Saturday, October 14, 2017

Mini Album Tutorial by Anne Redfern - Charm Mini Album

Hello, Anne here to share a little tutorial.  Each year a dear friend and I meet up to share a project we have learned.  This year Margie shared with me how to make a mini album handbag/purse charm and I have been slightly addicted ever since.  They would make great gifts for Christmas...

They can be made from small amounts of scrap paper, card, fabric, leather etc., and the finished size works out at 2" square and 1/2" deep (but you can make them in any size you like).

Gather your supplies, I also added paint and a sanding block later on.  I am using plain card just so that the measurements show up easier.  I will be showing a foil covered version here.

1)  Cut one piece of card 4.1/2" x 2" and score at 2" and 2.1/2"2)  Cut one piece of card 4.1/4" x 1.7/8" and score at 1.7/8" and 2.3/8"

3)  Cut two strips of card 10.1/2" x 1.3/4"
4)  Score at 1.3/4", 3/1/2", 5.1/4", 7"and 8.1/4"
5)  Accordion fold both pieces (double sided cardstock works really well for this section).  You can make the strips longer if you wish at this point, just keep the score spacing the same.

6)  Cover the larger piece with foil (I used foil from the DIY store) and fold over neatly.

7)  Emboss with an embossing folder of your choice.

8)  Paint the cover with a good quality acrylic paint, on both sides of the foil element.

9)  Once the paint is dry, use a sanding block gently to remove paint from the raised areas inside and out.  If you use a DIY foil like I did, be very gentle.

10)  At this point, think about the type of closure you want, if it is ribbon or twine, add this now with some strong double sided tape.  You may wish to experiment with other types of closure, whatever suits the type of mini album you wish to create.

11)  You are now ready to 'line' the inside of the album.  Join at the spine first but not the side pieces.
12)  Gently fold the album at the score points.  You may need to trim off some of the side pieces as you do not want them to overlap the edge of the album.  Once you are happy with the placement, glue into place.

13)  Join the two long scored strips together.  You need to end up with an even number of the squares, in this case I had to cut one off.

14)  Join the accordion strip as shown above.

15)  Your album should now fold in as shown - the little pages are not joined at the spine.

16)  Use a hole punch to create a hole at the top of the album and add an eyelet - this is where your hanging chain or other embellishment will fix to the album.
17)  Your album is now ready to decorate/embellish in any way you wish. 

A mini Halloween charm album.

This Christmas charm album includes some of our very own Alison Bomber's fabulous new stamps!  I hope you enjoyed my tutorial and if you feel inspired to create one, please do share them in one of our mini album challenges!  Thanks so much!  Don't forget to join in our October challenge for a chance to win a fabulous Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts prize pack!  

Hugs,  Anne  xx

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Winners Post for September 2017

Boy did we ever have a difficult task in narrowing down our design team favorite and top 5 from the amazing array of entries in our September challenge!  Every single album was a visual delight and huge inspiration to us all.  If you haven't visited the September blog post since the end of the month, make sure to check out the full list of projects HERE.  

The overall design team favorite badge goes to Heather from Vestige Blog!  Heather, we would love to be our guest designer for the month of November.  Please email me at to discuss further.

Heather's cover techniques truly amazed us.  Her binding and closure were incredible, let alone the gorgeous interior.  Well done Heather!  We are so pleased that you shared with us.  Please take the badge above and display it proudly on your blog.

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

Olga Ragozina from Gifts With a Soul whose fabric cover and gorgeous album interior left us in pure wonder!  

What a precious theme and thoughtful page layouts.  A truly beautiful gift!

Julia Aston from Create With Me showed off her skills with this delightful tiny mini album - what fun!  

These teeny tiny accordion albums presented so beautifully in their handmade boxes.  Adorable!

Bella Basson from Bella's Creative Space shared her amazing techniques for creating an album cover and closure.  

Thanks Bella for sharing this video flip through of your album pages, how cool!  What a great way to showcase those photos!

Alicia O'Bryant of Golden Goodness shared a truly delightful altered Altoid tin/album.

What an absolutely wonderful upcycle and beautiful use of this designer paper!

