All is Bright: A Box Pocket (Christmas) Mini Album

As my previous Christmas mini has been completely loaded with family Christmas pictures since last year’s holiday season, it was time to create a new one – yea! ūüôā

I rummaged through my (by now fairly impressive) stash and came back out with the beautiful vintage-yet-fresh¬†All is Bright¬†papers, a 2012 collection by¬†My Mind’s Eye.¬†With its 18 x 25 cm (7 1/8 x 9 7/8″) it’s larger than its¬†Tis the Season¬†predecessor. It sports nine interactive page layouts, plus what I’m calling a box pocket on the inside front cover.

I created one of these box pockets¬†before, in my large Girly Girl’s Precious mini, but this time I incorporated it in a tutorial! It’s already waiting for you in my Etsy shop ūüôā

Since the¬†box pocket¬†can hold all kinds of nice things, like a stack of photo mats, cards, a mini folio or even an entire hardcover notebook (see picture above of the aforementioned Girly Girl’s Precious mini), I have not included my mini folio in the album tutorial. Instead it will get its own – very affordable – tutorial soon, including a bonus cutting guide for a larger version.

Check out the video if you’d like to see all the fun & interactive page designs, and sing along with the Christmas tune:¬†“Aaaaall is calm, all is bright….”

I wish you all a very merry Christmas!


Sunny Times – an XXL Flexible Spine Photo Album!

Hi all! I’m excited to be able to share this, my latest album! It is HUGE: it measures 9 x 12″ (23 x 30.5 cm), which makes it perfect to house the loads of pictures from any event or period of which you want to cherish many memories.

Since this particular album is beach-themed, it was created with our summer vacation in mind – so I named it Sunny Times!

It houses ten base pages – so 20 page surfaces – with lots of extra add-ons for your many pictures. You can add pictures of all sizes, ranging from wallet-sized all the way up to 8×10″ (20×27 cm), and in addition it offers lots of pockets and tuck spots for your memorabilia.

So check it out, enjoy the video, and consider your purchase options if you’d like to create one yourself: there’s the tutorial only option – a 178-page written tutorial (with over 500 clear pictures!) by way of immediate download – and then there’s the kit + tutorial you will very soon be able to get from¬†Photographs and Memories,¬†which is a kit full of goodies to create the album plus my aforementioned tutorial (no extra costs).




Gift idea: Mini Album Card!

Special occasions require special cards, and with this interactive wallet card you can go many directions. To give you some examples, my first card of this design had an Encouragement theme, the second version commemorated the first year since my father’s passing.

This week I’m sharing a third way you can use this card: as a mini album card, to send (or give in person) someone some pictures of dearly remembered moments you shared with them! Which is perfect for someone who really already has everything they ever wanted – I mean do you really need to give them more ‘stuff’? I’m convinced that memories in the form of pictures – nicely done up – will always be much appreciated, and also add that extra personal touch to your gifts.
This design offers room for 6-8 pictures and of course a personal message.

So, hope to have inspired you, let me know what you think in the comments! ūüôā




Stacks of Love: a Stacked Page Mini Album – Tutorial version


Several weeks ago I shared my first¬†stacked page mini album with you, an experiment with a different kind of binding system than I had been used to. For instead of the hidden hinge system, this one is based on stacked pages – hence the name… ūüôā

It is not my invention, I’m not sure whose it is. I’m guessing it’s most likely based on Laura Denison’s¬†stack the deck¬†binding system, on which someone then elaborated.

Anyway, I did add a personal flavour, for my stacked page albums have twelve pages instead of the usual six Рso 24 page surfaces! Рbut with a regular-sized spine. You can see the first iteration of this album in the above-mentioned earlier blog post, created with the Domestic Goddess collection by 7 Dots Studio.

