Makers Challenge Blog

to see what my Team Mates have created.

Then create your own mini book and enter it in our challenge.

You may win an amazing prize from this month's sponsor

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A Two-fer . . .

Fall Tray
Recently finished stitching this 

Delivering Autumn pattern by Country Spirits/Homespun Elegance

It's an old pattern from 2001 but it's Fall and Halloween and well . . .

Once it was finished, I was showing my friend Stacey and was talking to her about

putting this into a tray.

Stacey gave me this one that she had ~ an antique (or close to it).

It was perfect!

Fast forward to yesterday and another finish,

this one a Spring pattern by Brenda Gervais.

It's called Easter Peep Parade.

Another perfect match for my new-to-me tray:

Spring Tray

I got this all set up to use the tray this weekend

and was taking a photo when I noticed . . .

I forgot the bunny tail!


Undo this tray and begin again.


A few weeks ago . . .

I dug up some old cross stitching I did. Some of these are from 1990! 


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This one is a 3-part photo of a very long bell pull.




It's probably been about 20 years since I've dipped my hand into counted cross stitch.  Then, I thought my stitching was pretty good, even stitches, counted well (ha), even tension, back of the project looked neat etc.

Fast forward to now and I've started cross stitching again. Armed with older eyes and a 5X magnifier, I'm a bit disappointed in my stitching. The stitches don't look as even as they could, even though I think my tension is OK. I think it's that I can't always see the lines correctly.

What's good about stitching today? There are tons of helpful cross stitch groups on Facebook.

Then: Pinterest and Facebook didn't exist. Companies rarely had blogs that gave out information.

Now: We have all that at our fingertips, a way to send photos to each other and free advice.

Yesterday, I read an article that said cross stitching/embroidery is on the upswing again and has surpassed all other crafting sales.

Hmmm. Not ready to give up my paper but love that I can combine the two.


Mini Album Makers Challenge Blog . . .

Hi Everyone! Back this month with a new project for Mini Album Makers Challenge Blog. 


This is from one of Eilleen Hull's Sizzix dies and it is called Passport. And wow is it ever easy to put together.  The die includes the covers, binding and inside pages.

Here's what I did with mine:


After die-cutting the binding and covers in chipboard, I stained the binding with Vintage Photo stain. Using a paintbrush helped me soak some stain into the grooves.  

I wanted the binding to look like leather, so I used Ground Espresso and dabbed some onto the dried Vintage Photo.


These are the inside pages. They are already scored and hole punched (the die does that for you!). I inked the edges, chose some decorative paper and cut it slightly smaller than the original pages. This would give me a bit of an edge all around.


I chose my decorative papers and cut them 3-1/8" X 4 5/8" and wallpapered the original pages.


To bind the inside pages, I use waxed linen thread. In fact, I use this thread for all my tied bindings. It's super strong and doesn't stretch at all - perfect for binding pages. Normally I would tie the binding in the center of each signature. This time I decided to tie the binding on the outside so I can hang charms.  So . . . 


Take a long piece of waxed linen thread and one section of the inside pages.  Thread one end of the waxed linen thread through the top hole and one end through the bottom hole.

Now do the same with the first set of holes in the binding i.e., one end of the thread in the top hole and one end of thread in the bottom hole.

Tie the ends together on the outside of the book binding, making sure the thread is taut.

Continue with the other 2 signatures . . .


until your booklet looks like this:


Now it's time to add the covers. Add adhesive to the inner side of the binding.


Adhere the covers to the inside binding.


How easy was that! Here's a couple of my pages:


A few decorative additions to the cover and my Eilleen Hull Passport book is complete.



Hop on over to the Mini Album Makers challenge blog to see what my teamies have put together this month.

In the meantime, start on your own mini album and enter it for a chance to win a fabulous prize from this month's sponsor, Lindy's Stamp Gang.

Gift certificate $25

Thanks for visiting today!
Nancy Wethington
Design Team Member

On a quest in 2018 . . .

Posting this again, just in case you missed it earlier:

Lunar Sun Creations


My quest this year is to try things I haven't done before - at least as it pertains to paper crafts. 

Who are your favorite mini album makers?

Those that break the mold?

Those new to this that are thinking waaayyyyy outside the box?