Thursday, 20 May 2010

Cottage Wall Mini Album

Here’s a really fun and easy-to-make mini album, which starts with a single sheet of 12x12. I’ve used the rather fabulous Cottage Wall papers, which are only available while stocks last – they won’t be in the new catalogue in October because they feature Orchid Opulence, which is one of the retiring colours.

For the flowers on the front and back, I used the Rock and Roll technique, which is very simple. You ink your stamp and then, using a darker ink pad, roll the edges of the rubber stamp on the ink pad. It is described in your techniques booklet, and also here on the Stampin' Up!® website. 

I’ve also used Rich Razzleberry cardstock, which – and I cannot stress this enough – is gorgeous. In fact, there are lots of lovely new products featured here but you can see that from the recipe at the bottom of this post. Meanwhile, here is how to make this rather exciting album.

  1. Take a sheet of 12x12 cardstock and score vertically, down the centre, at 6”.
  2. Score horizontally at 4” intervals, ie at 4” and 8” from the top.
  3. You will now have six panels. With the sheet laid out so that the six panels are landscape, cut along the top right scoreline, to the centre. Repeat with the bottom left scoreline.
  4. Now to fold the album: take the bottom left panel and fold it over to the right.
  5. The bottom panel is now double-thickness. Fold this up.
  6. The bottom right panel is now triple-thickness. Fold this over to the left.
  7. Fold this quadruple thickness panel up.
  8. Now close.

It really is much, much easier to do than to read about it, so take a sheet of 12x12 and have a go! You could also make a smaller one from A4 – just score down the middle as before, and make your horizontal scorelines/cuts at thirds.

Tip: Before you start decorating your album, number the pages and mark which way is up with a pencil. This will make life a lot easier.

I've put arrows on the pictures to show you how to open the album – basically the same process but in reverse. The faces have been blurred to protect the innocent (and the not so innocent!). They are just some very informal shots from the wedding – how fortuitous that the men and boys were wearing Orchid Opulence ties!

Stamps: Vintage Vogue, Tiny Tags, Totally Tabs
Cardstock: Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry, Orchid Opulence, Whisper White
Paper: Cottage Wall
Ink: Old Olive, Orchid Opulence, Rich Razzleberry
Accessories: Eyelet Border Punch, Word Window Punch, Round Tab Punch, Silver brad, Polka Dot ribbon – Rich Razzleberry

All products by Stampin' Up!®


  1. Fab! And an excellent tutorial, many thanks! xx

  2. Very cute, love the colors!

  3. Cute project, Helen!

    If you think they are going to be retiring the Cottage Wall paper, be sure to stock up on it now because it also coordinates with Rich Razzleberry! :)


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