5 Minute or Less Tutorials

How to: Stitched Binding in 5 minutes or less

Hi there,

It has been sweltering in Baltimore this week and it doesn’t look like it’s going to let up so I’m hoping for a trip to the pool this weekend. Hope you guys have some fun plans too! In my last happy mail video, I created a stitched mini journal and several of you asked for a more detailed tutorial on how to do that. Here I’ve slowed down the process and added in a few tips I think will help you:

Here are some close-ups of the finished books:

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I hope I was able to explain all the steps clearly for you. If you have any questions, leave them below and I’ll do my best to help you out. xoxo, Sarah


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Happy Mail | Mini Pocket Letter feat. Maggie Holmes Flourish

Hi-ya!

Sharing another Swapbot exchange with you today. Pocket letters are new to me and I had a lot of fun creating this one. I have fun anytime I’m working with the Flourish collection though – or anything Maggie Holmes for that matter. Have you seen the sneak peeks of her new Willow Lane collection?? GORGEOUS – I can’t wait for Scrapbook.com to get it in stock! But back to the pocket letter. My partner didn’t have a ton of info in her bio she did say she likes notebooks and journals so I created a mini one for her to add in as an extra goodie. Let me know if you’d like a more detailed tutorial of how I put it together.

Now without further ado, here is the process video:

And here are your close-ups:

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I just love the embossed look on that pheasant sticker. I combined a vellum tag, library sticker, and a few cut-a-parts to get this layered look; then added that gold puffy sticker for some shine.

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This was one of the cut-a-parts from a 12 x 12 sheet and I thought it made a perfect title for the project. I finished it off with this butterfly dimensional and then off to the side, that gold trim which balances out the gold sticker on the last section.

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Here again, I layered some tickets with that paper doily and added a few stickers. Then finished with a chipboard embellishment to top it off.

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I created a little mini journal using a scrap of some 12×12 double-sided paper and filled it with plain computer paper.

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Here is a close-up of the stitched binding.

Thanks for stopping by – hope you have a great day! xoxo, Sarah


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Happy Mail | Tag Flip feat. Crate Paper Maggie Holmes Carousel Collection

Hi-ya,

Hope you’re weekend is starting off well. Today I’m sharing a tag flip I created using the Crate Paper Maggie Holmes Carousel collection – which might be my most favorite collection ever! I HOARD this like crazy and thought it was time to pull it out again (and probably time to buy more to replace what I just used, lol). Here is what I came up with:

And here are your close-ups:

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I hope I was able to give you some happy mail inspiration today! As always thanks for stopping by to check out my project. xoxo, Sarah


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Happy Mail | Loaded Mini Envelope feat. Crate Paper Good Vibes Collection

Hi There!

Hope you’re all enjoying the holiday weekend. I’ve got some happy mail to share with you today. I’m part of another exchange through Swapbot and this time we’re doing loaded mini envelopes. Here is how I put mine together:

Here are some close-ups of the finished project:

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Thanks for stopping by – hope I’ve given you some inspiration for your next happy mail swap. xoxo, Sarah


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Happy Mail | Travel Flip Book feat. Crate Paper Here & There Collection

Hi-ya! Hope everyone is having a great week! I’m currently filming some cards using the SSS Special Edition Mother’s Day kit (aiming to have it posted on Friday) but wanted to share this happy mail video with you in the meantime. I have so much fun creating these swapbot exchanges. If you’ve never tried it out I recommend giving it a shot! Here is what I came up with for a travel flip book exchange:

Here are some close-ups of the finished pages:

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I thought this shaker window made a great start for the front of the flip book. I could make those shakers all day every day – it’s so much fun to shake it when that last seam is finished.

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That tag was really hard for me to part with – I love those copper/rose gold accents but it went perfectly with that suitcase so I had to use it.

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That taxi paper is my favorite of the bunch. I layered the postcard and New York ticket with the subway chipboard and then added the sequin share pouch to finish this page.

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I like to add a little envelope with a handwritten note on all of my happy mail projects.

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I made a few more envelopes with matching notecards to share and attached them with a belly band. Don’t you just love that sending love sticker?!?

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I really wanted a sticker that said big ben, but I didn’t have one so I went with let’s travel. Those Tim Holtz Tiny Phrase Stickers came in really handy to add an extra something to the book.

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Taxi or Subway – I’ll take New York any day of the week. Here I added an envelope and filled it with a bunch of matching ephemera.

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I used the rolling stamp and some SSS intense black ink to add items to that bucket list.

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This envelope came in a special envelope ephemera pack to match the collection. I added the rolling suitcase (another fav from the chipboard pieces) and tied in the blue again in the upper corner using the airplane sticker.

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I’ve been eyeing one of those flair button makers for a while and finally took the plunge and got one. I plan to make some to sell (eventually – you know with all that extra time I have, lol) I’ll keep you posted on that once I get some packs started.

Thanks so much for stopping by today – Hope you enjoyed the video! xoxo, Sarah


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Happy Mail | Mini – Crafting Kit feat. Crate Paper Flourish Collection

Hi-ya,

Hope you’ve all had a great weekend. Today I’ve got another piece of happy mail to share with you and this time I was able to include the process video. This for a swapbot exchange, if you’ve never heard of swapbot it’s a really fun website where you can sign up for swaps with others interested in the same hobbies as you.

As I may have mentioned previously I am IN LOVE with the Maggie Holmes Flourish collection and used it again for this piece. You can check it out here:

Here are some stills of the final project:

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Thanks for stopping – xoxo, Sarah

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Happy Mail | Crate Paper Flourish Collection

Happy Hump-day!

Today I’m sharing with you a quick video of some happy mail I created using the new Crate Paper/Maggie Holmes Fourish Collection – I AM IN LOVE with it. I did video the whole process, but looked up about halfway through and saw that lovely exclamation point on my camera telling me that something had corrupted the footage so I just filmed the finished product.

Here are some close-ups of the finished product:

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Hope the rest of your day is great! xoxo, Sarah