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A Concentrated Space – The Pocketbook Scrapbook

(This post is part of my Focus Your Craft & Soul Blog Event – see the list of all the posts HERE!)

Another way to focus your crafting is by combining two crafts on one project! I’ve stitched on paper plenty of times, but for this project I wanted to combine sewing on fabric with my usual paper crafting, for a unique pocketbook scrapbook:

The Pocket Book Scrapbook - Stitched Mini Book at Jennifer Grace Creates

It also helps to have a concentrated space to work on – you can only fit a few pages into this book and barely any embellishment or it gets to bulky. So you have to choose your photos and decorations very carefully!

Here’s how to make your own pocketbook scrapbook:

Step 1: Cut a piece of greyboard (the cardboard that comes at the back of a paper pad) to measure 9 x 27 cm. Draw vertical lines at 9cm and 18cm and score along them, so your greyboard has three sections:

The Pocket Book Scrapbook - Stitched Mini Book at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 2: Cut two pieces of craft felt to 11 x 29 cm – I used blue for the outside of the book and white for the inside. Also cut a length of ribbon to 45cm long:

The Pocket Book Scrapbook - Stitched Mini Book at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 3: Pin the two sheets of felt together and sew a border around the two long edges and one short edge:

The Pocket Book Scrapbook - Stitched Mini Book at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 4: Slide in the greyboard:

The Pocket Book Scrapbook - Stitched Mini Book at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 5: Pin the ribbon so approx 2cm of it is in between the felt at the unstitched edge:

The Pocket Book Scrapbook - Stitched Mini Book at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 6: Sew the edge closed, and seal the edge of the exposed end of the ribbon with PVA glue so it won’t fray:

The Pocket Book Scrapbook - Stitched Mini Book at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 7: Cut three pieces of patterned paper to 8 x 16cm and score the center so they fold as square pages:

The Pocket Book Scrapbook - Stitched Mini Book at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 8: Use a sharp tool like a paper piercer to make three holes down the centre of the pages and through the felt & greyboard cover:

The Pocket Book Scrapbook - Stitched Mini Book at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 9: Hand-stitch the pages onto the covers using strong thread:

The Pocket Book Scrapbook - Stitched Mini Book at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 10: Print some small photos – I used the Picframe App on my iPhone to put two square photos onto a 3:2 ratio photo, and printed them at 4×6″ on my Canon Selphy:

The Pocket Book Scrapbook - Stitched Mini Book at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 11: Decorate your pages with the photos (I cut mine down to 7cm square), plus some stickers and journaling:

The Pocket Book Scrapbook - Stitched Mini Book at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 12: If you want you can sew a couple of buttons onto the cover for decoration too:

The Pocket Book Scrapbook - Stitched Mini Book at Jennifer Grace Creates

Stick it in your pocket or handbag, to show it off when someone asks what scrapbooking is!

Be Inspired:

Combine two crafts in one project, like a mini book with a fabric cover

Wrap a stripey ribbon around your next project

Use some square photos in a frame, on a layout, or something else

What photos would you fill your pocketbook scrapbook with?

I’ll see you again at 6pm!

Jennifer x

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Oh How I Love To Read – A Challenge Mini-book

Challenge One is now live on the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog, and it’s one that’s a real challenge: to create a page or project with no photos, only journaling, about ‘why I love ____ ‘.
I quite enjoyed this challenge! I always have lots of things I’d like to record, but because I don’t have photos, they tend to get forgotten. For my project I ended up with a mini-book, as I was inspired by my theme ‘Oh how I love to read’ to use an old book to record my favourite novels in:
I’m going to show you how I put the book together, and then show you all the pages in case you wonder what my favourite books are (I warn you they are mostly Children and Young Adult Fantasy Novels)!
Here’s the construction:
Step 1: Cut the front and back covers off an old book, using a craft knife and a steel ruler. I used a poetry book I picked up at a car boot sale for 20p, as I loved the yellow pattern!
Step 2: Cut a length of fabric approx 2.5″ wide, and 3″ longer than your covers (so there will be 1.5″ to spare at each end). Use pinking scissors to stop the edges fraying.
Step 3: Use a hot glue gun to attach the fabric to your covers as a spine. Glue onto the outside of the covers first – make sure they are level, and leave a 1″ gap in between them. Then fold up the top and bottom flaps onto the inside and glue them with hot glue too. Mark a pencil line 1.5″ down from the top and 1.5″ up from the bottom (I’ve added arrows to the photo as it was hard to see the pencil marks).
Step 4: Cut another strip of fabric that’s 1″ wide, and 1″ less in length that the height of the book. Add hot glue above the top pencil line, and attach the top of this fabric strip. Then slide on a small book ring. Add more hot glue from below the book ring, to the next pencil line. Then slide on another book ring, and glue down the end of the strip. Done!
Now you just need to decorate the front cover:
I used all bits from my February Counterfeit kit. The doily flowers are punched from one of the 6×6 papers, using a Martha Stewart Vintage Doily punch.
I also used my kit for all the pages, cutting them to different sizes. I used the Echo Park sticker sheets, a bit of washi tape, and some misting with a wood arrow for a mask, for embellishments. The only extra pages are the front and back pages, which were original pages from the poetry book. I stuck two pages together to make them a bit stronger, and then used gesso to cover up the front of them for writing on:
I love my mini-book! I hope to keep adding to it, as I find or think of more books that I love. Hopefully one day my kids will look through it to see what books they might like to try!
So, are you going to take up the challenge? If you need more inspiration there are more DT examples HERE. Or there’s also the ‘Progress’ layout I made last month that had no photo! I’m going to try and do another ‘no photo’ layout for the member’s blog hop later in the month, which you could be part of if you want to take up the challenge!
For those wondering, my sister didn’t get a placement at a Camp America camp yesterday. We stood for 2 hours in the cold to queue up for the event, and by the time we got in all the positions had been snapped up by the people ahead of us! She can still apply online though, so fingers crossed. And we had a nice time in London, including dinner at Chiquitos, so it was a good day anyway! See my instagram photos in the right sidebar for some of the photos I took!
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My LSNED 2012 Album – Template and Tutorial Included!

