Team-up week with Bella Blvd – Day 2 – Tutorials!

Day 2 of our Bella Blvd team-up week is here with TWO tutorials + a giveaway! These two tutorials would also make a great Christmas gift for someone special!

By Valerie:

Hello! I am going to show you how to make a cute shadow box to keep for yourself, or give as a gift!
The dimensions of the box that I bought was 5×7. First, cut a piece of 5×7 polka dot paper and adhere to the frame backing.
Then, add a strip of the grid paper to the middle of the first layer.
Adhere a couple of pieces of cardboard to the back of the elephant layer to give dimension.
Flip over the elephant piece, and center to the polka dot paper. Add a small strip of the multi colored polka dots at the bottom.
Now, replace the glass frame piece to the backing!
Add one flower, a pink heart, and journal tag to the corner of the frame with adhesive.
Thanks for joining me in this tutorial!

By Anne Jo:

Hi there! I’m gonna share with you how you can create a very simple minialbum quickly and easily from scratch, using cardstock, patterned papers and some adhesive!
Mine will end up being 5×5”-ish, so I’ll cut two strips of cardstock measuring 3,5”x12”.
Now, I was lucky to get to borrow a Scor-it for the next step, which simplified it a *lot* – but still, you can do this the old fashioned way either using the scoring blade on your cutting board or a ruler and bone folding blade. I spaced the scorings 2cm apart – that’s like 0.8 inches (sorry, the measurement on my board was in centimeters ). Do this for both strips.
Fold together like an accordion, cut away the ends that doesn’t fit into the measurement and adhere the two strips together into a long accordion.

Now, cut the patterned papers you’re going to use as your pages – as earlier mentioned, mine’s 5×5”.
Now, for one of the pages, I wanted to create a pocket so the recipients could store smaller stuff into it. It’s easily done, especially with a scoring tool. Now, the pocket needed to be a little smaller than the 5×5” page it would be adhered to, so I cut an approx 10×10” square and then scored it like 3,4,3” both ways.
Then I made cuts so only the middle flaps remained, like on the image above.
Grab two largeish brads (or buttons and something to sew them with). Adhere the sideflaps.
Then, making sure the top flap won’t overlap the bottom brad, add the brads and adhere the bottom flap.
Tie a string to the bottom brad and you’ll have a cute little locking-mechanism for the envelope.
Assemble the finished pages – remember to make sure to not have anything overlap from the “accordion” side.
Turn the accordion so you can find the side which goes : /////
Skip the first fold – you want to adhere the next one: ///
Add adhesive to the whole fold (maybe not too visible on the image above)
Add your first page…
Then skip the next fold, and use the fold after that one: ///////
Until you reach the end – leave the last fold like you left the first one. (just cut the excess if needed)
Time to do the cover – make a 12×5,1” cut or something like that (slightly larger than the inner pages so it’ll cover it nicely)
Fold the cover around the book, leaving (plenty of) room for the spine. You don’t want the spine to be too small, that will complicate the opening of the book. Crease the spines accordingly.
Then adhere the last flaps of the accordion to the cover.
Decorate your cover – I opted for simple, like the inner pages

Now let’s take a peek at the finished mini book!

Great work, ladies!! Thanks so much for inspiring us today with great tutorials and gift ideas! Love them!!

Now it’s time for another GIVEAWAY from Bella Blvd! One person will win everything pictured above from their “Socialite” collection!

TWO ways to enter:
1. Just leave a comment below to be entered to win.

2. Also, gain an extra entry to this giveaway if you tweet: Elle’s Studio + Bella Blvd. team up week! Inspiration + giveaways at #ElleBellaDay2 (hash tag must be included so we can find all the tweets and only one tweet per person, per day please.)

Winner will be drawn and posted on Saturday, December 4th – stay tuned for tomorrow! Don’t forget to head over the Bella Blvd. blog to see their inspiration and enter their giveaway, too!


  1. Laurel says

    Cute projects, Elle’s Studio and Bella Blvd both rock!

  2. Love the shadowbox and the mini! The papers and spots are so cute!

  3. Miss Shawn says

    These projects are so cute! Can’t wait to try.

  4. laurie says

    really cute projects thanks for great inspiration !

  5. Both projects will be perfect for Christmas gifts for that person who has everything!

  6. This is a going to be a good week. Thanks for all the chances to win. Love the projects!

  7. Kalyber says

    great project and wonderful tut. Thanks.

  8. Kalyber says

    You can tell I’m Twitter-pated about your giveaway because I tweeted about it.

  9. Tammy B says

    cute, cute , cute…thanks for the great projects!

  10. Marcie says

    What a gorgeous mixture of products! Just love the colors!

  11. smahrty says

    very cute projects, love the baby book!

