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

46 comments:

  1. Wonderful mini books Anne! Love the accordion pages, such great designs xx

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  2. They're absolutely delightful, Anne - and it's a great tutorial. Love the Halloween-scape with the words dotted in amongst the trees, and I do hope we'll get to see more pages from the Christmas one soon... I love the sharp, clean snowy page we can see here - a treat with the words. Fabulous metallic cover texture too.
    Alison x

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    1. Thank you Alison! I have a slight addition to making these and your word stamps are just the perfect companion. xx

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  3. These are an absolute delight Anne! They are so cute and a brilliant idea for a small gift. Might have to make some of these for stocking stuffers. Love your tutorial .. so easy to follow. Thank you for sharing!! hugs x

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    1. Thanks so much Margaret, they are fun and quick to make, I hope you will share any you make with us! xx

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  4. How fun Anne, thanks for a great tutorial!

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    1. Thanks very much S@ndy, I appreciate it! xx

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  5. So much work, so worth while, so creative and thank you so much for the step by step and wonderful inspiration x

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    1. Thank you Mac Mable, I am glad you enjoyed the little tutorial! xx

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  6. what an amazing tutorial anne - really gorgeous makes...wow - I love each and every one! Hugs rachel x

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    1. Thanks so much Rachel, so pleased you like them! xx

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  7. Oh these are gorgeous Anne. I think I'll have to make more now! Love Margie x

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    1. Ah, thank you Margie, you are such a great inspiration to me! xx

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  8. Wonderful -And you included a fantastic tutorial. Thanks Anne!
    Sandy xx

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    1. Thank you Sandy, and you are very welcome! xx

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  9. Oh Anne, this is such a clever idea (and a brilliant easy to follow tutorial) I can see how you would become addicted to these! I just know I will make some of these when I am home again.... off to pin now...Thanks for some great inspiration!! xxx

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    1. Thank you so much Astrid, I think you might become addicted to them too. I look forward to seeing yours now! xx

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  10. Ooh how cute and gorgeous are these wonderful little Charm mini albums! Awesome tutorial too, thank you! Hugs xxx

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  11. These are so incredible Anne. I promise to try and show my efforts. Hugs Rita xxx

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    1. Thank you Rita, it would be lovely to see any that you do make! xxx

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  12. Great project and great tutorial too. Well done Anne.

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  13. I finally got a chance to come for a closer look after seeing these sweet mini albums on FB! What will you think of next, Annie?! These are totally scrummy!! Hugs, Darnell xxoo

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  14. Wow, Anne, these are absolutely amazing!! Your tutorial is perfect!! I want to try one of these now!! You've totally inspired me!! Love, love these!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

    Lisa
    A Mermaid's Crafts

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    1. Thanks so much for your kind words Lisa! I hope you do try, yours will be gorgeous!! xx

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  15. Wow, these are really amazing Anne! I can't believe how small they are, which makes it all the more incredible to see such details on the inside and the outside too! Fantastic projects and a great tutorial! hugs :)

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    1. Aw, thanks so much Pamellia, I really appreciate it! xxx

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  16. What darling little creations Anne and thank-you for the photos as they make the 'how to' seem easy. A shout out to Margie too - I recall the wonderful little books She used make on her blog some time ago. Well done for these fabulous little creations. Nicola x

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    1. Thanks so much Nicola, I was hoping that I might persuade Margie to blog some more one day! xxx

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  17. These minialbums are such little treasures, love to bits! And thanks for sharing the how-to, Redanne.

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  18. Wonderful Mini, Anne, thanks for tutorial.

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  19. These are really sweet little treasures with incredible details! I love the Halloween themed scene and the first page in your Christmas themed album looks great with those deer and Alison's stamps. I REALLY appreciate the tutorial. I started work on a mini-mini album awhile back and gave up on it. This inspires me to plow through 'til it's finished. Hugs!

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  20. Thank you so much Sara, I hope you do manage to complete your mini album and then you can share it with us here!! xxx

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  21. What a fun project! I love your tutorial for making these cute tiny minis. ;)

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  22. What great little mini albums Anne! and a wonderful tutorial so we can all make one! Such a great idea I can see why you are making a lot of them!

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    1. Thanks so much Julia, I hope you have fun making some too! xx

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  23. These are terrific Anne and such a cute size too . Great tutorial which I'm sure I will hop on back too at some point as I would love to try my hand at making one .thanks for sharing x

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  24. Theses are great Anne - such a brilliant gift idea! Thanks for this tutorial! Chrisx

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