Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Denim Friends Mini Album Tutorial by Kerstin

Welcome everyone! Kerstin Filou from Scrapbook Dreams here and I'm very thankful for this opportunity. It's a big honour to be invited here and I'm very happy about this. I'm a handicraft enthusiast with passion since my childhood, crafting makes me happy :-)!

It is a wonderful relaxation and balm for the soul, it's the little things in life that makes you happy and I love to share this joy and want to encourage my friends and all the others to try new ideas.

I'm a modern girl with a vintage heart and my projects are always a little bit magical, romantic and natural. My friends says: 'You are very diverse, but always in love with detail.' That's my motto, imagination knows no limits and there's always a story to tell.

I was inspired to create a mixed media album in denim look, washed out and not as neat, just like a really good pair of jeans. I have used some of my favorite collections for my mini album, the Denim & Friends and Denim & Girls collection. I am absolutely in love with the delicate blue colours and designs of this papers.

Basic materials:
Eileen Hull Journal die
Maja Design Paper collection: Denim and Friends, Denim and Girls
denim leftovers from an old jeans trousers

Want to see how they are made the greyboard cover?  Here I have some photos from the making.

1.  I started by applying a coat of white crackle paint (DecoArt) on the background
2.  I used a acrylic paint mixture of blue shades together with a Chalkboard Glimmer Mist (Boogie  Board- Tattered Angels) spray desired areas with water then drop Glimmer Mist onto the wet areas

3. + 4.  I applied Dimensional effects, a paintable texture paste from DecoArt using two stencils
5.  After drying I highlighted the dimensional effects with a metallic finish wax (Metallic Lustre 'Chanpagne Ice')
6.  I thought it would be a cool idea and very suitable to my theme 'Denim and Friends' when I used  origin denim fabric and so I created a sailboat with two leftovers from an old jeans, a wooden skewer works as sailing mast

 Album pages:


I really hope that I was able to inspire you!  Add something unique to your project that you like and never be afraid to try something new! There is so much inspiration shared on this fabulous blog each month and I hope I am able to contribute a little more for you today. Thank you very much!! 
Creative hugs from Kerstin xx

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

A5 Notebook Tutorial by Inna Bronnikova

Hello, hello, mini albums friends! Inna with you and today it is my turn to inspire you and I made a vintage notebook. Notebook size A5. And I wrote you a video tutorial on how I made the cover.

Happy viewing and happy weekend!

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

May Mini Album Tutorials and Challenge

Welcome to Mini Album Makers Challenge for the launch of our May challenge.  We were thrilled to see your beautiful entries in our April challenge and cannot wait to see what you come up with this month.  Our DT is busy at work to bring you a fresh batch of inspiration for all of your book making pleasures.  Without further ado...

Here´s my new mini album that is basically just cardstock and paper! I made it by combining two mini album bases by Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts, as well as three paper collections by Stamperia and Mintay papers. Check out the super mini tutorial in the end of the blogpost on my blog!


I have used Eileen Hull's new Notebook die to make this gorgeous little Vintage Notebook. It was made in no time at all, which was a relief as I had forgotten all about a friend's birthday! Do join me over on my blog if you would like to see how I pulled this all together in less than 30 minutes.

This month I'm working with a brand new album from Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts. Inside, you'll find two pockets with 2 separate mini-albums. Check-out my blog to see all the workings.

For the month of May I have created a Butterfly Album, using Sizzix Bigz Dies, old papers and Vintage Lace. The perfect companion for journaling and mixed media creatives. For those how to do's please pop on over HERE.

I have had a file folder sitting on my desk for ages and decided to use it to create a mini album along with some Tim Holtz dies and some vintage looking papers from my stash.  You can see more HERE.


It's always a good time to recycle! I recycled various bits from my studio to make these fun little pocket-sized journals. See the process HERE.


Hello friends!  I found that in my workshop there are many old collections of paper and decided it was time to find a use for them.  Therefore, I made quite a voluminous album and recorded a video lesson for you.  Come to my blog. I would be very happy to you!


Our generous prize sponsor this month is The Funkie Junkie Boutique.  One lucky winner will receive a fabulous prize pack of assorted art supplies.  If you're looking for even more crafty inspiration, make sure to check out the Frilly and Funky blog.  

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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Sunday, April 21, 2019

Vertical Toilet Paper Roll Mini Album Tutorial by Deb Riddell

Hello everyone, it's Deb Riddell of Paxton Valley Folk Art here with you today as a guest designer here at Mini Album Makers.  A huge thank you to Autumn and her very talented design team for giving me the opportunity to share my project with you.  I live in British Columbia, Canada on a small acreage with my hubby and our rescue dog (affectionately known as The Delinquent!) and I'm a mixed media artist and paper crafter.  My style is usually vintage inspired feminine grunge but I love to experiment with many styles and mediums.  I'm currently on Therm O Web's Mixed Media Education Team and am a Resident Tutor at Mixed Up Creative as well as a Creative Guide over at A Vintage Journey.  I'm very lucky to be able to do what I love best everyday, create art!

