I created this Sweet little album a few days ago.  The instructions were downloaded from here

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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.

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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.

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A closer look at the belly band closure.  The medallion is shown as an idea for finishing.

Happy Crafting in 2018.


Album Using Wire Binding System

This album has been created with the latest paper collection from the Meg’s Garden Range. The collection is called “Lavende.”


I have long coveted the Cinch Binding Machine by We r memory keepers and was lucky enough to be offered the loan of one recently.  This is my very first album using this binding system and I have learned that you can’t be frugal with the binding wire size.  I thought a 1 1/4″ binding wire would be sufficient for my needs but I really could have gone with a larger size. I didn’t realise this until I started to embellish my album. So I have learned a lot.


The Front cover of this album is embellished with papers from the  Lavende collection, I fashioned the scrolls from seperate sheets of the paper and adhered them to the first layer. The papers in the Lavende collection come in various sizes, I chose the book papers to make my album. These come on an 8″ x 11″ sheet and each sheet contains two book pages measuring 5″ x 7″.  So that is the size that I made my album. The front covers are made from 12″ x 12″ medium weight bookboard which I cut to size.

This album was so easy to decorate, using the cut apart sheets that come with the collection, once I had chosen the pages I would use.  All of the detail comes from the collection itself.  I used some La Blanche stamps (also available from Meg’s Garden) to add interest to the pages.

I made tiny pockets by fussy cutting some pieces, as in the bowl of lavender above. My lady in the hat sits nicely behind the flowerpot and doesn’t move when I turn the pages.  N.B. if you want to do this, always use a wet glue to adhere the pocket piece leaving room for your photo to slot in behind it. Double sided tape will not work in the same way and you will find things move about and fall out with that method.

I added some pages of varying sizes in vellum and window sheet  I also used some die cuts from my own stash .

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And I couldn’t leave out these gentlemen from the Gentleman’s Ephemera cut aparts. The clock is another of the La Blanche stamps.

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Above – A little bit French

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She likes to travel – suitcase and clock by La Blanche stamps.

She’s no wallflower.

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She’s very sweet.

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I hope you enjoyed this look at my Lavende Album.  Do check out what is available at Meg’s Garden. You will not be disappointed with her range of papers and embellishments. Many of Meg’s paper collections are available as digital downloads saving on postage.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Introducing a new Collection From Meg’s Garden

Hi Everyone,

As a member of Meg’s Garden Design Team, there is nothing more exciting than ‘new’ crafting products to create with.

This lovely Paper Collection from Meg’s Garden is called simply, “White Flowers on Green.”   In the following video you will see an example of the Book Pages, the A4 papers and the cut apart pages.


All of the papers are perfect for shabby chic or vintage lovers to add ribbons, pearls, flowers & laces to their projects. They are also perfect for card makers and, as with all Meg’s Garden collections, there are so many possibilities.

At just $12.95 for the full set of A4 papers, they constitute great value too. The Mini Book pages are also $12.95

While you are sifting through Meg’s website, take a look at the accessories.  So much to get excited about from card making and scrap booking, to mini albums. Gorgeous ribbons and filigree metal embellishments, silk flowers velvet flowers and mulberry paper flower favourites.  There really is something for everyone. Don’t forget to check the Clearance section for some real bargains on stamps to mention just one.


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This is a card that I made using the collection. The soft green is one of my favourites.  The silk flower on top of the clock is one of several colours you can choose from. The pretty lady in her bonnet is from one of the cut apart pages.

Thank you for stopping by today

Happy crafting.



Mini Album using Meg’s Garden Vintage Book Papers

Hi everyone I’m sharing a small album I created using Meg’s Garden Vintage Book Papers. This collection is called “Forgotten Meadows.”

The album is bound using a simple Japanese Bookbinding system.  I will be adding some photographs and poetry to the pages plus more of the details from the cut apart papers included with the collection. This album does not allow for lots of dimensional elements as it is quite flat.  It is perfect for photographs etc.

For a tutorial on the Bookbinding system that I have used go to: Japanese Bookbinding 101 Note: I have used the same system with three holes instead of four.  

Thanks for stopping by today


“Fan Lady” Mini Album

This album is the same style as others I have shown on my blog recently. It has six pocket pages and six tags. Finished album is approximately 7″ x 4″.


Using Graphic 45 “Couture” Collection papers.

I covered some plain white cardstock in Gilding Flakes and used Stampin’ UP! Botanical Builder Framelits to make the flowers and black flower centres.   I added some silver and pewter filigree elements for corners and cogs for hair and extra embellishments. small gems are scattered around along with silver and gold micro beads and coloured gems.

A brief look at some of the page decorations using chipboard elements from the same G45 Couture range.

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And there you have it.  I’m pretty sure this will be a Christmas gift for my gorgeous sister in UK, but currently it looks good in my hall.

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Album for a friend’s birthday gift

September is a busy birthday month for me.  Many cards to make and send and a few special gifts.  I made this album for a special lady using paper from Ultimate Crafts Australiana Collection.

Rachel’s Album – Front Cover



Inside pages of the album.  The idea for this album came from a blogging friend who featured this album made into a birthday date book for her mum. Here is the link to her original post Paperpuff.   She had provided a link with instructions to make the album on her blog.  This is a terrific blog, very entertaining and worth stopping by.


Each page is made up to include a top pocket and tag.  The finished album is 71/4″ x 4″


6 double sided tags, one for each pocket. I have sponged the edges of everything with Stampin’ UP! Chocolate Chip.


I’m pleased to say the recipient was very happy with her album and I have now started on another quite different album using the same dimensions for another birthday gift.  I love making mini albums.

Hope your weekend has been lovely.

Happy Creating whatever it is you are currently making.



An Album for Janet

I have the best sister in law.  While my dad has been ill in England so far away from me, it has been my sister in law who has kept me up to date with progress on a daily basis.  I’m glad to say that my dad is now well and back home.

I wanted to do something nice for my sister in law so this past weekend I made her this little mini album.  She and my brother are moving soon after living in the same house for over 35 years, so a pretty big deal for them.  This is just a little more than a card to wish them well with the move.

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The front cover has been made using an Australiana Designer paper, the beautiful Stampin UP! Bloomin’ Heart Thinlits Die and flowers, and some filigree corners from my stash.  I also bent one of the longer filigree pieces to create the closure.  The finished album is just 41/2″ x 31/2″ and it contains 5 pages.  I used Kathy Orta’s Hidden Hinge binding system to create the album.

The Australiana paper was so pretty I really didn’t have to do much more than cut out the pieces I liked and adhere them to my pages.  The edges were sponged with Stampin’ UP! Soft suede ink.  I did lots of fussy cutting and punched some flowers.

I suspect I may be making more of these cute little albums.