How to Gift an E-book as a Paper Craft Project

Have you ever tried gifting an e-book to someone? If so then you know there’s not much fun to be had. You either give the person money or a gift card to buy it himself, or perhaps you email them a gift code. Or if you’re really making an effort, you find an online e-book vendor which allows you to buy a specific e-book for someone else. Which requires you to register at said vendor, which you may find very annoying.

Your purchase will then result in an email of the vendor to the recipient, or maybe a voucher will be mailed to you so you can email or print it. Pfff. Like I said, not much fun to be had. No gift wrapping, no happy anticipation before unwrapping the surprise gift, no happy squeals when the present is finally revealed. Welcome to the Digital Age.

Though we cannot change the digital nature of the e-book, we can make it more fun to gift an e-book to someone! The only thing you have to buy is a (physical) gift card that will allow the recipient to buy e-books. You’ll probably be able to buy those in several brick & mortar shops – so no registration required, no annoying emails received.

And then you’ll craft a very festive Mini File Folio like the one I’m sharing with you today, in which you’ll put your gift card and a nicely printed title & summary of the e-book(s) you have in mind for your recipient. And voila, there’s your Very Presentable present.

As an added bonus you’ll probable be able to gift them two e-books for the price of one physical book!

To whom are you going to gift an e-book this way? 🙂

 

BewarenBewaren

Memories – A Fold-Out Folio Album (new design)

One of my favorite kinds of mini album to make is what I call the folio albumAs long as it’s closed it looks like an actual mini album, but when you open it… it turns out to be an intricate fold-out spread of photo mat real estate!

Cross-haired Memories Folio Album

With some folio album designs you’ll need some serious surface to show it off, like with my Cross-haired Memories Folio Albumwhich sports a whopping 3½ ft (1 m) diameter, but in most cases the spread will fit onto your dining room table, offering a unique chance to show off those great pictures you’ve been wanted to share, in one large overview.

This week I’m sharing a folio album of that fit-the-table category, my purse-like Memories fold-out folio albumI mostly used the lovely 2012 Almanac paper collection by Prima Marketing. It will hold at least 33 pictures sized 4×6″ (10×15 cm), which makes it a perfect size for a one-day-occasion photo shoot, like a birthday, an office party, your high school reunion, highlights of a wedding, baby’s first month (or so), and let’s not forget the family tree album!
Well, etcetera. 😉

And yes, there’s a tutorial for all of you who’d like to make this one! 🙂 It’s really not difficult to make and if you by any chance have purchased my Pouch-Paged Album tutorial and made it, you won’t need any new cardstock at all – for this Memories fold-out folio was especially designed working with the leftover cardstock from the Pouch-Paged Album! (big Yea for frugal crafting! 🙂 )

NEW: There’s also a kit available at Photographs & Memories online webshop! This includes my tutorial at no additional cost!

So enjoy the video and do let me know what occasion you think would be perfect for this Memories Fold-out Folio Album!

 

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! 🙂

 

 

 

Four Seasons Sturdy Folio Album

Hi guys, I’m very happy to present my latest design: a very sturdio folio album, which I’ve therefore dubbed Sturdio 🙂 .

It consists of three accordion-fold page assemblies, rolled into one neat mini album. This one’s theme is the Four Seasons, since I used Graphic 45’s beautiful floral calendar collection Time to Flourish. I kept the months in their proper order, thereby creating three trimesters for one entire year of pictures.

I was completely in the Zone when I designed and created this, which is why I haven’t been able to write a tutorial. I promise I will write one this year, and thank you for your patience, for it will take me creating a second one of these sturdios.

Anyway, enjoy the video and pictures, and do let me know what you think in the comments section! See you next week! 🙂

 

 

 

Photo Folio “Travel Light” – For Your Holiday Memories

My mom and I went to Gran Canaria last May, one of Spain’s Canary Islands just off the southern coast of Morocco. I was really looking forward to designing something new to hold my pictures. I decided to try my hand at a photo folio, using K&Company’s gorgeously vintage Travel collection – which had been waiting in my stash for just the right project.

So here’s a brand-new design, into which I managed to get 82 pictures, most of which sized 5×7″ (13×18 cm)! Meanwhile, its spine still is only a meager 1⅛” (3 cm). Suffice it to say I’m very pleased with this project, which took me a couple of weeks to come up with and wrap my head around some design issues.

And of course there’s a tutorial for you, available in my Etsy shop! It has 55 pages and a whopping 136 pictures – check it out for it is very affordable. 🙂

Hope you enjoy, stay crafty!

 

BewarenBewaren

Endless Little Memories – a Micro Folio Album!

As you may know if you’ve browsed through my blog, I really like creating so-called micro projects, especially if there’s an actual Big Sister, i.e. an original regular-sized project that has inspired me to create a micro version.

