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ATC Accordion Book with Cut-Outs – Video Tutorial

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A real treat for today: Caroline Ouzts-Hay’s creation for the “Mad for Books in May” challenge that we put forth to the Design Team is a beautiful “Concertina” book (an accordion book, and Caroline’s version has cut-out windows so you can see into the book when it is open)!

Using the components (and the color palette) from the May Kit – The Language of Flowers Caroline has created a beautiful ATC Accordion Book that has additional artwork inside (see the photos on this page for a bit more of an explanation of what I’m trying to explain). To look at it you may think that it is super hard to make but it is really easy! Caroline shows you how to make the ATC Accordion Book in detail in her video post, and also includes step-by-step instructions with photos on her blog. You can find a complete listing of components that Caroline used in her gorgeous book.

And as you’ll need quite a few papers to put together your own book, the ENTIRE Scrapbook Paper Section is On Sale! (Wow… that’s HUGE; and the sale is through June 1st!)

More photos from Caroline’s book are in the Gallery (including larger photos of the pics on this page).

Note: While I was learning about this book style I found this lovely Pinterest gallery with more samples. Speaking of Pinterest, there’s quite a few boards with art by Alpha Stamps Design Team Members!

And don’t forget the related Giveaway (below) that Leslie pulled together (taking her cue from the lovely colors in Caroline’s book).

Are you ready? For the Concertina Book Giveaway!? I decided to follow Caroline’s lead with the Pink (almost a Salmon Pink), Olive Green and Gold palette. And to repeat from Bella’s intro, above, as you’ll need quite a few papers to put together your own Concertina Book, the ENTIRE Scrapbook Paper Section is On Sale!

So I’ve included SEVEN On Sale! scrapbook papers that match the palette in Caroliine’s book (and that pick up the colors in the two Waterhouse collage sheets used in the book and also included in the Giveaway… more on the collage sheets and other trims below)
Merryweather – Varnished Tulip Scrapbook Paper
– Curio Upholstery Scrapbook Paper
Afternoon Muse Carte Postal Scrapbook Paper
Hope Chest Scrapbook Paper – Documents
Lille: Abundance Scrapbook Paper
Odds & Ends: Sampler Scrapbook Paper
Scribe Notes Scrapbook Paper

And, I’ve added a few of the same items that Caroline used in her book:
Stitched Leaf Ribbon – Moss Green
Olivine Glass Leaves
Rose Beads – 2 Sizes On Sale!
Fancy Gold Buttons in Tin On Sale!
Crocheted Cotton Lace Trim
Thin Looped Dresden Borders – Gold
Whimsy Flowers On Sale!
2 colors of 1/4″ Silk Ribbons: Celery and Dusty Pink

And FIVE collage sheets:
Waterhouse Beauties
Waterhouse Flowers
The Language of Flowers
Flora ATCs

And a few items of my own choosing:
Victorian Cameo Buttons
Gold Felt Flourishes
Ornate Verdigris Metal Buttons
Antique Ornate Frames

To enter the Concertina Book Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment on this blog post by midnight, June 1, 2013 (Saturday night PST). (Don’t forget to leave your email address, too, so I can contact the winner; note, your email address does not need to be made public. Note: I’m offering free shipping, too, but only within the USA. International shipping will still apply.)

Please be patient! Spammers try to post crap here a lot so comments are moderated. So if you don’t see your post in the comments section, be patient and check back in a few hours before re-posting it, please!

By Sunday morning’s newsletter, I’ll randomly pick the winner (via So make sure to check back Sunday to see who won!

Posted by MizBella, May 30th, 2013

158 responses to “ATC Accordion Book with Cut-Outs – Video Tutorial”

  1. Pam P says:

    Do I get to be # 1? Here’s to my number coming up this time… : )

  2. Shelley says:

    I’ve been wanting to get started with an Alpha Stamp project. This would be such a wonderful way to begin!
    Thank you for this lovely offer.

  3. Raine Phoenix says:

    That’s gorgeous! I’d love to win all of those supplies!

  4. Becky L. says:

    As always you have done an outstanding job! Thank you for always pulling together such amazing kits:)

  5. Lorna Dufrane says:

    Love the book, would love to use all the supplies to make my own book.

  6. Karen K says:

    Concertina’s are beautiful, and there’s a lot more to try with making one. Being a book-maker I hope you all try it, or perhaps I challenge you all to make one and send an image to Alpha Stamps!

  7. Julie Komenda says:

    Wow, I look at these components and think jewelry! Your stash is so versatile!

