Mama Carrie Makes


Friday Craft, Handmade Book Episode Two


This book is not from a printable kit. I found this beautiful paper pack on sale at my locally-owned craft store, and sat on it for a couple months before getting inspired to make a book out of it. It’s from My Mind’s Eye and designed by Teresa Collins, and it came with 6 12×12 double sided papers, 3 sheets of cards and tags to cut out, and 2 pages of stickers. So much fun. I used almost everything.

I’m not sure what this binding method is called, but it’s so simple and you can switch out the signatures if you like (video tutorial found from Ephemera’s Vintage Garden, natch). I made the cover and then wrapped the twine around the spine 6 times for 6 signatures. Tying it off is the hardest part, because it needs to be pretty taut to hold the signatures in place. Then I used my macrame background to make a series of decorative knots to secure it (check out the 2nd picture from the left on the bottom).

The signatures are a mixture of the papers from the kit and cardstock in black, white, and kraft. I also used some 6×9 envelopes. I folded some of the kit’s papers to make tuck spots and pockets. And I again used as many scraps as possible to embellish. To put the signatures into the book you just slip them under the twine. Easy as pie.

Stay tuned for more handmade books!


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Friday Craft, Handmade Book Episode One


This book is made from a printable journal kit purchased at Ephemra’s Vintage Garden. This one is called Steampunk Spring. She has several, and they’re all filled with vibrant images and beautiful colors. Each kit comes with covers, pages, and ephemera (tags, envelopes, pockets, etc.) and are on sale right now!!

She also regularly posts Freebies that match her kits. And you can find her channel on You Tube filled with ideas and instructions on how to utilize her digital downloads.

For this book I used signature binding, sewn into the inner cover provided in the kit. This kit included 12 pages, which I used to make 6 signatures mixed with cardstock in different colors and sizes. Each signature has 4 pages folded in half. I used Tea Dye Distress Ink to edge the pages, which I like a lot better then the Faded Jeans from my last book. Then I used the ephemera to make tuck spots, focal points, and pockets throughout the book. There’s even a belly band (see the lower right corner picture).

I have now fallen into a new rabbit hole. There are so many digital printable journal kits available online. I have purchased… several. Stay tuned for 3 more from Ephemera’s Vintage Garden, and a few more after that.


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Friday Craft, Envelope Album Episode Four, Paper Revenge


The learning continues. This album is made of envelopes and cards again, and a 12×12 paper pad from my stash. I inked the edges of all the pages in this album with Faded Jeans Distress Ink @ Simon Says Stamp, which is a little too bright for this book, in my opinion.

I did a lot more fussy cutting for this album (cutting images out of the pattern paper to use as embellishments). The hot air balloon and the oval with a bird in the pictures above. I tried to use the scrap strips again, to decorate the tags and pockets.

The cover turned out a lot better on this album, and did not split at the seams like the last book. I added tabs to some of the pages, and I used stamps to fill some of the white space on the tags.

I really like this paper collection, but the blue edges don’t match well. That’s the only part of this album I don’t like. Progress!



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