Monday, May 18, 2009

Unforgettable Purse-onality

This is an adorable squash-book type of mini-album. I think it's also adorable as a little mini-giftbag or party favor since you can fit small candies or goodies inside. I've typed the directions below so you can read them better since the directions in the picture are kind of small; but hopefully the pictures with the directions will help you recreate this if you so desire.

I got this great idea from Chris Szczechowski, who was my secret sister on our Meditteranean cruise. Let me know if you have questions or shoot me an e-mail and I can send you the directions sheet that is pasted below (!

1. Score the 12x12 cardstock at 4 and 8 inches. Turn and score again the opposite direction at 4 and 8 inches. Your cardstock is now scored into 9 squares.

2. Using your ruler and embossing stylus, score the corner squares diagonally, from outer point towards the center of the paper.

3. Using your ruler and embossing stylus, score the center left and right squares, from outside center to inside corner

4. Cut the 2 patterned sheets into 3 ¾ inch squares. Determine which pieces you want in each position both front and back (reserving 1 square for the purse topper), then cut the necessary pieces into appropriate triangles and adhere to cardstock.

5. Center the reserved 3 ¾ square of patterned paper over the 4x4 piece of cardstock and score at 1 inch.

6. Punch 2 holes on the 1-inch score line at approximately 1” left and right and thread ribbon through for handle. (Attach ribbon ends to 1” section so it’s hidden when assembled.)

7. Attach 4x4 cardstock to top, center square by adhering the 1” section to the purse.

8. Fold on scored lines, like an explosion card. Embellish and add photos as desired.

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