  8. Carol F says:

    What a great giveaway!!!

  9. Mary Wilkins says:

    Oh, this is fabulous! I am doing a larger accordian book at the present time and one that is ATC size is perfect as my next project. Thanks for the chance to win this lovely kit.

  10. Rae says:

    What an amazing book! Thanks for the chance to win- I’d love to make one of these!!!!

  11. Karen Buchanan says:

    Love the book, thank you for the tutorial and a chance to win!

  12. Debbie Kaste says:

    Oh my gosh Caroline, this book is simply breathe taking! It’s no surprise that you made something so beautiful, you are so talented.

    Alpha Stamps has great products and thanks for the chance to win some blog candy.
    d kaste at wi dot rr dot com

  13. Gloria says:

    What a wonderfull project! I can imagine so many ideas with those items.
    Really wish I could win.

  14. Pat Healey says:

    Love, love, love Caroline’s Concertina Book with cutouts. I’d love to win as this looks like an awesome project!

  15. S. Patterson says:

    That book is STUNNING! I an always in awe of the gorgeous creations I see on this site. Even with step by step instructions, I don’t think I could ever pull off something so beautiful!

  16. Karol says:

    This book is beautiful and what a great idea. I would love to win these supplies, so thank you very much for the chance.

  17. Kathy McGee says:

    this is one of my top “go to” websites for ideas and “stuff”. You all are the best!

  18. I would love to win but whether I do or not…I love this site!!

  19. Wow how unique! I’ve never seen a book with cutouts but I love it! I’d love to win this batch of supplies and give it a try. Thanks for the generous offering as always!
    CDAC DT Member
    A Look Through My Eyes

  20. id_t says:

    Wow – Would love to learn how to do this!

  21. Kathy Bumb says:

    Love your store and all your products . Your tutorials are fantastic! Love your giveaways!

  22. Maya says:

    It’s beautiful! I would love to try all those supplies 😉

  23. Rose Cavalli says:

    Loving the whole books ideas. Another great giveaway!!

  24. Karen S says:

    Again, paper allows an artist to do amazing things. I checked out the Pinterst link and – wow – did not know you could do this stuff with paper! I hope to win this giveaway too.

  25. Karen N says:

    This is an abosultely amazing giveaway. I just love using different papers to create wonderful art. It would be such a thrill to win this one!!

  26. becky jeffress says:

    Absolutely stunning as are so many of the projects you share with us. Thanks for the opportunity to win this, love it!

  27. Marian Perrine says:

    what a gorgeous book. would love to get all the supplies … thanks for all the wonderful giveaways!

  28. Ann Ellanson says:

    What a lovely project!

  29. Stacy Blow says:

    Is it bad that everything you and your team does makes me salivate? Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!

  30. Pat says:

    What wonderful timing! I am in an ATC swap and this concertina book is PERFECT! Thank you soooo much for keeping my creative juices flowing (and giving my credit card a good workout).

  31. Jane T says:

    Wonderful goodies to play with. I love paper and of course all of the other things that complement paper.

  32. Sheila Lundquist says:

    Yippee! Thanks for the chance to be a winner!

  33. Lynn Fox says:

    What a nice giveaway! Thanks, AlphaStamps!

  34. Lindy says:

    I LOVE the colors!

  35. Jackie pN says:

    Love Caroline’s book and what beautiful colors!

  36. Pam Yee says:

    Love the concertina book and winning a give-a-way is not too shabby either!! New kits = new projects and I will be attempting Rhea’s great non-sew book – too cool!!

  37. Scrappyrat says:

    I love the cut out dioramas in the book pictured! It’s fantastic!

  38. Traci says:

    WOW!! I have got to try this it looks like a lot of fun to make. I love the giveaways and someday hope to win one. Thanks.

  39. susan schultheis says:

    Great giveaway! Would love to play with all the prizes!! Paper is one of my passions……..may the best artist win.

  40. Terry McMullen says:

    What a beautiful book! Thanks for the opportunity to win the giveaway,


  41. Dottie F says:

    This book is a “be wary of drooling on your keyboard” gorgeous. I would love to
    win this kit!!

  42. wanda buxton says:

    Such a beautiful giveaway, I do so love all of your ideas and papers and ephemera, this one would be great to work with.

  43. Heather C. says:

    All of your featured projects are so beautiful, but so far I may like this one best….

  44. Kelly Aubert says:

    Oh, my gosh! This book is so full of wonderful ness!!

  45. Victoria says:

    Who doesn’t love a good book? And this book is beautiful!
    Great job!

