Saturday, January 22, 2011

Super Saturday Tutorial: Botanical Gazette Mini Scrapbook & Gift Card Holder

Readers requested a tutorial for the Botanical Gazette Mini Scrapbook & Gift Card Holder featured in last week’s Sketch Frenzy Friday post… The Vintage Valentine Mini Scrapbook / Gift Card Holder / Card featured botanical gazette designer series paper, a ribbon rosette, and Ruffled Heart (also tutorials found here on Created by You.)

I didn’t want to bore you with exactly the same artwork… so I made another mini scrapbook / album/ gift card holder just for today’s Super Saturday Tutorial!  This one is not as so frilly, and will be for my DS who is a member of the US Air Force!




Stamps and Supplies Used in today’s Super Saturday Tutorial Sample*:

  • Stamps:  Clearly For You, Sassy Sayings I (retired)
  • Card Stock:  Sahara Sand, Not Quite Navy, Early Espresso
  • Classic Inks:  Early Espresso, River Rock
  • Accessories:  Metallic Brads, Mat Pack, Paper Piercing Tool, Big Shot Machine, Magnetic Movers and Shapers Punch Window Set, Cork Sheet, Stampin Dimensionals, Antique Brads, Neutral Buttons, Jewelry Tag Punch, Hemp Twine, Botanical Gazette Designer Series Paper, Not Quite Navy Stampin’ Write Marker, First Edition Designer Series Paper

The DSP and layers used on the mini Scrapbook/ Gift Card / Flip Album were all cut 1/8” smaller than their landing pages… the instructions given in today’s tutorial will be for the basic construction of the card/album… you can enhance and/or change it up to suit your style and needs.

I love using cork sheets and the big shot machine on cards for guys… it creates such a masculine effect without adding a whole lot of weight.   The cork sheets easily adhere to cardstock and designer series paper using Tombow Multi-purpose adhesive too!  Nothing wasted here… I used the cut-out on the front of my mini scrapbook/card…


And the actual die cut on the next page.  A little remembrance ribbon was added, to let him know we’re always wishing our son a safe return from his trips in the line of duty.2aheartherobook

Of course, this is a mini scrapbook/gift card holder from dear old Mom… so what mini scrapbook would be complete without a photo of us?  This photo was taken when he returned from Iraq… the first time.  It was a surprise… totally caught him off guard!


Our son is a big reader, and has quite an extensive library… he also loves video games, WII and all that stuff, so gift cards are always appreciated… On this gift card page, I changed it up a bit from the norm… tying the gift card in place with a little hemp twine… I think it turned out pretty cool, don’t you?


Today’s tutorial is for the basic construction of a similar scrapbook / gift card holder.  Decorating it with DSP and stamps will totally change the end results… but the concept is the same.  The card is dimensional, and so cutting it 1/2” smaller than the envelope leaves plenty of room for the resultant bulk.

Card Stock Preparation:

  • Cardstock Base:  10” x 10” scored at 5” for card base (in sample shown, Sahara Sand)
  • Flip Pages:  4” x 4.25”, 3.75” x 3.25”, and 3.5” x 2.25” (Early Espresso in Sample Shown)
  • 3/8” wide Chipboard Scraps cut to 4”, 3.25” and 2.75”
  • Scraps for Jewelry Tag Punches

Step by Step:

  • Begin by scoring each flip page at 1/2” along the shortest side
  • Add chipboard pieces to the back side of the scored edges.  This will help to accommodate the bulkier items in the scrapbook.hearoheartbookreinforecemnt
  • Layer the top two flip pages together, aligning as desired.
  • Use a Mat Pack and Paper Piercing tool to pierce holes through both cardstock and chipboard layers.
  • Use brads to secure and flatten the prongs along the back.


  • Repeat last three steps until all layers are attached with brads.
  • Secure the final layer to the card front, and embellish as desired.

Still recovering from the flu… hope to be back to normal next week… this has been a tough one!

I’ve got a fun spinner card / Valentine to share tomorrow… hope you’ll stop back by!



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Dee in N.H. said...

That is so awesome! I love how it has all those layers for lots of room to make it special for a specific person. Love it!
Hope you are feeling much better!!

Penny Hanuszak said...

Sharon this little album flip card is totally awesome. Well thought out and engineered. Love the twine holding the gift card and your instructions are terrific. Hope you're feeling better soon. TFS!

JulieA said...

Sharon, that's a great mini album!!! What a fun idea to make all of the layers show a little and have the gift card all tied up. Genius!

lisa808 said...

Thanks for the tutorial.

Patrice H said...

I love Saturdays :) You make me so happy with your tutorials. Have a great weekend.

Teressa Thompson said...

Amazing! I didn't think of using chipboard as a spacer. I've used foam, but chipboard would be so much better! Great tutorial and a wonderful gift for your son!

Glad you are able to be up and about and I hope your Internet is up and running today too.