DIY: Make Your Own Mini with Scraps

I’d like to take this opportunity to share this adorable mini album tutorial from Dear Lizzy with you all. Enjoy!

(Original post blogged Here)

diy: make your own mini with scraps

One of the pretty elements of my Dear Lizzy spring line is the fabric paper. Here’s a cool way to use those scraps and some simple embellishments to make a mini album.

Use your score blade to score the 4″x12″ fabric paper spine every 1″.

Remove the adhesive backing and adhere the creases together.
Attach 4″x4″ pieces of paper to the fabric tabs. (Some scrapbook adhesive work if not try fabritac or hot glue.)
Hold the ribbon where you want it then
use a 4″x3″ piece of adhesive backed fabric paper as the outside spine cover which also holds the ribbon in place.
Add your photos with layered flowers, tulle, glitter buttons and glitter brads and attach to each page. Rotate where you place them so the book can sit more closed.
I used pictures and journaled about my little q-bear. This quick mini makes a great gift too!

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Posted by elizabeth kartchner at Wednesday, July 07, 2010
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Crafts for Kids: Crafty Cards

Why not introduce your kids to the art of card craft early with this cheap and alternative way of creating really special and unique cards for your family and friends for birthdays, christmas, weddings etc…

The school year is almost over so today my daughter and I made this Thank You card for her teacher.

What You Need:

  • Gluestick
  • Scissors
  • Coloured Card
  • Coloured Paper
  • Envelope
  • Cut-Outs from Greetings Cards (See below for details)

Optional:

  • Sequins
  • Ribbons
  • Beads
  • Tissue paper
  • Felt Tip Pens
  • Whatever you like!

Every time we have an event that means we get lots of cards in our house when we are finished with them instead of throwing them away or putting them in a sentimental keepsake box and forget about them we cut out pieces from them. Text that reads “Happy Birthday” for example, pictures of butterflies, flowers, boarders etc etc etc (from the inside and the back of the card too!) All these pieces go into a special box and when it’s someones birthday or whatever we can have a good rummage through and decide which pieces to use to make a card ourselves. (We also use these as gift tags on presents – it’s something my Mother and I used to do when I was a child and I still enjoy deciding which part of the card would make the nicest cut out as much as I did then.)

Card craft supplies kind of have the same kind of thing only you have to fork out your hard-earned for these pieces – and although they look much more professional our method is not only free but recycled and when people know your kids have helped make the cards they are generally much more forgiving.

How to Build Your Card:

Firstly measure the envelope that you are using and ensure your folded piece of card is just a little bit smaller than this.

Use a piece of card cut to size and fold in half – we used card that is coloured on one side and white on the inside.

Using a piece of coloured paper, we cut another piece to fold in half that is even smaller than the card itself to add as the insert. (This is where you will write your greeting message.)

Once glued in place we added a message to the inside just like a bought card would have from our card cut outs box.

The front of the card is really up to you, use the pieces of card cut outs (see how we used a piece of pink spotty card as a background and added pieces on top of that). Embellish the card as you like, just make sure it’s not too bulky that it won’t fit into your envelope.

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We’d love to see your card creations, send your photos to us and we will include them in our gallery. You can email your pictures to us at

lilypchic@hotmail.co.uk

or add the Lily P Chic Facebook profile to your friends list, post your pictures and send us a note.

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Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

Fabric Envelopes

Clear Out Time

Crafts for Kids: Handprint Keepsakes

Create quick and simple handprint pictures with your children that become treasured keepsakes.

What you Need:

  • Colourful Paper
  • Poster Paint
  • Paint Brush
  • Sequins
  • Glue Stick
  • Pen and Paper

What to Do:

  1. Pour some poster paint onto a plate or tray, paint the childs hand and get them to make a print on the paper (they have more work to do so you have a perfect excuse to ask them to wash their hands now if you prefer) .
  2. Allow them to decorate the rest of the paper by glueing on sequins.
  3. Write out the poem below onto a seperate piece of paper (or print it out on your PC if you prefer):
  4. Glue the poem onto the finished piece and once it’s fully dried it’s fridge worthy!

This is the hand

You used to hold

When I was only

(Childs age) months / years old.

Suggestion: Laminate the picture or frame it to preserve it and give to grandparents as a gift

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We’d love to see your own handprint pictures, send photos of your finished pieces to us and we will include them in our gallery. You can email your pictures to us at

lilypchic@hotmail.co.uk

or add the Lily P Chic Facebook profile to your friends list, post your pictures and send us a note.

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Crafts for Kids: Ladybugs

This cute little cardboard ladybug is a fun and easy peasy craft idea for you to make with your kids.

What you Need:

  • Red and Black Card
  • White Paper
  • Glue
  • Hole Punch
  • Scissors

  1. Use a beaker as a template to draw circles onto the red and black card. Cut these out, leave some of the black ones whole and cut the rest of the black and all of the red ones into half circles.
  2. Use a hole punch to create white and black circles from the paper and the scraps from the black card.
  3. Make a ladybug yourself as an example to show the children by starting with a full black circle as the body. Glue a black half circle along the top for the head, two partially open red half circles as the wings and then add the ladybugs spots and eyes.
  4. Sort all of the pieces into pile, hand over some glue sticks and let the kids make their own!

Suggestion: Sellotape string to each bug, hang them to a washing line and watch them flutter in the breeze.

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We’d love to see the ladybugs that you have made, send your photos of your finished pieces to us and we will include them in our gallery. You can email your pictures to us at

lilypchic@hotmail.co.uk

or add the Lily P Chic Facebook profile to your friends list, post your pictures and send us a note.

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