Traveller’s Notebook with Breathe


Karen here with my last project using the Breathe collection from Kaisercraft. This time I decided to experiment with a Travelers Notebook.  I have wanted to use one of these for ages and bought a set of three, complete with a leather cover.

For this project the papers I have used are Blue Blush, Mosiac Stroke, Pale Wander, Floral Twilight and Clear Skys.  In addition I used the Sticker Book, Clear Stamps, 6.5x 6.5 Paper Pad, Collectables and Die and Stamp Set.


IMG_7521For this page I used a 2 x 4 phrase from  Clear Skys and the pink feather design from the 6.5x 6.5 Paper Pad the Sticker Book, , Collectables and Die and Steamp Set.

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On this one I used are Blue Blush,  Sticker Book 6.5x 6.5 Paper Pad and Collectable


Here I have used are  Mosiac Stroke and Clear Skys along with Clear Stamps, 6.5x 6.5 Paper Pad  and Collectables.

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On my final page I have used Pale Wander the Sticker Book, 6.5x 6.5 Paper Pad and Collectables.

I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed this small scale scrapbooking and most certainly will be doing much more of it.

Afternoon Tea with Fleur

Hello everyone,

Denise here with my third project using the Fleur Kaisercraft collection. My brief was to make a 3d project so I decided to make a little fold up book. These are not new and you can find instructions on the internet, but I will explain how to make it in this post.

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Using White  Kaisercard  cut three 15cm squares and Ballet cardstock cut two 8cm squares. Make sure the squares are accurate so that the book folds neatly.


Take the three white squares and fold each one in half  widthways then fold again lengthways and open out.


Next, fold diagonally just once then line the three squares up as shown below with the diagonal line going vertically and one corner square of each overlapping the next one. Apply glue to the three overlapping squares and stick together.



Now pinch the top horizontal folds inwards, the middle outwards and bottom inwards then press the top and bottom squares down flat.IMG_0876 IMG_0877

Stick the pink squares to the top and bottom squares as the covers.Now the book is made, time to decorate it with your photos and papers.


I used papers from the  6.5 x 6.5  paper pad  and stickers from the Sticker Sheet  and Collectables Pack  to decorate together with photographs. The triangles were made from  7cm squares that are cut in half diagonally. My photos were also 7cm square ( I cut mine down from ones that measured 6×4 inches )




This is a really cute little book and quite effective when folded and opened. Once you get the idea you could adapt it as a larger one too.

I really enjoyed making this and hope you like it !

~ Denise ~

Mini Book with Ubud Dreams

Good morning everyone,

Denise here with my first project using the divine Ubud Dreams Kaisercraft Collection. What a gorgeously interesting collection this is.

017I made a mini album to keep for me to as a special reminder of one of our son’s weddings last year. The colours of the papers were perfect for the wedding photos .

I started by using a piece of kraft card which I folded in half then folded the outside edges back on themselves in to the middle to make a ‘W’ shape.

004003Then I folded another piece of card in half and stuck all the folded edges together to make a book – I added a spine using Kaisercard in Grey

Next I covered the inside pages with selections of papers from the 6.5 x 6.5 paper pad

005Then it was time to decorate the front cover.

017I used a mixture of die cuts from the Collectables Pack, some co-ordinating mixed hemp cord and  a Rhinestone Sparklet.

Next it was time to add the photos together with some sticker embellishments and more Rhinestone Sparklets.



020I used some gorgeous mandala stickers and borders from the Sticker Sheet. I also used a colouring pencil from one of the new colouring pencil sets to colour a word that I die cut from my stash.

I used Sea Foam Kaisercard to mat my photos on and to put behind the white lattice arch die cut form the collectables.

I hope you like this little mini album. The papers are so versatile as there is scope for lots of fussy cutting,colouring in on some of the designs and plain papers too! I hope you’re inspired – I was !

~ Denise~

A Christmas Countdown

…or should that be up?!!

Either way, it’s Ali here with you to share a super quick and simple advent mini album.


First and foremost, gather your supplies. I chose to use the Gingerbread Collection. It is the most sublime retro colour palette, with fun little icons.


I used a 4×6 photo frame with a stand from that Swedish warehouse store we all know and love 🙂

The next step is to drill two holes in the top of the frame, big enough for a couple of rings; this will be your binding mechanism.


Choose one of the 4×6 journal cards to sit behind the acetate/glass and embellish with stickers and the Collectables over the acetate and onto the frame itself. This will be your Christmas Day page, so choose something that you love!


That is it in a nutshell…told you it was simple!

