Monday, October 14, 2019

Mini Photo Wallet Tutorial by Jennie Atkinson

Hello Jennie (Live the Dream) here with you today sharing how I made my little photo wallet with flaps and pockets for journalling or adding more photographs.

I never tire of making a wallet or mini album from a single 12 x 12 sheet of cardstock or patterned paper and this is one Shetland Scrapbookers made many years ago and has been a great staple and extremely popular - wheeled out most years for one of our meetings!

This is a photo heavy post but I am sure you won't mind! I am using cardstock so you can see how the wallet is made, but it works best with good quality pattern paper. Also my apologies for such a filthy mat! ..... I thought it was quite clean .....

Score the 12 x 12 sheet at 4" and 8".

Then turn the sheet 90 degrees and score at 3", 6" and 9".

Cut the piece from the top as shown - ie 9" x 4" but do not discard.  (This is the same piece of paper! the light must have changed considerably in the craft room!)

Turn the sheet over so the inside is facing you.

Then fold the bottom layer up.

In order to allow the wallet a little "ease" you need to trim about 1/4" off the right side edge.

It is not very clear from the photograph but also for a little "ease" it is helpful to score a 1/4" spine in the top flap.

I also like to cut a little half circle in the middle pocket using a punch. It makes it easier to get the journalling card out and looks quite neat!

So now everything is ready to stick together. I have used thin red tape on the two outside pockets.

Using a bone folder to create a good crease, fold the right hand pocket over.

Then the left hand side pocket to meet the middle.

Then fold the flap over - this will be the back of your paper.

Take the piece of card you cut from the top of the sheet at the very beginning and create two journal cards by cutting on the score line.

The larger piece with a little trimming fits neatly into the middle pocket.

For the cover band cut a strip of card 9.5" x 1.75" and score at 4.25" and 8.5". The little 1" flap at the end can then be glued to create the band.

The band sits neatly over the left hand side of the wallet and the small journalling card sits neatly underneath.

I hope all that makes sense. And here are a few photographs of how I decorated my pages. Look for small stamps which can be used for little collages. I also had a sheet of vintage stamps which worked well with these photographs of my parents. The photographs are rather small for a 12 x 12 layout but just perfect for these little pages.

Thank you for still being here! I hope this little wallet and tutorial becomes a favourite for you all as it is with us. We have no idea who in the group found it or where but it looks fabulous in either vintage or modern papers and also allows the use of smaller photographs or where one has to crop heavily to get the best part of a photograph. I have enjoyed being able to share it with you.

With best wishes to you all for a great crafting week!

Jennie x

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

October Mini Album Tutorials and Challenge

Welcome to our October challenge book makers.  We are pleased be joining you again for a new challenge.  But first, the winner of our September Challenge, winning a Free Stencil Girl Studio Class ($49 value)!  

Our winner is Sab, with entry number 4!  She shared this stunning Stars themed album.  Please email Autumn at to claim your prize.

And our Blogaversary blog hop winner, who wins a $25 gift voucher to Lindy's Stamp Gang...

Comes from leaving a comment on Anne's lovely blog post.  And that winner is sarascloset who said, "Love this little journal with that stunner of a butterfly on the top!The rice papers by Stamperia are so gorgeous, and you have matched it perfectly with your oxide panels--gorgeous rusty coloring! What a great way to use this little booklet and lovely stitching and key chain detailing. I'm so happy for your inspiring tutorial! Now I can give this a try with one of the die cuts you so generously shared! Congratulations on the two year milestone of MAM's! Hugs!"  Congrats Sara!  Please email Autumn at to claim your prize.


And now let's see what our designers have to share for inspiration this month...

I was so sad when Game of Thrones ended, I had a slight obsession with it and decided to create some mini books, each one commemorates a favourite family.  You can see more here.


Created with the need for a practical place to keep creative ideas, in the style of Marquetry I've created a faux wooden inlay notebook.  For more info please pop on over HERE.


Hello lovers of mini albums!  This time I made a notebook again and again)) recorded a video tutorial for you on how I made the cover.  I invite you to watch this tutorial here.


I never tire of making little wallets from a single sheet of 12 x 12. I will be sharing this small "wallet with pockets" later in the month here at Mini Album Makers but do hop on over to my blog if you would like to see a few more photographs.


Our generous prize sponsor for this challenge is the one and only Seth Apter, who will send one lucky winner the entire set of his new Eclectica³ Mini Stamps by PaperArtsy, Set 2.  They are AMAZING!  So join in for your chance to win.

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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Saturday, September 14, 2019

ATC Wallet Tutorial by Tracey Fairgrieve

Hello Everyone, it's Tracey here today to show you how I created my ATC wallet and share those *How to do's* accompanied with lots of photographs to help explain my process and hopefully keep you entertained along the way...

Onto an embossed sheet of A4 Kraft Card I blended a mix of rusty hinge and vintage photo distress ink all over the card bringing out that pattern.

Coating with DecoArt Satin Varnish gives the kraft card a rich soft sheen. Edging with an alcohol marker darkens around the outskirts, likened to well worn leather handled over time.

Trimming the sheet down to size 8" x 11½" I cut the card in half length ways. One length will be used to create the wallet and the other piece used to help create and embellish the wallet.

Many know how rubbish I am with measurements, I much prefer creating by eye and letting the paper and card find it's own shape by simple manipulation, so I do hope the score measurements I have provided below help make sense to you all. 
Score and fold at 1½" ~ 6¼" and 7" 

When folded the wallet measures 4" x 4 ¾" when closed. 
A 4" x 3" piece of embossed Kraft card will later be attached to the overlapping flap to extend the front of the wallet. 

Moving onto the inside of the wallet the ATC display album is simply made by using A4 black card around 270gsm, cutting lengths 3¾" wide and scoring 4" apart. Each 4" section will house an ATC with the left over strip glued to the next strip enabling the concertina ATC display insert to grow. 

A plain piece of Kraft card is adhered to reinforce the inside of the wallet and colour matched by blending in the same distress inks used on the embossed card. Coated with a layer of DecoArt satin varnish I let this stage dry before continuing with the next. 
Two pieces of embossed Kraft card are cut to size 4" x 3" these will create the pockets either side where the ATC concertina display album can be slotted in. 

Unsure at first just how many ATC's this wallet could hold I prepared more than enough.. any extra will always come in handy.

This wallet will hold 12 ATC's comfortably, die cut photo corners cut from the same black card are glued into each corner that's 48 photo corners in total.

With the extended front flap added the wallet now measures around 14" in length. 
A vintage screw back button and twisted elastic create the wallets closure.
Left over embossed card adds interest to the spine along with a couple of brass brads but the "piece de resistance" for me is the machine stitching around the edge which seems to have transformed something I described as quite boring..

Here's what the inside of the wallets components look like before they become one.

See how the inner ATC album slides with ease into those wallet pockets.

Now my ATC display wallet is complete and ready to fill..

Can you see how making the ATC holder slightly larger than an ATC creates a visual border to display without obscuring any of the detail.

I can see me having many happy hours displaying and flicking through this wallet.

Mini Album Makers ATC Wallet

Thank you all so much for sticking with me. I hope you may have found and can take away a little inspiration from my tutorial today. It has been a pleasure to present it to you all. 

Please remember Mini Album Makers is celebrating it's second Blogaversary this month with two prizes up for grabs. Follow the details HERE and come and share your Album creations with us all.

Sending Creative Hugs & Wishes your way
Tracey xx