I would like to share with you my Prima mini album that I made using the Nature Garden 6″ x 6″ paper pack and Nature Garden journaling chipboard stickers. I love this collection, the colours and designs work so well together and I knew I wanted to make a shabby chic style mini.

Front & Back

This handmade album has 10 pages plus the inside front and back covers. The front and back cover are made of heavy chipboard and the inner pages are chipboard cut on my Gazelle and covered with the Prima Nature Garden papers. The front and back covers measure 14.5cm x 14.5cm and the inside pages measure 13.5cm x 13.5cm. The album is kept closed with cord that is attached with a clasp at the back. All the edges have been distressed and finished with white acrylic paint to continue the shabby chic theme. The paper on all pages and pockets has been distressed with Antique Linen. Two large metal book rings bind the album together.

The front cover features a clock face with Tim Holtz hands that I rubbed with white acrylic paint to make it look weathered. I used dictionary paper in the centre of the clock and used glossy accents on the word “Garden”. I put two metal wings behind the clock, I also rubbed the white paint on these. A white paint edged journaling sticker accents the top right corner and I printed out the words “Nature” & “Garden” to make small banners that peek from behind the clock. A layered butterfly was used as an embellishment. I cut this using my gazelle, used Distress Inks in Scattered Straw and covered it with glossy accents to give it a hard finish. The “Postcard” and small butterfly also have glossy accents on them.

There are many flowers on the front. I used Prima flowers and misted them with homemade Perfect Pearls mist in Pearl. Some I stamped with the Tim Holtz script stamp, and I used Distress Inks in Antique Linen and Vintage Photo to add dimension to the edges. I added iridescent glitter to some of the petals and glued a pearl in the centres. Three flowers were clear acrylic that I rubbed white paint onto. I then painted all the flowers with several coats of Mod Podge so that they would harden and be a bit more damage proof!


I added some metal charms that I rubbed white paint into which gives them a shabby feel, there is a dragonfly, rose and a leaf which I felt went well with the Nature Garden theme. I used satin & organza ribbon in coordinating colours to accent the ring binders.

Back Cover

The back cover shows the clasp attached to a jump ring and satin ribbon. This is covered with a flower and Nature Garden sticker.

Inside Cover & Page One

Inside & Page 1

Inside Cover

The inside cover has a horizontal pocket that holds a journaling tag. The pocket has been embellished with misted flowers, a Tim Holtz flourish that has been misted, distressed and glossy accented, pearls & a “Journal” chipboard sticker.

Page One

This page has a side pocked that holds a photo mat. The pocket is embellished with a skeleton leaf, two pieces of twine, a journaling chipboard and three flowers that have been distressed and layered. A pearl sits in the centre of each one. A banner with “Dis-cov-er” peeks out from behind the chipboard.

Pages Two & Three

Pages 2 & 3

Page Two

This page has a horizontal pocket that holds a large photo mat. I stamped a bird image from the Tim Holtz stamp collection in the corner. A triple layered flower accents the middle of the pocket and a domed embellishment sits in the centre. The flower has been hand stamped with a script stamp and the edges distressed and shimmered with perfect pearls in Pearl. The dome has a butterfly cut out from the Tim Holtz paper pack that I glued with glossy accents. I created a journal tag on my computer, printed it out, distressed and inked it. I added some twine underneath. (Tip: If you don’t have a certain stamp or journaling ticket and you have Microsoft Word – or any appropriate program, then you can create your own – just use your imagination!)

Page Three

This page has a side pocket that holds a photo mat and a journaling tag. The pocket is accented with two skeleton leaves, a journaling chipboard sticker, a layered flower and some twine. A “Nat-ure” banner peeks out from behind the chipboard. The flowers have been misted, hand stamped and distressed. Down the edge of the pocket is a flourish image that I stamped with white paint.

Pages Four & Five

Pages 4 & 5

Page Four

This page has a frame that I cut out of chipboard on my Gazelle. I painted it white then covered it with glossy accents. I glued acetate to the back to create a window and left the top open so that it would hold the tag. The frame is embellished with a layered butterfly that has been coloured with distress inks, glittered and glossy accented. A layered flower that has been misted, stamped and distressed sits on the corner. A clear button that has a Tim Holtz paper collection butterfly behind it sits in the centre. A “Gar-den” banner peeks out behind the flower.

Page Five

For this page I used one of the large journal chipboard stickers and made a journaling book out of it. I used white paint on the edges and it is bound with Tim Holtz paper string with a leaf charm on the end. This twines around two buttons that have Tim Holtz Paper Collection butterflies behind them. These are glued with glossy accents (I find that when I use it as a glue, it really does hold those buttons in place, no one is going to get those suckers off!) A metal clip with a flower and pearl on each side holds the string tight. The pages on the inside have been threaded in, corner punched and distressed.

