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Friday, September 17, 2010

Pocket Book Tutorial--Lots of Fall Fun!

Feast your eyes on Karen's kitchen!

Doesn't it look like it should be on the cover of a magazine?
I love this "to-die-for" pillow!

Karen (you know, the awesome Graphics Fairy) had her kitchen posted on her blog...I think it is gorgeous! It inspired this little "Pocket Book," and I have made a tutorial in case you want to make one too! It is entitled "A Woman's Work is Never Done." It is made with commercial papers and images from Karen's amazing blog and it is a handy little trinket she can store anywhere.

(If you have not had a chance to see the one I just completed for my friend, Lynn, see the next blog posting as my "travel"-themed one is there.)

I hope you have fun making one, and if you do, let me know and I'll come over to your blog and see it!

You begin by cutting a strip of scrapbook paper. It's about 3 inches wide. You need paper that has designs on both sides.

Next, you begin folding from the bottom upwards.

Then, fold the leftover piece down and it becomes your flap.

Next, you open it up and begin decorating each piece.

Add whatever embellishments you like--(my favorite part!)

Finally, affix glue dots underneath the flap to close it.

Prior to affixing some glue dots, I use a hole punch to make
a hole through the flap so that I can hang "danglies" from it!

Now, your book will be closed and will have lots of surprises
waiting inside for its recipient! I was also thinking that
these could really cute tucked inside of a Christmas card
decorated with holiday papers. (Approx. time: 3-4 hrs.)
It is 3 in. wide and 12 in. long (when open.)

I posted this early so that all of you "weekend crafters" could have a chance to play! And now I'm linking this up to Brag Monday at the Graphics Fairy.


Lisa Madden Bass said...

This is great...thank you for sharing the tutorial; this is something I will definitely do!


Brenda said...

oh Cindy, these are awesome!! I can think of so many themes, I'm definatly going to have to make a few of these!

Marsha (Sassy Mini Dolls) said...

Oh, Cindy, this is wonderful!!! You are so creative and everything looks so beautiful. I don't have the "feel" for this but I'm going to try it!!


Terry said...

Cindy, you are just so sweet to do this tutorial! The finished project is gorgeous! Thank you and have a wonderful weekend!

Heather's Blog-o-rama said...

Oh, that's super cute!!!! I do love the graphic of that vintage sewing machine, too!!! Love and hugs from Oregon, Heather :)

Donna said...

Hi Cindy,
thanks for the great tutorial! I know that Karen will just love it! The papers and graphics you used are so cool, and you make it look like something I could actually create! Thanks for sharing!

Barbara said...

What a wonderful tutorial Cindy! I love how your piece turned out, but then you are the diva when it comes to altered art!

Hugs XX

Sherrie said...

This is so cute! Off to check out your travel one!

Junibears said...

Wonderfully illustrated tutorial Cindy. I love the finished products. Beautiful. Your house looks gorgeous with its Fall decorations.I used to make something similar only sideways (if you know what I mean!)making a mini folding book.
Big Hugs
June xxx

Gaby Bee said...

Your pocket book turned out great! Thanks for the gorgeous tutorial!
Have a wonderful weekend!
Gaby xo

Lululiz said...

Great idea and excellent tutorial, thank you!

T's Daily Treasures said...

Hi Cindy, these little pocket books are so cute and just the sweetest list gift to tuck inside a card or on the outside of a gift. Lovely!

I've been cleaning and rearranging the living rooom and kids room. So much still to do but I'm finished for the day. Boy am I pooped! Hope you are having a super Saturday. Best wishes, Tammy

A Hopeful Heart said...

Oh, Cindy, thank you for this fabulous tutorial. I actually think I could do this project. I am definitely going to cute and so fun.

Have a lovely day.


She Uses Her Words said...

Hi Cindy,
Thank you so much for the tutorial! The pocketbook is so cute. Can't wait to make one!
Have a good weekend!
xo, Karen

Roselle said...

That is just the cutest!!! Great tutorial my friend!

Anonymous said...

Love this pocketbook idea, especially the tip of tucking them in Christmas cards. You have a way with the embellishments Cindy. It always looks just right although they are random. Thanks for sharing this tutorial.

Lynn Stevens said...

Wonderful tutorial Cindy. I even have that paper stack! I'll be giving this a try for sure, Thank you for sharing your talents with us all!
hugs Lynn

Karen said...

Cindy, this is my first visit to your wonderful blog. My sister Donna sent me here. She is the one you recently sent a surprise gift to....the necklace with a vintage picture on it. Anyway, I love your tutorial for the pocket book and will save it for future reference.


Karen- The Graphics Fairy said...

Ooooooh!!! I'm so excited Cindy!!! It's gorgeous!!! Not only are you talented, but you are such a sweetie, always doing nice things for others. Thank you so much, I adore it!!

agypsyangel said...

