Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Gypsy Soul Notebook Tutorial by Maria Lillepruun

Dear friends!  Today it is my turn (and pleasure) to present my first full video tutorial! I am very excited! I decided not to experiment this time but to make what a kind of book I am known for - a mixed media vintage notebook in my favorite size 20x12 cm. I named this romantic book "Gypsy Soul". It is partly because I used one of my favorite collections by 7 Dots Studio "Fortune-teller" (it is all about magic and gypsies) to make it. But also because I had recently received my prize from our sponsor Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts, and its name was also an inspiration for me. By the way, I used this beautiful Wrought Iron Miniatures laser cut on my notebook cover.

Here is how I created it:

Some close-ups:

This tutorial is added among others to my YouTube channel. You are welcome to visit and subscribe if you like what you see there :) Please be my guests and visit my blog, my creative Facebook account, and my Instagram account as well.

Enjoy the rest of the summer!
Maria Lillepruun

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Winners Post for July 2018

July yielded such an amazing array of handmade books in our challenge!  There was such a great variety of themes, styles and colors.  Thanks so much to each of you!  Make sure to visit the July challenge post HERE to see all of those entries.  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 Tristan Robin Blakeman of Enchanted Revelries!  We loved Tristan's tutorial on using tag folders to create this amazing, interactive album.

The tags alone are a work of art, but this combination of paper and ephemera is truly enchanting from cover to cover!  Congratulations Tristan!  We would love to invite you to be our guest designer for the month of September.  Please email Autumn at teamclark@rocketmail.com 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...

Elena Martynova shared this vintage delight, filled with beautiful fabric, lace and gorgeous personalized details.  What a beautiful memento for this notebook's new owner!   

We loved Elena's amazing layering and use of materials throughout this stunning album.

Marty of Merry Marty Cards shared a gorgeous Christmas folio with festive embellishments and details.  Her album certainly puts one in the Christmas spirit!

We loved Marty's waterfall design and beautiful page details, all in a perfectly nostalgic design.  

Marina Kurbatova of Scrap Line made our hearts flutter at this darling tiny mini album within a box!  

Every page of this tiny wonder is bursting with details that delight and inspire!

Mukta Parvatikar-Maniar of VREnchanted shared this stunning steampunk style masculine album.  

Each page is filled with gorgeous flaps and pockets, all in harmony with this great theme and monochromatic color scheme.  

Finally, Heather Maxwell of Vestige Blog completely transformed a die cut journal into a rustic work of art!

Heather's eye for design leaves no detail lacking.  She used this exquisite paper line and her mediums to perfection.  We adore it Heather!

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

And the winner is.....

That's Heather of Vestige Blog!  Biggest congratulations Heather!  Please email Autumn at teamclark@rocketmail.com to claim your prize.  We hope you are fully inspired and will play along with our August challenge for a chance to win an Eileen Hull Journaling Hearts Die.  Join us on the 14th for a fantastic design team tutorial by DT member Maria.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

August Mini Album Tutorials and Challenge

Happy August makers!  July has come and gone and our July Challenge has commenced with 40+ wonderful entries.  Every single book was amazing and 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 have Eileen Hull as our sponsor.  Eileen has generously offered a Journaling Cards - Hearts Die as this month's prize!

Eileen is a Sizzix signature designer.  Her passion for papercrafting has flooded the industry with incredible, innovative products that make papercrafting an ease and joy!  Find out more about Eileen and join her Facebook Fan Club today!

Our team works 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.


Since Eileen Hull is our Sponsor for this month, I have used her new Wrapped Journal die, along my my favourite Tim Holtz fabric to create a journal.  You can see more HERE.


This mini is using fabric for binding and leftover envelopes for pages with a twist on the hidden hinge binding system.  See details on my blog.

I have also used Eileen's Wrapped Journal Die this month to make an "Observations" journal  so that I can keep a track of my handspun wool and the items I knit with it. I wanted a tactile textile journal that could sit in my knitting basket and so I have used canvas and tea-dyed lace and ribbons in my vintage shabby style. For more details and a step by step on how I created this journal then please do join me over on my blog HERE.

I was in two minds about whether to show you the inside or the outside of the accordion tag book I've created this month.  It was made to commemorate sixty years of a very special friendship.  This simple, rustic exterior leads to summer garden delights on the inside, so I hope it will tempt you over to Words and Pictures to take a look. 

Dear friends! My project for this month is this mystic mixed media notebook "Druid". I recorded a video tutorial for you on how I made this beautiful face on the cover. In the video, I speak of two different air-hardening clays, silicon molds and show you the whole process of casting. This is my absolute first voice tutorial in English, so I am super nervous :-) See the video and all the additional pictures on my blog HERE.

Hello! I made a very simple velvet notebook with flowers. I wrote down for you step by step a video and invite to my blog.

I also used Eileen's new Wrap Journal die to create my Entomology journal, filled to the brim with Tim Holtz and vintage ephemera.  This little journal is busting with details, so please join me at SewPaperPaint for the closeups.  


