Friday, December 7, 2012

Christmas Mini Accordion Book


Hello All! Wendy here to share up my accordion “mini album” made using the Scor-Buddy by Scor-Pal tool and lots of Hampton Art stamps! I’m sending my boyfriend a care package for Xmas and wanted to make something a little more than just a card to include in the package. He’s one of those amazing guys who loves the handmade touches to a gift! Yep, I scored lucky! So, perfectly, I created this accordion “mini album” that he can display long after receiving it in the package.

“Don’t Open Until Dec 25th”

Accordion Mini Book

Wendy christmas Hampton art

Supply List:

Hampton Art

Hampton Art Stamps: Studio G (“Do Not Open Until Dec 25”th, Merry Merry Christmas), Hot Fudge Studio (Christmas Tree #PS0715, Santa Postage #PS0486A, Bethlehem Postage #PS0485A), Graphic 45 (Santa #PS0721), Cosmo Cricket (Music Script #PS0576)

Embossing Powder: Basic Value Pack #EMV002

Scor-Pal Scor-Buddy Tool


White Cardstock: Source Unknown

Pattern Paper: Basic Grey - Jovial 6x6 Paper Pad

Ink: Ranger - Archival Ink - Jet Black, Clearsnap Colorbox Pigment Ink - Cranberry, Tsukineko - Watermark, Staz On - Opaque Cotton White

Glitter Resin Shapes: Recollections (Poinsettias, Gift Packages)

Gold Foil Chipboard Letters: American Crafts - Thickers

Letter Stickers: Lily Bee Design

Pearls & Bling: Kaisercraft, TCP Studios

Wood Veneer Shapes: Studio Calico (stars)

Punch: Fiskars (postage stamp)

Pop Dots: American Crafts

Glue Glider Adhesive: Glue Arts Glider Pro Perma Tac

Baker’s Twine: The Twinery


Designer Notes:

Scoring the Accordion “Mini Album” -

The Scor-Buddy by Scor-Pal is absolutely perfect for scoring your cardstock projects accurately and quickly for a precise and crisp fold. You can use the Scor-Buddy for your smaller projects (i.e. cards, mini books, etc) instead of the full size version from Scor-Pal.


1. The scoring tool pops out from the tray by pressing the push button.


2. I used 2 sheets of 8 1/2” x 11” sheet of white cardstock pre-cut to 4” x 11”. Then, I used the Scor-Buddy and Scoring Tool (hold as you would a pencil, angled slightly) to fit in the groove of 3” and scored as shown.

3. Once at the end of my first sheet, then, I followed the same with the second sheet of cardstock. Simply I used 2 sheets because I wanted more inserts to my album but you could easily use just 1 sheet for a smaller “album”.



4. To piece the 2 scored sheets together, I used adhesive and adhered as shown with flaps overlapped. I’m sure there are other techniques to this but this is how I used for my book.






Putting It All Together -


1. Lately, I’m crushing on some red ink. Maybe just the holidays but I live a bright red and crisp white cardstock - clean and crisp. So, I stamped with Clearsnap Colorbox Pigment Ink - Cranberry and the Studio G stamp (“Do Not Open Until Dec 25th”) on the “cover” page.


2. I used pattern paper to alter up the inserts in between photo sections and stamped sections. I like to bring a mix of interest in subject to my projects. I added in some matching glittered poinsettias‘ on the matching paper along with some matching mini pearls.


3. For the “Merry Merry Christmas” insert, I used a photo collage made with my photo printer software and sized it to 3”x 4”. Then, I stamped the greeting “Merry Merry Christmas” Studio G stamp with Cotton White Staz On ink directly on the center of the photo. Love effects like this on my photos!


4. For the Christmas Tree, I stamped with Versamark and used Hampton Art clear embossing powder to heat emboss. Then, I added the mid-size pearls as “ornaments” on the tree and glittered gift packages “under the tree”.



5. I love the postage stamps from Hampton Art Hot Fudge Studios. For the Christmas stamp, I decided to stamp the red with the Clearsnap Colorbox Pigment Ink - Cranberry and used Hampton Art clear embossing powder to heat emboss. For the Peace stamp, I decided to stamp in Versamark and used the Hampton Art silver embossing powder. As an added accent, I used the postage stamp Fiskars punch to mount my photo on pop dots.


6. On the reverse side of the “card”, I used the music script stamp for a bit of “vintage” type stamping for a faded effect. Then, added my photo mounted on pop dots.



7. I added the red pattern paper, then applied a photo on pop dots along with bits of wood stars. Also, I used the gold foil chipboard letters for my lettering.


8. For the next insert, I stamped the Santa in black ink and then applied glittered gift packages along with random pearls and bling.


9. I added in the reindeer paper as matching the holiday theme to the card.

10. Then, for the Christmas plaid paper insert, I added my boyfriend’s photo on pop dots. Next, I added the letter stickers (“naughty”) and gold foil chipboard letters (“nice”).


Then, all is nicely tied up and wrapped with red and white baker’s twine!

Hope you enjoyed my project!

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