Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Mini Pocket Album Tutorial By DT Aditi Mahajan

Hello Everyone,

Welcome to a fun tutorial today! I am excited to be here and today I'm sharing an easy to make album tutorial. This one does not require a hinge system and is a cute small book that can fit into a handbag.

Before starting the tutorial, have a look at the album.

Let's begin...

First cut two pieces of chipboard for the front and back cover. (measurements in inches)

Next, cut card stock and score for our pages. Score on the 7" side first at 3.5", flip the page and at the 6" side score at 4.5".

Keeping the 7" side, fold over the score line upward. Next, turn over and fold over the 3.5" score line. Do this to all five pages.

I wanted to add some design to the pockets, so I used a punch for this.

 Using 5 different pattern paper sheets from the book, cut papers for the pages. (3.25" x 4")


Distress the edges and stick onto the cardstock page using tacky tape.


Time to stick the pockets. Add a thin line of glue on the extreme ends and fold the flap upward and press to stick.


Cut patterned paper for the pockets and stick.

To close the page, add glue as shown below, fold and press firmly. This way, we get a pocket on the top of the page as well.

Once all pages are done, punch three holes on the end that is stuck together; one in the center and two 3/8th from the top and bottom. You can use one page as a template to mark holes on the other pages.


Cover the chipboard pieces with the same cardstock and add patterned paper (pp- 3 5/8 " x 4 5/8"). Once done, using the page as a reference, center on the chipboard pieces and punch three holes. 

Add eyelets to the pages and the cover. Initially I wanted to use the rings to put the book together, but later decided to use some ribbon. So you could use either.


For the pockets on top, cut 5 tags using the cardstock. Pattern Paper measurements would vary according to the style of your tag.

With this the basic structure of the album is ready. Let's move to the decoration.

Now in this tutorial, you will notice that my main focus has been on using a single 6" paper pack and minimal wastage. For the entire album including the tags and photo mats, only 9 sheets pattern paper sheets and five 12x12 cardstock sheets were used. 

Since this is a small album, I made the photo mats according to the left over rectangle pattern paper pieces from the pages and cover. I used the die cut sheets in the paper pack, to embellish further. Some places, I used them to make a pocket and add smaller die cut elements inside. 

The composition of the cover page is very important in such a project as that is the first thing anyone sees. I do not like to add anything and everything and clutter my cover, so I decide on a composition before I begin.

For this one, I used a die cut piece and stuck it with glue only on two sides to make a pocket. I inserted some quotes from the sheet, inside the pocket and embellished it with hand made flowers.

Here's a quick tutorial on how I made the flowers:

Stamp the image onto your paper, and die cut it. Next color using inks you have; I used Ranger Dye Inks, as they dry fast and are rich in pigment giving me vibrancy in the coloring. 

Next using the shaping tools, shape the flower. Flip it over and press on each petal dabbing the tool moving outside to inside but not in the center. 

Once done, this is what it will look like. 

Flip over and press in the center. Stick a smaller flower inside a bigger and add some beads, You can add glitter or frosting powder as well. 

In the same way you can shape your leaves. 

I then arranged these hand made embellishments, and was careful to not add too many as the size of the album is small. 

I added some different flowers, on my tags as well to dress them up. 

Here are some closeups and pictures of the pages.

Hope you're inspired and want to create your own album.

All supplies are listed below, and most of them are available at the store or can be pre-ordered.

Happy crafting!


Red Cardstock- 200 GSM (Album Pages)

White Iris Cardstock - 150 GSM (for flowers)

Chipboard- 650 GSM (covers)

Kaisercraft Be-You-tiful Paper pack- 6"x6"

Distress Ink- Walnut Stain


Red Tacky Tape

Standard eyelets

Green Ribbon

Martha Stewart Punch-Vintage Floral

Heartfelt Creations- Delightful Daisies Stamp and die collection, deluxe flower shaping tool. 

Archival Ink- Vermillion and Library Green (stamping flowers and leaves) Dye Ink- Lily Pad, Electric Lime, Classic Cherry & Buttered Popcorn (to colour flowers and leaves)

Orange micro beads


Martha Stewart Scoring Board

All the materials listed above are available at Rainbow Craftykari Store or you can pre-order them by sending an email at rainbowcraftykari@gmail.com


Dots To Lines

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Summer Breeze 3D Pop-up Box Album by DT Aditi Mahajan

Hello Crafters

Aditi here, Today we're at the Rainbow Craftykari Blog with some inspiration for the ongoing challenge.

If you haven't yet checked the challenge, hop on for more info- Blooms Magic

Inspired by the DCWV May Mood board, we've created a 3D Pop-up Box Album on the theme of Summer. Relax and rejuvenate in the gardens and enjoy your vacation.

The flowers have been created using a die and pattern paper. You could also use a flower punch if you have one. Using the pattern paper is simple, as you then don't have to color them and can directly shape them. The centers were filled with some liquid glitter to complete the flowers.

The box which is the album opens up to a flat single sheet and can be used both sides. I've added pockets and tags to the inside of the box.

The other elements on the top, have been stamped, die cut and colored using zig markers. I used the back of the same patterned paper for these elements.

Hope you're inspired!

Materials List

DCWV- Recollections Les Belles Fleur Stack and DIY Mini Album Project Stack (Vellum for the umbrella and pockets)
Heartfelt creations- Tree from Sugar Hollow Hangout; Flowering Dogwood Collection; Fleur Borders and Pockets Die
White cardstock
Distress Ink- Wild Honey
Circle Punch

Above mentioned material is available at Rainbow Craftykari Store OR you can pre-order by sending the mail at rainbowcraftykari@gmail.com

Do enter your creations in the challenge and good luck!

Dots To Lines

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Shabby Chic Card with Handmade Flowers By GDT Kriti

Namaste Everyone!!

It's Kriti here sharing a Mixed Media card with some handmade flowers. This is an inspiration for our ongoing challenge Blooms Magic. A Sneak peak

I have used Fairyland collection from Papericious. These papers are gorgeous with lots of flowers, fairies, butterflies and few sheets of die- cuts and sentiments.

I took an ivory cardstock of size 6" x 4.5 ". Then took two beautiful contrast papers from the pack, distressed the edges and layered onto the cardstock. After that fussy cut some butterflies, leaves, flower and a fairy. Also put a sentiment from the sheet matching the theme of the card.

 Now the best part, I made some handmade flowers also to embellish the card. Have a look...

I have a tutorial for you all for these simple yet elegant flowers.

Tutorial for Flower

1.Cut a circle from a paper. starting at the outside edge, cut a spiral towards the centre. Slightly zig- zag the edges will create a more natural looking flower.

2. Beginning from the outside, tightly wrap the paper, rolling towards the centre.

3. Next release the coil so that it will grow.

4. When you get to the end, you will have a little round part.Put a little glue on it and press to adhere the coiled paper. Aren't these paper roses are cute.

I made these to embellish my card but they can be used for so many things! Also cut two leaves with Prima dies to make these flowers a complete look.

Here is the final card

Some close-ups

Materials Used:

Papericious Paper Pack - Fairyland

Cardstock- Ivory and Green

Tonic Studios Tim Holtz Scissors

Hot Glue Gun

Distressing Tool

Prima leaf dies

Jute cord - Ivory

I hope you like my card...will meet you all soon with a new project....Do join us in the current challenge The Blooms Magic.

All the materials listed above are available at Rainbow Craftykari Store or you can pre-order them by sending an email at rainbowcraftykari@gmail.com

Happy Crafting!

Kriti Mishra

Handcrafted Expressions by Kriti