Monday, January 15, 2018

Lovestruck Scrapbook Folder - Authentique

Good morning, Crafters! I am up on the Authentique Paper Blog today. It seems that I just pulled all my Christmas stuff out, and now it's all put away and we are on to Valentine's Day! 
I have created an 8" x 8" scrapbook folder to share with you. This is the perfect item to make for Valentine's Day! It is not a card, and it's not a page's BOTH! I used the delightfully retro Lovestruck Collection for this project. The ephemera cards in this collection are so funny! I love the one I used on the front of the folder.
The inside of the folder has space for two photos, one that is 4 1/4" x 3 1/4" and the second photo that is 6" x 4". I decided to put blank photo mats to show you where the photos should go, rather than trying to find an appropriate photo in my stash. I had the "place photo here" stamp custom made for just this circumstance. 

I adore the mix of red, pink, blue, and soft white in this collection. The retro images are just adorable!

To create this folder, first cut one piece of black cardstock to 8" x 8" inches. Cut a second piece of black cardstock to 8" x 8 3/4". Attach the two piece together to make one panel that is 8" tall and 16 1/4" wide. 

Score in from the left edge at 8" and 8 1/4". You will have two 8" x 8" panels with a 1/4" gutter between them.  

Open the panels face down, so that you are looking at the front and back covers. (The back cover will be on the left side).  Using the Lovestruck 12x12 Paper Pad, Cut Lovestruck Three (pink plaid) paper to 7 7/8" x 7 7/8" and attach to the left panel (which is the back of the folder). 

Cut Lovestruck Four (polka dots) paper to  7 7/8" x 7 7/8" and attach to the right panel (which is the front of the folder). Cut a strip of Lovestruck Four paper to 7 7/8" x 1/8" and attach to the spine. Close the folder so you can work on the front.
Cut Lovestruck Five paper (red plaid) to 4 1/4" x 7 7/8" and attach to the center of the panel, as shown. Use a heart border punch and black cardstock to create a heart border. Trim the border to 7 7/8" long and attach it to the bottom of the plaid panel.

Use a die template to cut a large doily from ivory cardstock (or use a pre-made doily). Place the doily onto the folder, approximately 3/4" from the top edge and 1/2" from the right edge.

Trim one of the images from Lovestruck Eight and mat with black cardstock. Using foam adhesive attach the image to the left side of the folder as shown, overlapping the doily. 
Use a die template to cut a heart from Spectrum Tickled Pink One paper. Attach the heart to the right side of the doily.

Attach the "hug me" sticker from the Lovestruck Details cardstock sticker sheet to a scrap of black cardstock. Trim around the edges. Use foam adhesive to attach the sticker to the heart, as shown. Glue ivory twine to a pink button and attach the button as shown.

Use a die cut template or cutting system to cut "love you" from black cardstock. Glue the phrase just above the heart border.
The cover of the folder is finished. I have kept the back cover plain, but you may decorate it if you wish.
Open the folder and begin to work on the inside. First trim Lovestruck Seven (red hearts) paper to 7 7/8" x 7 7/8" and attach to the right panel. Trim another strip to 7 7/8" x 1/8" and attach to the gutter (spine). Cut a third piece to 7 7/8" x 3" and attach to to the left panel, as shown.

Trim Lovestruck Five (red plaid) paper to 7 7/8" x 4" and attach it so that it just overlaps the red hearts paper. Trim Lovestruck Two (multi-colored hearts) paper to 7 7/8" x 1 1/4". Attach it to the left side of the panel, overlapping the red plaid. 
Now, let's work on the left page.  Use a die template to cut a large doily from Spectrum Tickled Pink Two paper (or use a pre-made doily). Place the doily onto the page, approximately 1/8" from the top edge and 1" from the right side of the page.

Use a die template to trim Lovestruck Four (polka dots) paper into a banner shape. Mat with black cardstock and attach to the page, overlapping the red plaid paper, as shown.

Trim Lovestruck Two (multi-colored hearts) paper to 5" x 7" and round all four corners. Mat with black cardstock. Attach to the page approximately 1 1/4" from the top and 1/2" from the left edge.
Cut a photo mat from ivory cardstock, 4 1/4" x 3 1/4". Mat with black cardstock. Attach the photo mat to the right side of the multi-colored hearts panel.
Fussy cut two images from Lovestruck One paper and attach them to the page with foam tape. 
Use punches or die cut templates to cut hearts from Micro Basics Scarlet Red Dots paper. (The paper is solid on one side.) Attach the hearts with foam tape to the bottom right corner of the page. 

