Flora and Fauna gatefold keepsake album deluxe

When my mother saw the Butterflies & Stars keepsake album I had recently designed for a friend, she immediately commissioned one herself, as a present for her cousin. There are some differences between the two albums though. For instance, this Flora and Fauna album is somewhat larger than its predecessor; the designs of both its base pages and its cover pieces are different as well.

All in all it took 21 sheets of A4 cardstock for the construction of the pages and tags and about 23 sheets of double-sided design paper (12×12 inches). For the cover I took two 12×12 inch pieces of cardboard, created five unique pieces and arranged them just so.

Two pieces of linen bookcloth strengthen the folds of both spines. The magnets I used for the closure are by Basic Grey, they’re absolutely the strongest crafting magnets I could find!

My mother’s cousin is a dear 80-year-old who loves her garden and everything in it, so my mother wanted somewhat of a “garden theme with little birds and bees and butterflies”.

Fortunately K&Company’s gorgeous Flora and Fauna design paper was already eagerly awaiting me in my stash, begging me to be used – and the very pale lavender color of the cardstock turned out to be the perfect combination. I also used some of the matching embellishments and design elements that go along with this paper – which I’ll show you in de video.

Anyway, long story short, the keepsake album turned out rather beautifully and I’m more than happy with it myself. If you’d like to create an album like this yourself, check out the tutorial for my Springtime Dreams Keepsake Album, for it has the same basic page design!

Now, on to the video, and the pictures below!


6 thoughts on “Flora and Fauna gatefold keepsake album deluxe

    • Hi Lesley, thank you for the nice compliment and taking the time to comment.
      I haven’t got any tutorials on my mini albums as of yet, which is mostly a serious time management issue. I do intend to create them in the future though, so please stay tuned!
      Meanwhile, I try to do some How to videos on smaller projects or on interactive elements on a somewhat regular basis. You can check them out by clicking the How to category, or the How to in the tag cloud.

      Right now I’m working on a video tutorial on my double circle closure, which will be up somewhere in February. You can see what I mean if you check out the photo in

        this blogpost.

      Hope to see you here again! 🙂

      – Katja

    • Hi there heidimichelle,

      First of all my apologies for my ridiculously late response. As it turns out, I did not receive any notice that someone had posted a comment and I discovered yours only now by coincidentally browsing this page. Again, my sincere apologies.

      As for your question, I always use the hidden hinge binding system, originally designed by Kathy Orta.

      Thank you for your compliment and question and for taking the time to comment!
      You can post any follow-up questions here, or simply tweet me:

      ~ Katja

  1. Loved this mini album. You do beautiful work. Do you have a tutorial on how to make the page? I know basics but have never seen a page like yours with the side tags and top tag.

    • Hi Marilyn, thank you for leaving a comment and thank you for your compliments!
      The Springtime Dreams keepsake album has the same basic page design as the Flora and Fauna keepsake album. There’s a tutorial available here: http://etsy.me/1MCdt6Z
      Thanks again!
      ~ Katja

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