  46. Nancy Jo Brown says:

    It’s all lovely but I really love the gold felt flourishes.

  47. Marilyn H says:

    Awesome book! Alpha Stamps has the best designers. I’d love to have everything in this giveaway. Keeping fingers crossed.

  48. Barb J says:

    Love this giveaway! this project is one that I would love to do!
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  49. Lura Brown says:

    wow, sure would love this, really super great giveaway. love all the ideas and what you have made with them. crossing everything and hoping to win. thank you so much for the opportunity. xox

  50. Laurie says:

    Yummy details and colors….

  51. Nancy S says:

    Fantastic project!!!

  52. Ronda Liebert says:

    Wow. This is stupendous. I would love to win. I haven’t made an accordion book before, but now I want to.

  53. Connie says:

    I’d love to win this beautiful package!

  54. Sara says:

    WOW!!! What a great project. Love all the supplies for this book!!

  55. Mary Mac says:

    Gorgeous book, the paper makes such a beautiful statement.

  56. Rena Matus says:

    I just love making books! Caroline’s book w/cutouts is so neat, I’m going to have to try one of these. Thank you Leslie for another fabulous giveaway.

  57. Kim Reed says:

    That tutorial went right into my favorites on YT! Thanks for being so generous with your talent and thanks for offering up such wonderful goodies.

  58. Kathy Rose says:

    This is beautiful….I would love to be the winner of this giveaway.

  59. Kyra Sands says:

    This one really does have my name written all over it. I’ve adored Waterhouse for over 40 years!

  60. What a great idea! And what a beautiful execution of it. Just love the colors. I would love to win and try my hand at making such a book.

  61. Marcela B says:

    It’s a beautiful project! Would love to win 🙂

  62. Susanne says:

    Caroline’s book is wonderful! I love the luxury of it and the window effects here and there!

    Your kit is fantastic, too! Love the images, and especially the ornate frames and metal buttons … better hop over and add those to my wish list!

  63. Julie F. says:

    Wow! What a beautiful grouping of papers and ephemera! I enjoyed seeing so many interesting paper arts on Pinterest.

  64. Beverly S says:

    Alpha Stamps giveaways are da bomb!

  65. wow – the book is knock-your-socks-off fabulous – and the giveaway is so generous! I’m going to make one for sure – and would love to win and have some of the charming pieces that you’ve included to use!


  66. Carol T Hawes says:

    FAB!!!!.Would Love to have hands into creating this Book!!!!!!!!

  67. Sally Peters says:

    Oh, such pretty things. I would love to make something like this.

  68. Jeri Aaron says:

    I adore books and Caroline has outdone herself!

  69. Lou Anne says:

    Another wonderful giveaway! I would love to win this beautiful array of supplies.

  70. lynn legge says:

    caroline did such a great job.. that book is amazing and i would love to be in the giveaway… i love all of the collection so delicate and filled with whimsy..
    gosh i just love the cutouts and the little scenes inside.
    thanks for the chance to win 🙂
    big ladybug hugs
    lynn legge

  71. Mary Toriello says:

    Wonderful use of paper. Hopebto win this one.

  72. Patricia Gibson says:

    The designers featured by Alpha Stamps are truly gifted and inspiring artists.

  73. Judy Ross says:

    Beautiful Items. Would love to win!

  74. Carol N. says:

    Another great giveaway!!!

  75. Janet Turner says:

    What a beautiful selection. I love the Pre-Rafaelite art.

  76. Kim Rayko says:

    WOW! Never made a concertina book before! Looks Wicked!!

  77. Melody B says:

    You show us the COOLEST things for inspiration! I love all the little books!

  78. Thalia Kottke says:

    I love the book and all the papers, this would be so wonderful to win.

  79. Mariann H. says:

    What a beautiful, fun book! I love all the beautiful things on your site!

  80. Mary Pendergrass says:

    What a beautiful book. I love that you can see “into” the book.” It’s inspiring me to try something new after months of only doing the must do things.

  81. Holly M says:

    I love this accordion book for ATCs! Alpha Stamps, you’ve done it again. Another great giveaway. Thanks!

  82. Shannon says:

    I love John Waterhouse, he is one of my favorite painters! What beautiful colors you have chosen to go along with his work!Love love love everything about this kit!!!

  83. Oh be still my beating heart! How lovely this collection is, and thanks for the oppertunity to win it!

  84. Deb Ettinger says:

    So beautiful!

  85. Lynn says:

    What a fabulous give-away … let me say “Thanks!” right now! 🙂 Caroline Ouzts-Hay’s Concertina book is a beautiful construction!

