Thursday, 14 November 2013

This Weeks Design Team Project from Teresa

Hello! Teresa here with a little project you can make in just an hour to give someone special for Christmas. I have made mine into a mini baby album, or grandmother's brag book - and at this size it's perfect to slip into a handbag or post overseas.

PaperArtsy Stamps JOFY 20
Bo Bunny patterned papers Little Miss Gracie and Little Miss Jamayka
Prima Elementals Resist Canvas Sheet
Bo Bunny Smoochable Trinkets
PaperArtsy Fresco Finish paints in Blood Orange and Rose
Ranger Mini Mister
Prima Au Naturale flowers
Bo Bunny Blush Pansy flowers
Various metal & glass charms
Scrap of pink ribbon
Distress Markers for colouring

Step 1
Cut the Little Miss Gracie into 4 inch strips, and concertina them. These will be glued together to make the pages of the book.

Step 2
The PaperArtsy Fresco Finish paints mix with water to make a colour spray! I know - awesome, right! Jennifer was demoing this at recent shows, so I had to try it out myself. Too cool!

Cut a 4.5 inch strip of the Prima Elementals canvas sheet, and spray with the lighter colour until it is covered. Wipe with a wet cloth to remove the paint from the lace pattern and allow to dry. Spray with the darker colour in parts to add interest, again wiping the lace pattern with a wet cloth.

While the canvas is drying, spray the Prima flowers. Here's the uncoloured next to the coloured:

Step 3
Once the canvas sheet has dried, fold the short edges in a couple of inches and machine stitch across the very tops to make a book cover. The concertina book will slip into the pockets on the side to protect the precious photos inside:

I also found a scrap of co-ordinating ribbon and stitched a tab to the outside cover:

This will be where I can hang some charms:

 Step 4
I attached the charms and a little bottle filled with pink mica flakes (glitter would look great too) to the tab, and used my hot glue gun to attach the flowers and a metal charm to the front cover:

Step 5
Using the 4 inch strip of Little Miss Gracie paper that was left over, I stamped each of the birds and the heart a few times, and then fussy cut them.

Step 6
After adhering the photos onto mats and then onto the pages of the book, I coloured some of the birds with Distress Markers and used them here and there to embellish each page and the front cover:

Here I have added little scraps of feather for tails:

Some hand lettering on scraps of left over paper:

...and even some of the words printed on the paper:

I hope you've enjoyed this tutorial. I'd love to see your version of this mini album - link me up in the comments under this post and I'll come visit.


  1. This is a great and quick Christmas present for anyone to make - any grandmother would love to have one of these in her handbag !!

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