Sunday, October 14, 2018

Shabby Lace Junk Journal Tutorial by WuWu

With great pleasure I introduce our guest designer today, the lovely Wiola (WuWu).  She was our June winner and we are thrilled she could join us.  We've admired her work, scratched our head in wonder, and now have the joy to see her in action.  Please enjoy these photos of her latest work and the YouTube video at the end of this post.

Visit Wiola's social media for more inspiration and don't forget to play along with our October challenge for a chance to win a full range of Seth Apter's Baked Texture embossing powder.  

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Winners Post and Blog Hop Results September 2018

We had some stunning entries in our September challenge!  Thanks so much to each of you!  Make sure to peek back at those entries HERE to see all of the beautiful albums.  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 Little Treasures by Sylvia!  We were completely smitten by Sylvia's junk journal with its upcycled hinge binding.  What an amazing and artistic book this is!  We loved seeing it come together.

Sylvia, we invite you to be our guest designer for the month of November.  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...

Anneke of Anneke's Card Art wowed us with her clever little never ending mini. 

With such an adorable box to store this little wonder, we are all itching to open it up and have a play for ourselves.  Truly remarkable craftsmanship Anneke!   

Elena of Myscrape shared a beautiful botanical/bird journal.  We were entranced by the many beautiful pages.

 Enjoy a video scroll through this lovely album...

Diana of Velvet Moth Studio  left our jaws on the floor with her Blizzard Binding method and stunning use of natural materials. 

 Do hop on over to Diana's blog for the trick to this unique, removable page method. 

Karen of Karen Bearse Designs has upped the die cutting game with her die cut resin journal cover!  This tutorial is a must see!

You won't believe how easily Karen developed this incredible material!  Karen, thanks so much for sharing your ideas with us!


And then there's Victoria Rudman, who completely transformed this leaf notebook into a work of autumnal art!

We love Victoria's mixed media cover details and traditional approach to memory keeping inside!  What a gorgeous way to store those treasured fall photos. 

A big thanks to each of you who played along.  And now, the prize winning entry of the $25 gift certificate to Lindy's Stamp Gang...

And the winner is.....

That's MakaArt!!!  Maria, we have every confidence you will use your new Lindy's stash to inspire us greatly.  Congratulations!  

And the winner of our one year blogaversary blog hop, winning a $25 gift certificate to, coming from Jennie's blog is...

Katie Baird!  Congrats Katie!  Please email Autumn at to claim your prizes.  

We hope you are fully inspired and will play along with our October challenge for a chance to win a full set of Baked Texture embossing powders by Seth Apter.  Join us next week for another exciting tutorial. 

Monday, October 1, 2018

October Mini Album Tutorials and Challenge

As the summer fades, we begin a new challenge this month with a fabulous sponsor.  Seth Apter has generously offered an entire set of his Baked Texture Embossing Powders to this month's lucky winner.  These incredible powders are taking the craft world by storm!  Don't miss your chance to win a set by playing along with this month's challenge.

We had so many lovely entries in our September challenge and look forward to announcing the winners on the 7th.  If you haven't reviewed all of the entries, do check them out HERE.  This month our designers have worked hard to bring you a great new selection of mini album tutorials.  Without further ado...

Since we are sponsored this month by Seth Apter, I have created a mini album using Seth's fabulous Baked Textures along with his dies, stamps and Paper Artsy paints.  To see more please visit my blog HERE.

Good day, friends! Have a wonderful October! This time I made an autumnal notebook for your inspiration. I also shot a little tutorial on coloring textile leaves and flowers with ZIG Clean Color pens. See more pictures on my blog HERE.

For my final contribution here at Mini Album Makers, I've used PaperArtsy paints designed by our our sponsor this month, Seth Apter, to create this "Blue Steel" book, with Eileen Hull's Wrapped Journal die.  Do hop over to Words and Pictures to check out the details.  I'd like to quickly say thank you so much to Autumn for having me on the team - I've had a wonderful time - and I know this fabulous challenge will continue to go from strength to strength.


It's an all-out display tag booklet, ready for Halloween photos.  Using Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Super X Tagsyou're invited to visit my blog to see how I put this stand-alone booklet together.


I adore the colours of Autumn and so decided to celebrate them, together with autumnal sayings, in this stitched star book. Do please join me over on my blog, Live The Dream, to see how this all came together.

Hello! I really like the beginning of autumn, its bright colors, I like the smell of fallen leaves.  I made a notebook and wrote a video tutorial for you on how to make this cover.  Please join me on my blog to see how it was done.


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 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.  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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and link back to our challenge. 

