Scrapbook How-To: Hand Stitch a Mini Album

Hand stitch the binding of a folded mini album to hold the pages in tightly and emphasize the handcrafted nature of your project. This type of binding is perfect for small albums that you want to dress up with ribbon, leather, or metallic cording, or another specialty fiber. This is also a good option for mini albums that include more pages than will comfortably go through your sewing machine. Vary the size of the holes to fit the ribbon by using hole-punching tools or a paper piercer.

Stacy Cohen made the Sisters mini album for Scrapbooking Tips & Tricks: Tools & Techniques to showcase her cute daughters relationship. She chose ribbon that matched the girlish look of her mini album, tying it in a big bow to finish the look.

Sisters Mini Album by Stacy Cohen for Scrapbooking Tips & Tricks: Tools & Techniques

Sisters Mini Album by Stacy Cohen for Scrapbooking Tips & Tricks: Tools & Techniques

Create the look:

Step 1: Cute cardstock and transparency sheets to 6" x 12"; fold in half.

Step 1: Cut cardstock and transparency sheets to 6″ x 12″; fold in half.

Tip: Spritz the cardstock behind the transparency with spray ink to add extra color to your mini album cover.

Step 2: Punch holes through middle seam, approximately 1/2" apart, making sure your pages are perfectly lined up before punching holes to avoid uneven binding.

Step 2: Punch holes through middle seam, approximately 1/2″ apart, making sure your pages are perfectly lined up before punching holes to avoid uneven binding.

Step 3: Thread a long piece of ribbon through holes. Tie a tight bow. Trim ends.

Step 3: Thread a long piece of ribbon through holes. Tie a tight bow. Trim ends.

Tip: Tie the ribbon tightly so the pages don’t move around.

Close up of finished binding.

Close up of finished binding.

 

 

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Scrapbook How-to: Transform Die-cut Circles into Other Accents

Die cuts and journaling spots can easily be cut, folded, stamped on, and literally transformed into a different type of accent than originally intended, which makes them a fantastic supply for a scrapper on a budget. Take, for instance, the banner and butterfly on Paula Gilarde’s Snapshots layout from Budget-Friendly Scrapbooking, both of which were created from journaling spots. Give this idea a try when you need a quick, wallet-friendly accent.

Snapshots by Paula Gilarde for Jillibean Soup from Budget-Friendly Scrapbooking

Snapshots by Paula Gilarde for Jillibean Soup from Budget-Friendly Scrapbooking

Create the look: Butterflies from die cuts

Step 1: Score center of scalloped circle die cut and sketch butterfly on back side.

Step 1: Score center of scalloped circle die cut and sketch butterfly on back side.

Step 2: Fold die cut in half and cut out butterfly. Repeat steps 1 and 2 for additional butterflies.

Step 2: Fold die cut in half and cut butterfly. Repeat steps 1 and 2 for additional butterflies.

Step 3: Layer butterflies and tie baker's twine around center.

Step 3: Layer butterflies and tie baker’s twine around center.

 

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Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July! Here are a few patriotic projects to enjoy today.

Red, White, & Blue Mason Jars

This clever idea from It All Started with Paint is a flag decor piece that doubles as a holder for straws and eating utensils. All you need is jars, paint, stars, and a nail file. It will definitely add a bright spot to your holiday festivities.

Mason Jar Flag by It All Started with Paint

Kraft Paper Snack Bags

These adorable and practical snack bags from Lia Griffith are easy to make, especially with the instructions she includes with her post. Plus, you can use these for any snack like potato chips, carrot sticks, popcorn, candy, and more. The cute sticker she uses is available to purchase in her Etsy store, but you could use any festive sticker or washi tape.

DIY Kraft Paper Snack Bags from Lia Griffith

Firecracker Card Pattern

Most people don’t send many cards for the 4th of July, but think of all the possibilities for this free pattern found on the Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking Patterns Pinterest board. Think firecracker garland, or hook four together for a centerpiece, or for food labels, or attach to skewers and create a bouquet. The possibilities are endless.

Firecracker card from July/August 2012

Firecracker card from July/August 2012

I hope you have a wonderful 4th of July and find a little time to create a few crafts for your celebration.

 

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Summer Scrapbook Downloads

Summer is in full swing and these free journaling card downloads from the July 2014 Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking issue will look wonderful on the scrapbook layouts you create to document your activities and every day life.


Download jpeg version here.

Download PDF version here.

 

Download jpeg version here.

Download PDF version here.

 


Download jpeg version here.

Download PDF version here.

 

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Scrapbook How-to: Make Newsprint Accents

Who knew that an old newspaper could add such a delightful appeal to a scrapbook layout! Sharon Laakkonen dressed up her Beautiful New Zealand page from Mixed Media, Vol. 1 using newspaper to create a beautiful flower accent as well as border strips to frame the edges. Use your favorite scrapbook supplies and an old newspaper to create unique accents and backgrounds for your pages. It’s easy to add pizzazz to newsprint using spray ink, punches, and paint.

Beautiful New Zealand from Mixed Media, Vol. 1

Beautiful New Zealand from Mixed Media, Vol. 1


Create the look:

Step 1: Punch scalloped circle from newspaper and sew around edges.

Step 1: Punch scalloped circle from newspaper and sew around edges.

Step 2: Scrunch paper together forming pleats and add adhesive to center.

Step 2: Scrunch paper together forming pleats and add adhesive to center.

Step 3: Layer several circles; add pre-made flower to center.

Step 3: Layer several circles; add pre-made flower to center.

 

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