Memorial Day DEALS for Crafters!

I’ve scoured the crafting supply online stores to give you a one-stop-shop discount list of the BEST ONLINE DEALS this Memorial Day Weekend! This is the time to stock up on essentials like adhesive, cardstock, and all your other crafting needs! Don’t forget to pick up some splurges, too, like beautiful patterned paper!

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15% off at the Sandpaper Road Shop!

Check out the NEW RELEASE paper collections from Craft O’Clock and use Promo Code SRMDAY15 to save 15% sitewide! This includes ALL handmade art pieces and albums, as well! Sale runs through June 5, 2021.

20% off at Pretty Pink Posh!

Pretty Pink Posh is your one-stop shop for an assortment of crafting embellishments, stamps, die sets. Recently, they have added stencils (designed in-house) which are perfect for your future crafting projects. Hurry! Sale Ends MAY 31!

Jane Davenport products on sale 50% off at Spellbinders!

Visit Spellbinders for a variety papercrafting supplies, including dies, machines, mixed media, club kits, monthly subscriptions, cardmaking kits, cardstock… you name it! And if you never tried Jane Davenport products, now is the time! Great for watercoloring, mixed media, art journaling, cardmaking, scrapbooking, or just doodling!

Under $10 deals at Concord & 9th

Honestly, this isn’t so much of a “Memorial Day” Sale… this is on the Concord & 9th site every day! Dies, cardstock, adhesive, accessories for your Misti and your Turnabout, and the list goes on. I was shocked to see the extensive list of “daily deals”!

15% off at Creek Bank Creations!

Use coupon code HAPPY to save 15% off all orders (Excludes Vagabond 2 sales and Events). Orders over $50.00 ship free within the United States. Coupon Code expires June 15, 2021!

Scrapbook Pal

Save 10% at Scrapbook Pal!

Use coupon code MD10 until midnight May 31, 2021! If you like the feel of going into a scrapbook store and seeing all your favorite things all in one place and IN STOCK, this is the online store for you. Plus, they give you up-to-date tracking information on your order, AND they ship the same day!

Bonus Coupon Deals at Blick Art Materials!

Memorial Day Offers at Blick Art Materials include bonus E-Gift coupons and free shipping with Promo Code CFDM . Here’s the breakdown:
Free $5 E-Gift Coupon on Orders of $50 or More;
Free $10 E-Gift Coupon on Orders of $100 or More,;
Free $15 E-Gift Coupon on Orders of $150 or More;
Free Shipping on Orders of $45 or More! (Some exclusions apply)

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Using Chipboard with the Tonic Base Creator Die Set

Ever wonder how you can add chipboard to your Tonic Keepsake Memory Books?

The Book Maker dies make mini-album-creating so incredibly quick and easy. I LOVE using these dies to create mini-albums of all shapes, sizes and varieties! 

BUT… adding chipboard to mini-albums created with these die sets is a challenge. Because the dies themselves are so thin, using the dies to cut through chipboard is almost impossible. 


After much trial-and-error, I have come up with an easy way to add the strength and durability of chipboard to your next Tonic Keepsake Memory Book Album.

The Tonic Base Creator dies and the Tonic spine die WILL cut through a regular beverage box, cereal box, cracker box, etc. Cut 4 pieces for the front and back cover. You will see a perforation line next to a “score” line (slight indentation). Using scissors, cut close to the perforation so it matches the opposite side. Trim all 4 pieces the same way. I trim my first piece and then use that as a guide to trim the other 3 pieces.

Lightly sand the glossy sides of the cardboard and glue 2 pieces together. If you want a thicker cover, glue 3 pieces together.

For this project, I am using mini album cover paper by Craft O’Clock. This is my absolute favorite way to create and cover my mini-albums. The paper is created to withstand the effects of using liquid glue and the outside wear-and-tear of typical mini-album handling. And the designs are wonderful for lots of different projects (many of the paper collections also have a coordinating cover paper!). 

See more Craft O’Clock cover paper designs HERE:

I used small cover #6 to create my spine hinge. First, I cut the small cover in half. I die cut a spine from one half of the paper. Then, using the same die I cut the outside cover, I measured and marked my spine paper to match the size of cover die. Before I even create the folds for the hinge, I trim the spine paper to match the size of the outside covers. 

Fold and tape the spine hinge. If you are new to this process, you ONLY place double-sided tape on the scored columns of the hinge piece that have the notch marking. Then, you fold each set of 2 adjacent taped pieces together. This creates 3 little mountain-folds in the paper. You can always die cut additional spine pieces, tape and fold them, and extend your spine hinge to include as many little mountain-folds as you like. Each mountain fold holds a single page of the mini-album.