  86. Jennifer says:

    Oh my! I love accordion books. This is a wonderful gathering of goods.

  87. Barbara says:

    What a beautiful book! The supplies to make it are just fabulous, too. Thank you for the chance to win!

  88. ALICIA A says:

    Another wonderful giveaway and a fantastic project! Thanks!

  89. Roberta Schinner says:

    Wow, this is the best give-away ever!! Thank you for a chance at such a gorgeous prize.

  90. Theresa Goldman says:

    What a great project Caroline!! What a great giveaway, Leslie. You are the best, well I think you are. Go AlphaStamps. Yes, I would love to win those goodie, but oh my where to stash them all while I use them up. See I am being positive…..

  91. Pat Shaw says:

    Wow, would love to win the Concertina Book giveaway! Love Alpha Stamps.

  92. connie w says:

    love your website and blog! thanks for another great giveaway!

  93. Russell Stone says:

    This is really wonderful, and by that I mean Full of wonder! 🙂

  94. That is such a gorgeous accordion book. Love all the thingd in the giveaway!
    hugs Karen

  95. Jo says:

    What a beautiful and unusual book! I love the flower motif with the ribbon! Thank you for the opportunity of the giveaway!
    Have a great day!

  96. Lucy says:

    Beautiful giveawy, I hope it finds it’s way to me. Thank you.

  97. Savyon says:

    Pick me! Pick me pick me pick me!

  98. Gail Klein says:

    I love the idea of an accordian book. They are so much fun to work on! This one is just so beautiful and feminine. What a beautiful give-away!!!!

  99. Maria says:

    How creative! Where do people find time to make such things?

  100. Gigi Jordan says:

    This is so lovely. What fun to have the goodies to put together! Hope to be the fortunate one, Gigi

  101. Brenda Lubrant says:

    The collage papers and cameos are so pretty. I would like to use this kit as a book of my favorite quotes.

  102. Jayne Donnithorne says:

    What an awesome kit and a beautiful project! I would love to make it, and would love even more to win it! Thank you for offering it.

  103. Lori says:

    Wow! To win this should wake up my Muse, the team has so many beautiful samples and tutorials. I’m still a bit hesitant to start something so huge…

  104. Kathy Childers says:

    More inspirational beauty – I love this give-away!

  105. Carolyn says:

    I am drooling. What more can I say?

  106. KimMJ says:

    That book stunning! Thanx for the chance to win…I see work from some of my favorite artists in the goody bag. TFS and for the inspiration 🙂

  107. Stacia says:

    What a great project!

  108. Jackie Tuttle says:

    What inspiration! Would love, LOVE to win this amazing package. Thank you for the chance and for all the wonderful instructions. I hope to do a mermaid themed book using all your sea and beach charms I’ve collected from you over the years.

  109. carol says:

    I can think of so many projects to start and finish with all these goodies

  110. Vickie says:

    These books are all so gorgeous! Thanks so much for sharing the techniques and special effects with us. Enjoyed your tutorial, Caroline!
    BTW, those verdigris buttons are yummy 😉

  111. Miss Iowa says:

    I played the accordion when I was a kid. Maybe that will bring me some extra luck in your drawing!

  112. Catherine says:

    The project is awesome, as is your site and design team. I would be delighted to win this fabulous package…Thanks for the opportunity to “throw” my artistic “hat” in the ring…Cath

  113. Cathy Lounsbury says:

    Great giveaway! Pick me!

  114. Jen R says:

    Love this great book project! Thank you for the opportunity to win some more cool stuff!

  115. Jo Ellen says:

    Oooh Wow!!! What a lovely kit!!!!!!
    Pick me!

  116. Diane Douglas says:

    I am amazed at the creativity from the Alpha Stamps Design Team and the Giveaways are even more amazing. Thank you so much Alpha Stamps for everything that you and your Design Team does and a chance to win another great Giveaway.

    Take care,

  117. DonnaJ says:


  118. Sharon Kaczorowski says:

    Love the cutouts…beautiful work!

  119. Carol Slowik says:

    I love everything about this giveaway!! Peace – Love – Art…

  120. Beth W says:

    Caroline’s book is gorgeous!I would thrilled to be able to make one of my own.Thank you for the incredible inspiration and the chance to win!

  121. Alice says:

    Congratulations to Caroline. The book is gorgeous. The giveaway bundle is yummy and I would love to win it. If not, I’ll have to purchase most of it. 🙂

  122. cindy burns says:

    the book is lovely, the Waterhouse beauties always evoke the feeling of romance for me. Thank you for the beautiful giveaway.