Pages Six & Seven (Plus Bird Cage Tag)

Pages 6 & 7

Page Six

This page has a side pocket that holds a photo mat and a journaling tag. The pocket is accented with two skeleton leaves, a journaling chipboard sticker, a layered flower and some Tim Holtz paper string & organza. A “Jour-nal” banner peeks out from behind the chipboard. The flowers have been misted, hand stamped and distressed.

Bird Cage Tag

This is a Tim Holtz bird cage tag that I have backed with the Nature Garden paper. I coloured the cage & the bird with Distress Inks and stamped the bird with the Tim Holtz script stamp. The cage & bird have been clear heat embossed and the edges distressed with white paint. The back of the tag has also been distressed.

Page Seven

This page has a white window frame that I glued acetate behind to create the illusion of glass, a tag sits behind the window. I half glued a journal sticker to the page so that a journal tag and a small booklet could sit behind it. This has been embellished with layers of flowers that have been misted, hand stamped & distessed, a pearl sits in the centre of each flower. A “Pho-to-graph” banner peeks out from behind the chipboard.

Pages Eight & Nine:

Pages 8 & 9

Page Eight

This page has a oval window that I painted with white acrylic paint and then covered with glossy accents. I glued acetate to the back to give the illusion of glass & positioned it so it frames the pretty girl on the paper. It is embellished with a journal sticker that I added white paint to the edges of and hand made flowers that have been misted, hand stamped & distressed. I used Distress Ink to colour some twine and added that with some coordinating organza. A pearl & glass bead sits in the centre of the flowers. A tag sits behind the large flower and has been glossy accented to highlight the fairies on the paper.

Page Nine

This page has a side pocket that holds a journaling tag and a photo mat.  The pocket is accented with two skeleton leaves, a journaling chipboard sticker, layered flowers and some Tim Holtz paper string & organza. A “Pho-to-graph” banner has been glued on a plaque made from chipboard & painted white. The flowers have been misted, hand stamped and distressed, and a pearl nestles in the centre.

Pages Ten & Inside Back Cover

Page 10 & Inside Back

Page Ten

This page has a small corner pocket that holds a photo mat. A flower that has been misted & distressed with a pearl in the centre, embellishes the pocket. I made a banner from triangles cut from the paper pack and glued them to Tim Holtz paper string which I tied at each end. I glued the ends down so it hung across the top of the page. I printed out the dictionary term for “Journal” cut the edges, distressed it and put a white brad at each end, this was then glued onto the page.

Inside Back Page

This page features a gate that I cut out on my gazelle. I backed it with patterned paper, painted it white and lightly distressed the edges. I used two brads to act as “handles”. I used my bone folder to crease the insides of the posts so that the gates opened up. I cut out a piece of card using the gate as a guide and covered it with paper. This was glued to the page to create a pocket (which holds a journaling tag), I then glued the gates onto this and they open up to reveal two photo areas and a journal page. A Tim Holtz flourish that has been distressed & misted sits on the page and is embellished with pearls. A layered flower accents the corner of the page with a “Journal” sticker in the middle. The flower has been misted, hand stamped and distressed.

This album has lots of tags and photo mats for you to use. All the tags/photo mats have been covered with the paper collection and the backs distressed in Vintage Photo around the edges.

The lovely ornate window frame and gate were svg files I used from Monica Bjork who has the most amazing range of cutting files at her site: http://www.fam-bjork.se/monicas-hobbysida/en_craft_robo.html – Thank you Monica!

I loved making this album and it has made me excited for Spring and all the beautiful flowers!

Even though this is very photo heavy (!) you can find further pictures with more detail on my Facebook page under “Albums”.

And don’t forget to check out my Twitter feed for updates!

Music & Movies

Listening to:  Florence + The Machine – Never Let Me Go

Watching: The Vampire Diaries – Creators: Kevin Williamson & Julie Plec

Starring: Ian Somerhalder, Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley & Joseph Morgan

So I usually only review films but I thought I would also mention some of the TV shows that I like (the list is a VERY long one!). The Vampire Diaries is up there as one of my favorites, I have never read the books but absolutely love this show. Considering it is on the CW, the writing and production is excellent and all the actors are actually very good (Ian Somerhalder plays Damon exceptionally well as though the character was made expressly for him). The main reason I love it is that since day one, each episode builds on the one previously, each gets better, and it constantly improves upon itself. It’s very well filmed and is funny (Joseph Morgan as Klaus is absolutely brilliant!), emotional, dramatic – everything you need for your weekly viewing experience!

At the moment I am also loving: The Following, The Walking Dead, The Lying Game, Nashville, Touch & Arrow among many others – and can’t wait for Grimm to come back on March 8th!

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