Tie ivory twine to a small, red button and glue it to the heart stack. Attach the "that's love" sticker to black cardstock and trim. Attach the sticker to the heart stack with foam tape.
The page is finished! Add a photo to the photo mat. Now, let's finish page two!
Trim three strips of Lovestruck paper: Lovestruck Two at 7" x 1", Lovestruck Four at 7 5/8" x 1", and Lovestruck Three at 6 1/2" x 1 1/4". Attach the three strips to the left side of the page, as shown. Make sure to overlap each strip.

Trim Lovestruck Five (red plaid) paper to 3" x 7 7/8" and attach to the page, 3" from the top edge.

Use a die template to cut a large doily from ivory cardstock (or use a pre-made doily). Place the doily onto the page, approximately 2 1/8" from the top edge and 3/4" from the left edge. 
Trim Lovestruck Eight (reverse, red crosshatch) paper to 7" x 5" and round all four corners. Mat with black cardstock. Attach to the page approximately 1/2" from the top and 1/4" from the right edge.

Cut a photo mat from ivory cardstock, 6" x 4". Mat with black cardstock. Attach the photo mat to the center of the red crosshatch panel.
Attach the red "February 14" sticker to the page, as shown. Fussy cut two images from Lovestruck One paper and attach them to the page with foam tape. 
Attach two banner stickers to black cardstock and trim. Glue one of the banners to the hand of each of the images to look as if the children are holding the banners. Add a photo.
I hope you enjoyed making this cute scrapbook folder! Thank  you so much for looking!

Authentique Supplies Used:
Lovestruck 12x12 Paper Pad
Lovestruck Details cardstock stickers
Micro Basics Scarlet Red Dots
Spectrum Series Tickled Pink One and Two

Additional Supplies: 
Cardstock: WorldWin Papers Smooth Black, CutCardstock Natural Linen
Twine: ivory embroider thread
Buttons: my stash
Dies: My Favorite Things Jumbo Fishtail Stax, Stitchable Heart Stax; Spellbinders Hearts; Cheery Lynn Designs French Pastry Doily
Border Punch: Martha Stewart
Adhesive: ATG tape, wet glue, foam tape

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Really Reasonable Ribbon January 2018 Blog Hop

Welcome to the Really Reasonable Ribbon January Blog HopYou should be coming to my blog from the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog. (For the complete blog list, scroll to the bottom of the post.) After visiting me, hop over to the spectacular Ginny's Blog next!

At the end of the hop, comment on the RRR Blog post, answering the question listed, for a chance to win the January Ribbon Club Assortment shown below. (The Design Team appreciates your comments, too!)
This month the collection is called Valentine Mix. This all pink and white assortment is so pretty! I used up every scrap of a few of the ribbons already, and they are on my "reorder" form! 

I love all these pale pinks because they are perfect for a set of cards I've been wanting to make for my sister for a LONG time!
My sister and I used to collect pig figurines...well we sort of sent each other pigs all the time as an inside joke, and they became a bit of a collection. She still has hers, but mine got lost or broken over the years.

Well, about a year ago I purchased a set of cute piggie stamps meaning to make my sister a piggie-themed gift. always happens with me, other projects invaded Gloria's Craft World! 
I finally took the time to make up a set of cards and a tag! I made four A2 cards and placed them with envelopes into a clear plastic box.
I wrapped the box with Delicate Stitched Satin Pearl Pink ribbon. I then tied a big, floofy bow from the same ribbon. I added the tag to the box to make a sweet gift.
The tag is 4" x 2 1/4". I stamped onto kraft cardstock and colored the image with pencils. I added some enamel dots and tiny dots with a pen. I tucked a bit of the Crochet Lace under the tag topper.  
The four cards are all the same design. I varied the colored image and the paper. I also used different ribbons for each card. I love the cute piggie and the fun sentiment for this one.
I wrapped the top of this card with the Pearl Pink Taffeta Ribbon. I then layered the Random Mixed Pink Stars on White Grosgrain over the top. I added a bit of Red Burlap String to the center of the ribbon stack.
This little guy is perfect for Valentine's Day!  
I wrapped the top of this card with the Pearl Pink Taffeta Ribbon again. I then layered the Crochet Lace over the top. I added a bit of Red Burlap String to the center of the ribbon stack.
This little piggie was a favorite for everyone in the house! The kids could not stop giggling over his little piggie bottom! (My kids are 26, 22, and 17, so I guess naked bottoms are always funny! Even at my age of "let's not go there," it is funny!)