  123. Kathy says:

    Thanks for the beautiful vintage looking books.A great book to leave on my desk !!! Can’t wait to finish mine . Keep up the great work !!!!!

  124. Jeanne Kelly says:

    This book is so feminine and pretty. I ll definitely be reviewing he instructions and making one of these. This’s will make a great gift. Thanks for the inspiration !!!

  125. Marge McInerny says:

    This book looks lovely. I can’t wait to make one.
    Marge McInerny

  126. Lisa M says:

    Beautiful book; what a nice job Caroline did! Thank you for assembling such a drool-worthy giveaway.

  127. Angelic C says:

    Beautiful book! Thank you for the chance to win.

  128. trish tokar says:

    wow! what an incredible book!! such a talented gal. i so wish i had enough goodies to attempt to make one. thank you for all of the ideas and photos.

  129. This video was so nicely done and easy to follow. I can’t wait to make one. The Language of Flowers book is beautiful and the video OZ book is fabulously fun. Caroline you ROCK!

  130. Leanne S. says:

    I need more stuff like a hole in the head …. but oooooh! I’d love to win this giveaway!

  131. Linda Ellis says:

    This is such a beautiful work of art! I would love to be able to make this book! Thank you for providing this opportunity! Linda

  132. Lorrie says:

    Fantastic giveaway!!!

  133. olivia hernandez says:

    Yes awesome giveaway!!!! good luck!

  134. Lorna says:

    Love this idea! I’ve been collecting things that are the inspiration for a book I’m working on & this would be a great way to put them all in one place. Thank you Alpha Stamps for introducing us to so many talented and inspiring people.

  135. Lori says:

    I’m so living for this giveaway and keeping my fingers crossed to win. Thanks for the opportunity!

  136. Christine N says:

    What a beautiful project and kit!!! Thanks for the chance!

  137. Ritva says:

    Again beautiful stuff, oh, I love those…

  138. Theresa G. says:

    What a great giveaway! I would LOVE to win!!!!!! Fabulous accordion book!!

  139. Amanda Miller says:

    So pretty.

  140. Rise' says:


  141. Michele in ABQ says:

    Oooh I’ve got creative tingles!

  142. Mary Stang says:

    I am recently retired from a library and ready to get back to my art full time. Alpha Stamps is going to be my primary “go to” site for ideas and supplies.

  143. Rima St.John says:

    What a gorgeous Concertina book, Caroline your chosen colors are amazing. This generous give away is chuck full of fabulous goodies….would love to win this one, maybe this time the dice will roll ln my favor.

  144. You have the most unique products and I just wish I had the talent to utilize them all. The Concertina book colors are my favorites.

  145. Diana J Peak says:

    Wow! What a beautifully detailed book! The colors are so soft and feminine. Details make or break a project, and the details of this book are so pretty!

  146. Bonnie Moench says:

    One of the most stunning and interesting books I have ever seen. Please enter my name in the draw and I will keep my fingers crossed.


  147. Faith says:

    Very cool project! On my ‘ must do’ list!
    Great giveaway!

  148. Jan Korzenaskie says:

    Awesome, beautiful, book! Can’t wait to make my own!!

  149. Marcia Greer says:

    The book is darling with the cutouts. I took a class once and we made a very much reduced rendering of this book (like only 4 pages), but it was so much fun!!!!!!

    Great job!!!

  150. domestic diva says:

    Lovely! Thanks for the chance.

  151. sheila a says:

    Wonderful book~ This giveaway is close to my heart…the colors, textures, patterns, objects to be imagined and used, and especially the ethereally lovely Waterhouse beauties…Have I fallen into a dream?? Thanks to Caroline and Leslie both on this one~

  152. Debbie Peysen says:

    I love this book and the giveaway. Thanks

    Debbie P

  153. Mary Kaifer says:

    What a GREAT giveaway! I hope I win!
    Mary K.

  154. Phoebe Diamond says:

    I do like those ideas. And I have some thoughts on a book…

  155. Debra Gibson says:

    I’m going to enter but there’s probably not going to be even a small chance of me winning I never do but I enter anyways because I love this blog and I love Alpha Stamps! They are the best on the web for materials, customer service and tutorials ! So even if I don’t win I can still shop !LOL !

  156. Love this, only just spotted it at the last moment!

  157. Deb says:

    Oh, the book is just beautiful!just the inspiration I’ve needed this week! The giveaway is just as amazing!