Now you get to make 24 little works of art. I used all the numbered stickers on the Number sheet and worked with papers and embellishments according to the sticker colour. Here’s a little taste:





You could use this idea for a December Daily project or a Christmas mini. The frame would be great for a birthday countdown too.

Thanks for popping in today,

Ali x

Mini Tag Album

My mother recently celebrated her 90th birthday, and family came from far and wide to celebrate with her. It was a fabulous night meeting up with family who had not seen each other for some time, and for some of the great grandchildren it was the first time they had ever met. (Australia is a BIG country!!)

When I saw the Take Note collection of papers and diecuts I knew they would be perfect for documenting this special occasion. Occasions such as parties can be difficult to scrap, since there are often  lots of different colours with people’s outfit, and party decorations etc. However, the Take Note collection has lots of neutral tones which worked well with the variety of colours in the photos. Since a lot of photos were taken I thought a mini album was the way to go, and I chose a tag album from Kaisercrafts that had been sitting in my stash. What I love about these albums is firstly, the MDF covers, which are really strong and withstand a lot of handling, and secondly, being held together with book rings makes it easy to add in more pages  whenever I want. The Tag album comes with 4 MDF tags, but I just used two for the covers, and used cardstock for the pages. You can find a range a similar albums here.

I’ll show you the album first, then I’ll add some tips for making the album:

Note how the ‘spine’ with the book ring holes is painted, and not covered with paper?


As you can see, I have alternated wide pages with more narrow ones. The narrow pages have a semi circular tab to help turn the pages, and keep fingers off the photos!

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Here are some tips for making the album:

Sand the edges of the MDF covers, as they can sometimes be a little rough.Mini Tag Album

I like to paint my edges-even though you don’t see very much of the edge, it still gives a finished look, rather than bare MDF. I used black Acrylic paint. Wait until it is completely dry before using the cover as a template to trace around patterned paper. You really need to cut inside any drawn-on lines to ensure a nice fit. When you have your patterned paper cut to size and shape, spread PVA glue all over the MDF cover. Place the paper on top and use a plastic card to flatten the paper down onto the cover, and remove any air bubbles._MG_3306-Edit

For my inner pages I use one piece of 12×12 cardstock which I firstly cut into three 12″x4″ strips. I then cut each strip into two pieces-one 4″x8.5″ and one 4″x3.5″. So then I had three wide pages and three narrow pages. Also, because I was covering my cardstock completely, I could get away with using my least favourite coloured piece of cardstock!!

I cover my cardstock differently than I do the covers. Basically I use a tape runner to go around the edges of my cardstock, then I simply place a piece of patterned paper straight down onto the cardstock, taking care to line up a side and top edge.  Then I flip the page over and do the same on the other side. Only after the cardstock is covered, do I trim the paper to size!


Then it’s just a matter of using the cover as a template to mark out where the holes for the book rings go, and making punching the holes out with a cropodile or similar! Then the fun of arranging photos and diecuts can begin!!

So that’s it- a special album for a special lady’s special birthday!


Hello it’s Ali here to share a little idea with you today 🙂

I love a notebook, there is nothing quite like a blank white page just waiting for a list!!!

I was browsing through my local pound shop and came across a set of 5 exercise books for…how much??….yes, a pound!!! They’re a bit grotty, nothing very special, but we can change all that 😀

So, gather your supplies, I shall be using the lovely Lulu and Roy. You will need a book (obviously!) a 12 x 12 sheet of paper and then whatever you fancy to decorate it.


Cut the ‘Beauty’ paper to the height of your book and check that it will wrap around the whole thing with a little to spare. I added a contrast strip in ‘Graceful’ and stitched it together.


Glue the paper to the front of the book, lining up the edges but don’t glue the back. Once the front is stuck down properly, wrap the paper around the back, pulling gently to make sure it is tight to the spine. Keep the book closed whilst you are doing this.


Now you can glue it into place and trim the overhang with a craft knife.


Adhere your pretty things to the front, papers are ‘Refined’, ‘Splendid’ and the dotty one is from the 6 x 6 pad……and there you have it!


I added a die cut from the 6 x 6 pad and some stickers from the Alpha Sticker Sheet.


I also popped a couple of ‘tape’ pieces and a paper clip on the first page to hold important bits. The ‘tape’ is made with the fabulous Decorative Tape stamps.


As I was taking the photos I suddenly thought ‘wouldn’t it be nice to have a matching pencil?’ Sooo…..


It was easy to paint an old pencil with my Kaisercolour Paint in Sea Breeze. It dries really quickly. Then all it needed was a little piece of ‘Splendid’ wrapped around the bottom and some ribbon…perfect!


