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Tutorial: Mini Valentine Fold-Out Book

Make your Valentine an extra special mini book to tell them "forever and always my heart belongs to you"This month I am very excited to be participating in Emma Owl's 14 Days of Love. I LOVE love!

For me, Valentine's day is often a bit too commercial. Sure, I enjoy getting a box of chocolates from time to time. (Who doesn't like chocolate.) But when it comes to Valentine gift giving, sometime handmade is the most heartfelt.

I like to make my own cards, and on Valentine's Day I think it is totally worth taking the time to craft an extra fancy card.

This year, my card is inspired by a project I found in The Weekend Crafter: Making Books And Journals. It looks rather complicated, but isn't your special someone worth a little extra time and effort. (Husbands, I promise that your wife would be thrilled to receive this little gem if it is handmade by you!!)


  • 1 - 2 x 12 inch piece of light colored cardstock
  • 2 - 2 1/4 inch thin cardboard squares
  • 2 - 3 1/4 inch pieces of colored, patterned paper
  • Fiskars Paper Trimmer
  • ruler
  • bone folder
  • Tombow Xtreme Permanent Adhesive
  • 18 inches of ribbon
  • stamps, ink, pens, paint (for embellishments)
  • 1 - 1 1/2 inch white cardstock square for cover decoration (optional)


We'll start by making the covers of the book. You'll need the cardboard squares and colored paper.
Apply a couple swipes of the Tombow Xtreme Adhesive to the back of your cardboard square.
Center the cardboard, sticky side down onto the back of the colored paper.
Fold in the corners of the paper.
Use the bone folder to score the paper, using the cardboard as a guide.

Tip: It helps to put a scrap piece of cardboard under your work so you don't scratch your table when scoring.
Apply adhesive to one edge of the paper and fold it in, sticking it to the cardboard.
Repeat with the remaining three sides. Don't you just love those neatly mitered corners?

Create the other cover in the same manner.
Now onto the pages of your book/card. You'll be using the 2 x 12 inch cardstock for this part.

Use the bone folder to score every two inches along the length of the paper (the pink lines in the photo below), creating six squares. Turn your paper over and make four diagonal scores in the center four squares (as shown by the blue lines below).

Valley fold the pink lines and mountain fold the diagonal blue lines. Your measurements and folds need to be very precise for this to work.

Now you are going to decorate the pages of your book. I used my Close to My Heart: Seasons of the Heart stamps.

If you don't have stamps available, you can just as easily draw a little heart embellishment in the corners as shown.
Now for the words, use your best fancy handwriting to write "forever and always" on the front, middle and back pages of my book.
After the ink is dry (you don't want any smudges) fold up your book and open the popout at the center so you can write "my heart belongs to you".
Once your ink is dry, turn your book over and apply adhesive to the wrong side of the front and back pages so you can attach the ribbon and covers.
First, position the ribbon. You may want to fold your book shut to make sure the ribbon is not too tight.
Next position the front and back covers so they are aligned with the fold in the pages. If the covers extend past the fold, the book will not open completely.
Finally, you can decorate and attach the 1 1/2 inch square of white cardstock to the front cover if you choose.

Tie the ribbon in a pretty bow to close the book.
Here's how your fancy shmancy card works. The first page says "forever", the center page says "and", the last page says "always", fold down the flap "my heart belongs to you".

You can fill the front and back inside covers with the appropriate "to and from" message.

Whose heart wouldn't totally melt when they opened this special Valentine?

Make your Valentine an extra special mini book to tell them "forever and always my heart belongs to you"

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Tutorial: Binder Clip Photo Holders

DIY Project: Binder Clip Photo Holders are an inexpensive way to display your favorite picturesI always think it's fun to find new uses for supplies I already have sitting around the house, especially the leftover bits and pieces from other crafty projects.

For this one, I combined binder clips, with leftover scrapbooking paper from my stash.
to create photo holders. They're perfect for for displaying your favorite pictures at home or at work.

This is also an inexpensive project that can be personalized and made in bulk for use as teacher/parent appreciation gifts or even party or shower favors.

Many thanks to Tombow USA for providing the adhesives I used in this project.



Let's start by covering the clip. Use a paper trimmer to cut a 2-inch by 3 1/4-inch piece of decorative paper.
Apply three swipes of Tombow Xtreme Adhesive, widthwise, to the back of the paper.
Place the paper slightly under the top curl of the clip and press it in place.
Fold the paper around the bottom of the clip and press it in place.
Fold the paper up the side of the clip and press it in place.
Next, you'll add some buttons. This serves two purposes. One, it looks pretty. Two, it helps make sure your picture doesn't slip around when it's on display.

Pull a 12-inch piece of yarn, string or hemp down through one button.