Watch a step-by-step video of the process HERE:

Use scissors to trim the outside edge of each mountain fold at an angle toward the outside. This will help the pages slide in easily.

Use the spine die to cut 2 pieces of cardboard. Lightly sand the glossy side and glue the 2 pieces together. If you used 3 pieces for the cover, however, also use 3 pieces for the spine. Measure the spine cardboard piece to match the same size as the folded spine hinge paper.

Remember earlier how we cut the small cover paper in half? Locate the remaining half of that paper and use it as the “wing” piece. The spine hinge needs to be adhered to a larger piece of paper, and using the same design creates a seamless look. Plus, using this specially-designed cover paper adds strength and durability to the mini-album.

Adhere the cardboard spine piece to the BACK of the center of the spine hinge. If you are using liquid glue, place a book or heavy object on top of the cardboard until the glue dries.

Turn the entire spine hinge piece upside down on your table so the mountain folds are face-down. We will be gluing the cover pieces to the wings; BUT FIRST, we need to mark about 1/8″ (.32 cm) on each side of the cardboard spine. I use 2 Popsicle-craft sticks as a little size-guide to mark my spaces. Once you make those marks, DO NOT add ANY adhesive inside that marked space.

Adhere the front and back covers to the “wings”. Make sure to go right up against the mark you just created.

Add liquid glue to the cardboard spine and glue the SPINE ONLY to the large cover paper. My favorite liquid glue is Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive by Tonic. It is super-strong, dries quickly and rarely clogs. Plus (this is just a personal preference) I like the “feel” and size of the bottle. It’s very comfortable to use. Take great care to burnish the glued cover against the spine.

Once the spine is adhered, fold up the chipboard cover pieces individually and glue them to the cover the same way. Make sure to spend quality time burnishing the cover to the glued chipboard. Place a book or heavy object on top of the cover until the glue fully dries.

Use a “T-ruler” or other straight edge and a craft knife to cut flaps in the cover paper. The Base Creator die sets have lovely decorative corners, and I hated the possibility of sacrificing the embellished corners for the sake of adding chipboard. But, I learned that if I spent time and detail on this step, it still turned out looking fantastic. Take care as you glue and fold the flaps into the inside cover. I even used a Popsicle-craft stick as a straight-edge to cut tiny flaps and glue them inside the hinges. This will add strength to my spine and continue to create that seamless look.

Once all the flaps are glued inside the cover, let the entire cover dry completely with a heavy object resting on top. Once dry, gently and slowly work the front and back covers until your cover closes. Then, add your pages as desired. When you add pages, choose a die that is one size smaller than you used for the cover. Die cut 2 pieces of patterned paper for each page, and adhere one piece to the hinges (one piece on each side). Do NOT go flush against the spine when you adhere the pages. Make sure to leave a little room for the pages to fold open.

Here is a closer look at the finished mini-album. Isn’t it gorgeous?

For this project, I used the “Force of Gentleness” paper collection by Craft O’Clock. I absolutely LOVE the yellow and gray colors and the dancers are just incredible! The completed mini-album size is 6-1/2” x 4-1/2” x 2″ (16,5 cm x 11,43 cm x 5,08 cm). This album includes three full pages (each with a hidden pocket) plus three additional fold-out pages and several little pockets, flaps and envelopes to hold photos, ephemera and memorabilia. What a lovely little gift to hold memories from a dance recital or elegant night at the ballet!

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Memory Book Base Creator Die Set by Tonic;
Spine Die by Tonic;
Force of Gentleness Paper Collection by Craft O’Clock:
20,3 cm x 20,3 cm (8” x 8”);
15,25 cm x 15,25 cm (6″ x 6″);
Extras to Cut;
Junk Journal Extras to Cut;
Flowers 27;
Leaves 15;
Chipboard Die Cuts;
Decorative Cards;

Small Cover #6 by Craft O’Clock;
Large Cover #6 by Craft O’Clock;

3D Matte Gel by Prima;
Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive;
Scor-Tape .64 cm (1/4”) and 1,27 cm (1/2”);
Hot glue gun/glue sticks;
Scissors by Tonic 12,7 cm (5”) detail scissors and 22,86 cm (9”);
Small magnets by K&J Magnetics;
Ribbon & metal embellishments.

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Check out these other projects I made with these die sets from Tonic!