I hope this has inspired you to turn a 20p exercise book into a pretty little gift for you or someone you love.

Thanks for popping in today,

Ali x

5,4,3,2,1 Blast Off!!

Hello all, it’s Ali with you today.

I still have loads of my Blast Off collection left, so thought I would use some of it to show of my DGD in a sweet and very easy little mini album :0)


Cut your papers the same width but different lengths, score them so that when you fold them they layer up nicely eg. score a 12″ length of paper at 7″

Stitch or stick them together at the crease (remember if you are sticking to use very narrow tape or your pages won’t lift!)

I die cut a star aperture on my front cover.


The little alien from The Collectables pulls out for journalling




I also covered a wooden peg with washi tape and glittered a star from The Collectables and stuck it on.

A little month by month (enough for his first 6 months) book to document the rapid changes :0)

Thanks for popping in today,

Ali x

December Daily

Ali Edwards started a December Daily journal a few years ago and I know many people have followed suit, documenting their daily lives during Christmas. I thought I might have a go this year.  Although I absolutely have no time during December, getting the journal ready now means that I might stand a chance of filling one in!

I constructed my book from scratch, but a ready made book will do the job too. I used an old Basic Grey chipboard album as a template to  lots of fancy shaped pages. The number sticker sheet is ideal for this as there are lots of different shaped numbers for each day.

I made good use of the 6 1/2″ paper pack – there a lots of gorgeous designs including foil designs. Also the collectables have heaps of tag shapes as well as images – ideal for your daily journal. There is also a whole sheet of gorgeous tags which I used throughout the book.

Turtle Dove Collection: 6.5″ Paper Pad, PiperNumber Stickers, Sticker SheetPerforated tags, Clear Stamps, Printed Ribbon

Other: Sew Easy Bakers Twine, Liquid Pearls, Rhinestones

I hope that I have inspired you to make a December journal over the coming weeks. Thanks for popping in.

Morag x

Fun-sized Travel Album

I have always loved to travel and one of my first ambitions was to travel the world. Well I haven’t quite managed the whole world yet, but I have been lucky enough to travel to a few far-flung places. We travelled the Dominican Republic to get married and honeymooned around the Caribbean on a cruise.  I hadn’t got around to scrapping many of my honeymoon photos as it was way before I started scrapping.

The Check-in collection is a fabulous mix of travel-themed images and papers. I wanted to make the most of my passion for travel and thought I’d make a cute mini-book in the shape of a suitcase.

The book is pretty simple to make – just covers made from chipboard which have been coloured with ink.  I stamped the postage stamps on the background before layering  lots of die-cuts from the Collectables as well as cutting out images from the 6 1/2″ paper pad. Finally I added some of the coloured rub-ons and a couple of tags.

The inside cover contains a little pocket made from the Acetate Shapes which are divine!  I love the way you can see the tags and ephemera through the postage stamp.

The pages are created from cardstock which has been folded and stuck together – concertina style.  It’s a really simple way of creating pages with an easy binding.  I love the cute suitcases that are in the Collectables – here I made a slit with a craft knife so I could tuck other shapes inside.

I love this spread with the small labels and tickets.  You can find plenty of tickets in the 6 1/2″ paper pad, the collectables and sticker sheet.  Again I created another pocket from the acetate shapes to tuck in my journaling and tickets.

The beauty of this type of book is that you can create as many pages as you wish.  Once all my pages were joined together, I attached the first and last page to my book covers before decorating the inside.

Some of my favourite details from the album.  There are loads of fabulous bits to cut out of the papers. I especially love the airmail twine – the perfect finishing touch for your tags!

Here’s a shopping list of everything I have used from the Merly Impressions shop:

Thanks for popping in.  I hope you’ve been inspired to scrap your photos from your holidays too!

Morag x

A travel mini-book

It is not often that you will see a mini-book on this blog as I am not the kind of scrapbooker who like to be constrained to a theme or event for a long period of time but the recent visit of my godson to the UK and the pile of photos that resulted from that visit was crying out for me to make an effort!

And this is what came out of it:

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For the spine I created the paper with Distress Ink in Faded Jeans and Barn door. I also used the gorgeous Kaisercraft paper blooms and mini blooms in the Sunset shade on the cover and all throughout the book. I worked the the amazing Check-in collection! I thought it was perfect for the theme of the mini and it was a real pleasure to work with! Without further delays here is the content of the album:

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I have offset all the more feminine flowers with plenty of splodges and splashes to grunge it all up!  This album will soon make it’s way to Simon in a parcel and I really hope that he will enjoy it as a memory of his time here with us!

Thanks for popping in,