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Friday, October 28th, 2016
3 Principles of Interactive Design

One of my favorite paper craft techniques is interactive design. I’m just fascinated by all the moving parts that can be created from paper: flaps, pockets and inserts. They don’t only make every page or mini album much more fun to create or look through but it gives you a lot more “real estate” for more photos and journaling. The feeling of unexpectedness you get when you don’t know what you’ll discover next is simply amazing and I think everybody should try interactive design at least once! Here are my 3 Principles of Interactive Design.       3 Principles of Interactive Design The interactive mechanisms, which are the moving parts of the design, can sometimes seem complicated and difficult to create but if you follow these 3 simple principles you’ll find out they are much easier to create than you think. Measure, Measure and Measure     Interactive design is first of all a very accurate technique. It’s even …

Friday, October 21st, 2016
Scary 31st Halloween Mini Album

I just couldn’t resist creating an interactive mini album for Halloween… It’s called: Scary 31st Halloween Mini Album. I think you’ll agree that Halloween is the perfect time for an interactive mini album. After all all those pockets, flaps and hidden tags are just like a spellbook or a witch’s secret diary or something. You never know what’s coming and each page is a surprise.     Scary 31st Halloween Mini Album This Scary 31st Halloween Mini Album is full of interactive surprises like this. I got so carried away I don’t even remember all of them So this mini album holds a few surprises for me too. The best thing in it is that it looks very complicated but it’s really easy to create! Just follow the step by step video tutorial and  you’ll have no problem creating it for yourselves.     Oh…I forgot to tell you the best thing! You can purchase a kit of the Scary 31st Halloween …

Sunday, June 5th, 2016
Document Your Journey Mini Album

Document your journey mini album is a continuation of the Twine Binding Envelope Mini Album project we did on August 2015 on Saturday Mixtravaganza. I realized we created this great mini album but never embellished it and it was basically finished. So this video tutorial is about completing this mini and making it as amazing as it should be. If you missed the video tutorial on how to make the mini album itself with the quick twine binding method you can find it here.     Document Your Journey Mini Album You know me, I’m an interactive nut, so of course I couldn’t resist adding some interactive mechanisms to this mini album too. The mechanisms are easy to create but they add a lot of real estate to the mini album and allows you more room to add photos and journaling. Besides all these interactive surprises make the mini album so much more interesting and fun!       There …

Tuesday, August 11th, 2015
"I like to move it, move it" – Interactive Mini Albums

If anybody here doesn’t like mini albums please raise your hand! I don’t think there’s anyone…right? Mini albums are so pretty, easy and great they are every body’s cup of tea. A while back I shared with you the 10 Reasons to Create a Mini Album and I hope I convinced the few that were still on the fence about mini albums. Today I want to go a step further and get you all excited about interactive mini albums. Interactive mini album is a mini album that has active mechanisms inside, such as pockets, flaps and tags. The viewer is not just looking at pages and photos but has to be actively participating by opening, pulling, sliding parts on the page. I love interactive mini albums and I want to show you why. Abundant SpaceA mini album has lots of space for photographs in a compact-size album, because all those tags, flaps and pockets allow you to add more photos and journaling …

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015
5 Minutes Crafts – Interactive Mini Album

You’re probably asking yourselves is it possible to create an interactive mini album in 5 minutes?! Yes it’s possible! The secret is in the cutting and folding. This project is not only easy and fast it also makes a great impression as a complicated project you needed hours to create. It’ll be a great brag book or a gift. You can personalize it with a different color scheme or theme! Here’s what you’ll need:One 12×12 double sided cardstockTrimmerBone Folder Bind – it – All and a wire  Don’t miss out! Keep up with all the crafty goodness by subscribing to the Einat Kessler creative newsletter Have fun creating!

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014
Hanukkah Altered CD Mini Album

Every year I create a Hanukkah mini album for the holiday photos and every year it stays empty. however this year i made a promise to myself to add all the photos!The mini album is created from CD’s in red and yellow colors which are two important elements that need explaining.   Many Jewish holidays revolve around eating specific, traditional foods: matzah for Passover, hamentaschen for Purim and challah bread for Shabbat. On Hanukkah, Jews celebrate the miracle of the oil in the Temple that miraculously lasted eight days when it was only enough for one.Accordingly, Hanukkah celebrations revolve around the miracle of oil and the menu features fried foods (not very healthy I know). Crispy fried potato pancakes take center stage at the beginning of a Hanukkah dinner, and in Israel and elsewhere, jelly donuts, called sufganiyot, are the most popular Hanukkah food. Both foods have round shape like a CD which makes it perfect for a Hanukkah mini …

Sunday, December 14th, 2014
One Sheet of Paper Interactive Mini Album

I love interactive projects especially mini albums. It’s so much fun to go through an album and find surprises in it. Pull a tag, open a door or turn a wheel and find secrets under it. It takes the mini album  to a whole different level. What if I told you you can achieve all that but with only ONE sheet of paper? You can! here’s how… First let me say that I’m so happy I can share a Youtube video tutorial with you because it’s really difficult to explain all the steps with actually seeing how they work. Start with a 12×12 cardstock. I used a black one and covered it later but you can use a patterned double sided cardstock and then you can skip the covering part. Score it on the 4″ and 8″ marks, turn it a quarter of a turn and score again. Continue according to the items:First cut along all the lines (that are …

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