Sunday, August 21, 2011


I entered my first blog at Swirlydoos. And won. I thought I was receiving a small gift card. But Krissy was so generous and sweet and sent me a kit. And boy was it loaded with goodies. I was so excited to receive my first ever Dusty Attic piece. So I could only use a small piece of it. Will use the rest with the other papers left from my project.

Here is the mini. I used papers from the Butterfly Garden collection from pinkpaislee, graphic 45 Once Upon a Springtime Collection.
KaiserCraft English Rose Collection.
Dusty Attic French Flourish Border.
Prima Arcadian Collection Rosy
Stickles in Eucalyptus and Ice.
I also use pink and white puffy paint, different laces and trims, a Martha Stewart leaf punch, glossy accents, Martha Stewart and Family Treasures butterfly punches. Also dipped into my stamps for a few images.
And a few small pink roses from my stash and some pink pearls on a rope.
Black eyelets to secure the binding and gree sheer strips of material to tie it together.

The front cover. I picked the title for the mini right from the Butterfly Garden collection. Just snipped off a corner from the top left.
I was going to try and use toilet paper rolls and decided to use my Sizzix tag die and then made my own sleeves for them to go into.
Pages 1 & 2

Pages 3 & 4

Pages 5 & 6

Pages 7 & 8

Pages 9 & 10

Back cover

Inside tags.
I just used the double sided paper to make the tags. Then used several different stamps to add to them.

And finally here is the measurements for the envelope to make your own. I found that very small mini are a bit more challenging. But it turned out ok.

You will need a piece of card stock that measures 4 1/2 x 7 inches.
You will then score it at 3 3/8 and then again at 3 3/8.
You will be left with a very small flap. You will add glue, tape what works best for you and glue on the outer area and then bring the front piece and glue it on top. So it makes a hollow tube kinda.
I then came in about a 1/4 inch from one side and punch three holes to be able to bind the book.
I used six pieces of black card stock.
You could use a standard tag. I used my sizzix tag die and got the measurements from laying the tag  and going from there.
The tag measured at 3 1/8 x 4 3/4.
I then cut a piece of black card stock as a template to use to cover the tops of the pages.
It measured at 3 1/8 x 4 1/2.
Hope this helps.
If you have any questions please drop me a line.
And thanks so much for looking.
Hugs Virginia


  1. This is beautiful Virgina!!! What a fab job you did here.

  2. What a GORGEOUS mini album you made.
    I'm glad that you have so much fun with that awesome prize, Krissy send you.
    Thanks for sharing the measurements.

  3. Virginia, the mini is GORGEOUS!!!! Thank you so much for sharing the details!! I love it!! So glad you enjoyed your prize!!

  4. Beautiful job Virginia! I love it and all the details you put into making it. So, so pretty!

  5. This is awesome...beautiful color scheme and embelishments and I love this tag die....great job...