It’s that time of year again, the kids have headed back to school and our minds begin to form that mental Christmas Gift List. Why not make a mini for that special friend, sister, aunt in your life? This one’s not hard at all and takes only one 6.5×6.5″ paper pad, Curiosity by Kaisercraft. I wasn’t sure how I wanted to put it together so I searched YouTube for a paper bag construction tutorial. You can check out my blog if you’d like the link, it’s pretty simple stuff.
The closure consists of chain link, tuck and loop pieces and a zipper pull from Prima. I added some beautiful lace trim, a metal word and key from my stash to the front.The key and metal pieces weren’t the right color but a little Alcohol ink fixed that problem.
This little mini measures 6″x7″, that’s the outside dimensions. Inside it’s constructed from 4 paper bags and outside two pieces of chipboard create the front and back covers. Each paper bag forms a pocket on the left and room for photos on the right.
I stamped this saying from the Kaisercraft Curiosity Stamp Set. Since the primary part of this stamp is solid I had trouble with the new stamp picking up enough ink to create a nice crisp image. A trick that works great is to add a thin layer of Versamark (yes like you’d use for embossing) over your stamp first and then apply the ink, in this case I used Tsuineko’s Brilliance Graphite Black
Add a bit of ribbon, mine is colored seam binding, some Glossy Accents and an inked torn edge to create some page interest. Throughout the book I used Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress ink for the edges, and stain to color the paper bag, I just like the look of the stain instead of the bag, but it’s surely your choice and preference when you make yours.
Fussy cutting, oh how I love to do this! You can fussy cut about anything your patience will allow. In this instance it’s a pretty easy cut around these gorgeous flowers. The fussy cut pieces create the pockets on the two page spread and you know how pulling things in and out of pockets can stress the cut edges. I solved that by adding Aleene’s Collage Podge (a couple of layers) before attaching them to my pages. Now it can take a lot of wear and tear and still look good. I found though that because the Collage Podge was on adjoining pages when the book closed they wanted to stick to one another, not stick like rip and tear, more stick so you had to pull them apart a little. I solved that by taking my powder embossing buddy and running it over the flowers, brushing away any excess. You don’t see it and it gets rid of any tackiness. (you can use Mod Podge or matte medium to strengthen as well)
Some well placed die cut pieces from the Kaisercraft Curiosity Collectables package enables lots of room and tuck in spots for mats and cards.
I wanted to show you the key here, that was a sticker from the Kaisercraft Curiosity Sticker sheet. I used one on the front and back inside covers to hide the prongs from the attachers that were on the outside covers. The brad in and of itself wouldn’t be strong enough to hold the opening and closing of the chain closure so I used not only the brad feet but Beacon’s Fabri Tac. That stuff holds like cement! The bird in the class dome, that the tags slide under, it’s also been given a few coats of Collage Pod to eliminate the possibly of tearing as the mats are pulled out and pushed in repeatedly. It’s a little extra work but the end results are well worth the time. I hope I’ve inspired you to start on those hand made gifts, the ones that the recipient will ooh and ahh over and show every visitor that comes their way.
My video will show you each page in detail plus some more still photos
Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!
PP910 – Kaisercraft Curiosity Paper Pad 6.5 x 6.5
SS192 – Kaisercraft Curiosity Cardstock Stickers 12×12 Alphabet, Phrases & Icons
CS112 - Kaisercraft Curiosity Clear Stamps
CT764 - Kaisercraft Curiosity Collectables Cardstock Die-Cuts
TIM19527 - Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad Vintage Photo
Supplies from my Stash: Tim Holtz Distress Stain Vintage Photo, Adirondack Alcohol Ink Caramel and Ginger, metal key; Beacon Fabri Tac; Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive; Darice Core’dinations Black Cat 12×12 cardstock; Ranger Glossy Accents; Prima Junkyard Findings Zipper Pull; Recollections metal word art, chain – loop and clasp; chocolate brown lace trim; brown satin ribbon; EK Success Eyelet Border Punch; Tab Punch; medium weight chipboard; Tsuineko’s Brilliance Graphite Black Ink; Versamark; embossing buddy; Aleene’s Collage Podge