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May I Introduce......

Our very first Guest Designer!
I've been stalking blogs and websites and forums and will be asking a talented paper crafter each month to share their talents with us in exchange for a free kit!

Our first guest is Pomaika'i from Seattle:

Aloha mai, I am pomaika'i aka scrapaloha (I answer to
either).  I am so honored to have been asked to guest
design the month and to have a chance to work with
Kelly's wonderful kits!  I was born and raised on
O'ahu, Hawai'i, and now live in Seattle, Wa with my DH
and awesome son Kekai.  I miss my islands, but keep
grounded by dancing Hula and studying HawaiÕian
I started stamping and scrapping way before it became
fashionable, and in 2001, started working out of my
home selling my designs and creations online. My
passion is altered art.  I jokingly say that I am an
altered and distressed scrapper. ;)  I love the rush
when I create something out of nothing like a mini
album from chipboard and paper, or when I take a piece
of old junk and give it new life!  My fondest wish is
that something I do here will inspire you to create
something that you love!
Here is the kit that I sent to pomaika'i
And here are the beautiful creations she made:


Look at this darling envelope book!

To Make Your Own Album Just Follow Pomaika'i's instructions:

"When I received Kelly’s Kit, I knew right away that
the sunny paper patterns, envelopes and embellishments
would be perfect for a little mini-album.  I combined
the concept of an envelope album with conventional
pages for a great interactive project!"

Here are some brief instructions on the construction
of this 8” x 4” album which has a total of 6 double
sided pages and 5 envelope pages with tags, for a
total of 32 surfaces for your photos and journaling! 
That’s a lot for such a small book! 

These directions are meant to be a starting point for
the basic construction of the album as you see in the
photos.  Please feel free to use the supplies you have
in the way you want to to embellish and enjoy your
project!  Have fun!!!   Oh, and please share links to
your projects  us so we can ooo and

Mini Album with Envelope pages

From Keep In Touch Card Shop Kit
2-3 12 x 12 sheets Bazzil cardstock 
3-4 12 x 12 sheets patterned paper 
5- 6.5”x 3.5” envelopes
Heidi Swap Bling
Embellishments-Transparent Flowers, buttons, ticket,
journal squares

2 pieces 8” x 4” chipboard (cardstock can be
6 pieces 8” x 4” white cardstock for pages 
6 pieces 1.5” x 3.5” white cardstock for envelope
6 pieces 6.75” x 3 .25” white cardstock for tags
6 small binder rings or ribbon
Extra ribbon
Bind-it-all or Crop-a-dile or drill (for binding)
Adhesive or Decoupage medium

Binding Holes
Punch holes with your Bind-it-All or other tool on one
side of your chipboard covers and your white cardstock

Center the 4” side of your piece in the middle of the
Bind-it-all tool.  Do the same with your pages using
your chipboard as a guide to make sure the holes in
the pages match the holes in the covers. 


Prepare your covers by inking or painting the edges.  
This will give you a nice colored finish by hiding the
raw chipboard color where the patterned paper does not

 Paint around the thin edges if the chipboard.
 And from the outside edges to about one inch in, on
the front and back of the chipboard, especially on the
binding side. 

Adhere patterned paper 7.5” x 4” to the outside
chipboard covers leaving binding holes uncovered.  

Design Tip: I use Mod Podge to adhere paper to the
outside covers, and coat the paper with a layer of Mod
Podge for durability (brand new to Mod Podge?  See my
tutorial here:

Using your regular adhesive, cover inside covers with
Bazzill Cardstock (7.5” x 4”) leaving holes uncovered.

Prepare Envelope Pages

Use your five strips of white cardstock (1.5” x 3.5”).
Carefully punch binding holes on one long edge of your
cardstock strip.  

Envelope preparation: lick flap and stick the whole
flap inside the envelope, sealing it  “open” to create
a pocket.

Envelope page assembly
Place the cardstock strip on your table with the
binding holes to the left.  

Put a strip of adhesive on the back side of the
envelope at the closed end.  

Turn the envelope over and adhere it to the cardstock
strip .5” inches from the edge with the holes.  

Design tip: This is the time to decide how you want
your finished album to look.  

When organizing my album, I decided to put an envelope
page between each conventional page.  When I decorated
my pages, I used coordinating paper and embellishments
for the two facing pages and the front and back of one

Cut each patterned paper into 7.5” x 4” pieces and
adhere to white cardstock pages leaving holes


Design Tip: For bling in the centers of small flowers
I cut single rhinestones from my Heidi Swapp Bling

Envelope Tags
Cut the corners diagonally on the top side of the
rectangle to make a tag shape. 

Punch a hole in the center top to form a tag. 

Add ribbons and slip into envelope.  

Final Album Assembly

Put your pages together matching holes and use ribbon
or binder rings to bind and finish your album! 

My Blog:
See my latest Etsy pieces:

      A big huge THANK YOU to Pomai for ALL of her time and creative energy!! 

Thursday, May 8, 2008
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  1. pomaika`i scrapaloha

    You are so welcome Kelly, it was my pleasure! You're kits ROCK!!!

    Saturday, May 10, 2008 @ 6:41 PM
  2. HolleyV

    Congratulations, Pomaika'i! Your work is beautiful!

    Monday, May 12, 2008 @ 5:16 AM
  3. Frankie

    She is a member of our site and has been MIA for a while now. Congratulations on being chosen.
    Great work as usual

    Monday, May 12, 2008 @ 5:38 AM
  4. Joyce E

    Hi Pomaika'i,

    Gees, I feel like I can say I knew you when!!! I've been a cutomer of Pomaika'i's in the past and if you think this work is beautiful you must check out some of her other orginial works of art. Kellty thanks so much for picking her, she is a sweet lady with awesome talent.

    Joyce in MO

    Thursday, May 22, 2008 @ 11:07 AM

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