Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Mini Album Set with Basket Storage Tutorial


Hello crafty friends! Mini albums, mini albums, mini albums...will I ever tire of making them? Probably not! They're such cute, fun projects to make and the possibilities and ways to make them are never ending! So I wanted to take some time to share with you how to put together one of my mini album sets! I can't officially say it's my favorite mini album set design to date (I couldn't possibly choose a favorite), but I love it to pieces and I hope you all do as well!


You can find a process video and tutorial for this project HERE.


I love creating paper baskets and carriers, so we will start there first. To create the storage basket for this trio of albums you will need two pieces of paper:

Box - 5.5 inch by 7 inch | Score at 1.25 inch on all four sides
Handle - 1 inch by 12 inch

Cut the squares in each corner of your box template into tabs and use those to adhere your template into a box. Once your box is assembled, add the handle by using eyelets, brads, or just some good old hot glue. Then it's time to move on to the minis!

This set is a set of three, so keep in mind you will need triple of all the supplies listed:

Chipboard - Two pieces that measure 2.5 inch by 2.5 inch for the covers | One piece that measures 1.25 inch by 2.5 inch for the spine.
Wrapping - 3.5 inch by 7.5 inch
Lining - 2.25 inch by 6 1/8 inch
Pages - You will need four pages:
(1) 2.25 inch by 5.5 inch | Score on 5.5 inch side at 2.25 inch and 3.25 inch
(2) 2.25 inch by 5.25 inch | Score on 5.25 inch side at 2.25 inch and 3 inch
(3) 2.25 inch by 5 inch | Score on 5 inch side at 2.25 inch and 2.75 inch
(4) 2.25 inch by 4.75 inch | Score on 4.75 inch side at 2.25 inch and 2.5 inch

Start by wrapping your chipboard and adding the lining. Then work on your pages. Once they are all scored and folded, adhere them together from the largest gusset to smallest gusset. Then add them to the inside spine of your mini!

It should be noted that if you are opting to add charms or tassels to your albums, punch a hole and add a jump ring to the spine before adhering your pages into place.



Then all you need to do is embellish your basket and minis!

Hope you feel inspired! Be sure to check out the video tutorial for this project by clicking the link above! Take care and happy crafting! See you next time!

Monday, April 6, 2020

Chipboard Pocket Book Tutorial


Hello crafty friends! As might be expected, I have another fun chipboard book tutorial to share with you! And no, it's not a mini album this time around. It's actually a pocket book! This book has four 3 inch by 3 inch pockets in it that can be used for photo storage or gift giving! It's a super cute and super quick project, so let's dive into how to put this project together.

You can find a process video and tutorial for this project HERE.


For the chipboard book itself, you will need the following:

Chipboard - Two pieces that measure 3.25 inch by 6.25 inch | One piece that measures 2 inch by 6.25 inch
Wrapping - One piece of paper that measures 7.5 inch by 10 inch
Lining - One piece of paper that measures 6 1/8 inch by 8.5 inch

Once your chipboard is wrapped and your book base is ready to go, it's time to move on to the pockets. Keep in mind this book has four pockets so you'll repeat these steps four times over:

Pocket - One piece of paper that measures 5 inch by 9.5 inch | Score on the 5 inch side at 1 inch on both long sides | Score on the 9.5 inch side at 3, 4, 7, and 8 inches

Once you have scored and folded your template, cut off the small square and small rectangle from the 5 inch side that has them. Then, cut the two squares in the middle of the paper into tabs and use those to assemble your pocket together.


Then, simply adhere all four of your pockets evenly to the two inside sides of your chipboard book base and your ready to embellish!


Thank you so much for stopping by the blog today! I hope you feel inspired to try this project! Be sure to check out the video linked above for more details on creating this. Take care and happy crafting! See you next time!

Sunday, April 5, 2020

Binder Style Mini Album with Pocket Pages


Hey crafty friends! Binder ring mini albums are some of my favorite to make and are a staple in my mini album collection. They're both easy and quick to make while being super cute and interactive! The best of both worlds!

You can find a tutorial and process video for this project HERE.


For the base of this album you will need 3 pieces of chipboard. The measurements are as follows:

- Two pieces for the covers that measure 4.5 inch by 6 inch
- One piece for the spine that measures 2 inch by 4.5 inch

To wrap your chipboard you will need:

- Two pieces of paper that measure 6 inch by 12 inch. Glue these together end to end and use this extra long piece of paper to wrap your chipboard.

Add the spine to the seam of this paper and the cover pieces to both sides of it. Then trim the short sides of your paper down so that there is about half an inch of paper left over. Then continue the wrapping process.

To line your album you will need:

- Two pieces of paper that measure 4.25 by 7 inches. Overlap these on the spine of your album and adhere them down.


