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

Sunday, September 1, 2019

September Mini Album Tutorials and Challenge

Happy September dear readers!  Today Mini Album Makers Challenge turns TWO YEARS OLD!  To celebrate this milestone, we are hosting a blog hop and giveaway with a $25 gift certificate to Lindy's Stamp Gang!

For your chance to win this prize, please become a follower of our challenge blog (see right sidebar) then comment on this post AND the design team's posts (linked below).  We will draw one winner from all of the comments and announce the winner along with our October challenge.

We are truly grateful for your patience this summer as we had to take a blog break.  We are back, refreshed and reinspired.  We look forward to providing you with amazing new challenges and tutorials.  And now let's see what our designers have to inspire us this month...

Hello everyone, it's so nice to be back after the Summer break... I've challenged myself to make a mini album more on the masculine side this month. You can take a closer look over HERE but as it's my turn to share a tutorial this month you'll be able to see the full *How to Do's* here @ Mini Album Makers on Saturday 14th September.. Look forward to sharing how it all came to be.

This month I have created a Pocket Notebook Holder, it is very simple and straightforward.  You can see all the details over on my blog HERE.

It is lovely to be back here with you all after our summer break. This month I am sharing a little book with a lovely surprise inside. To find out more then please join me over at Live The Dream for all the details.

Hello friends! This month I decided to make Boho a notebook. I recorded the process of creating a cover for you. Join me for all the details. I hope that my tutorial will be useful and interesting to you.

I am thrilled to be back with you all again!  This month I'm showing how to maximize a Prima Marketing A4 paper pad to make a tall skinny mini.  Join me at SewPaperPaint for the details.


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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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Thursday, August 1, 2019

Winners and Announcement

Hello bookmakers!  We hope your summer is off to a great start.  Our team has decided to break for summer.  We hope to return with our challenges in September and wish you will join us then.  We will announce the highlights from our challenges then as well.  Our prize winners are as follows...

Our April Challenge winner will receive a
$35 gift certificate to the Eileen Hull Etsy shop.

And the winner is...

That's Myry from Fils et Papiers!  Myry shared such an amazing tutorial along with her project, so make sure to check out her full blog post.   Please email Autumn at to claim your prize.

Our May Challenge winner will receive a generous prize pack of assorted art supplies from The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

And the winner is...

That's Silvia from Mini Album Inseparables! What an exquisite album!  Thank you Silvia.  Please email Autumn at to claim your prize.

Our June Challenge winner will receive
$25 gift certificate from our sponsor 
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And the winner is...

That's Gibonik of eternal Autumn!  A regular favorite from our entries with another incredible journal.  Please email Autumn at to claim your prize.  

Thanks to everyone who joined us and our lovely sponsors!  We hope to see you again in September!

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Friday, June 14, 2019

Flip Pocket Mini Album Tutorial by Anne Redfern

Hello, Anne here, it is my turn to share a tutorial this month here at Mini Album Makers. I have been a long time fan and follower of Anne from Anne's Papercreations, she makes the most stunning albums.  I have had this one bookmarked for a couple of years now and thought it was about time that I tried to create one.  Anne shares all the details on her blog HERE and you will also find details of a video tutorial too.

The finished size of this flip and pocket mini album is 6 inches x 4 inches (approx 15 cm x 10 cm).

To make the cover I took two 6 inch by 4 inch pieces of heavy card and the spine is 6 inches by 1.3/4 inches.  I attached these with strong binding tape, leaving a gap between the spine and the back and front so that the album would fold easily.

I attached the design paper to the front, using Matte Medium, mitered the corners and glued all the edges in place.

Above is the finished front.  I used papers by Stamperia throughout the album.

I finished off the inside of the cover with another piece of design paper.

Next I created the flip and pocket element.  Anne shows this very clearly in her video.  Each piece makes one complete flip and pocket and her design also incorporates the hinge.  I found this so much easier than making a separate hinge.  I am showing these elements in white paper so that it is clearer to see.

NOTE:  Anne's measurements are slightly larger than mine, I did not need to make thicker pocket elements for my album and so my measurements worked well for me.  If you would prefer to have thicker pockets then please follow Anne's measurements.

With the page open, cut across from the 6 inch mark to the middle only and also cut the hinge across from the edge to the first score line at the 6 inch mark.

Fold well on all score lines.  Fold from the right edge as shown in the middle picture above.  Now fold in the middle, away from the flaps and you will end up with one full flip pocket as shown above.

Once the three flip pockets are created, join them together as shown above.  This creates the hinge which will be glued into place inside the cover, using strong double sided tape.  I like to decorate the elements before attaching to the cover but it is your choice at this point.

When the three pockets are glued into place you will have three open pockets at the top and three open pockets at the side of the finished album.

Create the photo mats (you will need three) as shown above.


Cover each of the mats with your chosen paper.  I covered both sides and created one plain mat on each, for journalling on.

Fold the mats ready to place in your album.

To decorate the album I used Stamperia papers and covered all of the flip elements, front and back but excluding the centre openings at the top and side as these will not be visible once the album is closed.

A view from the inside before the mats are tucked inside.

 A view from the top showing the mats tucked into the top pockets. 

A view from the inside showing the mats slipped into the pockets.

I added some black seam binding as a closure, held in place with a piece of design paper, front and back.  The above picture is the back of the album.

Finally, I made some small tags to fit in each of the side pockets. I hope you will check out Anne's (Papercreations) video tutorial HERE.  Thanks so much for your visit, I hope you have a lovely weekend. Hugs, Anne  xxx
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