I added the balloons, one at a time by masking parts of the image.
I wrapped the top of this card with the Ruby Red Diamond Satin Ribbon (5/8" seems to be out of stock). I then layered the Crochet Lace over the top. I added a bit of Red Burlap String to the center of the ribbon stack.
This little piggie is dancing, but I added the kit image so that it looks as if he's flying a kite. I had such fun coloring all the images with pencil. I don't have much experience coloring on kraft cardstock, but it was very cool to do!
I wrapped the top of this card with the Pearl Pink Taffeta Ribbon again. I then layered the Crochet Lace over the top. I added a bit of Red Burlap String to the center of the ribbon stack.
The new paper collection from Authentique is called Sweetheart. It was perfect for my selection of cards! (As a side note, I am staying with the Authentique DT for a while longer, at least through March....let's hope even beyond that!)
The cards look adorable, all wrapped up in a clear box!

Now, hop over to Ginny's Blog to see what she has for you! Ginny is the QUEEN of all things layered and ribbon-y, so I am sure she has a beauty for you to see!

Here is the RRR Blog Hop Order in case you get lost!


Gloria - YOU ARE HERE!

Thanks so much for stopping by today.

Cardstock: smooth black (unknown source), Neenah Desert Storm, Bright White; Bazzill Pomegranite
Printed paper: Authentique Sweetheart
Prismacolor pencils: Crimson Red, Raspberry, Crimson Lake, Deco Pink, Pink Rose, Nectar, Light Umber, Chocolate, Lemon Yellow, Sand, Canary Yellow, White, 50% Warm Grey
White pen: Sakura Gelly Roll
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Enamel dots: Simple Stories Emoji Love, DIY Christmas; American Crafts Shimelle; Your Next Stamp White Sugar and Sparkle gumdrops
Stamps: My Favorite Things Hog Heaven, Adorable Elephants, The Whole Herd
Dies: Simon Says Stamp Stitched Dress Up Tag, My Favorite Things A2 Rectangle Stax Set 1, Tonic Studios Mixed Edge Rectangles
Tools: MISTI
Card box: source unknown
Adhesive: ATG tape, hot glue, Scor-tape, foam tape

Friday, January 12, 2018


Registration is OPEN for two Graphic 45 workshops! 
I am teaching two sessions at the Bread of Life Charity Fundraising Event, March 10, 2018, in Oceanside, CA! 

I am teaching a Vintage Hollywood Mini Album in the morning session.

And, I am am teaching the Vintage Derby Mini Album in the afternoon session.

For more details and to REGISTER, please click HERE, or select the Charity Workshops Tab at the top of the blog!

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Mini Album Makers January Challenge

The Mini Album Makers Challenge will feature a monthly challenge, with each Design Team Member posting a link to a mini album tutorial, tip, or trick on the 1st of each month.  Then, one team member will post a full tutorial on the 14th of each month! (My BIG tutorial month is in February, so get ready for the next month!) In addition, there will be guest makers each month! The team will pick our FAVORITE project to be the next GUEST MAKER!

Click HERE for the January Challenge! You will have all month to make a NEW project and enter the challenge for a chance to win a prize. (See prize details at the end of the post.) Winners will be posted on the 7th of each month on the Mini Album Makers Blog.

I have gone very far outside my comfort zone again this month! I have been wanting to create something that has a hidden wire-coil binding. I have collected ideas for a while, trying to learn how this binding style is accomplished. It really seemed to "work-y" for me. 
Since I hoard everything...I found a book in my stash that had a hidden coil binding! However, the book was very skinny, with a tiny coil. I wanted to make a journal that was a bit thicker. So, I did some trail and error and came up with this version!
This is a true journal, with lots of blank pages and very little embellishment. My daughter always tells me that my journals are very pretty, but not practical to use, especially when I glue tons of embellishments to the front cover. {an artist is never appreciated in her own home! giggle giggle}
The cover of this journal is plain, with just the beautiful paper as embellishment. (This paper is the Graphic 45 By the Sea Collection.)
The journal is 8 1/2" x 8 1/2" x 1". There are four divider pages, plus lots of blank pages, lined pages, and a few kraft pages, plus some watercolor papers in each section.
The back cover contains a large pocket, filled with tags.

