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WOYWW September 27, 2017 . . .

So much fun playing with a soon-to-be envelope mini offered by Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts. 


Playing with the upcoming envelope album and Graphic 45's Olde Curiosity Shoppe. Everything about Graphic 45's designs are so fun to work with. From bold patterns to tiny fussy cutting, the G45 collections have it all and are always inspiring.

Here's one of the pages I'll be using for the sample:



And in no time at all, this occurred:


So much fun today with all these elements, papers, embellishments and inks.  

Posting on WOYWW September 27, 2017

Sharing a Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Halloween project . . .

At the end of this month, I'll be teaching this project at a private class. Can't wait and thanks Joanne for the invitation!

House in a box 1

I'm crazy about the witch weather vane Gina designed specifically for this workshop. 

House in a box 2

There's a house book inside:

House in a box 3

If you're going to my  October 2017 Girlfriends Getaway Crop

you will see this and many more samples using  Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts.

And, of course, shop 'til you drop all weekend at the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts booth.

Something brand new - Mini Album Makers Challenge Blog . . .

The blogging world has a brand new blog:

Mini Album Makers Challenge Blog

and I get to be part of this exciting team.


If you're into mini books, this is the blog to follow!


all instructional


all sharing


all free

with prizes each month from your favorite manufacturers.

Our sponsor this month:

Seth Apter

Since this is my first blog post for the

Mini Album Makers Challenge Blog

I thought I would share the very first mini-book stitch I ever learned.

It's called a pamphlet stitch.

Want to learn how to add a pamphlet stitch to the portfolio above?


I began with a ready made portfolio similar to this one:



I like to add pages to the folios.

To do so, I use:

Ruler & Pencil

Craft Pick or Awl

Wax Linen Thread

Large Eyed Needle

Bulldog Clips

  •  Choose the paper/papers you want to add to what will become the spine of the portfolio. I chose to use some craft heavy wrapping paper I had on hand. You can also use file folders as your inserts.
  • Cut the paper so that you have the height you want and the width can be folded in half. You will be stitching on the fold line. The height and width of each paper can be different as long as it can be folded. In some portfolios I've added folded tags, scrapbook papers, envelopes etc.
  • Cut a piece of cardstock that is 2" wide and the same height as your papers. This will become your stitching pattern. Fold the cardstock in half - measuring 1" wide X the height of your paper.
  • Using a pencil and ruler, find the center of the cardstock and make a pencil mark. Next make a pencil mark in even increments up and down that center fold line. This folio is quite tall so I used many pencil marks. You can use as many as you like but no fewer than 3 marks.
  • Take the portfolio and fold on the score marks as shown in the photo below. Do this on both the right and left side of the folio. Mba
  • Using bulldog clips, carefully match the center/folded line of your stitching pattern to the center folds of your pages. Make sure the folded lines of your papers are lined up one on top of the other with your pattern on top of that.  The bulldog clips are used to keep everything lined up so that nothing shifts.
  • Attach the bulldog clips to the center line on the portfolio, matching folded lines of the papers to the folded lines of the folio.
  • Mb1
  • Use an awl or craft pick and insert the sharp end into the pencil marks through the pattern the papers and the center line of the folio. You are creating a stitching pattern on all.
  •  Once the holes are made, take away the stitching pattern but keep the bulldog clips in place so as not to have the papers move from the center line of the folio.
  • Take a piece of waxed linen thread that's approximately 2.5 times the height of the book. Thread a needle without tying a knot. Do not double the waxed linen thread.
  • Mb2
  • Begin at the center hole and in the center page. Take the needle and thread and poke it from the inside center hole all the way through to the outside of the portfolio's center hole. Leave a tail of about 2" to 3". You will use this to tie later.
  • Using an in-and-out type of stitch, follow up along the holes, one to another, in and out of the stitching holes.
  • Mb3
  • Once you get to the top hole, continue the same stitch all the way to the bottom of the pattern. Then back up again to the middle. You will end your stitching on the inside center page, at the same hole you started with.
  • Mb4
  • Make sure all the stitching lines are taut and once you have, tie a knot at the center. Cut off any leftover thread, leaving about a 1/2" of the thread.


Your stitched pages are now secure in the portfolio

and you're ready to decorate.

Meet my team mates and see what they're creating:

Mini Album Makers Challenge Blog

and see what

Seth is giving away!