Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Winners Post for November/December 2018

Wow!  What an amazing array of albums entered in our November/December challenge.  We appologize for the late results and thank you for your patience.  Check out all of the amazing projects from the challenge HERE.  It's never an easy job to narrow down to a few winners, but without further ado...

The overall design team favorite badge goes to Elena Mashkina of Myscrape.  We are smitten with Elena's use of texture, color and imagery.

Elena, we would love for you to be our guest designer for the month of March.  Please email Autumn at to discuss further.

Our top five entries are equally incredible.  Each of you, please take our top five badge and display it proudly on your blogs.  In no particular order...

Huge thanks to each of you who played along.  And now, the winning entry of the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Prize Pack...

And the winner is..... Angela from Felix the Crafty Cat!  Angela shared the  most splendid Christmas album with us.  Make sure to check it out.  Angela, please email Autumn at to claim your prize. 

We'll be back soon with the winners from our January challenge.  Meanwhile, won't you join our Fabruary challenge for a chance to win a prize pack from Rubber Moon: Art stamps that are out of this world!

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Birthday Brag Book Tutorial by Gina Hubbard

Hello everyone.  It's Gina here today with a tutorial on this cute tri-fold brag book.  This one is themed for a little girl's birthday but this is a book that would be great for any theme.  I kept the front of mine pretty simple as it is meant to be tossed in a purse or bag and kept right at hand to show off the photos it will hold.

To create this book you will need:
(3) 12x12 inch sheets of base cardstock (I used black)
(2) 12x12 inch sheets of coordinating cardstock (I used Bazzill Julep)
(4-5) 12x12 inch sheets patterned paper (I used Pebbles Birthday Wishes)
Coordinating Cut aparts or embellishments
1 yard of ribbon or other trim that can easily be tied.
Wet glue
Double sided tape

Begin by cutting a piece of your base color cardstock to 12 inches by 7 inches.  Score at 5 inches, 6 inches and 11 inches on the 12 inch side.  Put aside.
Cut a piece of your base color cardstock to 6 inches by 7 inches.  Score at 1 inch on the 6 inch side.

Using double sided tape on the edges as shown, and wet glue in the center, overlap and attach the two pieces of your base to form a single piece 17 inches by 7 inches.  Fold and burnish all score lines.

Turn over your base piece so you are working on the outside of the base.

Using double sided tape and wet glue, attach your ribbon to the front, spine, back and second spine as shown below.  Be careful that you do not attach the ribbon to the inside flap.

Cut 6 pieces of your coordinating color card 4 3/4 inches by 6 3/4 inches, and 4 pieces 3/4 inch by 6 3/4 inches.Put three of the large pieces and two of the smaller pieces aside to use later on the inside of your folder.  Attach the cardstock panels as shown, remembering to place the inside panel piece directly against the base with the ribbon over it.

To create the insert photo booklet you will need two pieces of your base color cardstock, each of them 6 inches by 12 inches.  Score each piece at 4 1/2 inches and 9 inches along the 12 inch side.

Overlap the two 3 inch sections by 1 1/2 inch and attach.

Accordion fold to create your booklet.

For the pocket you will need a piece of your base color cardstock that measures 4 3/4 inches by 7 1/4 inches.  Score and cut as shown in the diagram below.  Attach pocket to middle inside panel over the coordinating cardstock.

Cut your patterned paper to fit your panels and decorate to fit your theme.

Use coordinating cut aparts and stickers to decorate your pages.

Thanks for visiting and checking out the tutorial for this little book.  I hope you enjoy making it as much as I have.

Friday, February 1, 2019

February Mini Album Tutorials and Challenge

Happy February book makers!  We hope your year is off to a great start.  Thank you for your patience with the delay in announcing our November/December challenge winners.  We promise those will be forthcoming.  If you didn't get a chance to join our January challenge, please make sure to take a look back and see those fabulous entries.  We are thrilled to announce our latest DT member, Heather Maxwell of Vestige Blog.  Let's see what she and our other designers have created for our challenge inspiration...


Sometimes it's fun to work small. This sweet little journal is made starting with a kit from Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts. I then had a lovely time adding and embellishing. Come visit my blog to see how I did it.


Hello friends! I made a mixed media cover for notebook and recorded a video tutorial for you.  Hope this video will be useful for you.  Subscribe to my channel.


