Thursday, 19 February 2015

Tutorial - Combination Crisscross, Slider and Easel Greeting Card

Welcome to my tutorial! I recently created a new style of greeting card where I combine the neat features of a crisscross card, a double slider and an easel card.

The card is made to be displayed upright on the easel. There are two tags in the crisscross portion of the card for the greeting, and the slider opens to reveal 2 photo mats.

This is a very interactive card that makes a great souvenir for a baby shower, wedding, birthday, graduation and so on.

You can download the written tutorial (in PDF format) here.  It includes 26 pages of written instructions, measurements and tons of photos! In it you will also find links to the online videos on my YouTube  channel that show how I create a brand new card from start to finish. I am also including the links to the videos down below.


Video 1 - Making the crisscross card (
Video 2 - Making the slider (
Video 3 - Making the easel (
Video 4 - Making an envelope template and using it to make envelopes (

I enjoyed making his tutorial and I hope you have fun making your own combo greeting cards!


P.S. For those of you who are new to my tutorials, I made this tutorial using the same format as my scrapbook mini album tutorials (although my card tutorial is way shorter!) where I include written instructions that follow along the same steps as in my online videos. I have tutorials on 5 different mini albums I designed and they are available at

Friday, 6 February 2015

Scrapbook Waterfall Mini Album Tutorial

In my tutorial, I show you how to create my waterfall mini album shown in the photo on the left. This album is ALL ABOUT THE PHOTOS - there's room for 117 PLUS good-sized pictures so not much cropping required!  Because this album holds so many pictures, it's perfect for a themed album such as vacation photos and special events when you take lots of pictures that you want to keep in one album.  The waterfalls  alone hold 90 photos on the 6"x 4-1/2" pages, and there's more space on the large pocket tags and flaps. 

The covers measure 7"w x 9"h and the spine is 3-3/4" thick so there's room for expansion.  The album is constructed of 6 two-sided base pages that measure 6"w x 8-1/4"h for a total of 12 pages not including the inside front and back covers. There are three page designs in the album:

- 6 of the pages are waterfalls
- 3 of the pages have a double-pocket on a flap that opens to the left
- 3 of the pages have a flap that folds up

The tutorial contains measurements for every piece you will need to cut. I show you how I make and wrap the covers with paper and fabric, how to bind the pages into the album and how to make the closure with a Tim Holtz buckle. Use the supplies you already have on hand if you prefer. This album is a great way to use up those leftover pieces of paper from your other projects!

The tutorial is in PDF format and contains 46 pages of extremely detailed step-by-step instructions from start to finish with 193 photos I took as I was creating the album. I show how to create each of the pages, how make the covers and spine, how to bind the pages into the album, how to make the buckle closure and how I embellished the album. Measurements are included for each piece you will need to construct the album.

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 finished album is beautiful and not difficult to construct. With assistance from the videos, you should be able to complete a beautiful project even if you're not very experienced at making mini albums. I constructed the album pictured as I was writing the tutorial. It is made with the "Boardwalk Sherbet" paper pad by Craft Smith and a few more sheets of scrapbook paper from my stash.

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 are videos that show my completed albums, and a few additional photos. 

(If you have difficulty viewing the videos, clicking on the links will take you to my YouTube channel where you can view them.)

Album I make in the tutorial
(You can also watch these videos directly on my YouTube channel by clicking the link under each video)


Other albums I made based on this tutorial

A few more photos of of the album





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 Waterfall 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.