  12. The mini book project is AWESOME!!! I am going to create one to scrap about my 2 years old son. Haven’t not try this technique before.
    Tx for the inspiration.

  13. Jody says

    Beautiful projects.

  14. {VICKI} says

    Great project!

    thanks for the chance to win

  15. CraftyCat says

    Such cute projects! So adorable!

  16. awesome projects!!! I have so many little shadowboxes, you’ve inspired me to get them out and make them pretty!

  17. Lindy says

    Love the tutorials…thanks so much!

    I just love Elle’s Studio and Bella Blvd.

    Thanks for the chance.

  18. Johanna says

    It’s a lovely mini, great tutorial!!

  19. nicole says

    LOVE LOVE THESE!! So excited for a chance to win!

  20. niekolken says

    great things!!!!love the colours you use!

  21. Those are 2 of the cutest projects! Great ideas!

  22. laury55 says

    thanks for the tuto, love the mini

  23. Julie says

    Love the paper used for the mini album especially–adorable!

  24. Marcy says

    Wow! What a GREAT tutorial – i definately have to try it! Thanks for the inspirtaion and the chance to win!

  25. Kelly Sas says

    Usually a blog will show one project idea. NOT Elle’s Studio! You give us two incredible crafts with great tutorials too!!! Both these projects are must do.

  26. ShellyDee says

    LOVE LOVE LOVE the mini tutorial! It’s only Tuesday and I already have so many neat idead from this blend between Elle & Bella! : )

  27. Super cute! Elle’s and Bella are a brilliant combo!!!

  28. Super cute! Elle’s and Bella are a brilliant combo!!!

  29. Thanks for the inspiration! Both the mini book and the shadow box are fabulous!

  30. Giselle says

    Thanks for the chance to win a ‘Christmas present’!
    And for sharing the tutorial 🙂

  31. Wonderful projects. Makes me feel like I can do it!!

  32. Kataroo says

    I really love the dimension in the shadow box!

  33. kim says

    I LOVE both the shadow box and the mini! Definately inspirational!

  34. ruth says

    Great projects! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  35. these tutorials are so fun! thanks for the chance to win!

  36. sophie says

    such fantastic turorial!! thank you so much ladies for taking the time to do these for us!! so inspiring!!

  37. AllyW says

    Cute projects. I really love the shadow box. Adorable!!!

  38. Veronica says

    Great projects. Love the elephants! I collected elephant figures as a little girl!

  39. Heather says

    Oh my, that is a fun project!!! As soon as the holiday craziness is over, I’m going to have to try that!

  40. Love this adorable mini-album tutorial! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  41. Suz says

    fun projects ang reat tutorials love them & thanks for the chance to win some prizes

  42. Lisa says

    Love the mini album! So easy yet looks so cute. Thanks for the inspiration.

  43. scarthur says

    The projects are amazing!! Love the dimension!!

  44. Lisse says

    very nice projects! thanks for inspiring me!

  45. Kim says

    What great projects and even better that instructions are included, yeah!!

  46. Emily says

    LOVE the shadow box


  47. Olivia says

    This is such a fantastic week! Lovin all the projects!

  48. Gina says

    such fabulous projects!..thanks for the chance! 🙂

  49. Holly* says

    love the pocket for the mini! and the mini itself!

  50. What a great project. I can tell this is going to be an awesome week!

  51. Super cute projects! I really love the shadow box…what a great idea for personalized decor for a kids room or something…..adorable!!

  52. amyp says

    Great Ideas!! Love Bella Blvd!

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  54. Rebecca says

    the shadow box and the mini are adorable!!

  55. Janet Z says

    I love the shadow box and the mini! Awesome tutorials.

  56. sucor says

    Thanks for sharing these great projects and tutorials!

  57. Michelle says

    I love the mini book! It was so cute and colorful and looks easy to make.

  58. vegetablog says

    really adorable! I especially love that minibook. It’s going into my bookmarks right away!

  59. Jess says

    Fab tutorials! Love the saying in the frame and it combines a bird and an elephant, faves of mine for sure!

  60. Cherie says

    Great giveaway! Lovin’ all the inspiration

  61. That is the cutest mini album! I may have to make one for my mom! Thanks for the tuturiol, and the chance to win some awesome Bella product!

  62. sclugo says

    Wonderful projects! Really like the pocket idea!

  63. Jennybean says

    I love the shadowbox tutorial!

  64. Rosann says

    awesome ideas and projects. Thanks

  65. Cathy H. says

    Great tutorials and such cute projects!

  66. CraftCrave says

    Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [01 Dec 01:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

  67. KellyG says

    Wow, great tutorials! Love that mini, I will have to try that!! Great work!

  68. Brittney says

    Super cute projects – I really love that shadow box!

