Tuesday, January 29, 2013

French Country Mini - Hampton Art Stamps

If you are looking for my The Rubber Cafe Guest DT post, please scroll down!

Can y'all stand another mini album?! I thought you could! Today I have a 5x8 inch accordion mini album to share with you. I made this for the Hampton Art booth at CHA. (I am sorry for the quality of the photos. When I took these we were having some gloomy weather! And now the album is no longer with me, but "on the road," so I cannot retake the photos!)


The actual album is the insert from one of the Graphic 45 5x8 Kraftboard Altered Art Boxes. I often just use the box and am left with the albums. (Hey, it happens!) For this project I decided to only decorate the front of the pages. Since this was for the CHA booth and would sit on a shelf, I felt the back should just be "naked."

Here is a closer peeky of each page.

I trimmed the yellow paper to fit the album page and then I cut out a large tag shape from the blue floral paper and attached that to the right side. I stamped several layers of stamps, then inked over the top to give a vintage look to the cover.

The second page is a pocket page for holding tags and journaling blocks. I use Scor-tape on three sides of the pocket to make sure it is strong enough to hold the tags.
I created some faux postage with a few of the stamped images. I have a selection of postage-edge dies, punches, and decorative scissors that I use to create my fake postage stamps.

Here is a peek at the tickets. Once again, I used stamps to decorate the tags and journaling blocks.

This page has a photo mat and more faux postage stamps.

The last page is another pocket page. I used stamps to create a large postcard image for the top of the page. I really  have a passion for postage and vintage stamps!

I created more tickets for this pocket. These stamped images are AMAZING and so vintage!

Thanks for stopping by!

Hampton Art Stamps:
Graphic 45: French Country, A Ladies' Diary

Clearsnap Ink:
Colorbox Chalk French Blue, Ice Jade, Deep Lagoon, Butterscotch, Pumpkin Spice, Amber Clay
Colorbox Graphic 45 Decades Antiquing Venetian Lace, Bon Voyage, Antique Moss

Designer Paper: Graphic 45 French Country
Mini Album: Graphic 45 accordion fold Kraft Album (Graphic 45 5x8 Kraftboard Altered Art Box insert)
Chipboard: Graphic 45 Bird Song
Cardstock: American Crafts Black; Neenah Natural White, Cream
Other ink: Close to My Heart Grey Wool; Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black
Die cuts: Spellbinders Labels Twenty-eight; My Favorite Things Postage Stamp Stax; Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations Tag and Bookplate
Punches: Stampin' Up tab punch; Fiskars postage punch
Decorative scissors: Fiskars
Embellishments: Prima (vintage trinkets); Pro 31 Designs (flowers); Really Reasonable Ribbon (ribbon and twine)
Other: Office supply (tags); Teacher store (library card); Craft supply (doily); bottle cap
Adhesive: Scotch ATG; Scor-tape, Aleene's Tacky Glue; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L foam squares; Beacon Fabri-tac


  1. Oh, my goodness, Gloria! You're killing me with all these amazing French Country posts! I really MUST go shopping! Love it!...Nancy :o)

  2. I love your mini albums. And I love French country. And I love Hampton Art stamps....so, LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!

  3. Absolutely gorgeous mini!! Love, love, love the stamps and the paper!! xx

  4. Beautiful project.

  5. absolutely stunning, each and every page!

  6. Absolutely beautiful. The paper and every page.

  7. I love this! it is sooo pretty.

  8. Gorgeous mini. I love all the stamps and postcards, I have a weakness for them too. ox Marg

  9. I am a huge fan of yellows and blues together :)

  10. So much talent on this board!

  11. Absolutely gorgeous. Like all of the other French Country projects I am seeing. But enough of the teasers already! I simply can't wait to get my hands on these papers and stamps!!!!

  12. Beautiful mini album, Gloria! Fab embellies and gorgeous papers!

  13. WOW! I love these Graphic 45 stamps you used, and the project absolutely rocks!!

  14. Anonymous10:28 AM

    very cool Gloria! Especially love the cover!

  15. Anonymous5:13 PM

    Wow! this is so pretty Gloria! Love the colors too! Hugs, J

  16. plotting how to distract you and slip this in my bag . . . can't wait to get my hands on this paper!

  17. I think French Country may make it to my favorites lists. I have so many don't you know. Your photos are fine and I can never get too much inspiration with mini's. They are fun and quick to create! Love the look you have all over this one!