Free tutorial: Wrapping, Matting & Wire Binding (+ printable pages!)

Hi all,

New year, time for new things – as I think I mentioned in my first blog post of 2018 ūüôā

So I designed my first¬†printable,¬†namely the pages for a so-called networking booklet. This booklet is perfect¬†to keep with you on your (new) job, as an easy little notebook to jot down all of your networking connections: their names, position titles, departments/companies, and their connections to your own work and position.¬†It offers page layouts in SIX color schemes (the video shows four, but I designed two more: black/gray and blue/red), plus matching title pages. It’s available in my Etsy shop as of right now, and comes both in English and in Dutch (in 1 purchase).

As I’m still a hardcore paper crafter, I also did a video tutorial on how to create the covers & binding, and threw in some matting technique as a bonus. Freely available for you all, as a thank you for your ongoing support. ūüĆ∑

Feel free to let me know what you think, and what kind of future printables you might be interested in!

 

 

 

The Easiest Mini Albums Ever Made

Creating mini albums can be quite a lot of work, demanding precision, dedication and, above all, time. Which is why I decided to go the other way this time, and set out to create what I wanted to be the easiest mini albums ever made, while still deserving of the name mini album. I wanted to be able to finish them within 2-3 hours, while not needing a lot of materials and tools. Also, they needed to be able to hold a reasonable amount of pictures.

Today I’m sharing the results of my experiment – which were¬†a success for these mini albums are in fact so simple that no tutorial is required! The only things you need are the materials and some tools:

  • double-sided design paper
  • very light-weight chipboard (or heavy cardstock)
  • paper trimmer
  • wire binding tool like the¬†Cinch¬†or the¬†Bind-It-All.

The largest of the albums will hold up to 68 pictures, the smaller one about 25.

Just watch the video and you’ll immediately know what to do to make these ūüôā¬†Have fun!

 

 

The card I created with the leftovers:

8×8 Mini Album: Lucky Dog

The challenge I set myself for¬†this months mini album was to design an 8×8″ album that would perfectly accomodate a¬†Graphic 45¬†collection. So not just the design paper, but also the many extras that come with such a collection: the journalling cards, flowers, chipboard pieces, stickers, tags and pockets. One of my main goals was to use as little 12×12-sized design paper as possible. And I succeeded (yea!), for I only used 1 sheet of 12×12 design paper, namely for the back cover!

I also wanted to create a wire-bound mini, for I hadn’t done one of those in a while and there are certain advantages to the page design: you don’t have to create pocket pages for there is no hidden hinge binding. And this means: less bulky!

So I got to work with my¬†Raining Cats and Dogs¬†collection – what a glorious color scheme, and what a treat to see a nineteentwenties¬†translation of a pets theme! Also, you can turn your scraps into awesome¬†scrap mats,¬†and in this blog post‘s free video tutorial¬†I show you how to do that.

Since I created this particular album for my mother Рwith her dog as the main subject of the album РI can show video footage of the album both with and without pictures, so you can get an idea of how pictures could be incorporated in this design.

There’s a tutorial waiting for you in my Etsy shop – I hope you’ll like it, for¬†this album sports many new page designs!

Enjoy the video and pics below, and see you soon!

 

 

Treasured Memory Keepsake Album DeLuxe

This is probably the largest (or rather bulkiest) and most complex mini album I’ve created so far. My mother asked me to create a beautiful keepsake album in memory of my father, so you can imagine I went all out on this one.

She chose one of the paper lines in my stash, the gorgeous and very fittingly vintage romantic¬†Stationer’s Desk¬†by Prima Marketing.

The show & tell video has turned out rather long, approx. half an hour, so I decided to do a¬†second¬†version, a Fast Forward Edition so to speak, for those of you who just want a quick overview. You find both videos below plus lots of pictures, so take your pick or enjoy both of them ūüėČ

Full Show & Tell video: Continue reading