French Country Memory Box (Handmade)

My friend asked me to create a memory box, like the ones I showed you earlier only larger. She chose the beautiful, romantically rural French Country collection by Graphic 45 – especially since she loves France.

This handmade storage box is pretty large and can hold lots of memorabilia, or even one or more mini albums!
Its dimensions are 19 x 22 cm (7½ x 8 5/8”) and it is 16 cm (6¼”) high, custom-fitted both to the largest and the widest card of a set of cards she wanted to keep in the box, and to the height of the set of cards when stacked on top of eachother, which was 15 cm (6″).

I added a Bonus Cutting Guide to the already existing written tutorial, at no extra cost! So take advantage of this deal if you’d like to create some storage boxes of your own. (People who already bought the tutorial earlier, can now go back to their Purchases tab on Etsy and download the cutting guide for free. I also added some improvements to the original tutorial, so best download them both 🙂 )


I decorated the box with several cutaparts from the collections and two door pulls. On the lid I also used some flowers, charms and buttons, and a hand-painted wooden letter. All in all these beautiful papers are a perfect summer or fall collection, with gorgeous, full colors.


So, Leftover Scraps Are Beautiful Too You Know…

As you may have noticed I really like to use up every last bit of paper I’m using, both the design paper AND the cardstock. So here’s two cards I created with what little I had left from two previous projects. And I’m pretty convinced that if I hadn’t said anything you wouldn’t have noticed these two pieces of postal happiness are actually created from leftovers – for there’s nothing measly about them at all! 🙂

The first card is made from a single strip of cardstock, folded just so, and with a piece of decorative chipboard-turned-magnetized-closure.

The second card is a napkin-fold card with a gloriously embellished belly band. You can make one yourself quite easily – Yes you can! Just watch my free video tutorial and have at it!

So go ye’ all, beeth the Frugallest of Crafters and enjoyeth thee with thy Scraps! 🙂


Man About Town – a New ‘Sturdio’ Album

A short while ago I designed a new kind of folio album, with accordion style page sets and very sturdy cover parts – hence the new name I coined: a sturdio album 🙂

At the time I was in the Zone designing & creating, so I wasn’t able to write a tutorial. But I promised you I would, and now I have! So here is the second iteration of my sturdio album design, created with Graphic 45’s A Proper Gentleman collection. It’s a little bit larger, but it has the same page design as the original. You can find the tutorial in my Etsy shop.

This one was especially created for my dearest friend Christa, who wanted to have a very special album to keep her favorite pictures of her beloved husband.

So, without further ado, here’s Man About Town, a sturdio album.



Really Mini File Folio! (Kaisercraft Exchange)

Not too long ago I participated in Kaisercraft’s brand new international snail mail project called Kaisercraft Exchangewhich I really enjoyed. You send out anything you created with Kaisercraft products to someone around the world you don’t know, and likewise you receive something – from someone else entirely. Kaisercraft functions as the trustworthy middleman to swap all of the addresses.

It was so, so much fun to participate the first time! So when they announced their second run of this worldwide surprise swap, I was game!

This time I used the Lush design papers, a Kaisercraft paper collection from 2010, of which I had also miraculously still been able to find the rubons. I designed something completely new (well, to me at least): a Mini File Folder, or Mini Collection Folio if you will. I was absolutely engrossed in designing and creating this project, it really scratched all of the right itches for me, especially after finishing a larger project (coming up soon…) 🙂

So without much further ado, here’s the video. Enjoy, let me know what you think, and do participate in Kaisercraft Exchange next time! Who knows, maybe I’ll be sending you something! 🙂



Gift idea: Altered Tea Box

Tea boxes are the ideal gifts to give and they are very fun and easy to alter!

For instance, I bought this simple wooden tea box, painted it black inside and out, and decorated with Bo Bonny’s Asian-themed Serenity paper collection & ephemera.

I did that once before, using the same design papers – I guess there’s something about Asian-themed paper on a black background, even more so when it’s all about tea 🙂


My first altered tea box with this paper collection:


Some Photo Embellishment Tips

A short while ago I designed what I called the Easiest Mini Albums Ever Made. Today I’m showing you two more iterations of this kind of wire-bound album, filled with pictures, to demonstrate how you can easily embellish your pictures with some punches, dies and glitter glue.

This way it’s even more fun to peruse your little mini albums again and again, and though it might take you some time, it’s really very easy to do 🙂


Punches come in all kinds of fun shapes and sizes and are a great way to add interest!

Hiding a bystander with some die-cuts helps pulling the focus to the main subject of your picture.

Using a little glitter glue here and there helps to add that little Something Extra!

Two different examples of embellishing the same picture 🙂


September Serenity: Three Outdoors Cards (with nature sounds only)

The three cards I’m sharing with you today were made with Bo Bunny‘s Trail Mix collection, filmed in the serenity of my mother’s garden on a sweet Summer’s day 🙂
And those are the actual birds in her garden you’re hearing, even some baby birds crying for their mom and dad to hurry up already bring them something to eat! 🙂

All three cards have their own unique design, so enjoy a moment of pieceful quiet – and while you’re at it, have a nice cup of tea!

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Joyful Reminiscing – a Keepsake Album XL

When I published the video for my Treasured Memory Keepsake Album XL, I got several requests for a tutorial. It took me some time to get around to it, but this summer I took advantage of my time off of work, and created another Keepsake Album XL of the exact same design, in order to write a tutorial.

It’s turned into a large tutorial for a large album :-), sporting 181 pages and a whopping 479 clear pictures to guide you to the step by step process! It will probably not be a “quick project” for you, which of course makes it ideal for the rainy Sunday afternoons that will probably soon dominate our upcoming fall weather.

So, withoutmuch further ado, I happily present to you my Joyful Reminiscing Keepsake Album XL, created with the beautiful Coral Couture paper collection by DCWV! 🙂

Click here to purchase the tutorial in my Etsy shop!

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Nursery Gift: an Altered Match Box

To celebrate my friend’s early pregnancy I created a little gift for her. I found the perfect matchbox in one of our craft stores, already white so there was no need to paint it.

Bacause the match box was already white, I wanted a paper with lots of white, of a color that would suit both a boy and a girl, and was still soft enough for a baby theme. I chose You Are My Happy by Teresa Collins, and altered the match box. The top is decorated with “2016” in die-cut numbers, for my friend will be pregnant for the larger part of this year. Of course I filled the box with the cutest gift: perfect little baby socks in matching colors! 🙂

How to make a magnetized closure + ribbon pull

A very short post this week, but the video content will make up for that!

This free tutorial shows you how I create magnetized closures with ribbon pulls, for mini albums and cards. I hope it’ll be of assistance and that it gives you some inspiration to create your own magnet-closed projects. 🙂

Have fun crafting!