This week I’m sharing the version on which I¬†based my¬†tutorial. This album is somewhat larger, has more elaborate¬†page designs and was made with Prima Marketing’s lovely¬†Tales of You & Me¬†collection. I’m calling this version the ‘Stacks of Love’ mini album ūüôā

The tutorial is listed in my Etsy shop. It is a (written) English language tutorial with measurements in centimeters and inches. It is 130 pages long and holds 324 clear pictures aimed at visual learners. As a bonus it also contains the main measurements for the Domestic Goddess version!
Moreover,¬†I’m very happy to be able to point you to the kit that is available for this album as well! Go to the (US-based!) Photographs and Memories online store, where you will find kits for several of my projects, including this one.

So enjoy the video and please feel free to leave a little note below, in the comment section ūüôā



Newsflash: Kits available!

Good news for anyone who’d like to create one of my projects but would like¬†a kit to go along with the tutorial – and lives across the Atlantic:

As of May 2017 kits are available for some of my projects at Photographs and Memories, a lovely online store based in Kansas, USA. You can go to the store and search for ‚ÄúKatja‚ÄĚ using the search field, or ‚Äď much easier ? ‚Äď click the logo below, and you will find all of my projects for which kits are available. Each kit comes¬†including¬†my elaborate and detailed tutorial for that project, at no additional cost!

If you wish to purchase the tutorial only, please go to my Creator’s Image Studio online shop. I offer many different methods of payment, including Paypal, creditcard and iDeal.

The first two kits based on my projects are my¬†Memories Fold-out Folio Album¬†and my¬†Holiday Dreams Gatefold Album.¬†These kits offer, among other things, the same paper collections as my original projects ūüôā



Woon je in Nederland en wil je ook een kit voor een van mijn projecten, neem dan contact met me op op creatorsimage at (spaties verwijderen en ‚Äėat‚Äô vervangen door @), want dat loopt natuurlijk niet via Amerika ūüėČ .



A Double-paged Keepsake Album

I designed this new mini album around three¬†criteria: its dimensions should be¬†something like 15×15 cm (6×6″),¬†¬†it should have two spines and each spine should hold¬†its own set of pages.

My creative process ended up with me coming up with¬†this 14.5×17 cm (5¬ĺ x 6¬ĺ”) gatefold mini album, in the fresh colors of Kaisercraft’s Ubud Dreams¬†collection¬†– colors that¬†remind me of the sea and small mediterranean villages ūüôā Which is why I’m dubbing¬†this my Holiday Dreams keepsake album.
And guess what,¬†Ubud¬†turns out to be a town on the Indonesian island of Bali! Okay, so not the Mediterranean but still: Holidays galore ūüôā

The album holds seven interactive page assemblies with all new page designs, four attached to the left spine and three to the right; the inside covers offer even more room for pictures.

If you can’t wait to make this album yourself, check out the (written)¬†tutorial¬†which is available in¬†my Etsy shop. ūüôā

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

Enjoy the video and pictures below and let me know what you think in the comment section! See you next week! :-).


Fun2craft: Two Box Cards

A superfun type of card is the so-called¬†Box Card.¬†Its design has been around for quite some time I think, and I don’t know who originally came up with it. This kind of card looks like a box but behaves like a card, in that it is made from cardstock and fits perfectly into an envelope!
By the way, it’s in no way comparable to a so-called¬†explosion box,¬†of which you can view some examples here.

Using the richly colored¬†Fly Free paper collection by¬†Kaisercraft,¬†I created two: one as a birthday card, the other as a New Baby card. If you like die-cutting, fussy-cutting and overall embellishing, this is an absolute Must Try for you! ūüôā To help you along check out my very affordable¬†Tutorial #26, containing easy-to-follow instructions with 69 very clear pictures, which you can acquire here.

Have fun watching the video and do let me know what kind of box cards you would like to see, or for which occasions you have created one yourself! ūüôā




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

One of my favorite kinds of mini album to make is what I call the¬†folio album.¬†As 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 Album,¬†which sports a whopping 3¬Ĺ 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 album.¬†I 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. ūüėČ

And yes, there’s a tutorial for all of you who’d like to make this one! ūüôā 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! ūüôā )

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!


