Gossamer Blue

Binding together a LP Mini Book


Hi guys! Vanessa here. Today I’m sharing with you an easy way to put together a mini book! Seriously, a mini book bound together in five steps, and probably the cutest I’ve ever made.

Vanessa Perry for Gossamer BlueWhat you’ll need:

1. Scissors

2. Masking tape – I use the Scotch brand masking tape, it seems to work really well holding the pages together, but I haven’t tried other brands. Also, there are masking tapes with different widths, and the one you choose would depend on how many cards you decide to use. I used the thinner size tape. Also, there’s book binding tape, but I didn’t have any of that handy.

3. Life Pages cards – I have been hoarding the cards from the LP Add-on #3, so I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to put them to use.

How To:

1. Trim – Make sure all the cards are the same length. Smaller size cards will fall out because the tape will be exposed.

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2. Tape. – Using the cover page of your mini book, place a piece of tape on the card, making sure to have excess tape on the side for the binding.

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3. Trim the tape. – Trim the top and bottom of the tape, so that it is the same length of the card.

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4. Bind. – Place the card on top of your stack of cards and fold the tape over the side for your binding. Make sure you press the tape down (with your fingernail) so that it really sticks to the cards. I had enough excess tape to go over all the cards and fold over the last card, but I added another layer of tape just to be sure.

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5. Voila!
Here’s a look inside at some of the pages:

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So cute, right? I’m a little excited to be giving a few of these out as little presents and gifts to my friends!


Two Way Sketch Challenge


Good morning! Erin here with another Two Way Sketch Challenge. Sketches are a great way to save time when creating layouts and I like to get even more millage out of my sketches by using the same sketch for both layouts and cards.

Here’s this month’s sketch:


This is such a versatile sketch because of the grid pattern. You can use the rectangles/squares for photos, embellishments, journaling blocks, or a title. I trimmed four photos down to 3×4 inches and adhered them to patterned paper. I added the title with chipboard letters, a few tags, and a badge to the center of the photos.

I added the initials of each of the boys in the corner of their photos, and some cute enamel stars around the page.

I love the “remember the good times” stamp from the February 2015 Main Kit. It fit perfectly on my label, which I tucked under the photos. 

The “first grade” letters are the perfect shade of navy to compliment the photos. 

For my card, used squares instead of rectangles for my grid, and matted them onto white cardstock. I added some enamel dots to the center of the flowers, and matted the whole thing onto pink polka dot paper. Super fast and easy!

I hope my projects have inspired you to pull out your supplies and create a card and layout using this month’s sketch! Thanks for stopping by.


Travel Journals


Tara Anderson for Gossamer Blue

Tara Anderson for Gossamer Blue
Summer time is all about fun and new adventures and this summer will be one filled with a few roadtrips for us with lots of sightseeing planned along the way. In planning ahead I wanted to make something that I could take on the road with me that would allow me to be a little creative even while I was away from my craft room and my stash of scrapbooking supplies.

My answer? – Travel journals! Cute handmade notebooks that can be filled with various papers and then used to keep track of all the little notes and memories of the places that we visit.

Tara Anderson for Gossamer Blue

Tara Anderson for Gossamer Blue
I think there’s something nostalgic about a summer journal and summer wouldn’t be complete without one! Each summer I try to create a small collection of supplies to take along with my journal, just a few things to help pass along the time.

My favorites always seem to be the same things though; typed sticker tabs, washi tape, paper clips and my Instax camera.

This collection of journals was created using the May Main kit – I used a combination of the summery patterned papers, the Flutter Alphabet pack and the Main Kit stamp set. The stamp set this month is  a perfect fit for these types of journals! Each journal gets a group of collected writing papers sewn into place and then it’s own sewn book cover.



Tara Anderson for Gossamer Blue
I hope you get a chance to make a little summer journal for yourself as we get closer to summer vacation!  Happy crafting!