Monthly Archives: June 2012

The cover and binding


Hi all. Here are pictures of the cover, and my start on making the binding.

i am not happy with my cover. The card board I used is not thick enough, and when I glued it down I glued too much all at once. Another problem is that the edge of the tyvek shows as a bump under the cover. probably becasue I did not use the tape but used glue. and I don’t like that.

Regarding the binding system, I am currently trying to put it together with glue but I am going to do the rest with the score tape I think. just because it is difficult to get the edges to line up properly with glue.

Here are the pictures

First up is the cover and you can clearly see I had issues with the glue and making the cover smooth. I have a wrinkle on the back cover. Another problem is that the cardboard was too thin(because I did not have Chip board and used some other cardboard) and it is rolling instead of lying flat. I really need to find some good sources of different thicknesses of chipboard


Here is the inside of the cover.

Here is how far I got with the binding system I still need to finish glueing the folds together and rounding the edges and cutting the off size tabs.

I want to say too, so far the instructions have been pretty good with a couple of places I have added my own notes for a bit of clarity.

and the one other change I will be making to mine is that my tyvek is going to be cut to fully cover the cover. Just for a cleaner look.

The issues I am having by the way have nothing to do with Kathy Ortas instructions but are due to the fact that i am so new to the whole scrapbooking experience and thus each project is a learning adventure for me. I also do not always have a ready source for some of the supplies and tend to try to make what I have available work.

I will hopefully have a new cover to share by tomorrow and the binding completed, and perhaps some of the photo mats.


All Occasions Mini Album


A few days ago I purchased Kathy Orta,s May “All Occasion Mini Album” tutorial. I really like it, so I started cutting out the pages last night.
My apologies as these pictures are taken with my Ipad. So quality is not as good as my thirty five millimeter camera.

These are the base pages. There are four styles. And the tiny pockets are these cool photo holders. I used scotch quick dry adhesive rather than tape. But looking at them in the light of day i will definitely switch to the tape as it gives a smoother finish.

Another change is i used black 8.5 x11 paper rather than 12×12, because that is what I had on hand. It worked just fine. I will still need a few of the larger sheets to finish up. This trial run is in preparation to make a larger wedding album for my niece. Hers will be eight by eight, so i will have to adjust the measurements when i make that album.

Now that the preliminaries are out of the way.

This first picture is the Phot Holders and the mini off size pages.


This is one of the page styles there are two of these. This is the square cut out pocket.. so far it is my favorite.


Another style

A third style

This picture and the following one are the fold over page. it has different stuff on the inside and outside. I love this pocket fold out page too.



Stay tuned for more posts as i work on this project.

About Kathy Orta she has many different tutorials that she sells for around ten to fifteen dollars. She also has lots of free tutorials that she posts. I love her happy tutorials. Check her out at or look for her videos on youtube under Kathy Orta.

a link to the may tutorial is here

Art and me.


Art has always been a part of my life. I come from a very talented family of artistic folk at least on my mothers side of the family.

My Grandmother … Nellie Owen Mitchell was a talented china painter in Michigan and sold her work.

And some where in my past is an uncle or great uncle who could and did carve some beautiful pieces. But there are also lots of others! Both past and present who draw paint and more. So really it is not a surprise.

Over the years I have learned that I need to have some kind of art project going on at all times to be happy.

A clue you are artistic…. Any project you take on you change in some way, color or design, to put your own special stamp on it.

I also have learned that I prefer to take my time and savour the whole thing.

life is to be enjoyed not rushed through pell mell with scraped knees and bruises.

So I have started another blog but this one is all about me. And I will show case what ever I am working on and throw in some finished projects that I did before.


Also just a note I do not distinguish between crafting and the so called refined arts. That is just an arrogant euphemism put out by men in the past to discredit women’s work which due to necessity was tied to their regular day to day duties. it takes a lot more work to figure out a quilt pattern and execute it than an oil painting of a woman so … This is my one militant discussion on this. and this will hopefully be my only non picture post.

Welcome to my artistic life. I hope you enjoy the journey.