My Endless Little Memories micro folio album is such a miniaturization, for it was modelled after my Neverending Memories folio album. I used Prima Marketing’s 2011 Romantique collection, and the results are cute-cuter-cutest! 🙂

Of course you won’t need as much material as you would with the larger version. For instance, I only needed 14 sheets of 15×15 cm (6×6″) design paper for this unique little micro folio!

If you’d like to create one yourself, please check out my Etsy shop for the tutorial, which explains the step-by-step proces in 77 pages with 208 clear pictures.

Anyway, here’s the video & pics!

 

 

Reprisal: Neverending Memories Folio Album, with pictures!

When I showed you my Neverending Memories Folio Album back in February 2015, I hadn’t filled it up with pictures yet. Recently someone bought it from me and asked me to fill it with pictures of their dogs. Which means I can now show you how a folio album such as this one can look with actual photos inside!

If you’d like to create this folio album yourself, you can do so relatively easily and with only one 12×12 inch design paper collection (plus cardstock of course), with help of the tutorial in my Etsy shop (120 pages with 430 pictures of the step-by-step process).

So here we go, hope you feel extra inspired by this picture-filled folio album!

 

 

 

New Design: Removable Folio Album

Happy New Year everyone! I’m very happy to be able to start this new year by sharing with you my first new design of 2016: a Removable Folio Album! 🙂

This folio can house 60 pictures, folds in and out like an accordian and… can be completely removed from its cover to grant maximum freedom of movement! As a bonus feature, the cover can fold a full 360 degrees!

If you’d like to create it yourself, check out the tutorial in my Etsy shop!

I used the Mimosa paper collection by S.E.I., which is a beautiful, bright and warm design paper that reminded me of spring and summer.

Enjoy the video, and let me know what you think in the comment section!

 

A Micro Folio for Your Handbag

What’s fascinating about the Oxford collection by Basic Grey is that while at first glance it has a mostly masculine feel, when you take a closer look some of the sheets are of a more feminine persuasion as well!

So this time I used it to create a little project for myself, instead of a male friend or relative 🙂 . This micro folio is perfectly suited to carry your most current & precious pictures with you in your handbag. You could also turn it into a micro portfolio representing your most important projects – like I have. It’s small, flat, magnetized and offers room for at least 11 pictures!
It’s also very easy to make, as you can see in the video.

So enjoy, and let me know for which kind of photos you would love to create a micro folio!

BewarenBewaren

Cross-haired Memories – Folio Album II (new design!)

I always love my papercraft, but sometimes – alas, not often enough – it’s extra special, when I feel like I’m just in the Zone! That mysterious place where I’m actually creating, you know – designing, coming up with someting I had never even thought of before.
Back in February of this year I came up with what I’m calling a folio album: a folio spread that folds into a nice & tidy mini album.

And today I’m very happy to share with you my folio album II – sort of a Sequel, a Second Edition, an extrapolation even 🙂 . This time I went all out, for when this baby is entirely open, it spans a whopping 42 inches! (over 1 meter!) which makes it much larger than the first edition (which itself wasn’t really small either).
And on top of that, when this folio album II is folded closed into a cute little mini album, its actually smaller than its predecessor, measuring a mere 5½ x 5½ inches (14 x 14 cm).

So I can honestly say it’s both larger and smaller than my first design, which I really had to think hard about while creating it, but I had great fun designing it! 🙂

This time I used the gorgeously colorful, summer-romantic Secret Admirer paper collection by Kaisercraft. This is a 2012 collection, but still timelessly beautiful and I enjoyed working with it. You may have some trouble getting it by now, but I think there might be some good news for you, for their latest 2015 summer collection Fly Free shares a number of colors from the same pallette.

Anyway, check out the video and pictures below, and I’d love to hear what you think in the comment section!

If you like what you see and would like to create one yourself, there’s an (English) tutorial waiting for you in my Etsy shop – it’s 39 pages long with 114 pictures!

Stay happy crafting, see you next week!

 

 

Loose Change – A Twelve Pocket Folio

Sometimes people send me some photographs, maybe a picture of me and them during a party or a family event, or just a photo update of their little baby. And sometimes they use these pictures as cards – writing a personal message to me on the back. This doesn’t happen super often, but enough to make me want to store these pictures neatly together. Also, I’d like to preserve any notes or personal messages on the backs of these photos.

So I came up with a quick and easy design for a folio: thin, light-weight and without any photo mats since I wasn’t going to glue anything down. I just needed pockets that would fit 10 x 15 cm (4×6″) pictures, and I chose to create twelve – a number that would fairly easily fit onto two pages, keeping the folio super thin. Also, twelve is perfect if you wanted to do something like a year in review or baby’s first year, or some such.

I’m calling this design Loose Change, for it’s intended specifically for pictures you do not want to glue down, and want to change regularly.
This design of course enables you to preserve any hand-written notes on the backs!

In case you’d like to create one yourself, there’s a tutorial waiting for you in my Etsy shop.

Thanks for watching and please feel free to leave a comment below! You can also help support this blog by clicking the Like button 🙂