Each year I like to make a mini journal / diary to keep notes, thoughts and appointments in.  If you would like to see more of my project, please visit HERE for more detail.


Mini books don't have to be complicated to assemble.  This is so easy to create.
With just a few rings, an easel-type construction and the size pages you want
you can create your own easel flip book.  Please visit my site to see each page.


If you are like me and love making ATCs it is great to have a mini album to showcase some of your favourites. I have made this mini book using envelopes which was fun and quick to make and of course easy to decorate as the ATCs were all ready to stick in.   Do join me over on my blog if you would like to see more.


This adorable album is created using the newest album kit from Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts and features flip panels with a shaped edge.  Check out my post to see the kit and how I decorated mine.

Our generous sponsor this month is
and the super talented Kae Pea aka Kristen Powers.

You probably are aware of her amazing rubber stamps,  as well as her stencils
and now her unique inks called
Moonlight Duo Tint & Hue Ink
Take a look at her artistry here & follow along for ideas galore:
RubberMoon Dream it. Make it.™
The Moon & The Maker Creative Space.™
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Our challenge follows a few simple rules:
Any Handmade Book Goes.  Enter any form of handmade mini albums, scrapbooks, journals and book arts.  Our focus is on completed works, so no layouts or journal spreads that are not part of a complete handmade book project.  You do not have to provide a tutorial, but we wish you would.  Feel free to use one of the DT tutorials to make your project and give proper credit where due.  No back linking allowed.  You must add our badge to your post and link to our challenge to be eligible to win the prize.  Combine with any other challenges as applicable.  Please limit to entering 3 (three) handmade books per month in our challenge.  Permalinks only and no back linking.  Share the love by visiting and commenting on other entries.  Please become a follower.  That's it - have fun!

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and link back to our challenge. 

Submit your entries to our Facebook page for extra love.
Tag us @minialbummakers with your entries on Instagram for a repost.

Please note: This is a public blog and by linking your project you agree to have your name, blog link and the creation you linked shown on this blog and other Mini Album Maker Challenge social media sites. If you do not agree to this, please do not join in the challenge. Also, remember that any comments and/or linked projects left on this blog will be visible/clickable by third parties as this blog is public.  Email addresses are required for entry by InLinkz and accessible to this blog's moderators.  Your email address may be used to contact you regarding your entries.  We will not share your information willingly for any other purposes.  (This was posted to be in compliance with the new GDPR law that will soon become effective in the EU, and will also apply to blogs located in the US if blog visitors reside in the EU.)

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Monday, January 21, 2019

Prima Moon Child Mini Album Tutorial by Elena Martynova

Hello scrappy friends!  My name is Elena Martynova and I live in Russia, Astrakhan.  I am honored to be here as a guest designer.  I love to do practical things, and just beautiful. Wife, mother, passionate, adored felines. Have the care of three baleen-striped. I really appreciate in people sincerity, kindness and sense of humor. I dream to travel a lot. But not like too long to leave home. 

At home I'm always fine. Scrapbooking is a hobby that makes my life happier and more interesting. Gives a lot of communication, new friends, the joy of self-realization in work. And of course, happiness of owning a scrapbook treasures. Even in the fifth year of fascination with the scrap does not get rid of the habit to buy any particular paper or embellishment to just "own" for aesthetic pleasure.

The outside of this album measures 5.5 x 6" and the inside pages are 4" x 6".  The spine is 1.5" wide. I used collection of paper Moon Child by Prima Marketing. This is a very beautiful collection with amazing space backgrounds and lots of pictures to cut out!  I invite you to watch my video tutorial to see the whole process of creating my project. Enjoy! 

I decorated the cover with lace, flowers by Prima, chipboard by 2 Crafty and metal key.

I like to decorate the spine of the albums with different pendants! This adds charm to any work!

So that you could have a good look at all the pages of the album, I took a lot of photos.  The pages in the album are composed according to an interesting principle. You'll need two 12"х12" sheets of paper and a template that you'll see just below. In the video you will see how to fold the pages using my template. I like this design, since it helps to get additional pockets, in which you can put tags or photos.

I didn't decorate all the pages, or it would have taken too long. Besides, I didn't want to cover the beautiful background paper. And the third reason - photos of different sizes can be inserted into the album.

Hope I have inspired you!
Thanks for looking and happy album crafting everyone!