Saturday, August 11, 2012

New Mini...Fiona's Lace Mini- Done!

Good Saturday Afternoon To You All!

Man, I love getting stuff done!  It makes me happy!  Working on about five projects at the moment and loving everyone of them!  It's so nice to have whole days to design and craft!  Got to love it!

Last night, I finished a fast little album for my friend Fiona.  Hence, the name, Fiona's Lace Mini.  LOL!  Yes, I know what you're saying...Jim, can you get any more original with a name? :) Oh well!  The mini was made with the Lucky 8 Punches from We R Memory Keepers. and it's fast and fun!  I've been trying to upload the videos that I made of this project and they are still uploading!  Good Lawd!  This Hi Def thing is going to kill me yet!  I'm trying to get the quality of my videos to be better, however my connection to the internet causes what should be maybe an hour to upload a video to half of a day!  So, I'm basically forced to turn what could be a beautiful picture into a grainy one.  But such is life.  :)

Here is a quick rundown of how to put the mini together.  Please check out the videos for more detail.  Please note, these videos continue to download as I write this and will probably all day!  So please check my YouTube channel for additional parts.

(Even though Part 4 says part three in the caption, just act like you didn't see it!  I flubbed it!  LOL!)

Fiona's Lace Mini

The mini was made with the Tatted Doily Purple Punch from We R Memory Keepers.  The paper collection I used for this was Susan Winget's Nature from K and Company.   I have to laugh to myself but I was calling this Southwest Nature!  Bahahahaha!  Sorry Susan!  :)

Here's a rundown of the steps.  These steps are just a reference to the video.  I made six pages for the album.  Repeat steps for six pages.  This album is best created in double sided paper.  NOTE:  If you do not have these punches, it is easy to create the pages by cutting circles to 11-1/2 inches and then scalloping the edges with a scissor.

Tim Holtz Idea-ology  Ring Binders -Large

Step 1:
Score a 12 x 12 sheet of cardstock at 3- 1/4 and again at 8-3/4.  Turn page clockwise and score once at 5-1/4.

Step 2:
Punch the pages with Lucky 8 Punch.

Step 3:  
Fold pages on score lines.  Fold on the 5-1/4 line first folding it basically in half.  Next, fold the left and right sides back behind the folded front page.  Pages are done!

Step 4: 
Make a binding strip from cardstock cutting it to 4 x 5-3/8.  Score the piece lengthwise downwards meaning, place the 4 inch piece at the top scoring down the 5-3/8 inch length.  Score at 1-1/4, 2 and again at 2-3/4 inches.  With a decorative punch, punch both sides of the binding strip on the 5-3/8 sides. Next, apply Scor-tape, glue or adhesive onto the backside of the binding strip on one of the 3/4 inch scored segments.  Fold in half and adhere together.  Using the binding rings as a guide, mark the binding strip 1-1/8 inch from each end and 1/2 inch down.  Next, punch a 3/16-inch hole on the marks.  Binding strip is done!

Step 5:
Fold the flaps of the binding strip open to the inside.  Apply a bead of wet glue to one side of the strip and adhere to the front of the lacy side of one of the pages.  Next, turn the page over and apply a bead of wet glue to the bottom and sides of the strip, leaving the middle unglued to form a pocket. Page binding  - Done!

Step 6:
From chipboard, cut 2 pieces to 5-3/4 x 8-1/4 and another piece to 2 x 5-3/4.

Next cut two pieces of cardstock to 6-3/4 x 9-1/4.  Butt the two pieces together on the narrower ends and apply a piece of score tape down the seam. Next, apply adhesive to the chipboard pieces and place onto the cover paper leaving a 1/2 border of paper around the entire piece.  Miter the corners leaving an 1/8-inch between the cut and the chipboard.  Apply adhesive around the edges of the chipboard.  Fold the 1/2 border paper up and onto the chipboard.  Do this around the whole piece.  

For the inside cover paper cut 2 sheets of cardstock to 5-1/2 x 9.  Butt the two pieces together on the narrower ends and apply a piece of score tape down the seam.  Apply adhesive to backside of cover paper and adhere to chipboard cover leaving about 1/8 border showing.  Cover is Done!

Step 7:
On the inside spine piece, measure, center and mark using the ring binder as a guide.  Punch 1/8-inch holes on the two marks.  Place the binder rings onto the spine and insert brads.  On opposite side fold brad legs back to secure.  Binder Ring Done!

Step 8: 
Cut a piece of chipboard to 1-3/4 x 5 1/2.  Using the same technique as in Step 6 above, cut a piece of cardstock to 2-3/4 x 6 1/2.  and cover spine piece.  Next, for the laced binding, measure and mark each side of the binding piece, 1/2-inch in from each edge at 3/4, 2, 3-1/2 and 4-3/4.  Punch 3/16 holes on each of the marks.  Apply 3/16 eyelets to each hole.  Cut a length of ribbon that coordinates with your project.  Lace the ribbon through the holes and tie a bow at the top.  

Apply adhesive to backside of spine piece and adhere to spine centered. Spine piece done!

Step 9:
Insert your pages into the album and cut mats to fit all pockets.  Decorate cover and you are DONE!

