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Guest Blogger - Marjie Kemper

It’s my pleasure to be Guest Blogger here at Sizzix today! I have been using Sizzix dies for nearly ten years and I truly love their versatility. The Accordion Flip 3-D Album die designed by Karen Burniston is the base of my project today. Karen has a great video here on how to use this die.

I used the Frame & Label Bracket die to make the album pages, Basic Grey’s Serenade papers, and a variety of stamps and embellishments. Each page measures about 3" square, and I like treating each one as an individual project.

The paper comes in a 6X6 pad and is perfect for small projects like this. It's great to start with papers that coordinate, and then use some of your own favorite techniques to further tie the pages together. I lightly inked all the edges with Vintage Photo Distress ink, then heat set all the edges with clear embossing powder.

For the page with the cut-out word Wish, I was careful to ink those inner edges as well, really pushing my Ink Blending tool into the openings.

die cutting
Using a coordinated paper pack makes it a breeze to use any scraps for die cutting, knowing they’ll look good with your other choices. I used several Movers & Shapers dies to cut embellishments for the pages.

For sentiments, I chose some favorite stamps by Tim Holtz and Donna Downey. I like stamping to one side rather than in the center, to allow space for embellishments. I made custom embellishments for all but the Wish page. Here I paired a Sizzix heart die (blinged out with Idea-ology) with a Donna Downey stamp and a scrap of paper.

I made this flower using the smallest of the four flowers included on the Tattered Florals die, and added some handcut leaves/stem plus a gear for the center.

For a different look, I used the mini flourish, a punched circle, and one of the round tags from the Tiny Tabs & Tags die.

Following Karen’s tip in the video, I laid the album flat and adhered all the pages to the black base album.

Then I used an accordion fold and glue dots on each tab to attach my pages for the ‘flip’ aspect of the album.

The book closes flat and can be mailed in an envelope.

I created six pages, but you can make this book any length depending on your personal preference. I’m thinking a really long one is in my plans for next Christmas… it would look great on the mantle.

I'd love it if you'd come connect with me on my blog. Hope you have a creative day!

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