Giverny, France Folding Hearts Mini Album


Wednesday, August 28, 2019

I've finished a new mini album using my brand new Folding Hearts Mini Album cut file and Truly Grateful collection, documenting our day in Giverny, France - the house and gardens where Claude Monet lived and painted his beautiful waterlilies.
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Here is a video flip through so you can see how this album looks when turning the pages and hear a little bit about how it was created:

Once the embroidery was finished, this album came together so quickly - in just a day!
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I love how the album can be opened to create a multidimensional project, or squashed up into a heart-shaped book. The ribbon ties it all together into a pretty bow.
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I started by cutting the two covers (at about 4") from the purple floral Paper 02. I then spent 4-6 hours embroidering over the designs using matching colored thread. I use all 6 strands of DMC embroidery floss. I used two different kinds of stitches: mostly a backstitch and little French knots here and there. You may notice in the photo below I spelled Giverny with an E, Giverney. It wasn't until after I finished taking photos and doing flip throughs and filming that I realized I had spelled it wrong... I was going to keep it, but after sleeping on it I decided to fix the mistake. Except in this photo ;)
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For the title I chose colorful letters from the Puffy Phrase Stickers - so I'll use this sheet like a regular pack of Thickers since I took away some of the letters from the words they come in. For "FRANCE" I did the same thing with the 6x12 Stickers - I cut letters ransom-style and will use this sheet of stickers for this purpose of making a colorful mini alphabet moving forward. I machine stitched the title over a piece of a Journaling Spot and trimmed the bottom edge with scalloped scissors before adhering it to the cover.
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To make the paper beads for the tassel charm I watched this video by Pink Paislee Design Team Member Lisa Fonseca. I made so many! They're addicting to create! I have a handful of them left to use on a different project. Once I finished making paper beads from Truly Grateful patterned papers, I went through my craft stash and found a few charms, beads, and pearls to add to the mix. Then I strung them onto three strands of pink string and added Wooden Buttons back-to-back on each one. I looped the strands onto a jump ring and added it to the blue grosgrain ribbon that ties the album together. Love the finishing touch this handmade paper beads dangling charm adds.
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I cut four papers for the inner pages shown in this order: Paper 11Paper 05Paper 04, and Paper 03. I used Picasa to create tiny photo collages and placed square photos into a new 4x6" Adobe Photoshop document to keep them 4" square, and then uploaded all of my pics to Costco. I get lots of requests to show how I print my pictures so small. I need to do this still!
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On this left side I added a plethora of 1" photos and placed a Floral Die Cut on top, leaf from the Floral Die Cuts below, and a "so amazing" Sticker. I also added sequins from the Mixed Embellishments but I see that one fell off and that pink one is a stray lol. On every page I machine stitched around the edges to add texture and help secure elements in place.
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I traced the heart onto this 4" square photo and trimmed it out to create a full-page photo. I added a few embellishments for a fun detail.
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On this right side I placed "LOVE" letters from the Stickers with a little mushroom Puffy Sticker inside the "O". I used journaling directly from my blog post recap about the trip and printed it at point 8 in my favorite font, Remington Noiseless, trimmed into strips, and glued in place with liquid adhesive.
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On this bottom heart I layered a bunch of Floral Die Cuts and tucked in a cute photo of Jane. Anywhere I could add a photo I tried to do so because I had so.many.photos I wanted to include.
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Here is the 2nd of 4 pages.
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On the left side I added a photo, two flower halves from the Floral Die Cuts, and a "yes" Epoxy Sticker.
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For the top and bottom sections, I needed a way to add more photos (always!) so here is my solution: I traced hearts onto my printed 4" square photos, rotating the heart top and bottom side up, and cut them out. I glued photos back-to-back and then machine stitched across the tops or bottoms to create lift-up (or down) flaps. I used gold thread to machine stitch around all the edges of these hearts.
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Three 1" square photos, more Floral Die Cuts, and another Epoxy Sticker dotted with a heart Puffy Sticker complete this section.
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Here is the 3rd page!
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I wanted to place the photos on the sides instead of the top/bottom so after tracing and cutting two photos into sideways hearts, I trimmed them in half so they will still fold along the seam. I added three Wooden Buttons along the bottom curve of this section.
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On this photo section I added a heart Puffy Sticker to the white space at the top, two flower Puffy Stickers at the bottom, and trimmed out sentiments from an Ephemera Die Cut and Journaling Spot.
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In the top section I added a whole lot of Floral Die Cuts - I mean, if you can't use all.the.flowers in a place filled with flowers, when else?! :) I tucked in a photo of flowers into the flowers.
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In the bottom section I added a lot of journaling strips and punched a scalloped border from a colorblocked Journaling Spot. The "grateful" is fussy cut from Paper 17. I used light purple thread to machine stitch around all the hearts in this page.
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The 4th and final page!
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For the left and right sections I used Floral Die Cuts trimmed in half so they will fold up along the seam. I added journaling strips below.
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On the right side I also added a couple wood veneer flowers from the Mixed Embellishments.
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For the top I repeated the back-to-back photo flap technique and used copper thread to machine stitch around all these edges.
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In the bottom section I still had a bunch of photos I wanted to include to I created an accordion flip up which is held closed by flowers machine stitched in place and tucking the photos under the petals.
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I adhered a piece of a Journaling Spot with a gold "Wonder" printed on it to the top to create a little flap to pull it. To create this photo strip I placed clear washi tape across the photos and then zig zag stitched through them, folding it up accordion style. I added stickers here there to the photos to embellish.
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And the back cover finishes it up!
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I love how this book stays open when placed flat. And I love how quickly it all came together.
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I hope you are inspired to make one of these albums too!
Grab my Folding Hearts Mini Album cut file and Truly Grateful collection and get to gettin'!
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SUPPLIES: Patterned paper, stickers, embellishments, die cuts, sequins, wood veneer: TRULY GRATEFUL; Ribbon: American Crafts; Font: Remington Noiseless; Embroidery floss: DMC; Sewing machine: Brother; Thread: Coats & Clark; Cut file: Folding Hearts Mini Album by Paige Evans; Die cut machine: Silhouette Cameo 3

2 comments

  1. Wow wow wowwwwwww!! This is STUNNING! LOVING the colors, the shapes, the photos, the stitching and the tassels!!! Just AMAZING!!!!!!!!!

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  2. Oh my goodness Paige. You have outdone even yourself this time. Ah-mazing!! Headed to the silhouette store now to purchase the file. And thank you for the tutorial. This will be my first mini album project. Very excited to start

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