Last but certainly not least, we have the ever talented Christine from Craftyfield whose DIY Midori Journal/Fauxdori is a must make!

Christine's use of gelli printed papers for her inserts made this journal a true work of art!

Thank you all so very much for playing along.  And now for the winner's announcement for the fabulous prize pack, donated by the ever talented and generous Seth Apter.

And the winner is.....

Maggie of Capricorn Crafts!!!  Oh Maggie, we are delighted for you!  Maggie's gorgeous journal is a must see!  Please head on over and show her some love/congratulations.  Maggie, please email me at to claim your prize.

We hope you are fully inspired and will play along with our October challenge for a chance to win a fabulous assortment of chipboards from our sponsor, Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts.  Have a lovely, crafty day!

Sunday, October 1, 2017

October Mini Album Tutorials and Challenge

Happy October book makers!  Thank you so much for joining us in our kickoff challenge.  We had over 40 fabulous entries!!!  It was amazing to see each and every project and get to know new faces.  Today we begin a new challenge and have a lovely new sponsor, Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts.  One lucky winner from this month's entries will receive a wonderful assortment of chipboard from the shop.  Our very own Nancy Wethington is on the design team for GSLC, so do hop on over to the blog for more inspiration.  

Find more information about Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts here:

Our team has been working diligently to produce these inspiring projects and will be sharing tutorials on their personal blogs, so do hop around for all the details.  



I hope this has whet your appetite with inspiration and you will play along with our challenge, which ends at midnight on October 31.  Join us on October 7 for our September 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.  Please add our badge to your post and link to our challenge.  Combine with any other challenges as applicable.  No limit on entries.  Share the love by visiting and commenting on other entries.  Please become a follower.  That's it - have fun!

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Hand Stitched Mini Art Journal by Cassandra DeGrace

Cassandra here, waving at you from Ontario, Canada. I am delighted to be kicking off the first guest designer post here at the Mini Album Makers Challenge. Today, I am sharing a tutorial on how to create a mini (3 x 4") multi surfaced hand stitched album.  The beauty of this album is that it can be used as a mini scrapbook or art journal alike. Your imaginative use of the various background surfaces and textures awaits.

To get started, gather a few supplies. I used:

  • text pages of an old recycled book, 
  • 90 lb cold press watercolor paper,
  • 140 lb cold press watercolour paper
  • burlap
  • waxed dental floss
  • a large embroidery or upholstery needle
  • paper piercer and foam pad

You really can use whatever you have on hand... replace burlap with canvas, recycled cloth, denim or felt... change the book text print for dictionary page or patterned paper... change the watercolour paper for cardstock... this really is a great album for using up supplies that you have and/or upcycling some materials readily available in your house.

1. Cut a variety of page pieces to 4"x6" size and fold each in half creating a crisp crease along the centre.

2. Compile them into an order of your choosing.

I went with...

  • 90 lb cold press watercolor paper,
  • top half of text page of an old recycled book, 
  • burlap
  • 140 lb cold press watercolour paper
  • bottom half of text page

3. Stack the pages together and place the pile face down on a foam pad and using a piercing tool, pierce holes evenly about a 1/4" apart through all 5 layers along the centre fold line.

4. Measure out a 26" piece of waxed dental floss, thread a large needle, and then begin stitching the spine using a backstitch* starting from the outside second hole from the bottom. Be sure to leave a 3 1/2" - 4" piece of floss hanging at the end to be used to tie the spine together at the end. Once through to the layers, come back to the outside through the bottom hole.

5.  Then go through the hole two up (which is the one above your original entry point) and then come back through your original hole from the inside. Continue using a backstitch until the spine is completely stitched.

* Backstitch diagram to help understand stitching sequence:

6. To finish it off, tie the two ends together along the centre.

7. The inside centre of the book stitches should look neat and tidy like this.

Close the book and you are ready to create with it!  Here is another look at my completed cover along with a collage of other completed pages from my album.  Click to enlarge.

Thanks to Autumn for having me as a guest. I really hope I have inspired you to give this simple textural mini album a try. I would love to see your version of it. Be sure to share your creation in the challenge link up here or at anytime down the road, share your project in the comment section below with a link. If you are on Instagram, you can always tag me @scrapsavvy.