Tuesday, 13 April 2021

Belinda Basson DT - Stamperia - Piano Hinge Album

 Hello Friends

My Design Team project for Belinda Basson this month is a Piano Hinge Album using Belinda's gorgeous Lady Vagabond papers by Stamperia.  I have wanted to make this type of album for ages and it was surprisingly easy to do!  I found a really useful short YouTube video which explains the process very simply and gives measurements so that you can very easily have a go yourself. 

 I used my own measurements on my album to suit the size that I wanted.  The notches are cut at one inch intervals.
I created four 'signatures' for my album, from heavy Kraft cardstock as I wanted the front and back page to be heavy enough for my covers.
Once I added the design papers to the front and back cover they were a really good weight.  I used a combination of papers, die cuts, chipboard shapes and crackle paste to add some texture and age to the covers.
This is one of my favourite pages, using a mix of Lady Vagabond papers and chipboard elements.  In some of the pages I created secret pockets to store tags or ephemera in.
For the next set of pages I used papers which I decoupaged, along with some chipboard pieces.  I am in love with Belinda's fabulous airship!
Again, I used Lady Vagabond papers and chipboard.  I also created a deep pocket and added some Stamperia metal cogs, crackle paste and inks to add some texture.
The final pages were covered with more Lady Vagabond papers, chipboard and the luggage is decoupaged up.  I added a Kraft envelope to keep those little bits and pieces safe.
If you do watch the video you will see that the designer created a box to hold his album and I liked the idea, so I created one too.
I constructed the box from black card using the following template I created, it fits the size of album that I made.  I simply covered the box with Lady Vagabond papers, aged with inks and crackle paste and added a metal plate from my stash along with a chipboard piece.
To finish off the album I created a charm using bits and pieces from my stash, adding a little map element (Lady V papers) to the bottle.  
The album fits inside the box (allowing for some expansion) and showcases the piano hinging beautifully.  I finished the ends off with some colour coordinated string, knotting and gluing the edges.  You don't need to glue the ends, you may want to add some extra pages to the album.  My pages are quite thick and I didn't want to crowd the box.
I cannot stress enough just how easy it is to make a piano hinge album and it is just something a bit different.

Thanks so much for your visit and please excuse me if I do not get fully back to social media for a little while yet, I am taking each day as it comes at the moment.

Hugs, Anne xxx

The Stamperia products I used in this project are:

Stamperia Lady Vagabond 8 x 8 paper pad
Stamperia Wooden Shapes - Lady Vagabond
Stamperia Chipboard - Lady Vagabond
Stamperia Crackle Paste - Transparent
Stamperia Scrapbooking Accessories - Metal Cogs


  1. This is really lovely Anne! I’ve always admired this type of hinge and now you have inspired me to give it a try- the pages are wonderful! Thanks for sharing

  2. Really lovely Anne. I hope you are feeling a bit better and stronger everyday.

  3. Hi Anne, the Book and hinge look super, what a good idea to use this hinge. Fab idea to make a box for it to go in too. Hope everyday is proving to be an improvement on the day before. Big virtual hug, Andreaxx

  4. Another extraordinary album, Annie, and a beautiful box to keep it in, too! You do take my breath away with your creations and you're always trying something new. The images and details are spectacular! I'm glad to hear that you are continuing to take one day at a time. As should we all, so that's inspiring, too! Take good care! Love, Darnell xxoo

  5. Hi Anne xx I have to say that your piano hinge album is amazing and of course I love the wonderful papers by Belinda Basson. Superb charm too xx So glad you are feeling better my friend and taking it day by day is a great idea xx Big hugs to you and David xx

  6. Fabulous project once again and I love the design of that hinge. Those vintage papers are gorgeous too. Take care Elaine xx

  7. I have never been a fan of piano hinge books but I must say I love this one Anne. Bellas papers are fabulous but there is a skill in using them and you have it nailed.
    Hope you are feeling much better each day.
    Hugs, Neet xx

  8. Anne this is amazing! I love that hinge, it's not one that I've seen before so I will definitely be watching the video. You have really brought these papers to life, and I love how you can still see all the detail when it's in its box. Take it easy, and get well soon, Sue xx

  9. This album is gorgeous Anne. I honestly have never seen a piano hinge before and I really love it! So unusual and I also love how it sits in the box. Totally fabulous make. Hope you are feeling better and better each day. Take care. xx

  10. Love the blog post Anne. Fab project. Thank you for sharing. Take care 🤗

  11. Ooh! This is such a beautiful album! So many gorgeous images and I love the piano hinge style - I have not seen one before. Its so cool you made a box for it to live in too. Look after yourself and take it slow my friend. Hugs xxxxxxx

  12. This is incredible Anne I have never seen a hinge like it how spectacular it's like a work of art itself how it all synchronises. This is one special album and Lady Vagabond was made to be part of it showcasing all those fabulous papers I find so hard to cut into. You are the queen of measuring Anne giving such good advice on how it all came to be... I could sit and look at those trinkets all day long *Sigh*
    I knew it would not be long before that mojo came out full throttle.
    Take care my dear friend Hugs Tracey xx

  13. Great project Anne. Thanks for showing us how it came together. I hate it when you see a really interesting project and can't work out how it was put together but you're so kind and willing to share so thanks again. Hugs, Angela xXx

  14. Immaculate execution as always Anne!! A completely FAB-U-LOUS project. It all looks amazing and must have taken an age. Sending you healing hugs and warmest wishes. Nxxx

  15. This hinge technique is the best I've seen I the look of it. The images are wonderful too, and love the whole album and theme.

  16. I haven't made a piano hinge book for several years. I think I am missing out! Your book is lovely and inspiring. thanks as always for sharing.


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