For the binding you will need:

- Two binder rings that measure 1.5 inch.
- Punch two holes that are 1.25 inch apart near the edges at both the top and bottom of the spine.
- Optional: Four eyelets to reinforce the holes.


For the pages of your album you will need:

- Several pieces of paper that measure 4.25 inch by 11 inch | Fold them in half on the long side and glue or sew the bottom and sides to create a pocket.

Punch small holes on the left most edge of all of your pages and add them to your album. Then just decorate and embellish to your heart's content!


Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today! I hope you feel inspired! Be sure to check out the video linked above for more details on how to make this! Take care and happy crafting!

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Three Tiered Paper Suitcase Stack


Hello crafty friends! If you've followed me for some time, you may have noticed that I love making paper suitcases. They're so cute and tiny and I love how interactive they can be! So, using one of my designs, I altered the measurements to create three suitcases that vary in size from small to large. These suitcases can be stacked to create the cutest display item or gift box! So, if you'd like to learn how to make this project, keep reading!

You can find a process video and tutorial for this project HERE.


For this project we need three suitcases. The measurements for each size are as follows:

Large suitcase - One piece of paper that measures 8.25 inch by 11.75 inch | Score all four sides at 1 5/8 of an inch | Score on the 11.75 side at 5 inch and 6.75 inch
Medium suitcase - One piece that measures 7.25 inch by 10.75 inch | Score all four sides at 1 5/8 of an inch | Score on the 10.75 inch side at 4.5 inch and 6.25 inch
Small suitcase - One pieces that measures 6.25 inch by 9.75 inch | Score all four sides at 1 5/8 of an inch | Score on the 9.75 inch side at 4 inch and 5.75 inch

To assemble all of your suitcases, follow these steps:

- Turn all of the squares on your template into tabs but cutting up on their score lines to separate them from the rest of the panel. Be careful not to cut the squares off of your paper!
- Use the four outer tabs to adhere a box shape together at both ends of the template.
- Use the last two tabs in the middle of your paper to create a hinge. You can adhere these tabs to either box. Since the boxes are identical, it won't matter which one you choose.
- Close the lid of your box and you're ready to go!

For the straps of these suitcases, I used strips of paper that measured 1/2 inch by 12 inch. I then glued these around the boxes, being careful not to glue them over the opening of the box. These are faux straps (they won't actually hold the suitcases closed, they are just for decoration). Cut off any excess paper once your straps are down.

The handles of each suitcase vary slightly in size:

Large Suitcase Handle - 3/4 inch by 5 inch
Medium Suitcase Handle - 3/4 inch by 4.5 inch
Small Suitcase Handle - 3/4 inch by 4.25 inch


Once your boxes are decorated to look like suitcases, all you need to do is glue them on top of one another to create a small stack of suitcases. I prefer hot glue for this process since it dries fast and adheres well!

Then you just have to decorate!

Thank you so much for stopping by the blog today! I hope you feel inspired! Be sure to check out the video linked above for more details and a visual process on how these are made! Take care and happy crafting! See you next time!

Friday, April 3, 2020

Exploding Paper Pocket Box Tutorial


Hello crafty friends! In this post I'd like to share with you how I put together this cute paper box that unfolds or "explodes" when the lid is taken off. Not only is it fun and interactive, it also has four pockets inside that can hold small gifts, trinkets, or photos! How fun is that?!

You can find a process video and tutorial on this project HERE.


The base of this project requires just two pieces of paper:

Box - 12 inch by 12 inch | Score at 4 inch and 8 inch, rotate 90 degrees and score at those marks again
Lid - 8.25 inch by 8.25 inch | Score at 2 inch on all four sides

After folding up on the score lines of your box, carefully cut out the four large squares in each corner. Be sure to save these scraps for another project! For the lid, fold up on the score lines and then turn the four squares into tabs. Use those tabs to adhere the lid into a basic box shape. Fold up the panels of your box paper and add the lid to the top--this is how our entire project will close.


The measurements for the pockets are as follows. Keep in mind that you will need four pieces:

Pocket - One piece of paper that measures 5 inch by 12 inch | Score on 5 inch side at 1 inch on both sides | Score on 12 inch side at 4 inch, 5 inch, 9 inch, and 10 inch.

To turn this template into a pocket, cut the small square and the small rectangle off on both sides of the end that has them. This will be the lid of the pocket. Then, turn the two squares in the middle of the template into tabs and use those to assemble the pocket. I recommend watching my process video for more details on this.


After that, just glue all four of your pockets into the box. Start by adhering one pocket to the left most edge of one of the panels of the box. Follow this pattern until all of your pockets are glued into place and then it's time to embellish!

Thank you so much for stopping by the blog today to read about this project! I hope you feel inspired! Be sure to check out the process video I have on this project for more details by clicking the link up above! Take care and happy crafting!