March 2012: Diane Young

By Diane Young

How long have you been stamping?

I started stamping in 1996; I was hooked instantly when I first saw heat embossing.

What is your favorite technique?

My favourite is to find a new one and try it out.  I have a basket full of attempts, some of them even get used now and then

Favorite stamp company?

There are far too many to choose even my top half dozen!  I have over 4000 stamps….and still collecting.

Favorite Asian stamps?

My current favourite Asian stamps are from Stampington; Puccini’e Muse, Lotus and Calligraphy Robe

Favorite stamping accessory?

Layers of beautiful paper.

Your favorite embellishment to finish a card?

Ribbon or brads or charms….

What is the one tool you couldn’t live without?

Stamp positioner

Any helpful tips for the group?

Read the OSA tips every Thursday – they’re always so useful!.

As a member of OSA why do you like stamping in the Oriental theme?

I love the harmonious simplicity of Japanese art; it really speaks to my heart.

Is there any one place or city you’d like to visit to find rubber stamps?

I’d like to go to a stamp convention some day and I’d like to return to Japan just to buy the wonderful papers they have.

What other stamping lists or local clubs do you belong to?

I belong to two online groups:  a Canadian group and one other (mostly very quiet) British Columbia group

What favorite stamping magazines would you recommend?

Take Ten is full of great ideas and lovely eye candy!

Published in any magazines? If yes please list.

Rubber Stamp Madness

Any other hobbies, talents or craft interests?

My other hobbies are cooking, reading and walking.

What inspires you to be creative?

Everything is inspiring!  Other people’s art, nature, advertising…..

Art background?

I took an art class when I was about 10 years old; don’t remember anything about it.

Have you used any unusual item in your stamping that wasn’t necessarily meant for stamping?

Pieces of bamboo, dried flowers and leaves and anything that stays still long enough.

Any favorite websites you would recommend for inspiration?

OSA for sure and Splitcoaststampers

Do you have a day job when you’re not stamping?

I’ve been retired since 1997.

Tell us about your family and where you live.

I have a wonderful husband (our 49th anniversary is this year), 3 grown children, 4 grandchildren.  I live in Victoria, BC, as close to paradise as any place I have ever seen.

One Page Mini-Album
By Diane Young
SAM Project, March 2012

This little album is just the right size for storing ATC’s, photos or any small treasures!


  • 1 piece of 12 x 12 lightweight cardstock
  • 1 piece of 8 1/2 x 1” paper for “belly band”
  • Adhesive
  • Various papers for front embellishment


Score the 12 x 12 cardstock at 2”, 6” and 10”. Turn it 90 degrees and score at 3”, 6” and 9”.

Fold up  the 2” sides (these will make the pockets).

Now fold the centre line on the same side, keeping the pockets on the outside.

Fold on the 3” score lines and crease well.

Now open it all back up and cut 9” only on the centre score (above the pockets).

Accordion fold the 3” score lines, creating a book.  Adhere the middle pages and the open ends of the pockets.

Create the belly band by wrapping fairly snugly around the album, overlap the end and glue it to itself.

Make a 2 1/4 x 3” decorated embellishment and adhere over the belly band seam.

Now go ahead and make ATC’s for the pockets!

14 Responses to March 2012: Diane Young

  1. thefrugalcrafter says:

    wow, clever mini book! I just might stal that idea for mother’s day brag books for my mom and MIL! Enjoy your month Diane!

  2. Leo says:

    Lovely project – congratulations on being SAM – enjoy the month hugs Leo

  3. Carla says:

    Almost the 1st of March here in the Netherlands and indeed time for the new SAM of the month March.

    Diane congratulations and enjoy your month of fame ;o)
    I like your mini-album and the front of it tooo.

    Carla vdMS

  4. Bonnie Waliezer says:

    Great project Diane. You know that I am going to have to give it a try.

  5. Shanti says:

    Gorgeous, thanks for sharing this project. Congrats and enjoy your month!xx

  6. Bonnie Belk says:

    Congratulations, Diane. You’ve made a super project!

  7. Emilie Boyd says:

    Love your project and directions are wonderful.

  8. kim mckinney says:

    Congratulations Diane. Love your project.

  9. Diane, isn’t it great being retired with time to create fun projects like the one you presented for MARCH. Congratulations!

  10. Trixiegirl5192 says:

    Congratulations my friend! Enjoy your month in the limelight and keep smiling,

    Sandra G.

  11. stamparita says:

    Congratulations Diane:
    I love mini books and being able to make it from one page
    is fantastic. Enjoy the limelight.
    Thanks for your tutorial.

  12. Connie Smith says:

    Good job Diane..and congrats on being SAM!! Send me your snail mail and I’ll send you some pretty paper to make more mini books with! Connie…

  13. Lynn Eagan says:

    Congratulationsonbeing the March SAM.
    Great project and now I have a pattern for the holder.

  14. Ruth C says:

    Congratulations Diane! Great interview and beautiful project.

    Big Hugs!

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