That is so sweet of you and her kitchen is right out of a magazine. Thank you for the tutorial. I will definately try this. I see your wedding ring and its quite beautiful. I love rings :) I hope you have wonderful weekend.

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

This is so cute Cindy. I have a young friend who would just flip for one of these..I hope I can get it correct! Thanks for the tutorial!!!

Nancy Y said...

These little books are Gorgeous, thank you for the wonderful tutorial. Congratulations on winning at Mind Wide Open, the tag you made was really Beautiful! I am going to try and catch up on all the posts tomorrow, I'm so far behind.
Have A Wonderful Night!
xoxo Nancy

Maria@BubblegumandDuctTape said...

Hi Cindy, I love this little pocket book. The graphics are so cute and the paper is really nice....oh I just LOVE scrapbook paper. Can't wait to make one, you are so inspiring.

jolanda said...

Hi Cindy, thank you so much for your kind words and you even took the time to write it in dutch!!
Good to hear google translator did a good job in translating the poem.
You are so right when you say live never prepares us for such a loss. I may be an adult now, but I still feel like a little girl who lost her mum.
Thank you again, hugs jolanda

Julie (Legacy Crafter) said...

Really neat kitchen, and really neat little book! Great site, loving it..

Faye said...

How gorgeous, Cindy! Wouldn't it be great to receive something like this in your Christmas card? Maybe I'll do a few. But did you mean that it took 3 or 4 hours to do one??? That's a lot of time from one's day.

Anonymous said...

Cindy, I finished my first pocket book yesterday. I gave it a test run before I make more for Christmas. I MUST go purchase some more embellishments but wanted to get an idea. I will share this coming Rednesday.

BTW, LOOOOVVVEEE Karen's kitchen...dreamy.

June said...

Cindy its beautiful. What a gorgeous vintage tag. You are so inspiring and thanks so much for the tutorial
hugs June xxxxx

Feathers and Flight said...

Good Morning Cindy!
Love this! You do such Beautiful Work!
Thank you for your Kind Words of encouragement!
Have a Wonderful Day!

Feathers and Flight said...

Love the New Look of Your Blog!
Its Stunning!!!

Thespa said...

Very cute! Love the use of images.

PetraB said...

Oh, this is brilliant. What a wonderful booklet and thank you so much for the tutorial.

Anonymous said...

Cindy, I think that Karen will absolutely LOVE this, but I promise that I will not tell her (haha). Thank you for the perfect tutorial. The little book is such a treasure. Karen's kitchen is marvelous. I'm going to bookmark both the kitchen and the booklet. Two great projects in one great post!

Karen- The Graphics Fairy said...

Hey Cindy,
Thanks for linking this up today, you already know how much I love it! Thanks for posting my kitchen too, I wish it looked like that right now, at this moment there are a few dishes piled up in the sink! Shhhh, don't tell anyone!

Autumn said...

This is just the neatest thing! Thanks for the details.
Autumn Clark
PS. Karen's kitchen is FAB!

Le Chateau des fleurs said...

Are you kidding me! This is incredible Cindy!!!!
I will have to look at it more than twice! WOW You will never cease to amaze me!
Hope you are doing ok and family too...

Le Chateau des fleurs said...

This is funny! I just read the end of your post and i was thinking...Hmmmmm maybe Christmas card with wallet size pictures! HA! We just think alike!
You are the best!

Barbara Jean said...

too cute!! thanks for tute!
3 hours is past my sitting limit right now, but I'll file it for later.



Barbara Jean said...

PS love your banner. have not been by this blog for awhile.


Trudi Sissons - Two Dresses Studio said...

ME too - I love your banner, and Karen's kitchen - those stool covers and that pillow!! This little book is adorable...I'm going to have to try my hand at this.
Thanks for the tutorial Cindy!
Happy Weekend!

Anonymous said...


I wanted to let you know that I shared this post as a "bookmarked on the Boardwalk" feature. I love this project and wanted to make sure that my other readers had a chance to love it too! You can find it here:

You're welcome to stop by, take a look, and grab a button.

Have a great week, friend!

Lovey said...

Guess What? Today's your day at! xo

Susan Allan said...

Hi Cindy
Just spotted this posting on Crescendoh.
It is such a lovely idea and beautifully made.
Wow, its gorgeous and will have many uses.
Sue xxx

Anonymous said...

How cute is that! I just found you via Lovey via Crescendoh! Merry Christmas!
Diane from Diane Knott's Musings Blog

Celestina Marie Designs said...

Hi Cindy, You are just amazing. Love this cute creation you have shared. So nice to be featured right next to you my friend on Crescendoh. Love to you for a very Merry Christmas and all good things in the new year.
Celestina MarieXO