We are celebrating the weekend with Kathy Clement's clever Master Detective Photo Album Wallet. Kathy has loaded this album with tons of secret pockets and amazing layers. This beautiful creation would make a great memento for a murder mystery or Halloween party. Be sure to check out the YouTube tutorial to get started on your own. Before we jump in, it is time to announce this week's randomly chosen blog prize winner!
The winner is Julie Taylor! She commented on the blog to say, "What a beautiful project made with one of my favorite G45 collections! I always look forward to seeing the different ideas from so many talented crafters." Congratulations, Julie. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to claim your prize.
This week’s prize package featured our Off to the Races collection, including an 8×8 paper pad, 6×6 Patterns & Solids paper pad, Decorative Chipboard, Ephemera Cards, an ATC Book Box in black, and Shabby Chic Antique Metal Door Pulls, the total value of $40.
Get a Clue Photo Wallet Tutorial with Master Detective
By Kathy Clement
“Hello, G45’ers! I don’t know about you, but I think the new Master Detective Collection is fiendishly fabulous! I found an intriguing online tutorial for making tiny matchbox style folios and I liked the idea so much that I modified the design to create a much larger 4” x 4” Photo Wallet.
Our daughters love to host murder mystery dinners where everyone is assigned a character, comes in costume and spends the evening trying to figure out “whodunnit”. I thought this style album would be the perfect place to preserve the photos from the event.
The base of the album is created with 2 sheets of 12×12 Master Detective Patterns and Solids paper. I find the paper is just the right thickness for a folded project like this one.
Patterned paper from the 8×8 collection is die cut and layered on the front of the cover and topped with this fabulous chipboard piece. I found the wooden magnifying glass in my stash, and just had to use it on the cover along with the fun steampunk clock charm. I’ve matted a border strip with black cardstock to finish out the bottom of the cover.
TIP: Add extra dimension to the cover by backing each element with foam tape or waste chipboard.
TIP: Because the photo wallet is on the small side, all the other patterned papers I used are from the 8×8 paper collection. You always want the size of your pattern to correlate to the size of your project. Large projects call for large patterns. Smaller projects look more proportionate with the smaller images and patterns found in smaller sized papers. It’s a good design rule to keep in mind.
The album is held shut with a belly band. This is the only piece of 12×12 paper I used in the entire album. I matted the postage stamp border on black cardstock, then topped it with a houndstooth bow, a flower from my stash, some baker’s twine, a chipboard charm and a silvertone skeleton.
You’ll find lots of secret hiding places scattered all through the photo wallet.
I’ve fussy cut images from the signature page of the collection to make these great ATC tag pockets.
TIP: To turn the fussy cut image into a pocket, simply attach just the outer edge and bottom to the page. This creates the perfect tuck spot. Even the tags have secret compartments!
Each ATC tag holds a mini mystery novel created with the playing card images. Wouldn’t it be fun to add small photos of your murder mystery guest inside these little books? Photo booth style Halloween party photos would look great here as well. I show you how to assemble these tags, share lots of helpful tips and tricks and guide you through each step for building the interactive base in this YouTube tutorial.”
Graphic 45 Supplies:
12×12 Patterns and Solids (2 sheets of the same pattern)
⅝’ wide houndstooth plaid ribbon
Baker’s twine, black cord
Foam tape or waste chipboard for layering
Flower, button and die cuts from my stash
Scoring tool, hot glue gun, ruler, craft knife
I hope I’ve inspired you to get out your favorite Graphic 45 papers, scissors and glue and get your craft on today. Thanks so much for letting me share this fun project tutorial with you.” ~Kathy Clement
And thanks to Kathy for sharing such a beautiful photo album wallet! We are also so grateful to have you here with us as well. We hope you have enjoyed this impressivly intricate photo album wallet by Kathy. We sure did. We will be back next week with more craft inspiration and of course chances to win! Until then, feel free to comment below about all your weekend crafting plans. Have a great weekend, G45ers.