Mini Album Makers May 2018 Edition . . .

Hi Everyone and welcome to the Mini Album Makers May 2018 edition. This month I'm sharing an altered file folder.

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NOTE: Bird cage and feather courtesy of Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts.

It's so easy to add extra pages and minis to the inside of these and so very fun to decorate. Let's start.

The folder opens to reveal a large top, small bottom and two side pieces. I decorated these with vintage-look papers and embellishments.

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A pocket holds ephemera, but the pocket is attached on the inside of the left flap . . . 

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I added a postcard to the inside left flap, only adhering on the bottom of the postcard (or actually the far right side) and a touch on the upper and lower right corners. To the exposed corners I added metal corner protectors. 

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The next step was to create a 4 page signature to sew into the left flap. The cover is shown above with lace trim.

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Pamphlet Stitch PDF Instructions

And on the right side, I've added a piece of elastic to hold another mini-book. 

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To add the elastic, punch two holes (see above) and string the elastic through the holes and to the back of the page/portfolio. Make sure to do this before you decorate the back of the page/portfolio. 

Secure the ends with score tape. Decorate over the score tape.

The elastic holds a mini-book and a large portfolio in place. 

MAM APR 2018 A

MAM APR 2018 B

Thanks for joining me on this little foray into altered portfolios. 

Please stop by and visit my Team Mates and see what amazing mini books they've created on the

Mini Album Makers Challenge blog.

Then, enter your own mini book for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate from this month's fabulous sponsor

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Also entering this into the following challenges:

Your Scrapbook Place

World Wide Open Design Team Challenge

Love to Scrap

Your Scrapbook Place

The Challenge Blog of Creative Buying

Love To Craft

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Run towards the store to sign up.


Every little detail in his designs is perfection.


Butterflies, crystals, flowers, pearls and antique shutters . . . 

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. . . and just look at that gorgeous foiled paper . . .



More later this week with Frank's tags!

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Price Drop

Because of your amazing support

I've lowered the price of the Girlfriend Getaways.


Beginning with the October 2018 crop,

the cost will be $115

(does not include the price of the hotel stay).


IF you've already paid in full, you will be getting a refund within a week

in the form of a check mailed directly to you.

Remember, I'm only taking 50 people for these crops

so be sure to make your reservations early!

There are still some spots available.

Thank you



Are you going to CKC St. Louis . . .

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If so, you're invited to the 

Drury Inn & Suites - O'Fallon IL

Friday & Saturday 

8 am to ????

and shop my stash.


Dies & Embossing Folders

(gently used or brand new)

from Tonic and Spellbinders.

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Ribbon by the yard.


Graphic 45 Paper & Embellishments


Prima Paper, Flowers and Embellishments

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ephemera, things to alter and more!

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Come on by and visit before going to CKC.

You won't be disappointed!

Everything below wholesale or better!

Playing with a Piano Hinge for Mini Album Makers Challenge Blog . . .

It's the 1st of the month and that means new mini-books are up on the Mini Album Makers Challenge Blog.  I'm creating a piano hinge mini with help from this month's sponsor, Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts.  You can make these books with any cardstock. Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts carries these in both black and kraft. I chose a mix of both for my book.


Piano Hinge A


Here's how easy it is to create a piano hinge:

Piano A

Here's how the pages look from Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts. Of course you can cut and score these yourself, but it's so easy to build this with the help of GSL Cuts pre-prepped pages:

Piano B

You can see that there is a score line on the left and on the right with one score line down the middle. The centers are pre-cut which makes it easy to thread skewers through to create the hinge.

Piano C

Step 1:  Fold each page on the outside score lines (the far right and far left score lines).

Piano D

Step 2:  


Above photo shows an actual piano hinge.  And here's our piano hinge page.  The idea is to marry one side of the hinge with the other.

Piano F

To do that, I used a skewer and threaded every other hinge - first one on the kraft and then alternated with one on the black.


Continue that until every other hinge on each page is skewered.

Piano G

You can see from the photo above that you are using every other hinge on the kraft cardstock and the opposite hinge on the black cardstock.

Piano H

For the 3rd page, use the opposite hinges.  (see video above)

And the finished product with simple inside pages:


Now that you've seen how easy it is to put this book together,

please enter your own mini-book

(all styles highly encouraged)

on the

Mini Album Makers Challenge blog

for a chance to win a fabulous prize from this month's sponsor

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts.

If you're going to CKC St. Louis . . .

You're invited to stop by 


Drury Inn & Suites: O'Fallon IL

1118 Central Park Drive
O Fallon, IL 62269



If you've been to any of my sales,

you know I sell everything at 

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Join me in the Ballroom of the hotel


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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. 

Gsl a

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:

Gsl c

Gsl d

I like to make the first page a title page,

which is easy with Graphic 45 papers.

Gsl e

The circle was cut in two places to make pockets

that hold 3 Graphic 45 tags.

Gsl f

Two pockets on this page:

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

Gsl g

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

Gsl i

and inside:

Gsl j

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

Gsl k

Gsl m

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

Gsl n

Gsl o
And the last two pages of the booklet:

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

Gsl q

and more fussy-cutting for two more tags:

Gsl r

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

Gsl s

Flips are all about the right side page.

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

Gsl t

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

with inserts on the main page:

Gsl v

The right pocket holds a mini tri-fold:

Gsl w

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!

Gsl x

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

Mini Album Makers Challenge blog

and enter your own mini

with a chance to win a prize from our amazing sponsor

Seth Apter!