Saturday, July 14, 2018

Watercolor Doodling Album Tutorial by Inna Bronnikova

Hello everybody!    Recently, I remembered that in elementary school I was very fond of painting at once with paints, felt-tip pens, pencils at the same time. I decided that it would be fun to remember and made the album.  The album size is 20/20 cm.

I've prepared a step-by-step video for you.

By the way, the album is made with a minimal set of materials.))  I took four sheets of cardboard design (300 g / m2) A3, four sheets of watercolor paper A3, some flowers, rhinestones and dermantin for two colors and watercolors, of course.  Watercolors can be children's, and markers can be borrowed from your child;))

Welcome to my blog.  Enjoy your viewing and a great weekend!  Peace and goodness to all!

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Winners Post for June 2018

June was another record month here at Mini Album Makers and we are truly overwhelmed by the incredible response and participation you've given.  If you have yet to review the June challenge entries, please visit the post for some amazing inspiration.  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 Wu Wu of Zatoka Wspomnien.  Wu Wu's handmade journals always catch our eyes and leave us wanting for more.  This month she shared two beautiful works.  See the second HERE.

This nautical journal is filled with beautiful details, including lots of fibers and textiles.  Every page is a work of art on its own!  Thank you Wu Wu for always inspiring us!  We would love to invite you to be our guest designer for the month of August.  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...

This vintage style flip album by Ann Barnes of aksbarchitectcreates.  Ann transformed this chipboard album by our sponsor Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts with her amazing nature inspired details.

She used such a wide variety of stamps, inks and ephemera in the most beautiful way.  The details within this book are truly delightful, so hop on over and take a closer look.

Lisa H of Creative Juice Fresh Squeezed shared this delightful board game inspired travelers notebook.  This little book definitely screams creativity and fun!

Lisa incorporated so many game pieces in a truly artistic way.  And that cover art pun really takes the cake!  Bravo Lisa!!!

Natalia Gogina of Made with Love shared the most beautiful travel book for her photos of Europe.  

Every page is filled with clever flips and flaps, all assembled in the most beautiful way!  What a truly wonderful holiday record this will be!

Sara Emily Barker of sarascloset delighted us with a Tim Holtz folio album, inspired by vintage post.  

Sara's grurngy mixed media style left our hearts pattering!  It's hard to tell what is truly vintage in this amazing mix.  The clever way she added the envelopes as pages is mind-blowing.  Do hop on over to see more...

Daria Schukina shared a stunning art book entitled "Lavender Dreams" and dreamy it certainly is!  

A master of meduim, Daria truly combined such beautiful texture and colors within this work.  The pages deserve to be framed!  This is the most exquisite journal and we adore it!

A big thanks to each of you who played along.  And now, the announcement of the winner of the $25 gift certificate to StencilGirl Products...

And the winner is.....

That's Lisa of Life of a BZscrapper!  

Lisa shared this incredible funky fold album with us!  I know this has made my to do list and you will want to hop on over to Lisa's blog for more...

Biggest congratulations to Lisa! Please email Autumn at to claim your prize.  We hope you are fully inspired and will play along with our July challenge for a chance to win a $25 voucher to Lindy's Stamp Gang!  Join us on the 14th for a fantastic design team tutorial by DT member Inna.  

Sunday, July 1, 2018

July Mini Album Tutorials and Challenge

First and most importantly today we say THANK YOU!  Again we reached a record number of entries in our June challenge.  Every single one was amazing and most inspiring!  Make sure to check out those beautiful projects HERE.  

As we begin a new challenge we wanted to remind you that any book in any style is welcome here at Mini Album Makers, so come on and join the fun.  This month we are pleased to offer a $25 gift certificate to Lindy's Stamp Gang to one lucky winner.

Our team is working hard to provide you with an amazing variety of mini album tutorials for your inspiration.  Hop around to each designer's blog for the full reveal and tutorial.


I love going back to basics and have made a small concertina fold book with a cover to remind me of some inspirational quotes.  I have used embellishments dyed in a "tea-bath" both on the cover and inside.  Do join me on my blog for all the details and a tutorial for the mini book covers and inside pages.

Combining 3 of our generous sponsors in one mini was a blast! This mini began with Eileen Hull's Travel Journal and decorated with Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts and Seth Apter's Baked Textures. Hop over to my blog for all the details.

This month and I made a journal, using a new Wrapped Journal die by one of our Sponsors, Eileen Hull, along with some of my favourite paints and stamps.  You can see more on my blog here.

Today I would like to share with you my new tiny mixed media book, totally handmade.  It is just 4 cm big.  This is my first project for Mini Album Makers challenge blog, so I also prepared a very detailed photo tutorial on bookbinding for tiny books.  Bookbinding knowledge is essential for book artists, so I wanted to begin my DT work with this topic :)  Hopefully, you will find it useful.

I have fallen in love with sending and receiving snail mail, so I decided to make a correspondence folder. If you want to see how I made it and what's inside, please visit my blog.

