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Hydrangea Rose

“And I will make thee beds of roses and fragrant posies…” – Christopher Marlowe

Capture the visual beauty of a spring garden, filled with roses and hydrangeas with your invitation of love. Using the feminine and exotic Hydrangea Rose design from our new Love and Lustre collection. Do-It-Yourself to make your gorgeous invitation as it is sure to evoke the essence of a Spring wedding.

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Hydrangea Rose Invite

Step One

Take a piece of A4 Hydrangea Rose Paper designer paper and Blush designer card and trim to 148 x 105mm.

Step Two

Print or photocopy wording onto Luxury Linen Paper using the template provided below. Remember to cut the shape out using the black solid line as your guide.

Step Three

Cut out a piece of ribbon to a length of 310mm and thread through diamante buckle from back to front.

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Step Four

Make two slits into the luxury linen paper on either side of the type and insert ribbon. Run an adhesive tape roller along the back of the ribbon and attach to the Hydrangea Rose paper. Tuck the ends of the ribbon around the back of the paper and fasten with adhesive tape roller for a neat finish.


Border template to be used to print wording.


Photography by Cristina Re Designs

Cristina Re‘s stylish boutique Where a Girl Goes offers a variety of papercraft workshopsThe Brilliant Bride workshop provides expert tuition for participants to be inspired and create the wedding  of their dreams. All participants receive an exquisite cupcake and coffee or tea from the in-store coffee bar and an exclusive Workshop Discount giving access to 15% off purchases in-store!

Ms Gingham says: “For those of us without a creative bone or a graphic design background and let’s face it that’s a good percentage of the population, Cristina Re’s workshops are a blessing! These designs really cry out spring! I can almost smell the flowers from here … I wonder if they come in “scratch and sniff”?”

You’ve got your professional wedding photos in a coffee table book, but how about the rest of your family? Your wedding was a special day for your parents and grandparents too, so why not make them a photo keepsake? Sure, they don’t need every photo, but they will appreciate having a handbag-sized album that they can show to friends or display on the mantle.

Atypical Type A - Concertina photo album materials

You will need:

  • Thick, coloured card (I recommend going to an art shop instead of a newsagent)
  • Contrasting satin ribbon, cut in half
  • Selection of photos from your wedding (an even number such as four or six)
  • Double-sided tape
  • Cutting mat
  • Metal ruler
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Craft knife
  • Scorer
  • Bone folder


Atypical Type A - Concertina photo album tutorial 1

1. Along the edge of your paper, mark the height of the photo (it should be around 15cm). Along the other edge of your paper, mark out the width of the photo (about 10cm), adding an extra millimetre or two to allow for the fold. Repeat until you have a panel for each photograph (remember: it must be an even number!).

2. Trim your paper to size using the knife.

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3. Score your card at each of the markings.

4. Apply a strip of double-sided tape horizontally across the centre of the last panel; remove backing. Repeat on first panel.

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5. Lay the end of the ribbon along the exposed tape on the first and last panels and press down.

6. Apply double-sided tape to the edges and centre of the back of each photo.

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7. Remove backing from double-sided tape.

8. Carefully stick a photo on each panel.

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9. Fold over the first panel and press flat with a bone folder. Continue folding the remaining panels, alternating directions to achieve a concertina style.

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11. Wrap the ribbon around the middle of the album (I’ve wrapped it around several times as a decorative feature but once is enough).

12. Tie at the right edge into a bow.

There you have it: The perfect brag book for nanna to take to the bowls club.

Ms Gingham says: “This is a fantastic idea for a brag book. Experiment with different patterned papers, ribbons and even decorations for a really personal touch. Thanks again to Alicia from Akimbo for another great idea. Visit Alicia’s blog where she writes about all things creative and cute ATypical Type A.”