I hope you like Fiona's Lace Mini and will give it a try!
Thank you all for coming to visit!  Hope you have a wonderful weekend!
The Gentleman Crafter


  1. Lovin' the colors and everything! It's perfect!


  2. Jim I am so in love with this paper collection I have bought it three times without even realizing it. Now you have given me another super cool way to use it. Love how you put all this together. Have to get one of those punches. Thanks as always for sharing.

  3. I love these colours and the mini looks great! I'll have to check out the videos another time as I'm really busy with my wedding preparations at the moment. Your vidoes about the Lucky 8 punches did the trick though as I've actually already ordered this purple doily one to make ... yup, you've guessed - doilies for my wedding reception! You should be on comission - LOL!


  4. seems i need this punch. this is really really cute! love it! and i love the paper, as well!

  5. Lucky Fiona!!

    Ok now I gotta get the punch, and after I had talked myself out of it, AND placed a very large Stampin Up order! Arrrgghh will it ever end??

    Oh well, that's the world of paper crafts and Jim, I love it! Thanks!

  6. WOW...LOVE the lacy look of this mini!!! How did you figure out the cool fold for the pages?!?!

    Just got done watching 4 videos....will there be another to show how you did the faux laced binding?

    I NEED to borrow your lucky 8 punches while you're in Big D!!

  7. What a gorgeous mini! I will have to give it a try! TFS!

  8. Fab mini album! I too will be hunting done one of these Lucky 8 punches! LOL and is there a part 5 video showing the finished binding edge with the faux lacing? Sure hope so! You didn't post a pic of it. task tsk

  9. How cool are those pages - completely original look. I like your paper choice too. I'll be trying this one.I'm grateful for the videos no matter how long it takes them to download. I can't wait to see what else you're working on right now.

  10. Extremely beutiful mini Jim. Love those lacy pages!!!!!! And here I thought I would never use these punches and actually talked myself out of getting them. You have me eating crow for sure. Must go check them out. Storage for these might pose a problem however, I keep all my punches in map drawers and these look like they will be to high for my drawers. Fiona's going to love this!!!!!!!! I sure do.

  11. Great mini Jim. Fiona is going to be "Chuffed" :) As Nan said I would love to see the spine after it was completed. Thanks for sharing.

  12. Oh Jim I am so inspired by you and jealous too. I want to thank you up front for sharing the fab project and all the time and energy (the part I am jealous of) it took to put together. I know a labor of love when I see it... hehe.

    As I was watching and enjoying the videos, love your line of gab by the way, I started thinking about how I would make one up.. no surprise there. I thought about purchasing a pack paper doilies and then I thought about what would be a mans version. A tablesaw blade album is in the works..!! Love it Jim, thanks again.

  13. Oh my gosh! Fiona will love this. It's gorgeous. I can already see her own personal touches! TFS all the great tips and tricks to. Hugs, Jess

  14. How pretty....have to try it! Thanks for sharing your creativity

  15. Love it! Went on line to purchase and they're on sale at Joann's. Unfortunately they're ALL out of stock!

  16. I love your book. This was my first time watching one of your tutorials and I loved it. You have a great way of teaching. I need to find that punch, as I have never seen it before..Lovely choices of paper too... Thanks for taking the time to show us the "how to!"

  17. Awesome project!Very dainty details. Thanks for sharing.

  18. I am really loving this project. I too want to see the end. You said you would be right back!!! LOL I have all of these punches and I'm wondering how an album would look if each page was made with a different punch. Something I need to try.

    For those looking for these punches, HSN has them at pretty good prices. So glad I already have them and just need to choose the right paper. I just spent a chunk of money on doggy surgery. That was NOT expected. I'm on a budget for a while. Not used to that either!!! LOL

  19. It is so pretty!!! Love the colors

  20. I love it and I also love how you used the lucky 8 punch!! A great project to use it on, thanks for sharing :)

  21. ok, is there a step missing? i didn't see the lace part or the putting the binding together. i've never done either h . e . l . p ! thie is gorgeous. i do get a few tee hees when your looking for stuff. i'll do the same thing and it'll be right there. plain as day to everyone but me. thanks for sharing so much detail. i just recently found your blog and i'm so glad i did. we had a ckc convention here this weekend and i was able to get some of the ladies diary paper that you did wonders with. i had seen the 8 thing b4 but not sure i can store them. i would of course need more thanone. enough babbling. just wanted to say hi and thanks.

  22. Absolutely fabulous. And, I am in awe of the fact that you figured out how to use regular washers to reinforce the punched holes. Genius, man. Sheer genius!

    I love the lacy look of the pages, and you chose one of my favorite paper collections. Your work is so neat and tidy, as is your workspace. Love the little dustpan. Gotta get me one! Thank you...I know this was a labor of love, and I do appreciate it!

  23. OMG, that mini is so gorgeous. I love those colors. I love how the pages look. You are so amazing. Thank you for sharing your projects with us. Cyndie

  24. What a wonderful gift for Fiona ... love your colour choices and thanks for the tutorial on the flowers too!!

    Your work is amazing!!

  25. This album is totally adorable and I am totally making one! I just bought the totally perfect papers to make this with...You are totally awesome!
    Thanks for sharing!!!

  26. just found you ! and i already adore your work, iv only seen this on youtube but i think ill be spending a little while watching all your vids xx

  27. Just love the way this turned out Jim

    Its so pretty and easy with that marvelous punch!!!

  28. Fab project, love the paper! You are a joy to watch!


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