The 1st of September is creeping up very quickly, but I’ve managed to prep my Learn Something New Everyday Album just in time! If you don’t know what LSNED is all about, it’s an annual class by Shimelle Laine, and you can see more details on her blog here.
I’ve taken part in the class for the last two years, and I love both my albums, for the little details of life that are recorded in them. You can see my art-journal album from 2010 here, and my smash-style album from 2011 here. This year I decided to take inspiration from a previous project of my own – my Mini File-Folders Album from my Organisation Celebration weekend. I like the size and fun of it, and I’m hoping it will work well to record this month’s lessons! 
This time I didn’t have an empty soup box ready though, so instead I decided to make a box out of a sheet of cardstock. And just in case you’d like to make an album this style for yourself, I have a template and tutorial for you!

I’m using the Echo Park Every Day Eclectic Collection Pack, with a few other bits and pieces thrown in! 
To start making a similar album of your own, you’ll need a bit of 12×12 cardstock, the sturdier the better. I’ve used a piece of Bazzill Basics textured cardstock in an aqua colour.
You can download the template here – it needs to be printed onto an A3 piece of paper. Sorry if you don’t have access to an A3 printer, but I have included the measurements on the template, so you could draw it onto your cardstock by hand.
Cut the template out, and draw around the outline – I used a ruler to help me keep the paper still, and make sure the lines were straight:
Fold along the dashed lines, and draw them onto the carstock too – make sure you draw them dashed so you remember not to cut along them:
Cut out your box, then score and fold along the dashed lines:
Flip the box over, and apply ultra-strong double sided tape to the tabs which will stick the box together:
Peel off the tape backing and carefully stick your box together:
Decorate the front of your box with papers, letters, stickers, and jewels! I used Foam tape and dots to help some of the details stand out more:
To make the pages, cut a selection of papers down to 4″ x 5½”. Decide on the order you want the pages to appear, and then cut tabs along the top, by measuring half inch square tabs, and cutting off the excess at the top of the paper:

You can leave the tabs like this, or decorate them if you wish. For my previous file-folder album I used a variety of chipboards and other bits for the tabs, but as this is an album with daily entries, I used some Maya Road Numbers to ‘date’ the pages:
I love how they look peeping out of the top of the album – I’ve used kraft in some way or another on each LSNED album so far, a tradition I hope to continue!:
There we go, all ready to fill throughout September. I hope to share some pages from the album every few days. Are you joining in? If so, I hope to see you on the forum! 
I should be back tomorrow with my Month in Numbers! x
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Away We Go To The Beach – Mini-Album

Regular readers will know I take a lot of beach photos. I had some printed out that I’d decided not to use on 12×12 layouts, but I still wanted to scrapbook them. So, as I was in a summery scrapping mood,  I’ve made a mini album to display them:
I made the pages by cutting 5 pieces of Echo Park Everyday Eclectic paper down to 5″ wide – then rounded off the top edges of the papers using a bowl as a template:
And I cut the height of the pages down so that they increase in size – the front cover is 6″ tall, the first page is 7″, the second page is 8⅛”, the third 9¼“, the last page is 10⅜” tall:


And then I decorated the album with more Everyday Eclectic bits, a little machine stitching using white and gold thread, a Papermania Brad Making Kit, buttons and gems from my stash, plus some of these epoxies which have been sitting in my stash for too long:
They went well with the theme:
The photos were various sizes and orientations, but I managed to cut them all down to 4×4″ square to give continuity to the album:

I love making mini albums at the moment – I have them all on display in a basket in my dining room, for visitors to peruse!
Have you got any photos printed out and lurking in storage that you could use in a mini-album? Don’t forget you can link up mini-albums to my Scrapbooking Soiree, as well as layouts!
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My dream day

Last week’s Sunday challenge at The Studio Challenges blog was to scrap about a perfect day – one that hasn’t happened yet, but that you’d like to have if you could do anything you chose (see the challenge here). I was going to create a layout but ended up with a little booklet instead:
There’s obviously a lot of things I could have chosen to happen on a perfect day – like winning the lottery (!) – but I was inspired by Lisa‘s layout about visiting a city, to record the dream of a trip to London. We had planned to take our daughter up to London for a day over the summer holidays, but unfortunately we didn’t have enough money. I don’t see us being able to afford it anytime soon either, so I’ve recorded this little dream to remember that it’s something I’d love to do – and hopefully one day we shall!
It was quite fiddly making the 3D city, but I had fun engaging the creative portion of my mind to work out how to do it! And I got an appreciative ‘wow’ from my daughter when I showed it to her, so I’m happy! xx
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This is why I scrapbook…

Well I’ve been making a mini book for Shimelle’s challenge (see her original post here), and I finally got it finished today. I’ve been away working this weekend so it’s been a bit of a struggle to get it finished, and I’ve just been having a fight with blogger which wanted to rotate all my photos onto their side – grrr. But I’ve been determined to get it posted as I had a lot of fun making the album and want to show it off!

I decided my reasons for scrapbooking were:

For Love

To Preserve History

To Capture Moments for the Future

To be part of a Community (inc. Blog Love)

To be Creative (inc. Making Photos look Magical)

For Pretty Papers (and a good Excuse to buy them!)

The size is 4″x8″, the covers are chipboard covered in papers, and the rest of the pages are card/paper/acetate. If you want to see more details of papers and embellishments I used see my post here from when I put them all together. I did include other bits from my stash too of course, especially some Anita’s gold ‘glitterations’ lettering and a few sheets of My Mind’s Eye ‘Wild Asparagus’ papers, both which I bought the other day and had to use straight away! (Except I’ve used a lot of the letters up on this project so of course I had to buy another pack!)

Here’s the book:

Why I Scrapbook Minibook at Jennifer Grace Creates

(I was inspired to put a key on the front after reading a Copy+Paste blog post here, I have been working on a key necklace too which I shall post when finished!)

Why I Scrapbook Minibook at Jennifer Grace Creates Why I Scrapbook Minibook at Jennifer Grace Creates

The journalling reads:

There are not enough words to say how much I love my family and my friends.
Some photos make my heart ache with it, and taking the time and care to scrapbook these helps me express how much I love you.

Why I Scrapbook Minibook at Jennifer Grace Creates

The hidden journalling reads:

These photos are of my granny and grandad and my nanny and grampa, getting into taxis on their wedding days.
I love that scrapbooking has inspired me to copy their old photos and ask them about their experiences – I don’t want their memories to be lost. I can’t believe I might not have thought to get these, if it wasn’t for my hobby. xxx

Why I Scrapbook Minibook at Jennifer Grace Creates

The journalling reads:

Without scrapbooking people may forget that we’re all laughing because a donkey has just walked past the window!

Why I Scrapbook Minibook at Jennifer Grace Creates

The journalling (on the little heart) reads:

SJ’s blog taught me how to make this (arrow to button necklace pic – see my necklace blog post here)

Why I Scrapbook Minibook at Jennifer Grace Creates

The journalling (inside the envelope) reads:

Even though I don’t have many direct conversations with other scrapbookers I still feel part of a community, reading blogs helps me to learn and lets me know others share my passion!

SJ’s blog also taught me how to make the flower above, see her post here.

To be creative:

Why I Scrapbook Minibook at Jennifer Grace Creates Why I Scrapbook Minibook at Jennifer Grace Creates

For pretty papers and embellishments:

Why I Scrapbook Minibook at Jennifer Grace Creates Why I Scrapbook Minibook at Jennifer Grace Creates

And finally the back cover:

Why I Scrapbook Minibook at Jennifer Grace Creates

I’m incredibly tired now so I’ll leave it at that! Hope you like my book, if you like it enough to vote for it, there will be a chance to on Shimelle’s blog http://www.shimelle.com/.

Jennifer xxx