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 August 31.  Join us on August 7 for our July 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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Saturday, July 21, 2018

Americana Accordion Tag Book Tutorial by Ann Barnes

Hi everyone, I'm Ann from aksbarchitectCREATES.blogspot.com and am so honored to have the opportunity to be a guest designer here today. First I will share a little bit about me.  I have always found making things to be such a wonderful way to express myself. I love seeing ideas come to life. Sometimes things work and other times they turn out very different than I had anticipated. Either way, all of the time that I have spent creating is such a pleasure. I love getting inky, working with paper and chipboard, and manipulating mediums; I enjoy experimenting and surprise outcomes. I am a daughter, a mother, a wife, and an architect. I have always had a passion for design, and a respect for the art and architecture of the past. I gain inspiration from the beauty in nature and from many artists and designers.

I love the look and potential that accordion style albums provide, the way that they open up and present many different facades, each a vignette of its own. When I create I have a tendency for pieces and embellishments to extend beyond the page; knowing that this can present a dilemma for binding, I decide to allow the folds of my album to be left open. Each tag is hinged apart from its predecessor at only two points. I want my hinge material to be sturdy yet flexible, allowing for space to build-up layers on each page and for inclusion of dimensional embellishments, yet I still want it to be able to fold completely.  Album making is fairly new to me and each one that I create begins only with an idea. Then, typically during the creative process, I encounter obstacles and work my way through them. I enjoy figuring out the remedy as much as I enjoy creating the project.

Today I am sharing an americana accordion album I created from chipboard tags. I used two sets of large chipboard tags from Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts. I love the weight of these tags, they are sturdy enough to withstand a lot of mediums yet they can be easily pierced. This is important since I am using eyelets to hold my binding pieces in place.

Knowing that my album will have an americana theme, I gather many of my patriotic papers, stamps, stencils and embellishments. I like to have everything at hand, I find it to be the easiest way for me to generate design ideas. Some of my favorite papers to use for red, white, and blue projects are from Tim Holtz Correspondence Paper Stash.

The album is made up of six tags. Each tag is covered on the front and back sides with patterned paper. I apply a layer of collage medium to adhere the papers and allow to dry, then I ink each page with antique linen distress ink to give more of a vintage feel. I also add gathered twigs distress ink around the edges. After the base tags are done, I line them up on my table in the order they will appear in the album. I make a mental note of which tags will fold in a valley and which will fold as a mountain. This is important to keep in mind when you have pieces that overhang the edges. It is much simpler to fold if the piece extends onto a mountain versus a valley. I begin to arrange the design elements on the tags. As the design ideas evolve, I mark the "hinge" locations, and using a crop-a dial, and punch the holes for the eyelets. {I want to note that initially, at this point, I added two of the hinge ribbons, then realized that it will be best to wait to complete the hinges until more of the design elements are finalized.}

I take notes on which pieces overhang the edges and the lengths that they extend. This allows me to calculate the distance between each tag when the hinge ribbon is attached.

Be sure to pay attention to the tags that are adjacent to each other. I make the hinge pieces for my cover panel and end panel longer than the interior pages to accommodate the flashcard that extends as well as a decorative trim piece that runs along the left side of the cover. Another helpful tip to consider is the order in which each element is adhered. I do not glue any of the larger elements to the tag until the hinges are all installed. This allows for ease of setting the eyelets or whatever you will be using to attach hinges. I need to use a Crop A Dial Big Bite to accommodate the tag length. Another helpful tip for this type of hinge system is to glue the binding ribbon in place and allow to dry prior to inserting the eyelet. {I learn this lesson the hard way on my first attempt, and everything works alright, but the binding ribbon does not stay in a straight line like I want it to.}

As I work my way through each panel, I try to be cognizant of what is going on the reverse side of that page. When it is time to attach the bindings, I use a straight edge to keep the bottoms of each tag aligned, as well as to measure the appropriate distance between. I set eyelets in a pair of tags at a time, leaving the cover and last tag until the very end. Some pieces are trickier than others. The star tag must be put together in the correct order to ensure that the extension does not obstruct the opening and closing of the album.

Once I have the first and second pairs of interior tags hinged (these are both mountain folds from the front side),

I flip the tags and attach those pairs together on the reverse side (this is a valley fold on the front; therefore it's a mountain fold on the reverse).

I use the same method as previously mentioned, aligning and measuring, then gluing the binding ribbon into place and allowing to dry before setting the eyelets.

Once all of the interior hinges are secured, I adhere all remaining elements on the front sides and do a final check on the accordion fold.

The front cover and end tag are hinged at a greater distance. I follow the same process as the interior hinges, but decide to omit the eyelets on these hinges. This will give it a cleaner look as well as be a bit less bulky under the cover trim piece. {I also realized that I had added an embellishment on the front side that would be ruined when the eyelet went through the tag.}

The final step in creating my accordion album is to adhere all of the design elements and embellishments to these sides of the tags.

The "front" and "back" sides of the complete album:

Following are some close-ups of each page of the final album.

I have really enjoyed creating this americana accordion album for Mini Album Makers Challenge blog. As all of the patriotic elements came together I was constantly reminded of and humbled by the servicemen and women who are always working to keep our beautiful country safe and our liberties and freedoms intact. My album is a tribute to all of those who serve or have served. I come from a very long line of patriots and have always had a huge amount of respect and gratitude for the dedication and loyalty of these fine souls.

I hope that you are inspired to create an album of your own and submit it to the current challenge for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to Lindy's Stamp Gang. I always look forward to admiring the DT projects as well as the challenge submissions. I am so thankful to Autumn and all of the design team for allowing me to create for them.