  69. beida-fish says

    such adorable projects! Thanks for the inspiration!

  70. chene says

    Love the mini-book! I will definitely make that,

  71. would love to win it. I see what Val does with them and I would love to try them.

  72. AmyInKy says

    LOVE that mini album! Thanks for the tutorial!!!

  73. What a fantastic album and great prize!!! Looking forward to all the ideas this week!

  74. Cynthia B. says

    These projects are awesome! I especially love the mini – so cute! Thanks for the chance to win!!

  75. Traci says

    the shadow box is a definite – looking for paper now to recreate! projects are adorable. thanks for the inspiration.

  76. Ginny says

    Such cute projects. Love them both!

  77. April says

    Very cool projects!!
    – April W

  78. Jen says

    Cute stuff! I just got my first Elle’s Studio stuff in the mail today – so excited to play!

  79. wendy says

    Love the adorable little mini!

  80. Wow, these are both great tutorials. Thanks for the inspiration!

  81. Kerryn says

    Fabulous projects!!!

  82. Alisha says

    Oh so very cute! I love it all!

  83. Brooke says

    Gorgeous projects. I especially love the shadow box.

  84. Claire says

    Wow… I needed an easy idea for a gift for a new mom to be… this mini book will be perfect!

  85. Cathy says

    Thanks for the tutorials and the super giveaway!

  86. Arjanne says

    That’s a really cute collection by Bella Blvd! Love the pink-grey!

  87. mojodawn says

    How cute are those papers? Bella and Elle are fab together!

  88. Dawn says

    WONDERFUL!! That shadow box tut is gonna come in really handy! I can’t wait to make one. The mini book is so dang cute! The accordian fold binding is genius! I would love a chance to win this awesome prize!

  89. Dawn says

    ….and I tweeted 🙂

  90. Larajc says

    Awesome projects, thank you for the inspiration!

  91. Jacquie says

    Both projects are SO cute! I love that album!

  92. doris says

    LOVE the mini-book tutorial. Thank you!

  93. Nitasha says

    Fab projects! Gorgeous assortment of cuteness! What a great collaboration!

  94. Monika says

    These tutorials are fantastic! I’m marking them to play with next week when I have some time off. Thanks!

  95. Betty says

    Love the tutorial and I think I need to make a mini album now 🙂 Thanks!!

  96. Joli says

    Socialite is such a fun line!!! It would go perfect with so many Elle’s items in my stash!!

  97. Tammy says

    LOVE this paper and they GREAT project!!

  98. perezmom says

    Cute shadowbox and mini!


  99. Kelly says

    How adorable! Great projects!

  100. FruMaansen says

    Adorable projects, amazing inspiration and tons of ideas. love the minialbum – perhaps i’ll have to make one as a christmas gift 🙂

  101. Charity says

    Wow, that book is awesome. I’m going to have to try that I think!

  102. Espy says

    Those little elephants are just adorable!

  103. Cassie says

    Love all the projects. I’m crossing my fingers & toes

  104. Stacy says

    Thanks for the tutorials~love both projects!

  105. Makalah says

    I just looked at baby themed scrapbooks, and so many were so commercialized and all pink or all blue. I love this design – bright colors, personalized, and oh so unique!

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  107. Holly says

    Love the way you put the book together!

  108. rose says

    super helpful tutorials. cute, as always!

  109. CynAbu says

    Such a fabulous post! Off to twitter to tweet my message 🙂

  110. Anthea says

    ohhh I love the tutorials especially the mini album one, that one will come in handy!

  111. Laila says

    mini album is so great!!

  112. Cassie says

    Awesome tutorials!

  113. Ruth says

    thove this, the projects are so awesome

  114. Suzanna says

    That minibook is fantastic!! Great projects!

  115. justasiam says

    Great tutorials,especially that cute card. Thanks for the chance to win a great prize.

  116. izzyb says

    Both projects are darling and made me smile.

  117. Jayne says

    The minibook is stunning… i am so trying that out 🙂

  118. Wow, thank you for the tutorials! This give me idea for Christmas present!

  119. Thanks for two great tutorials! Love that minibook! Every year, I make a mini album for my parents, with pictures of us and the kids from that year. I’m always looking for new ways to make that album, so perhaps this is the one for this year? 🙂

  120. Catherine says

    Thanks for the great tutorials!!!

  121. Jean says

    I so want to try that mini book! Love the projects and the great papers! Thank you for the inspiration!

  122. DDP says

    awsome! love the elephant!

  123. Lisa C. says

    Wow – cute projects! I love the papers and journaling cards.

  124. Michelle says

    I love the shadow box. Too cute.

  125. Julia says

    Wow! Thanks for taking the time to show all the details on these projects!

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