Tip: I used hemp, so I didn't need a needle to thread it through the  button holes.
Pull the string up through a second button. Place the buttons on either side of the clip.
Secure the string with a knot.
Trim the string with scissors.

Finally, we'll make the stamped embellishment.
Cut two 1-inch squares of white cardstock and stamp your design on them.

Cut two 1 1/4-inch squares of colored cardstock and two 1 1/2-inch squares of a contrasting color.
Apply a couple swipes of Tombow Mono Permanent Adhesive to the back of the white squares.
Mount them to the 1 1/4-inch squares.
Apply a couple of swipes of the Tombow Mono Permanent Adhesive to the back and mount them to the 1 1/2-inch squares.
Apply two 1/4-inch foam tabs to the bottom corners of each decorative square.

Tip: I only used one foam tab for my prototype, but found that using two foam tabs looked neater and held the squares more securely.
Attach one square on each side of the clip.
As I said before, this is a great project to make in bulk for small gifts or party favors. I was able to get a package of 12 clips at the office supply store for less than $7, so you could easily make a dozen photo holders for less than $1 a piece and customize them with an initial or image for just about any occasion.

Binder Clip Photo Holders make great personalized party/shower favors or teacher/parent appreciation gifts and cost less than $1 a piece to make

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Lotus Books

Paper Craft Tutorial: How to make a lotus book - A great keepsake gift for birthdays, Valentine's Day, Mother's or Father's Day or an anniversary.For our 10th anniversary, I made my husband a lotus book filled with photos and memories from the first ten years of our marriage. This month, when we celebrated our 20th anniversary, it only seemed logical that I would create another.

You are probably wondering what, exactly, a lotus book is. They are small, square books and when you open the cover, the pages fold out, opening sort of like a flower in bloom. The pages can then be filled with pictures or written sentiments worthy of a keepsake birthday, Valentine or anniversary card. These would also make lovely little albums, perfect for proud grandparents.


  • two 4 3/8 inch squares of tagboard
  • five 12 x 12 inch pieces of scrap booking paper
  • paper trimmer
  • 30 inches of ribbon (1/8-1/4 inch wide)
  • 1/2 inch wide double sided tape
  • rubber stamps, ink or die cuts to decorate the cover
  • pictures to fill your book


We'll start with the front and back covers of the book.

Pick which piece of paper you will be using for the cover. Use a paper trimmer to cut two 5 1/2 inch squares from the paper.
Turn a piece of the cover paper, face down.

Place double sided tape around the edges of one of the tagboard pieces.
Center the tagboard over the paper, sticky side down, and press the pieces together.
Fold the top and bottom edges of paper over the tagboard and crease them.
Apply double sided tape to the paper along the folded sides and press it firmly to the tagboard.
Next, fold down the corners of the paper.
Here's a close up so you can see what I mean.
Fold and tape the  remaining sides of the cover paper and press it down to the tagboard.

Repeat the process for the other cover.
On to the pages of your book.

Begin by cutting four 8 1/2 inch squares from your paper.

Set one of your pages, face up, on your work surface.
Fold the page in half.

It's really important that all of your pages are folded neatly and firmly or they will not align correctly as you assemble your book later.
Open the page back up.
Fold the page in half the other direction.
Open the page back up.
Turn your page over.
Fold in half, diagonally then open it up again.
Now you'll make the “lotus” part of the book.

Turn your page face up.
Pinch the diagonal fold at each of the corners and bring the unfolded corners to the center.
Your page should look like this.

Repeat this process with the remaining three pages of your book.
Now it's time to assemble the pieces of your lotus book.

Start with one of the pages. Apply double stick tape around the wrong side of one of the pages.

(In the picture, my hand is on the open corner of the page.)
Position the next page directly above the first, making sure they are aligned with the opening edges in the same direction. Press the pages together.

Attach the two remaining pages in the same manner.
Now, the ribbon goes between the cover of the book and the page it is attached to.

Fold the ribbon in half. Place the fold at the back corner of the book and the tail at the open edge. You can use a piece of double stick tape to secure the ribbon.
Apply double stick tape along the edges of the page.

Position the book cover over the pages so that is centered and press it firmly against the pages.
Paper Craft Tutorial: How to make a lotus book Repeat the process of positioning the ribbon and adhering the other cover to the pages.

Now that the book is assembled, you can decorate the cover. Use stamps, die cuts, paper punches or whatever you choose.
I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut a piece of paper that looked like a boy kissing a girl. Then I used a star shaped paper punch to cut a foil star that shines over the happy couple.

Fill the pages of your book with happiness. I put different pictures of our family in the square sections of each page and text on the sections with the diagonal folds.

Paper Craft Tutorial: How to make a lotus book - A great keepsake gift for birthdays, Valentine's Day, Mother's or Father's Day or an anniversary.

Once you have added all your memories, refold the pages, tie the ribbon and it's ready to share with someone you love!

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