Thursday 1 February 2024

Gecko Galz: Flight of Fantasy Pinwheel Tower Booklet



It's February and we have a new customer challenge over at the Gecko Galz blog.  

The theme this month is Flights of Fantasy.

As always, we also have the monthly card challeng.ethe monthly Christmas Image Challenge, the monthly Stamp Challenge, an ATC challenge, a Steampunk challenge and a Gothic Challenge on the blog, as well as 4 Facebook challenges. These can be accessed by the tabs at the top of the main blog pageWe also have the quarterly challenge where this time we're asking you to make a jewellery project.
We hope you can find some time to join in the fun.

The winner of the Customer challenge will get a $25 Gecko Galz Etsy Store voucher and the runner up a $12 voucher. There are plenty of free Gecko Galz images if you don't already own any. Each blog post has a free image to collect and, if you sign up for the monthly newsletter, there is the chance to claim a free collage set each month.  Also if you make any purchase of $2 or more you receive a free image.


Here is what I made as inspiration for the Customer Challenge. 
It is a small Pinwheel Tower booklet featuring beautiful air balloons and some dreamy inspirational sentiments. 
There is a step by step guide at the bottom of this post. 

Here it is stood up:

The structure is nice and sturdy with the base made from 250gsm card. It is a simple structure, but looks quite effective, I think.
It has eight pages and, once opened, the left hand page has a pocket and some die cut patterned paper tags along with a quote from the Simple Encouragements sentiment set whilst the right hand page has a beautiful image from the Flights of Fantasy collage set and a die cut border.

The booklet will flatten and the pages can be turned..
Here  are the pages:

I used lovely paper from a Deco Time design paper pack - it has some sparkle, but not too much. I thought the greens and pinks would complement the images.

The pockets are die cut, as are the tags. 

The images are placed to the left hand side of the page, (mainly so that they will not show when the pages are turned). The die cut borders add a little interest to the right hand side of the image and are visible when the book is flat. 

Step by step:

1. Cut a piece of card for the centre tower. 
I cut mine to measure 4.25 x 4.5 inches. 
Score at 1, 2, 3 and 4 inches along the side and fold to form the 4.5 inch tall tower, using the 0.25 inch tab to glue and secure in place.
2. Cut 4 pieces of card for the pages. They need to be the same height as the tower, so mine are 4.5 x 3.75 inches
3. Adhere the pages - one to each side of the tower.
4. Add patterned paper to the pages (or if you prefer, colour the pages with inks or paints).
5. To make a pocket on the left side pages, cut a piece of card (I used die borders to give fancy edges). Carefully adhere to the page along both sides and along the bottom. Die cut tags or journal cards with co-ordinating papers to tuck inside the pocket and add a sentiment or another image.
6. Add the images to the left side of the right hand page so that they do not peek out when the previous pages are opened.

Here are the Gecko Galz products I used:

Simple Encouragements                                   Flights of Fantasy 


That's all for now!

I hope you'll join our Flights of Fantasy challenge where the winner will get a $25 shopping spree at the Gecko Galz shop.

The only rule is that you must use at least one Gecko Galz product (this can be one of the freebies or, of course, you can buy at the Etsy store!) Also if you sign up for the Gecko Galz newsletter, you'll be able to claim a free collage sheet each month.

Please pop over to the Gecko Galz blog to see the fabulous designs by the very talented DT.

We also have a friendly Facebook Group where there are 4 monthly challenges, each with a bespoke digital prize. 
Do come and join us!

I'll be back on the 10th February with more Gecko Galz projects.
Here's all the info you need:Current Gecko Galz Challenge : "Flights of Fantasy"***
Thanks for stopping by today.

I'd like to play along in the following challenges:

Creative Fingers #270 AG 09/02
Through the Purple Haze #212 AG 14/02
Creative Creases #75 Fun Fold 15/02
Mini Album Mania #2 14/02
Do-all Kreatives #86 Mystical or Vintage 28/02
Perfect time to Craft #2 AG 28/01
Creative Inspiration #11 AG 29/02

I'd really love some feedback :)      
I read and appreciate all your comments. 


  1. This is so cool Carol! I love it!

  2. gorgeous pinwheel card karin

  3. Beautiful pinwheel card! I love this fun fold and this is the prettiest one I've seen so far. Love the pockets and lovely papers! Thank you for playing with the Creative Creases Challenge, and I hope you can join us again soon. We really appreciate your support!
    Debbie, DT
    Secrets To Stamping

  4. I love your papers and the tags. Thank you again for entering your lovely pinwheel tower in the Creative Creases Challenge.
    Karen, DT

  5. This is one of my favorite fun folds, and you have decorated it so beautifully! I love all the little details like the tags and the lacey borders! Such pretty colors, too! Thanks for sharing your lovely project at Creative Creases!

  6. Thank you for joining in our challenge this month with your wonderful project!
    DT – Val, Nan, Leigh, Cat

  7. WOW! What a great fun fold - and those vintage-y images are so pretty! I love it! Thanks so much for sharing it with us at Creative Creases this week!

  8. This pinwheel fold showcases the wonderful phrases and images so beautifully. Love this project. So special.
    Thank you for joining us for our challenge at Creative Creases. Hope to see you again soon!

    Rae in Reno
    Creative Creases DT

  9. Love this for its pretty colors, lacy papers and theme! I love pockets and things to pull out of them.Thanks for sharing it with us at Mini Album Mania!

  10. A beautiful pinwheel tower booklet with lovely images, texts and other decorations. Thanks for joining us at DoAl(l)Kreatives.
    Wies DT

  11. Wow.. that's just amazing! I really love this card and I want also to do this! Pretty make...

    Thanks for playing along with our Do-Al(l) Kreatives Challenge and good luck!

    Hugs and please come back soon!
    Kleido’s BastelStüble
    *Owner* Do-Al(l) Kreatives
    *Owner*Critter Crazy Challenges
    *DT* Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2


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