Wednesday, 20 August 2014

How to make paper roses


Every time I finish an album I'm left with pieces of scrap paper that I hate to throw out. In the video tutorial below, I show you a great way to recycle those scraps in the form of paper roses. I found the instructions and templates on the Michaels website. They don't have a video posted to their website so I thought I'd go ahead and make one.

I use these at lot on my mini albums.  What I like best is that I can create roses that coordinate perfectly with my projects.

If you're really ambitious, you can even go as far as gathering up those really small strips that can't be used for anything else and making your own paper. You can go from:



If you want to learn how to make your own handmade paper, YouTube channel "epicfantasy" has a wonderful tutorial that's easy to follow. You can view it at

But today I'm just going to use some regular scraps of paper to make the rose on the right. Two-sided cardstock is best.  You can use regular paper but it is more prone to tearing. If the back of your paper is white you can stamp ink across the back so the white isn't visible underneath the flower.

Below is my video tutorial. You can view it better directly on my YouTube channel at

The written instructions and templates can be downloaded from the Michaels website (the templates are at the bottom of the page): The template is in Microsoft Word format. If you can't download from the Michaels site, I converted the file to PDF format and you can access it here:  PDF template.

I hope you enjoy making these flowers!

Friday, 15 August 2014

Tutorial - Fold-out Folio Mini Albums

In my tutorial, I show you how to create my new album design for the "fold-out folio" mini album as shown on in the photo on the left. The album is made of 4 sections that unfold, then each section has its own set of pages that unfold. Each album can hold up to 40 photos on the inside pages, plus more photos on the waterfall. You can put 40 full sized 4x6" photos in the 7x5 album WITHOUT any bulging when the album is closed.

Because they can hold so many photos in one compact space, these make great themed albums:  baby shower, school, graduation, wedding, Christening, special birthdays, vacations, all of the family get-togethers... 

The tutorial is in PDF format and contains 37 pages of extremely detailed step-by-step instructions from start to finish with lots of photos I took as I was creating the album. Measurements are included for each piece you will need to construct the albums

in addition to the written tutorial, I'm including free links to my series of unlisted ONLINE VIDEOS that show how to make the album as I create a brand new one from start to finish.

The 7x5 album pictured at the top ("Paradise") is the album I constructed as I was writing the tutorial. It is made with the Surf's Up paper stack by Recollections. In the videos, I make the pink album with the Baby Girl stack by DCWV. You could use any paper you want to customize your album. I give instructions to make the albums in two sizes: the 7"x5" and the 5-1/2" x 5-1/2" (also seen in the photo above).

You can refer to the videos anytime as I plan to leave them online for as long as the service provider can host them. Below is a video that shows the completed albums, as well as additional photos further below.

If you have difficulty viewing the video, you can see it on my YouTube channel at


Top and bottom flaps of the album are open

All four flaps are open. Each of the four flaps contain a folio that can hold up to 9 photos.

Here, the album fully opened (although generally you would want to open each page one at a time)

Here is a photo my latest Halloween-themed album I made following the steps in my tutorial along with a video of the album just below.



To purchase: Please visit my Etsy shop to purchase the tutorial ( Don't have an Etsy account? No problem. Simply email me at and I will send you a Paypal invoice and upon payment, will send you the tutorial by email within 24 hours.

Terms of use: 
By purchasing this tutorial, you can make as many of my Fold-out Folio albums as you wish for personal use. You can also make and sell the albums you make. If selling albums online, please credit me by including a link to my website: “Tutorial for making this album is available from”.

However the tutorial and videos are protected by copyright and may NOT be reproduced or redistributed for free or for profit. 

Classroom Licence - $29.99
If you would like to teach classes on how to make this album, a “Classroom Licence” is available for $29.99. You can teach as many classes as you wish.  Note: Students each need to purchase Personal Use or Commercial Use licences. Student licences can be purchased at a special price if ordered and paid for by the purchaser of the Classroom Licence. Contact me at to purchase.