Tutorial | TONIC Base Creator Die Set | Sandpaper Road

This beautiful mini album in decadent colors is lovely to keep for yourself or give as a gift. Holds several photos and includes numerous pockets for decorative cards, ephemera or additional photos. Gorgeous chipboards, flowers and leaves accent the project.
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Mini Album | Tonic Memory Book Maker Die Set | Craft O’Clock Paper

Walk with me as I show you today’s creation – a lovely little mini-album using the Memory Book Maker Die Set by Tonic and the “Lavender Hills” paper collection by Craft O’Clock.
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Cat Lovers’ Mini Album | Sandpaper Road

I created this album as a gift for a very special person, a person who loves cats! So I thought the “Paws of Happiness” paper collection by Craft O’Clock would be perfect (or should I say “purr-fact”) for this project!

Here is how to create the basics for this album:

Start with a piece of white cardstock. Measure and cut the cardstock to 9-1/4″ x 6-1/2″ (23,5 cm x 16,5 cm).

Score from the short end at 2″ (5,08 cm). Then score at 2-1/4″ (5,7 cm).

From there, score lines in the following pattern: 1/2″ – 1/2″ – 1/4″ (1,27 cm – 1,27 cm – .64 cm). Complete this pattern FOUR COMPLETE TIMES ACROSS. You should end up with a 2″ (5,08 cm) space at the end.

This will allow for a hinge binding with a 2″ (5,08 cm) wing span on each end, 1/2″ (1,27 cm) hinges and 1/4″ (.64 cm) gussets.

Add double-sided tape to the 1/2″ (1,27 cm) spaces. Fold the taped pieces together against each other. Burnish the score lines again and again to work the mountain folds into place (see photo above).

Use sturdy chipboard (or use two or three glued-together layers of cereal box) for the outside pieces. Measure the front and back pieces each at 7″ x 6-1/2″ (16,4 cm x 17,8 cm) and the spine piece at 7″ x 1-1/8″ (2,9 cm x 17,8 cm).

For this project, I used a large size cover by Craft O’Clock. The cover sheet measures 23-1/2″ x 9-1/2″ (60 cm x 24,2 cm). It is one nicely decorated sheet of matte-laminate paper, strong enough to handle layers of liquid glue on the inside and the repetitive abrasions typical of a mini-album cover on the outside.

Use double-sided tape and/or liquid glue to adhere the chipboard spine piece to the cover paper. Then, to create a nice space for the front and back cover to fold, I held two craft-type popsicle sticks together and used them as a spacer between the chipboard spine piece and the cover chipboard pieces. Use liquid glue and/or double-sided tape to adhere the cover chipboard pieces to the cover paper.

Once the chipboard pieces are completely dry (if you used liquid glue), carefully cut the corners of the cover paper. Make sure to leave at least a little bit of wiggle room at the corner (do not cut right up to the edge of the corners). Glue and fold the flaps of the cover paper to the inside chipboard. Then get ready to adhere the hinge piece to the chipboard. Snip the corners of the mountain folds so they are angled down toward the cover, but do not cut directly against the base (leave a little wiggle room).

There is a bit of a trick to adhering the hinge piece to the cover. First, adhere the MIDDLE of the hinge ONLY to the SPINE piece of chipboard. It’s okay to add the double-sided tape to the entire hinge piece ahead of time, but leave the release paper in place on the wings until after the middle of the spine is adhered in place. Once the middle is adhered, it is easy to just pull off the release paper and secure the wings to the cover. Don’t worry about covering the inside front and back covers just yet.

To create the pages, first cut 8 pieces of cardstock each measuring 6″ (15,24 cm) x 6-3/4″ (17,15 cm). Score the longer side at 1/4″ (.64 cm) and adhere two pieces together to create 4 “tunnel” pages. One of the open ends will slide onto the mountain-fold hinge, and the other open end will just stay open. Start by adhering the MIDDLE pages in place, and then work your way out. Leave wiggle room everywhere you place adhesive and everywhere you attach pages.

To mat the inside front and back covers, cut patterned paper to measure 6″ x 6-1/2″ (15,24 cm x 16,51 cm). I used the leftover corner pieces from the cover to create pockets.

Decorate the inside of the album as desired. You can keep this as simple or as complicated as you would like. If you would like to create a pocket, simply add patterned paper to the pages by gluing on only three sides of the paper. 

See the completed album in this short video:

Complete supply list:
“Paws of Happiness” paper collection by Craft O’Clock;
Extras to Cut I;
Extras to Cut II;

“Animals Quotes” by Craft O’Clock (from the “Childhood Crayons” collection);
Large Cover #30 by Craft O’Clock;
Scor-Tape 1/2″ and 1/4″;
Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive;
Scor-Pal Scoring Board;
Small Magnets (K&J Magnetics: D501);
Other supplies: decorative frame and white cardstock from my stash.

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