About Me

My photo
I'm Lesley and I've been a crafter all my life. I discovered paper crafting about 30 years ago and this is now my great passion.

Tuesday 26 December 2023

Clutch style photo keeper

Hi Everyone,

It’s been manic here with the lead-up to Christmas, going on caravan rallies and preparing for

Sale-a-bration which starts on 4th January 2024. If this is new to you, it’s an annual event run by Stampin’Up! and they give away free product with every £45 of orders (€60) that you place. There is a booklet (sorry can’t show you the inside yet) of all the free goodies – some are free with £45 orders, some with £90 and some co-ordinate with other SU products if you wish.




Today, I’m showcasing the Softly Stippled  12 x 12 DSP that you can choose with a £45 order. I love the delicate colour palette – Calypso Coral, Lost Lagoon, Pebbled Path, Pool Party and Wild Wheat. These co-ordinate with the Stipples Roses bundle in the new mini catalogue -also starting 4th January 2024, but I don’t have this yet and we all have a budget so I went with what I have for stamps. I used the Softly Sophisticated stamp set – another SAB item that comes with an embossing folder in a bundle with £90 (120€ order.

Today’s project is a little clutch bag that opens to reveal two accordion-fold pull outs for photos and two corner pockets to pop tags for journaling or place other mementos. Wouldn’t this be lovely for

memories of the Christmas season, a special outing or really any occasion with these pretty DSP.

Here are the cutting measurements





Base card

11 ¾ x 7 7/8

29.5 X 20

11 x 7 7/8

Score long side

3 7/8, 4 8, 8 1/8

10 /10.5 /20.5/21


Accordion x 2

11 ½ x 3 3/4


11 x 3 ¾ and scrap 1 x 3 3/4

Score long side


Score scrap US only

3 11/16, 7 7/16 11 1/8

9.3 / 18.9 / 28.3

3 11/16, 7 7/16


½” on short side and glue to fit the accordion matching score lines

Corner pockets

4 1/2 x 4

10.5 x 10.5

4 1/2 x 41/2


Cut diagonally in half

All  sides ½”

1 cm all sides

All sides ½”



I decided to have mat and layers for the outside front and used pebbled path 1/8” smaller and the DSP 1/8” smaller again. At first I cut the front straight but after looking through the bags in  my wardrobe chose an offset angled cut for the front overlap. The point is about 3” (7.5cm) from the left edge and cut about 1 1/2”(3cm) up the side but try out on a piece of copy paper until you find an angle that you like! To cut the angled mat and layer, I placed them all together centrally at the bottom to make sure they all had the same angle and then trim the top edge if needed.

Inside, adhere the accordion folds to each side and cover the tabs with DSP. I didn’t mat these because of adding bulk to the inside. If you decide to do this, make the gussets deeper and have a narrower overlap on the front of the card. If adding photos to all panels, don’t add DSP first – I just wanted to show off the gorgeous designs.

to close, I stamped the flower from Softly sophisticated set but masked off the top sprig using tape when inking and removed before stamping. The flowers were stamped in pool party ink and fussy cut, then adhered, as I had masked the main stamp. I used the rectangle die from Nested Essential dies for the closure and backed with Pebbled path. these were added with dimensional foam pads to allow the twine to wrap around underneath. The Bakers twine is from 3 colour pack in  a new set in the Spring mini catalogue.

I did try to video the making of this but my phone stopped – just a nightmare and then Christmas caught up with me!!!  I do hope you give this project a go because the papers are lovely and just think how good family photos would look in a little gift to a family member!  So much better to view physically and not just on your phone.

My very best wishes to you all for 2024. Let’s hope we all stay healthy and make a few dreams come true. Do you make New Year Resolutions?

I have to sort out my Craft room! A huge destash is long overdue and I have been trying to find the will to do this – but then I get side-tracked by a fresh delivery and such lovely products to start playing with. This year!!!!

You can order SU products through me at https:www.stampinup.uk?demoid=5060154

or go to www.stampinup.com, click on your country code (top left) and search for me by name in the top green bar - Lesley Kilby - and my photo should pop up!  

If you see my posts on Social Media please like and leave me a few kind words as they all help to make my projects more visible to everyone. 

Follow me on  FB   /   Instagram   /  Pinterest

As always, I hope you give this fold a try and please message me on my Facebook page or tag me on IG posts so I can see your makes. 

You can contact me via messenger or email: lkilby3591@gmail.com



Thanks so much for stopping by - I appreciate you all so much. 

Lesley x


SU Products used with order numbers: you cannot order the first 2 items before 4th January 2024! If you have a long wish list you may want to try being a demo and join up to get wonderful offers – message me or email for details


Softly Stippled SAB 12 x 12 DSP #162975 – free with a £45 (60€) order

Softly Sophisticated stamp and embossing folder bundle SAB #162947 free with £90 (120€) order

Calypso Coral card stock #124392

Pebbled path stock #161731 

Wild wheat ink pad #161651

Pool party ink pad #147107 

Simply Shammy stamp cleaner #147042

Paper trimmer #152392    I'd be lost without this !!!! 

Paper snips scissors  #103579

Multi-purpose liquid glue #

No comments:

Post a Comment

Lift off Book mark card with SU Bee Mine - published rather late!! OOPs!!

  This project is a delightful card and small gift in one that I made in February but never published! How did that happen?!!  It makes a th...