Here are the directions for making this journal. I had some issues in a few areas, so I will point those out to you. Hopefully, you can manage to make your journal without falling into these traps. {smile}
Cut two chipboard covers to 8 1/2" x 8 1/2". Cut one chipboard spine to 8 1/2" x 1". 

You may have to adjust your spine width, depending on the width of your coil binding. I thought my coil was a 1-inch coil, but it was really a 3/4-inch coil, therefore my binding was a tad too wide. I compensated for this in the design, but it is not ideal to have your spine piece too wide (or too narrow).  
Select your coil and cut it to the proper length. I wanted my inside pages to be 8" x 8", so I punched a test sheet of paper with the Cinch binding machine to see how long to make my coil. 

Cut two pieces of chipboard to 8 1/2" x 1/2" to act as spacers. 
We will wrap our cover with white cardstock. However, since cardstock comes in 12" x 12" pieces we will need to splice two pieces together. Cut one piece to 11 1/2" tall by 12" wide. Draw a guideline at 1" from the right edge. Add double-sided tape to the right of the guideline. 
Cut a second sheet of white cardstock to 11 1/2" x 11". Place the second sheet over the taped area for sheet one, just to the guideline. You will now have a section of white cardstock that is 11 1/2" x 22". 

Lightly draw a 1 1/2" margin around the top, left, and right edges of the cardstock.  
Attach one chipboard cover piece to the left side of the cardstock, using the guidelines for placement. Use removable adhesive to add one of the spacer chipboard pieces.

Add the spine and the second spacer, and then the second cover piece. 
Remove the spacer pieces. Angle the corners and add double-sided adhesive to the cardstock edges.

The 1/2" spacers have created 1/2" gutters, which are needed to allow the coil binding to be tucked away, but also allow for the covers to open smoothly. You may need to adjust this gutter spacing, depending upon the width of your wire coil.
Wrap the cardstock around the covers and spine and secure. This is the INSIDE view of the journal. 
Flip the journal over to the front side. To reinforce the spine, add a 10 1/2" x 6" piece of self-adhesive canvas. 

You may choose to use printed paper, fabric, washi tape, or another medium for this step. I felt that this journal may get a lot of use, so wanted to make sure the spine did not tear. I chose canvas because it is very sturdy, and since I was making the album in a beach theme, canvas was the perfect choice! 
Wrap the canvas around the inside edges and burnish. Trim a piece of decorative paper to 8 1/2" x 1" to cover the spine (not shown here).

Create your journal by following the directions of your binding machine. I used the We R Memory Keepers Cinch, so I followed the directions to punch all my pages.
Cut your inside pages and punch those according to the binding machine directions. My inside pages are 8" x 8". I have a mix of plain paper, lined paper, kraft cardstock, and watercolor cardstock. I used approximately 100 pages for the journal. 
Cut your divider pages to 8 1/4" x 8 1/4". I cut four pieces of decorative cardstock for my dividers. Punch the holes so that they line up with your inside pages. (You will want to cut FIVE divider sheets and add one as the last page of your journal, just before the second liner page.) 
Cut two liner pages to 8 3/8" x 9 3/8" (the orange check shown). Please note, I cut these too small and had to improvise when I assembled the journal. Use these measurements, and (hopefully) you won't have the same issue I had! 

Bind your journal with your coil binding. You will have a standard, wire-bound journal, with your liner pages acting as front and back covers. Now, let's assemble the journal with the chipboard covers.
Place your bound journal onto your covers, making sure that the coil will line up with the spine. Place strong, double-sided adhesive onto the liner and press it to the chipboard cover. Make sure that you don't add adhesive to the 1/2" gutter.

It takes some finesse (and maybe an extra pair of hands) to hold the coil in place while you attach the liner page. 
This is where I made my mistake. My liner page was too narrow, so I had to add the strip of postage images to cover the space.
Repeat with the back cover. (Again, my liner page is not wide enough.) I also realized that my spine was a bit too wide for the coil, which just means that I have extra space between the journal and the back cover, which I "filled" by adding a pocket to the back cover. 
This is the journal open. You can see I added the "By the Sea" border to the back cover to make up for the too short liner page. 
Here you can see that the liner pages are NOT attached to the spine. They sort of "float" where the 1/2" gutters are, and they also "float" over the spine.  

