I created this Sweet little album a few days ago. The instructions were downloaded from here
You will need to go to the April Archive to find the tutorial for the book, it’s called “Cherry Blossoms Folded Pocket Book” – Cherry Blossoms is the paper Kay has used to make her album. Any paper would do. I used “Hearts Ease” 12″ x 12″ Paper Pad from Couture Creations. You will need 6 sheets of 12 x 12 paper to create the album.
I’m so pleased with how it turned out. Although there are only 5 pages, there are 20 pockets to embellish.
I completed the belly band which holds the book together, You will need a closure as the book has a tendency to splay open. I think once I have put some embellishments inside, I may need to make a new Belly band as this one will no longer fit. It might be a good idea to wait until you have finished the embellishing before making the closure. Alternatively, before putting the inside finish to the cover of the book, you could substitute a ribbon closure instead. The finished size of the album is 5.25″ x 3.25′ so it is quite a small album.
There is some simple bookbinding (the stitch used is called Pamphlet stitch). I used a fairly fine black waxed thread which was all I had that would thread through my needle. I must invest in some proper book binding needles.
I used a Stampin’ UP! Piercing tool and mat to make the holes in the spine.
This is a great little album to try out Book Binding for the first time. Why not make one for yourself. It would also be a lovely gift.
A closer look at the belly band closure. The medallion is shown as an idea for finishing.
Happy Crafting in 2018.
I have a little obsession going on with wings at the moment.
After scouring the internet for a while I found a free template to make paper wings. If you would like to try making some yourself here is the link Angel Wings
This frame was laying idle in my craft room, the glass had been broken some time ago, so I removed the back board and lined it with some thin batting, then covered the batting with hession.
It was a bit of a conundrum as to how I would attach the wings once they were made. The fiishes wings are approximately 6″ long and 2 1/2″ wide. The solution was to add some strips of thick card to the back, which I built up to give a three dimensional effect. I added some metal elements from my stash (hearts always seem to go hand in hand with wings), this filigree heart was a junk shop find – part of a very unattractive necklace.
I wasn’t sure whether I had finished at this stage so I added some metal corners to the hession but I can’t decide whether they are required or not. What do you think?
It’s Melbourne Cup Day tomorrow – AKA “the race that stops a nations”. A public holiday for a horse race, I don’t know! I’m not a fan of sports which include animals, so I won’t be placing a bet or watching the race. Whatever you are doing, I hope you have a lovely day. May it also include some crafting time.
So my plan this year is to become more comfortable with my new sewing machine, I really haven’t come to grips with it at all since I bought it last year to replace my tired Janome. I went for a limited edition Bernina – and while it looks really pretty I have barely used it.
So when I saw these fun Juggling Chooks I decided they were the perfect project to get me going. Lots of repetition and no need to change the cotton!
I have three grandsons, so I had to make 9 of these little pillows. Each one is an individual as you can see (no two are alike).
And finally all nine juggling chooks. I think to save arguments the boys will get one of each colour.
To make your own juggling chooks, I have added the link below. I found all the bits for my chooks in my craftroom and kitchen. I filled the chooks with a little piece of polyester stuffing and then added about quarter of a cup of rice (brown of course). They require only a piece of cotton fabric and some felt for the beak, comb and wattle.
You’ll have a lot of fun making these. Even my husband has been practising his juggling to no avail), and I’m not much better myself. I hope the boys enjoy them.
a great little craft project from – Red Ted Art –
Have a great day
I’m not into fairies at all, but I do have a liking for their tiny houses.
My favourite part is the sunflower peeping over the fence and the Hollyhocks by the front gate. Can you spot the little black cat? I so enjoyed making this, and trying to figure out how it would come together.