Wednesday, February 9, 2011

"Be My Valentine" Blog Hop-Day 3

Hello again.  Today is Day 3 of the "Be My Valentine" blog hop over at Creative Scrapbooking Divas.  If this is your first day here and your first stop, then please start 'hoppin' at  Sandy's blog. This blog hop is special because it's the first time CSD has included its MEMBERS to be part of the blog hop list.  I've enjoyed visiting each blog and seeing how creative and talented our members are.  When you're done here, the next stop is:  KATIE at Katie's Nesting Spot

If you want to see my project from Day 1, go to HERE.  For Day 2's project, hop on over HERE and see that day's special project.  If you like what you see, please leave a comment. 

I created a matchbook mini album.  It's easy to do, so I hope you'll make one for yourself or for a loved one.  Please upload your project to my

To make the basic matchbook album you will need:
--1 strip of 12" x 4 1/2" strip cardstock for the cover (double sided paper works well for this project)
--4 to 8 pieces of 4 1/2" x 5" for the inside pages
--patterned paper to coordinate with cardstock
--Stapler and staples
--embellishments--ribbon, flowers, lace, stickers, etc

The final project will have up to 8 pages and will be about 5 1/4" x 4"

1. Trim a strip of cardstock 4 1/2" x 12" long. This is the outer cover so use heavy cardstock to ensure firmness.
2. Measure in from the left edge (short) 1 1/2", score and fold the flap inwards.
3. From the fold (on the left) measure in another 5 1/4", score and fold. Measure 1/4" in from that score line and score again. Fold. You should have a 1/4" gutter. If you fold the right side over and tuck under the flap, it should look like a matchbook.
4. Cut 4 to 8 pages from cardstock 5" x 4 1/2" for the inside pages. Also cut the same number of pages from patterned paper at 4 3/4" x 4 1/4".

5. Embellish your pages BEFORE putting into the album. You can decorate both sides if you choose, but I only did one. Also, don't embellish an inch from the bottom as this needs to be flat because it's going under the flap. Warning: try not to use too many bulky items or the matchbook won't close.
6. Embellish the cover and the inside of the cover (optional)
7. Before attaching the pages to the inside, I scored each page 1/2" in from the bottom. This helps in 'turning' the pages.
8. Staple about 1/4" from each side to hold the pages in place.
9. Pull down the cover and tuck under the flap. Your album is now complete!

If you want more projects, please visit the other blog hostesses:

SANDY Scrapbook Blessings
DENINE Pumpkin Spice
BRANDI  Joyfully Creative
PAM Dreamers Klub
ANGELA tealfully Cuttin Up
MARYANNE Scrappy Gifts
LORI  Scrapmom's Musings
KATIE Katie's Nesting Spot
ANN Ann Lenth
BRENDA  Brenda's Joy
STEPHANIE  Today's Magical
ALECIA  Freak Alecia's
CHERYL Tickled Pink
LUISA  Creative Designs by Luisa

CHALLENGE: Create the matchbook mini or...make another type of Valentine mini. Each day during the hop I will challenge you to a project.  If you complete all the projects and post it to my Blog Hop thread HERE, then you'll go in the drawing for a nice prize from me.  The winner will be chosen via   

And, CSD is offering a Grand Prize to one lucky winner!  Here's a photo. 

Have Fun!


Brenda said...

OMGOSH I LOVE LOVE LOVE this!!!! Ir really love doing minis never done a matchbook one but you have inspired me...thanks!!!!
Sooo pretty!!!!

bcriminger said...

Cute! This is adorable :)

Sandy said...

Aww, this is great! So pretty and I didn't know how to make one of these! Now I do :)

bless her heart said...

Love it - esp. the doiley (sp?) on front cover! Thanks so much for including directions so I can make my own! - Stephanie

Katie's Nesting Spot said...

Lori, it's lovely! I haven't made a matchbook mini in quite some time and now I'm inspired again.

Angela said...

Thanks for the tutorial and the inspiration! your matchbook mini is sooo pretty!

Pammie Kay said...

How pretty is your album?!!! You did such a great job on your tutorial. Thanks

DT Pam CSDivas