This month I made a soft book. I used Lindy's MAGICAL POWDERS. I created a video tutorial for you on my blog.

I've got an altered art journal cover for you this month - a summertime combination of some of my favourite things to brighten up what was a very dull greyboard book.  Do come over to Words and Pictures to see the details.

I'm walking on the wild side this month, thinking of summer days, cool drinks and all things relaxation!  Come see how I made this super simple fabric wrapped spine album, embellished with Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts flourishes, over at SewPaperPaint.


I hope these peeks have sparked your imagination and you will pay the design team blogs a visit plus play along with our challenge, which ends at 11:55 pm EST on July 31.  Join us on July 7 for our June winners announcement.

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.  No limit on entries.  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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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.)

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Tim Holt Vintage Tag Book Tutorial by Stacy Hutchinson

Hello! I’m Stacy from and I am super excited to have been asked to
create a album and share it over here at Mini Album Makers! First, I’ll introduce myself...I’ve been paper crafting for over 20 years now, I started out scrapbooking and card-making and have always had a love for vintage. I am a vintage ephemera, jewelry and knick knacks junkie... About 3 years ago I was introduced to Tim Holtz products and that is when my love for mixed media began. Last year I dove head first into creating and haven’t looked back. I am a HUGE Tim Holtz fan and am slightly addicted to anything he makes.

When Mini Album Makers asked me to share, I knew exactly what I wanted to make...for a couple of months now I have been creating nature inspired #8 tags. I have found that tags are a quick and easy way to experiment and try new techniques, but I’ve been collecting them and thought that I should create a type of mini album to keep them in. This is what I came up accordion style tag shaped album that uses 2 of the Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Etcetera Thick Board “mini” size tags that are 4.5”x8” they are extremely sturdy and make a great front and back cover. This album houses #8 tags perfectly!

Let’s Begin!  I cut 3 sheets of Watercolor Paper to 8”x9” ...then I scored them in the middle at 4 1/2” and connected them together with some Tim Holtz Design Tape. I trimmed the tag corners on each and used one of the wide design tapes on the page edges. I connected the pages together and formed the accordian. I reinforced each of the folded edges of the pages with tape as well.

Then I began arranging and creating the layouts of my pages, I used some vintage dictionary pages, old sheet music, and Tim Holtz paper stash papers and just had fun inking and creating the backgrounds with various stamps, embellishments and ephemera.

I stitched some of the pages onto the tag background pages with my sewing machine.

Here are each of the completed layouts with their complimenting tags.

Here is the reverse side of the album. I created the backgrounds and plan to add a couple more nature inspired tags to complete the album.

After I had my layouts complete, I began creating the front and back covers. I did this by creating a collage with the new Tim Holtz Idea-ology Worn Wallpaper, scraps of various papers and a few pieces of design tape. I adhered all of the papers with Distress Collage Matte Medium and then put a thin layer over top. Then I blended some Gathered Twigs Distress Crayon around the edges to emphasize and give the book a worn look.

I sprayed both the front and back covers with some Distress Resist Spray and sprinkled the areas with Gold Embossing Powder then I embossed it with my heat gun.

I then began creating and gathering the embellishments for the front cover of the book.

I began by embossing a piece of gold distress Kraft stock paper with the new 3D Botanical Texture Fade and adhered it to a small Idea-ology Baseboard Frame with collage medium, but it was far too shiny for my project so I began distressing it.

First, I painted it lightly with some Picket Fence Distress Paint, sanded it a bit with my Sanding Grip, added a bit of Mushroom Alcohol Ink, and a bit of Gold Mixative, then blended it with some Walnut Stain Distress Oxide and some Gathered Twigs Distress Crayon plus a couple drips of water... and Bam!! A distressed frame that looks like an old tin type frame...I was so happy!

The large frame I distressed by sanding and then adding bits of Walnut Stain Distress Oxide and water drips. I stamped some flowers and embossed them with Gold Embossing Powder onto the frame. Tied on a ribbon, added some stamped flowers that had been colored with Distress Markers. The Quote Token and Mini Hardware Pull were distressed with Picket Fence Distress paint, Gold Mixative Alcohol Ink and a tiny bit of Cracked Pistachio Distress Paint. I added a bit of old lace and a stamped butterfly and completed the cover with a tiny vintage locket that contained snipped words from a dictionary and some Idea-ology Sticker Clippings plus a tiny button. I tied on the old locket with some string and added a couple more tiny buttons and knots. All the cover embellishments were adhered with Distress Collage Matte Medium.

This is a photo of the album laid flat to show you both the front and back cover, they were both adhered to the thick board Etcetera tags with Distress Collage Matte Medium.

Thank you so much for welcoming me! I will be posting a deeper look into the album over on my blog within a couple days. Thank you and have a great day!  And make sure to get your projects added to our June challenge for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to StencilGirl Products