A Little 'Make It On Monday' Project

14:14 Karen 5 Comments

I cannot believe that Blogger just did what it did! I took ages to write this blog entry and it lost it grrrrrrrrrrrrr. So I will start again.

Last week, during my confession that I loved to journal, I mentioned that I was making a mini album for Gracia. I like to make her one each year to celebrate her achievements over the previous 12 months and I have managed to whittle my 2 sides of A4 down enough to fit onto little journalling spots for this Match Book Album.

I made the hybrid elements for this little book using a digi kit from here. I am so in love with digi kits at the moment - for the miserly sum of $4.00, which equates to about £2.50 (there are even some free kits too), you can download a kit and then use it as many times as you like!

I have included instructions for making this little album below or you may want to wonder on over to Avital's blog and look at her instructional video on how to make a hybrid board book - that girl is just so good at these!

Instructions for making the book:-

You will need
A piece of cardstock 3 1/4 ins x 12 ins
Picture paper

Thin card



Glossy Accents or equivalent

Autumn Apples Kits from

Fold the piece of cardstock at 5 ins, 5 1/4 ins and 10 3/4 ins to make the matchbook cover.

Next print out 18 pieces of background paper measuring 3 in x 5 in. 9 are polka dot and 9 are apples.

Make 9 journalling spots using Word and import the pictures of the apples and stamps to decorate them. Also make the front title and journaling spot for the back of the book.

I printed the background paper and the journalling spots onto Picture Paper - this is a similar weight to photocopy paper but has a coating on to prevent the ink sinking in - I got mine from ASDA ages ago.

In Adobe Photoshop Elements or similar program, resize and print out a set of embellishments to decorate the pages of your book. The 'brads' were coated in Glossy Accents to give them a shiny surface and to add dimension.

Cut 4 pieces of lightweight card 10 inches x 3 inches and fold them in half to form the base for your pages. Cover these with the background paper you have printed out, alternating the apple and polka dot papers. I then rounded the corners of mine.

Line up the middle of your 4 sets of pages with the 1/4 inch spine of the cover and hold them in place with bulldog clips. Decided where you want to punch your holes and punch 2 small holes. Thread a piece of narrow ribbon through the holes and tie tightly, I then threaded beads onto the ends of the ribbon. Punch 2 more small holes through the flap and again tie a piece of ribbon through these, knotting tightly, and tie it into a bow.

Now you book is ready to add photos and decorate. I used buttons, printed embellishments and thread to decorate mine but you can use anything you wish but beware not to make it too fat - I did and ended up having to add two red extension pieces to enable the book to close!

Reasons to be cheerful:-

1. I am just about to go for a little walk with Kiera in the brilliant autumn sunshine

2. My 'black mood' has lifted and all is well with the world once more.

3. 1 week down and only one more to go before I can return to work 'fighting fit'.



Rachel said...

Your little journal is so cute. Fab papers.

Linda said...

what an adorable little book! Love it!

Beyond cute!! Thanks for the tutorial, love to give this a go!

Oh that's so cute! Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

ooh karen what a pretty little book! i can't believe it's took me this long to find your blog :)