Submit your entries to our Facebook page for extra love.
Tag us @minialbummakers with your entries on Instagram for a repost.

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.)

Friday, September 14, 2018

Reinforced Ring Binding Tutorial by Nancy Wethington

Hi Everyone. It's Nancy Wethington with you, coming to you today from Nancy-land with a super simple tutorial using loose leaf rings. My inspiration came from an antique photo album I purchased years ago. The binding was reinforced and I thought I'd try that today.

When I'm working with a ring binding, after time the rings start wearing on the paper. I didn't want that to happen again so I created this binding:

Step 1: The Inside Pages:
  • Cut 6 pieces of cardstock 9.75" wide X 6.5" tall.
  • With the 9.75" side up against the top of your scoreboard, score at 1.5". Repeat until all 6 pages are scored.
  • The 1.5" area is going to be used for the reinforced binding pages.

  • Cut 6 pieces of cardstock 6.5" tall X 2" wide.
  • With the 2" wide side up against the top of your scoreboard, score at 1".  Repeat with all 6 pieces.

  • Fold all 6 pieces on the score line.
  • Using either wet glue or scor-tape, fold the 2" wide piece over the 1.5" wide piece of each page - with 1" of the binding strip on each side of the page.

You will end up with 1" binding strip on each side of the page. This binding strip will not touch the score mark on the page. You will have a bit of a margin on the page which will make turning the pages easier once it's bound.

Don't punch holes quite yet (I got ahead of myself).

Step 2: Covers: I used a heavy chipboard for the covers.
  • Cut 2 pieces of chipboard 9" wide X 6.75" tall.
  • Cut 2 pieces of chipboard 1.5" wide X 6.75" tall.
For this next step I use reinforced packing tape. Some people use Tyvek but I find the cross-hatched reinforced packing tape to be more affordable and readily available.

Both the front and back covers are assembled exactly the same.
  • Lay the 9" wide piece on your work table in front of you.
  • Lay the 1.5" wide piece to the left of the 9" piece, leaving 3/8" of an inch in between the two pieces. That 3/8" gusset will insure that your paper will not tear when opening and closing your book.

  • Using a piece of packing tape that is 6.75" tall, add wet glue to the packing tape and tape the 1.5" piece to the 9" piece, making sure to leave the 3/8" gusset in place. You will see a bit of tape in that gusset and that's good.

  • Take a second piece of packing tape. Add wet glue to the tape and place it on the top side of the covers.  Press your finger (not finger nail) in the gusset to glue the tape one to another. Make sure the tape is glued firmly to the chipboard covers.  Repeat for the back cover.

Step 3: Covering the Covers:

Inside Covers:
  • Cut 2 pieces of cardstock (I used black) 10.75" wide X 6.75" tall. 
  • Adhere to the inside of both the front & back chipboard covers. 
  • Gently press your finger in the gusset to ensure the book will open & close properly.

Outside Covers:
  • Cut 2 pieces of cardstock (I used black) 9" wide X 6.75" tall.
  • Adhere to the outside of both the front & back chipboard covers, avoiding both the gusset and the 1.5" margins.

Next, choose a piece of fabric that will blend with the decorative papers you want to use.
  • Using pinking shears, cut a piece of fabric 3.75" wide X 6.75" tall.
  • Place scor-tape on the 1.5 margin up to but not over the gusset.
  • Remove the top of the scor-tape and add the fabric over the tape, avoiding placing any fabric in the gusset.  You've completed the inside cover.

 Turn the cover and fabric over and we'll work on the outside cover.

  • Add 2 inches of scor-tape to the front cover, over the binding area and over the gusset.
  • Remove the white of the scor-tape and press the fabric onto the scor-tape, making sure to avoid any creases.
  • Cut a piece of cardstock 9" wide X 6.75" tall.
  • Adhere to the front & back covers (outside only), avoiding the gusset and fabric binding. (This will cover the pinked edge of the fabric that overlays on the cover.)

Step 4: The Holes:
  • For the covers: I punched the holes 1.5" in from the top & bottom and 3/4" in from the side.
  • For the pages: Punch the holes 1.25" in from the top & bottom and 1/2" in from the side.
  • Once the holes in the cover were punched, I used a bit of FrayCheck on the holes, just as a reinforcement from fraying.
Now it's time to decorate.

Flips, folds & magnets on each page.

Flowers, prills & a frame all from Prima Marketing.

I hope you've enjoyed this tutorial today and are inspired to play along with our current challenge for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to Lindy's Stamp Gang.  Don't forget to join our First Blogaversary Blog Hop for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to!  Find those details HERE.  Thanks for visiting, Nancy