For my project today, I was strongly influenced by the spring weather that has finally arrived here  in Canada and decided to make a little vertical mini album created with  ... toilet paper rolls!

I followed the YouTube tutorials shared by My Sisters Scrapper, you can find Part 1 of her tutorial here:
and Part 2 here:
For my mini album, I used some thick chipboard packaging and covered it with papers from a Recollections 'Blossom and Bliss' paper pad.

Laura Denison's 'Stack The Deck' hinge system was used to secure my 6 toilet paper roll 'pages'.
I decided on a pink and green colour scheme and alternated the colours when wrapping the flattened toilet paper rolls.

The inside and outside of the mini album was covered with more of the Blossom and Bliss paper and a line of Lime Green Stickles Glitter Glue was added around the edges.  Journaling cards were created from white cardstock matted with more of the same paper and they were embellished on the front with a variety of die cuts and sentiments.  I used kraft cardstock for all of the die cuts and embellished them with either embossing powders, foil or Perfect Pearls for a bit of shimmer.  Stickers or stamped sentiments were also added to each card and the pulls were created with a Small Tattered Florals die cut.  The back of each journaling card was stamped with Tim Holtz's 'Lined' background stamp.

The first and last toilet paper roll pocket pages were embellished with flowers created with a combination of the Tattered Florals and Small Tattered Florals die cuts.  Botanical Tea paper from Graphic 45 was used for these flowers which coordinated perfectly with the Blossom and Bliss papers.

More flowers were created from the same Graphic 45 paper with the Small Tattered Florals dies to embellish the top of the mini album.

On the front flap, a black metal bird sticker was painted with Spun Sugar Distress Paint and wiped back for an aged look but it was still a little too dark so I also inked it with Mushroom Alcohol Ink and Gold Mixative.

One of Tim Holtz's Wildflower die cuts was cut from kraft cardstock and embossed with pearl embossing powder.  A Metallic Quotations Sticker was backed with more kraft cardstock.

Mini Detailed Butterflies were die cut from kraft cardstock and embossed with Irridescent Shimmer embossing powder for the back of the mini album.

And here are a couple of more pictures of the inside of the mini album and the finished journaling cards.

I hope that you've enjoyed seeing how my Sweet Life vertical mini album came together, I had a lot of fun making it.

Thanks again to Autumn for the opportunity to share my project with you and have a wonderful week everyone, happy creating!
Deb xo

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Egyptian Wrap Journal Tutorial by Heather Maxwell

I have always been fascinated by Egyptology. All those mysterious hieroglyphs, mummies, and GOLD. Since our sponsor this month is the fabulous Eileen Hull I thought I would use her wrap journal die to cut the boards for this book. Really only one board because, of course, it's a wrap die!

One of the best things about using a die to cut your covers is that you can apply the papers first and then cut the whole thing at once, leaving beautiful edges and corners. For this journal I applied the inner papers using my Xyron for even tack and no dry time. The front side was painted and stamped first. Let's look at the steps I took:

To begin, I used Eileen Hull's wrap journal die and 8 1/2 x 14" 35 point brown chipboard. This die is a bit longer than many and needs a bit of extra length.

On one side I gessoed  using white and two coats (let dry between coats).

Once the gesso was dry I laid down a coat of acrylic paint (Dina Wakley, Lapis) with a rubber spatula to get an even coat with no brush strokes. While it was wet I stamped into the paint with various Egyptian themed rubber stamps (no ink). Since it was gessoed first, lovely ghostly images were created as the stamps 'lifted' the paint.

Next a ran the board through my 9" Xyron to apply adhesive. In this case, rather than cardstock, I used some old wrapping paper that was gifted to me. Since it was less sturdy than regular paper I put the stickum on the board. If you are using regular Scrapbook paper you could run the paper through the Xyron rather than the board. Either way is good as long as you get a mostly flat adhesion.

Now the fun part! Make your sandwich of cut plate, die, board (front side down), cut plate and run it through your favorite die cut machine. Et voila! Your beautiful cover is born. Gently curve the folds over a table edge to create the rounded spines.

To embellish the outside cover I used Lynne Perrella's new Egypt stamps and gold embossing powder (Emerald Creek, mirror gold). The little bugs are from some long lost set I had and the lines are painted with Lumiere acrylics and gold embossed using a straight edge and an embossing pen (and the mirror gold).

I added strong magnets for closure which I later covered to disguise. The little scarab beetles are from my stash of horded curated bits and bobs. :)

This photo illustrates the stringing of the book (and you can see the disguised magnets too). I used gold elastic cord. It's a little heavy but the gold works perfectly for this theme.

I tore paper to size (7"x 4 1/4") and folded to create signatures. You could also use a simple pamphlet stitch to bind the signatures but in this case I left them loose and any of them can be removed or added later. I also cut some heavier paper and used the Xyron and the wrapping paper to create some heavier folders. I stamped the pages randomly throughout with permanent ink.

Slip the signatures under the elastic to complete the book.

Spine detail.

Back cover.

Thanks for sticking through this photo heavy post. I hope you are inspired to create your own masterpiece and enter it in our April challenge for a chance to win a $35 giftcard from Eileen herself!