Thursday 6 August 2020

* AALL & Create: Cutie Window Wallet Book


For my guest designer post for AALL & Create this week, I have created a wallet-style mini book. I love creating mini books and Janet Klein's little cutie stamps from AALL & Create are perfect for this. 
This wallet has an acetate window in the front cover and an accordion inside. I must credit Gwen Lafleur for the inspiration to make the window wallet. The wallet closes with raffia twine thread through the cover. To make the punch holes more sturdy I used a Versamark pen and heat embossed around the holes, Pretty wooden beads were threaded onto the end of the raffia for a boho look. 

Here are the accordion pages. 
The first page features The Adventurer #295

 Next is Oh Boy #316

Then, one of my favourites, Wish #360 with a part sentiment from All Good Things #296 and a bunny from Bunny and Bunnies #354.

And next is Trail Blazer #381 - I love this little dude and the saguaro cactus!

And finally Bunny and Bunnies #354.

Step by Step:

1. On a brayer painted tag measuring 8 x 4 inches (PaperArtsy Frescos in Haystack, Butternut and Cayenne) I stencilled through the lovely Elegance #90 stencil using Distress Oxide inks to match the painted background.
2. The tag was scored and folded at 3.5 inches and 7 inches.
3. A window was die cut from the front section, and I stamped with Roundly #366 and Mesh #262. The edges and folds of the cover were inked in black. I added some white embossing to the front cover using the splodgy stamp from Background Noise #338. White paint splatters were added.

4. Five pieces of 3.25 x 3.5 inch card were coloured by smooshing in Distress Oxides. Bold Alphas #336 were heat embossed in white and Background Noise #338 was stamped around the edges in black.  White paint splatters were added.
5. An accordion was made from two pieces of card (3.75 x 9.75 inches). Each card was scored and folded at 3.25 inches along the long side. Two of the sections, one from each piece, were glued together to form the accordion). Holes were punched in three places for threading the trim through. They were reinforced with heat embossing, but a ring reinforcer would work just the same. 
6. Acetate was adhered to the back side of the front cover to act as the window.

7. A selection of Janet Klein's cuties were stamped, coloured with Copics and Polychromo pencils and fussy cut. They were affixed on the cards with washi tape for grounding. 
8. The completed cards were attached, using red tape, to the accordion.
9. The last picture was placed so that it would show through the front cover window.

The one inch flap, at the end of the tag, folds over the accordion pages, the twine goes through the back of the front cover, then beads were attached (leaving enough length to wrap the twine around the book a couple of times and tie in a bow).

Background Stamps:
#262 Mesh
#336 Bold Alphas
#338 Background Noise
#366 Roundly

Janet Klein Stamps
#295 Adventurer
#296 All Good Things (sentiment)
#316 Oh Boy
#354 Bunny and Bunnies
#360 Wish
#381 Trail Blazer

#90 Elegance

To see the stamps, stencils and dies used, please visit 
AALL & Create Boutique.

You'll find lots of inspiration on the 
AALL & Create Facebook Page  and on Instagram

That's all for now.
Thanks for stopping by today.


I'd like to play along in these challenges:

Simon Says Stamp - Wednesday Challenge Use Favourite Tool 12/08
Tim Holtz Distress Inks and Blending Tool
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #139 AG 15/08
Try Stampin On Tuesday #469  Make Own Background 16/08
We Love 2 Create #8 Mixed Media 20/08 TOP 3
Crafty Creations #412 AG 31/08
Creative Inspirations Summer Fun 31/08
613 Avenue Create Use Washi Tape 31/08 TOP ROCKER
Ellibelles Crafty Wednesday Aug Letter  B 31/08
Book, Blotches, Beads and Bunnies



  1. This is gorgeous. I've been using a lot of orangey colours lately, so it really appeals to me. Love the window idea...
    Cath (also in the NW!)

  2. Fabulous mini album and backgrounds love the colour and all the fabulously coloured images-brilliant
    Carol x

  3. Hi Carole this is fabulous. They must be thrilled to have you as a guest designer. Take care. Hugs Jackie

  4. Just wow, Carole! This is fabulous! I love the rich, warm orange that you have used and the little people are all so cute and you have colored them so beautifully. Amazing project.
    Hugs Monica

  5. Oh, Carole, your wallet mini book is so adorable! Love the images, your choice of colors, and the talent you have coloring! Thank you so much for sharing your creative talents with us at Double Trouble! Truly amazing!!! - Donna

  6. A fabulous mini book. The backgrounds are amazing and the cute images coloured beautifully. So nice to see a tutorial as it shows in more detail the stamps and stencils and the techniques that you have used. I always get inspired by the projects that you make

  7. Great tutorial, loved the idea of embossing the punch holes 🥰

  8. FAbulous project! I love the vibrant colors! Thanks for joining our Anything Goes Challenge at Lil Patch of Crafty Friends. I hope join us again real soon!
    Hugs, Joy
    Joyfully Stamps
    Lil Patch of Crafty Friends, Owner/Coordinator

  9. This is so fun! Thank you so much for sharing the instructions. I'm going to save this post and try to make one. I love it! Thank you for sharing at Try Stampin' On Tuesday.
    :) Janis, Design Team Member

  10. Adorable, I made a little book like this but mine was anchored to an Altoids tin! I have forgotten how much fun these projects are to construct! Thanks for a fun and beautifully crafted response to the challenge at 613 Avenue Create!
    Chana Malkah, Owner

  11. Thanks for your fabulous submission to our challenge at 613 Avenue Create! You have been selected as a TOP ROCKER for the week of August 2, 2020 - August 8, 2020! Congratulations!


  12. Fabulous creation! I can't pick my favorite part in this one, there's so many. Thanks for joining us this month at We Love 2 Create. Hugs from DT-Irre

  13. Waw! so much work, and such a wonderful project! Thank you for joining us at LPCF - Good luck

  14. Oh my gosh these are AWESOME!!!!! Thank you so much for sharing your amazing talent with us at Creative Inspirations! Good luck,

  15. This is so creative and beautifully done!
    Thanks so much for sharing at my crafty wednesday challenge!

  16. Oh my word this is amazing..great tutorial too!
    Thank you for joining us this month at We Love 2 Create With Polkadoodles! Jane (DT) Paper, Pencils & Pretty Things xxx


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