Friday, June 21, 2013

Garden Memories Pop-Up Album

Hello and happy summer! Anna-Karin here with a pop-up album tutorial, using Eileen Hull's new Garden Gate Album and lots of new Karen Burniston Journey dies. You can see the whole Picket Fence Collection here, and the whole Journey Collection here. They are both wonderful and can be used for many different types of projects.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial: Garden Memories Book By Anna-Karin Evaldsson

The Garden Gate Album is so pretty and such fun to use. I love to make mini-albums with pop-up elements, since the interactive aspect of pop-ups is perfect for mini-albums. You can see two of my other pop-up album tutorials here and here. This album is about my memories from the garden of the house where I was born. I developed photos stretching over about 11 years. For mini-albums, smaller sized patterned paper pads are great, and here I used Graphic 45 Secret Garden 8 x 8 and 6 x 6 papers. These fit particularly well, since this garden and house no longer exist.

die cutting

Start by die-cutting the Garden Gate album from cream mat board, you need the Extended Cutting Pads since it is an XL die. Paint with Picket Fence Distress Paint. Let dry.

Mix a little bit of Walnut Stain Distress Paint into Wendy Vecchi's Embossing Paste. Don't add too much paint, since the paste might become too thin then.

Smear the paste through a woodgrain stencil, using a palette knife or an old plastic card. Sorry about the stencil being behind the album on this photo, this is a hard step to photograph without messing up the project, and I took the photo afterwards.


When the paste is dry, paint with Antique Linen Distress Paint. Use a paint brush since the texture of the paste might damage the dabber top.

Ink the edges with Gathered Twigs. I also stamped a word on the spine, but it will be partly covered up later, so you could skip that step.

Cover a piece of mat board with patterned paper. Die cut the title with the Word Play die. Also die cut flowers from mat board, using the Bouquet Leaves die. Ink with Victorian Velvet, Bundled Sage and Gathered Twigs and stamp with a script stamp.

Add a second word to one of the letters with rub-ons and glue the title and flowers to the fence. Apply strong adhesive (I used Wonder Tape) to the spine of the gate and adhere to the spine of the back piece, to form the base of the album.

Cut four pages from cream cardstock (9.3 x 4.6 in) and ink with Antique Linen, Victorian Velvet, Scattered Straw and Gathered Twigs.

Stamp the pages with a variety of background stamps, using Bundled Sage Distress Ink and Versafine Vintage Sepia.

Cut a piece of transparency slightly larger than your pages and stamp it with different stamps using Stazon Cotton White ink.

Die cut pop-ups from patterned papers, here you can see: 3-D Butterfly WindowFriend 3-D PhraseFunky 3-D Label. After taking this photo, I recut the last pop-up, placing it the other way around so that the 'roof' of the pop-up faces the other way.


I used die cuts and stamps to decorate all the pages. When you have decorated the pages, layer two together and pierce two holes. Measure where the holes should go, so that they line up with the holes on the spine. Do the same with the other two pages. This gives you two signatures. You could have layered all the pages together into one signature, but it might be a bit bulky.

Pierce holes in the acetate cover and bind through the spine with twine.

Let's look at the individual pages. I took most of these photos before binding the pages to the album, because it was easier to get good photos then. The first page is embellished with a vine and a little butterfly. I used butterflies throughout the album. I love the new 3-D Butterfly Window which has a really fun mechanism. I left the side of it uncovered, because I like the way the background peeks through.

Here's what it looks like opened. I used the coordinating Butterflies & Labels die to die cut butterflies from pink and blue paper as well as from vellum. These were layered on top of the pop-up butterflies. The banners were die cut with Tattered Banners and the Hearts & More set. I die cut a lot of hearts with the great Flower & Heart die, and used them here and there throughout the album.

The next pop-up is the Funky 3-D Label, which was placed in the centre of the first signature, making it easy to adhere it to the page. It looks real great when you turn the page and a label pops up. The photo was die cut with the Wavy Labels Framelits. I also love the little Plant Marker, perfect for journaling or a sentiment.

I used the Seed Packet Envelope as a pocket for journaling cards. The Gardening Tools were inked with Brushed Pewter Distress Stain, stamped with a texture stamp and tucked into the pocket.

Here you can see the front of another new favourite, the 3-D Label Window, with the same mechanism as the Butterfly window.

I die cut a photo, using the same die again, and adhered it on top of the larger label. The small label was perfect for a sentiment stamp.

The next pop-up folds up, and needed a base card. Fold another piece of patterned paper and die cut the edge with the Brackets On the Edge die. The sweet flower comes from the Window Box die.

Underneath is the Wavy 3-D Frame pop-up. I was planning to die cut another photo for the label, but by coincidence I got a really pretty part of the paper there, so I decided to leave it as it was. A small label from the Lovely Labels set, frames a part of the patterned paper at the top of the panel.


My parents organised many fun birthday parties for us in the garden and the next page is about that. The Friends 3-D Phrase pop-up die was perfect for this page. I used the coordinating Friends Phrase Sizzlits die to die cut the word again from green paper, also adding the 'S' which comes with the Sizzlits die, making the word into plural. A sentiment stamp was stamped on another Plant Marker.

I have a lot of memories of eating ice-cream or cookies in the garden and the 3-D Mug & Heart worked real well to depict that memory. Again, without planning it, the patterned paper images on the cup were real pretty, so all I did was to ink the edges and add a sentiment stamp and a rub-on word. The heart was die cut a second time from blue paper. I used the smallest Wavy Label for the journaling. I also die cut a heart as steam coming from the cup.  