This shows my third mistake. There is a lot of pressure on the liner pages, so they need to be VERY STURDY. I wish I had added cardstock or reinforced the holes in some way, because they are already starting to tear.
Here is another view of how the coil is hidden inside the chipboard covers. Imagine, once you hide the coil, taking a photo of it is very difficult! {groan}
Let's make a pocket for the back cover. Cut white cardstock to 8" x 8" and trim in half on the diagonal. Score 1/2" from the right angle edges. Add double sided tape, fold and burnish. 
Attach the pocket to the back cover, as shown. 

Note, I also covered the back page of the journal with decorative paper. Mistake number four - I should have added a fifth divider sheet as my last page. I did not think of that until too late, so I cut an 8" x 8" piece of paper and glued it to the last blank page of the journal. I simply punched the holes, then snipped them to fit around the coil, rather than tear the whole thing apart to add a page.   
Cut decorative paper to 7 3/8" x 7 3/8" and cut on the diagonal. Add the paper to the pocket.
Add a journal block cut from the decorative paper to the last page of the journal. Mount a second journal block onto chipboard and attach to the pocket as shown. 

Trim a border strip from the paper and add to the top edge of the pocket. 

Decorate tags to add to the pocket. You could also add a small notebook to this pocket. 
I used Graphic 45 tags. I cut 1" from the bottom of one large craft tag. I also used a regular ivory tag and a square kraft tag. I then cut 2" from the bottom of a regular ivory tag to make the smallest tag. 

Add paper to both sides of the tags. 
Now, lets focus on the outside covers. I save these for last because I don't want to wreck them while I am fooling around with the inside. 
I kept the cover very simple. I cut the beautiful By the Sea paper to 8 1/8" x 7 1/2" and then matted it with white cardstock. I then attached the panel to the front cover. I wanted a bit of the canvas to show on the front cover. 
For the back cover, I cut the check paper to 8 1/4" x 8 1/4". 
I threaded a bit of ivory twine through the spine and tied a knot on the top. I added a chipboard tag and a twine bow. The tag gives space to write a title or a date for the journal.

You can also see how the pages look inside the journal. The cover is slightly bigger so the pages are all tucked inside.
You can decorate your pages however you desire. There is enough "give" in the spine and the coil to add a bit of decor, but not too much. 
I simply added an ephemera card or a journaling block to each divider page. 
 The little card at the top is popped up with foam tape so that something can slide under it.
 This divider has a list of beach rules. 
 For this page, a post card ephemera card makes a nice journaling spot.
 I chose to put this ephemera card in the corner. You can attach it on two sides to make a pocket.
 One of the stickers from the By the Sea sticker sheet makes a great journal spot, too.
And another view of the last page and the large pocket. 
Thanks for joining me today! I hope that this journal will inspire you to try some new book-making techniques! Don't be afraid of making mistakes. It is only paper, after all. {wink}

Below is a full list of the Design Team, with links to their blogs!

Gloria Stengel (you are here)
Nancy Wethington (taking a break)

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Any Handmade Book Goes.  Enter any form of handmade mini albums, scrapbooks, journals, and book arts. Our focus is on completed works, so no layouts or journal spreads that are not part of a complete handmade book project. You do not have to provide a tutorial, but we wish you would. Feel free to use one of the DT tutorials to make your project and give proper credit where due. No back links allowed (this means your project must be first seen on social media between January 1st and January 31st, 2018).  Combine with any other challenges as applicable. No limit on entries. Share the love by visiting and commenting on other entries. Please become a follower. That's it - have fun! Click HERE to enter your project!

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Printed paper, ephemera, stickers, decorative chipboard: Graphic 45 By the Sea (retired)

Filler paper: Staples printer paper, school supply lined paper, Neenah kraft cardstock, art supply watercolor paper
Tags: Graphic 45 Large Kraft, Regular Ivory, Square Kraft
Cardstock: WorldWin Paper ColorMates Smooth Heritage White
Twine: Really Reasonable Ribbon Ivory Hemp Cord
Canvas: Claudine Helmuth Studio stick-back natural
Wire coil: We R Memory Keepers
Binding Machine: We R Memory Keepers Cinch (original)
Corner rounder: Creative Memories
Score board: Martha Stewart
Chipboard: WorldWin Papers
Adhesive: Scor-tape, ATG tape, foam squares