Thursday, December 21, 2017

Interactive G45 World Fair Mini Album Tutorial with Maggi Harding

Hi there, I am Maggi Harding and I am super excited to be the guest designer this month!  This is such a great blog, with so much inspiration for all mini album makers from those that are just learning to those that have been making minis for years.  There's something for everyone.

Now, I know it's December and  I know many of us are deep into holiday projects, but I thought it would be fun to take a break from that and do something really colorful and fun.  Bright and bold colors are my favorites and so I've chosen Graphic 45's World's Fair collection to make a really fun mini with lots of interactive pages.

In the process video tutorial below, I show you how I made all the pages and share some of tips and tools with you.  If you like my tutorial, please subscribe to my channel and give me a thumbs up, I surely would appreciate that!

Now here's a look at some of the pages inside.

This page features a set of photo mats that are layered over each other and flip up; this is called a waterfall.  These are great fun to build and I used a Spellbinder's Tammy Tutterow  die set to make my waterfall.

I also incorporated a couple of Graphic 45 Policy Envelopes in my mini.  They are great for holding little loose objects that you don't want to lose.  You can use most envelope in your mini, it does not have to be a Policy Envelope.  On the right side there's a tuck spot and a flap that opens up to reveal another photo or journaling spot.

The left page has a flip up that hides a pull out that can hold 5 photos.  The right side is the front of another Policy Envelope.

The right side has a flip up that hides a journaling spot.  It's also a pocket page and you can see the red pull tab peaking out at the top right.

I think this is my favorite set of pages.  The left features a simple pocket, but the right has lots of fun flips.  The below photo shows the page with the first part flipped open.

After flipping the horizontal layer out, you can flip the floral page up and underneath that is another page that also flips up.  You can better see all the action on this page in the video tutorial.

Graphic 45 Worlds Fair Collection
Light weight chipboard
Zip Dry Glue
1/8" thick foam tape
Scor-Tape assorted widths, 1/8", 1/4", 1/2"
Miscellaneous Petaloo flowers
Cinch machine for binding - Note you could easily punch two or three holes and bind with rings.

I hope this has inspired you to play along with the December challenge for a chance to win an Eileen Hull Sizzix Scoreboard XL Mini Album die.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Mini Album Tutorial by Astric Maclean - One Sheet Wonder

Hello mini album  friends, thanks for dropping in here during this busy time of year.  I have a quick and easy tutorial for a tiny little mini album to share with you. I have called it One Sheet Wonder, as the whole album can be made from one sheet of 12 by 12 paper/cardstock, plus some scraps of design papers you may have in your stash.

The base of my album was made with a piece of 12 x 12 kraft card and for the decoration and inside pages I used bits of Maja Design Christmas papers.

Below a quick tutorial:

1. Take your sheet of 12 x 12 card and score at 1.5", 6" and 10.5".

2. Turn the sheet by 90 degrees (half turn) and score at 3", 6" and 9".

3. Turn the sheet so the 1.5" scores are on the left and right and cut as shown in the diagram.

4. Now your little book is ready for folding and gluing.

I thought that rather than giving you a longwinded written explanation of how this is done, I would give you a link to a video tutorial by Dawn from Dawn's Inspirations, who shows really clearly how this is done: To see it, just CLICK HERE. The important bit starts at the 25 minute mark.

Here are a few close up photos and a video slideshow of my little book.

I used a Calico Craft Part for my sentiment. The decorative corner bit is from Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts, one of our fabulous sponsors.

I created a belly band to close my little book and also made a little spine around the side for extra stability. This is easy to do - cover the front and back of your book with your chosen papers, then cut an extra strip of about 1.5 inches wide and 4.5 " high (the height your little book will be when folded together). Shore at 1/2" intervals along the short side and fold around your covers - done.

There are little pockets on each of the inside pages, created by folding up along the 1.5 inch score lines as you will see if you watch the video tutorial. I made little tags to go inside, but of course you could equally well use photos, ephemera or whatever you want.

Below a short video slideshow to show you some further inside pages.

Well, that's it. Hope your holiday preparations are going well, and hopefully you will have a chance to play along in our challenge this month, - we always love to see what you create!