On the last page, I just stamped a pretty Hero Arts stamp and a sentiment.

Here's a picture of the back of the album. The texture of the woodgrain feels real nice when you hold it in your hand.

Thank you so much for looking at this tutorial! I hope I have inspired you to make a pop-up mini album.

Happy Crafting!!


Sizzix die cutting supplies

SurfacesSizzix Little Sizzles cream mat board 6 x 13; Graphic 45 Secret Garden 8 x 8 and 6 x 6 pads; Neenah Smooth Cream cardstock; acetate; vellum
Stamps: Hero Arts: 19th Century French Script AC015, Tiny Heart Background CG604, Wood Background CG506, Heart Background CG505, Wise Bird H5719, Three Flower Balls K5598, Leafy Vine CG509, Lattice Background 331065, Friend Definition CG125, Magical Background CG211, Flourish Background CG119, Old Letter Writing S4878, F5738, Take Time to Savor G5374, It’s a Parade G5469, Newspaper Tulips K5576, Each Moment F5579, Pocket Watch CL639, Anytime Messages CL129, Come Fly With Me 3311481, Wonderful World 331068, Be Silly CL635, Home Sweet Home ST513, Hey Y'all 331073; Stamper’s Anonymous Tim Holtz: Urban Tapestry
Ink: Ranger Archival Ink Jet Black; Ranger Distress Ink: Bundled Sage, Antique Linen, Gathered Twigs, Scattered Straw, Victorian Velvet; Versafine Vintage Sepia; Stazon Cotton White
Stain: Ranger Distress Stain Brushed Pewter
Paint: Tim Holtz Distress Paint: Picket Fence, Antique Linen, Walnut Stain
Stencil: Prima Woodgrain 6 x 6
Medium: Wendy Vecchi Stamper’s Anonymous Embossing Paste
Rub-ons: Tim Holtz Idea-ology: Words Remnant Rubs
Embellishments: Tim Holtz Idea-ology Chit Chat stickers
Adhesive: Ranger Wonder Tape, Glossy Accents; Claudine Hellmuth Multi-Medium Matte

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  1. Holy smokies Anna-Karin!!! This is an AMAZING mini album!!!!!!

  2. Oh my gosh Anna-Karin- I am speechless. This album is filled with so many beautiful pages. I love how you used the pop-ups- such a fun album to experience! Your tutorial is perfect as always. I especially like the textured cover and how you used the Seedpack as a pocket!

  3. WOOOOOW!!!!!!! This is AMAZING Anna-Karin!!!!!

  4. Ummm WOW ! That's alot of details for a mini book. I am in awe...of the many dies you used. I just love the album. such a keep sake for sure. TFS

  5. Incredible, Anna-Karin! Your projects are always inspiration overload for me. I love this - I could look at it for hours and still not see everything!

  6. WOW!!! As always, Anna-Karin shares AMAZING work! This album is awesome - each page is a stunning result of her fabulous talent!

  7. WOW...WOW...WOW...Anna-Karin, what a FABULOUS work-of-art!
    Beautifully done!

  8. WOW, this is adorable! Eileen and Karen have some awesome dies and Anna-Karin you do amazing work! I'm so impressed!

  9. Anna-Karin!!! OMG! This is STUNNING! I am in complete awe of you Love this!!!!

  10. Anna-Karin this is a fantastic album. I love the creative ways you used the pop-ups, so very inspiring. This is why I love the pop-up dies, they can be used in so many ways, other than just cards. Thank you for sharing this excellent tutorial.
    Jacquelene L

  11. OMG, OMG, OMG.....GORGEOUS!!! I have almost all the pop ups...and just got the garden fence! Can't wait to use them. I put pop up pages in all my scrapbooks now, so this is a natural...but that butterfly page is fantastic! Love this. Thanks for sharing....

  12. Very beautiful! Love the fence and the gardening tools...and the colors ...and everything!

  13. More mini-album brilliance from you, Anna-Karin - amazing work!
    Alison x

  14. Wow there are so many great ideas in this mini, Anna-Karin! Great work!

  15. What a sweet and wonderful booklet with so many inspirational ideas!

  16. Beautiful! Your project is amazing. Love all the Pop 'n Cuts pages. What an awesome idea!! Thanks for the inspiration.

  17. Very absolutely, incredibly amazing, super duper, forever Anna-Karin!

  18. Anna-Karin, my earlier comment didn't show up, so I'm chiming in now to say that this is an absolute masterpiece! So many awesome ideas in one very special album. Love it!

  19. Excellent, very creative and unique.

  20. OMG. What a beautiful book. Not that the instructions weren't clear and I realize it's important to sell this stuff, but where's the kit and class? What a lot of beautiful, well thought out use of materials. BRAVO!

  21. Amazing, Anna-Karin! Your job will always be motivation overburden for me personally. I really like this particular -- I can see it for a long time and still avoid seeing every little thing!

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  22. What a wonderful and beautiful album. I have viewed your posting many, many times, and was inspired to make a happy anniversary mini album for my husband.
    Now I just need to purchase the garden gate album cover! Thank you so, so much for your generous and well documented tutorial.

  23. Anna-Karin, I've been back to this post over and over. Incredible work on this! I'm so happy Eileen Hull is coming out with another Sizzix album - it's truly amazing when it's partnered with Karen Burniston's pop-up dies!! Laurel, New England Paper Crafts


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