Nursery Gift: Cute Micro Album with Forest Friends

When a new grandmother asked me to create one of my¬†little micro albums as a nursery gift for her daughter, she wanted a modern, on-trend paper line, and “no pinks please!” – even though her grandchild was a baby girl. And why not, after all, practically every color looks cute on a baby and why should her granddaughter be limited to the most predictable one ūüėȬ†.

We¬†settled on Scrapberry’s¬†very cute¬†Forest Friends.¬†Not specifically a nursery collection I don’t think, but very fitting nonetheless with its soft colors and adorable little animals.

I created it after one of my own previous designs, the Fresh & Bright micro album Рthe tutorial of which is ready and waiting for you in my Etsy shop.

Have fun watching the video and please don’t forget to like this post before you leave! ūüôā




Handmade Memory Box (w. New Cutting Guide!)

When I created my own handmade keepsake box for the memorabilia of my father’s funeral, my mother asked me to create one for her too. Hers needed to be larger though, so I adjusted the measurements while referencing¬†my box-making tutorial.

This time the theme was butterflies & little birds, two of my father’s favorite animals, so I used¬†DCWV’s¬†beautiful¬†Mariposa¬†collection. I added some¬†Limelight¬†cutaparts by Kaisercraft¬†and a beautiful decorative brad by¬†Bo Bunny –¬†just watch the video,¬†in which¬†I tell you exactly what I used.

Since these are entirely new measurements, I added¬†a new¬†bonus cutting guide to the existing tutorial, so now there’s two bonus cutting guides! Which means that all who already owned my box tutorial (which is¬†#17¬†in my shop) can now download both cutting guides, including¬†this, my latest¬†for free! Simply go to Etsy, click on You, then choose Purchases & reviews. Easy peasy and no extra costs! ūüôā
New customers will of course also get both cutting guides in one purchase.

What can I say, I aim to please ūüôā ūüôā



New Design: Pouch-Paged Mini Album

Happy New Year everyone! ūüôā

I’m not a New Year’s Resolutions Person, but I do have one for 2017: I’m committed to keeping up my schedule of weekly blog posts, which means I’ll again have to do at least 52 papercraft projects this year… How’s that for a¬†SMART¬†resolution ūüôā

I’m also striving to keep up my almost-monthly mini album schedule, or more specific, to create at least 10 mini albums¬†in 2017. Yes, a bit less SMART, but intentionally so since I cannot guarantee my own periods of inspiration & creativity. It’s a lot of hard work and keeping to a tight schedule, all while doing (and trying to excel at) an actual fulltime job. But to be clear, I am NOT complaining! I love my job, and I love papercrafting!

So, let’s kick off this new year as best I can – with a new blog wallpaper & background¬†(again a detail from one of my projects, just like last year’s), but more importantly, with a¬†new mini album design!

I’m very proud to present my Pouch-Paged Mini Album! It’s a very versatile design which will hold at least 75 large pictures (13×18 cm / 5×7″); with every pouch you add, the number of pictures will increase with an extra 25 pictures or so, while staying relatively thin and practical.

And that’s not even counting what happens when you decide to add¬†digital photo collaging¬†to the mix. In my case that ensured my three-pouch album to hold 165 pictures! Check out the video below to hear and see more about that.

So, I hope you are all as pleased as I am with this very practical design. Let me know what you think, or create one yourself with my¬†tutorial¬†– the first of 2017, and many more follow ūüôā .



Elaborate Christmas Card

Merry Christmas everyone, and the happiest of New Years!

For a¬†swap with a lovely lady in Canada (hi Diane! ūüôā ) I created this elaborate fold-out Christmas card. It counts six surface areas, offering great space for sentiments, stamps, pictures and other decorations.

I used the¬†Season’s Greetings paper pad by Panduro, showcasing a lovely¬†Christmas bear cutapart from the Sweet Winter Season collection by Studio Light.

It’s quite easy to make, and it’s basically part of a more elaborate wallet card I created for one of the Kaisercraft Exchange swap projects. If you’d like to learn step-by-step how to create this card, you can check out my tutorial.