Thank you for your visit here today and happy crafting and creating.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Winners Post for November 2017

Our November challenge entries were once again TOP NOTCH!  Thanks so much to each one who participated and visited.  If you have yet to review the November entries please visit the post HERE.  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 Maj of M-1309.  Maj, we would love to invite you to be our guest designer for the month of January.  Please email Autumn at to discuss further.

The overall aesthetic of this book just wowed us!  What beautiful colors and layering.  Maj's binding is equally inspiring.  Congratulations and thank you for this beautiful inspiration!

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...

Jennie from Live the Dream whose use of muted color and texture make this treasured travelers notebook one that we all want to flip through and inspect.  What a beauty!

Maria of Magic Attic Designs is an expert, and we all could take a page from her book - quite literally!  These cleverly designed tiny books are also necklace pendants.  :)

Giovanna of GiogioCraft used and shared so many beautiful techniques for her midori journal.  What a treat to watch her process by video!  Thanks so much for sharing!

Kate of Kate's Scrap Yard whose mixed media journal is truly an incredible work of art.  We just love how Kate bound this chunky mixed media journal!

Debbie of Prairie Rose Cafe whose traditional style of mini album is certain to bring joy to anyone who sees it.  Debbie filled this album with many beautiful details making it a must see!  

Prairie Rose Cafe: New Christmas Mini Album

Thank you all so very much for playing along.  And now, the announcement of the winner of the Lindy's Stamp Gang $25 gift certificate...

And the winner is.....

Nora from Creations by Nora!  Nora's box book and mixed media cover art is truly one of the most creative projects in the blogosphere.  Do check out her video!

Biggest congratulations Nora, please email Autumn at to claim your prize.

We hope you are fully inspired and will play along with our December challenge for a chance to win an Eileen Hull Sizzix Mini Album ScoreBoard XL die offered by the one and only Eileen Hull herself.  Join us next week for a new design team tutorial by team member Astrid Maclean.

Friday, December 1, 2017

December Mini Album Tutorials and Challenge

Hello and happy December!  Our challenge blog continues to flourish with so many beautiful entries in our November challenge as well as inspiration from our guest designers and design team.  It was amazing to see each and every project and get to know some new faces.  If you haven't visited the entries, do hop over and check them out.  Today we begin a new challenge and fabulous new sponsor, Eileen Hull herself!

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!

Eileen has so generously offered a Sizzix Mini Album ScoreBoard XL die to the lucky winner of our December challenge.  Can you say merry Christmas?!  

Our team wows us once again with their amazing albums.  Hop around to each blog for the full reveal and tutorial for each project.  

I'm getting ready for the new year with Heartfelt Creations folios decorated with Graphic 45 & Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts. Once in a book, I'm ready for 2018! Hop on over to my blog and see the finished product.

I've created an envelope book, made from the almost-ATC-sized money envelopes I got in a cheapy store.  It's got a wintry woodland look to it, so it's perfect for the time of year.  I hope you'll hop over to Words and Pictures to take a look at the interior pages and find out how I made it.

I used Eileen Hull's Minialbum die to create this Vintage Christmas themed little album. If you would like to see more details of how I put this together, please come and visit me at Astrid's Artistic Efforts.

I needed to say thank you to some lovely people who have been a huge support over the last couple of months, so I used Eileen Hull's fabulous Passport Die to create some personal journals.  You can see more over on my blog.


I have used the Sizzix ScoreBoards XL Journal die by Eileen Hull to create this quick and easy Midori-style journal. This is a very simple project, made even easier with the use of the journal die cut shapes! See the tutorial on my blog: Scraps of Life.

I too used the Eileen Hull Mini Album die with the Tim Holtz Christmas stash and a few twists to create my mini.  Find all of my tricks for transforming this die from Midori style to fixed pages with flaps and pockets at SewPaperPaint today.

I hope these peeks have sparked your imagination and you will pay the design team blogs a visit.  We welcome you to play along with our challenge, which ends at the stroke of midnight on December 31.  Join us on December 7 for our November 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.  
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