Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Tim Holtz Fabric Valentine Tag Mini Album Tutorial and GIVEAWAY WINNER!

Hello makers!  Autumn of SewPaperPaint with you on this lovely Saint Valentine's Day!  Sending hugs and love to each of you sweeties!  I truly hope your day is special and filled with love from family and friends.  <3  I'm overwhelmed with the response for our Facebook and Instagram launch and will announce the winner at the bottom of this looooong post.  So grab a cuppa and enjoy!

Since this tutorial was scheduled for Valentine's Day, I pulled out every single red and black paper from my years of collecting Tim Holtz paper stashes.  For my binding and cover concept I turned to THE mini album queen, Elena Morgun.  I saved THIS pin a long time ago and have been anxious to try the soft, curved spine.  My finished album measures approximately 5 3/4 x 4".

First I cut 6 pages to 5 1/2 x 7 3/4 and scored at 3 3/4 and 4".  I used cloth washi tape to strengthen each spine section.  Next, I glued the backs of the pages together to form my book.

I folded muslin and glued the edges down so that it was exactly 5 1/2" high and a bit wider than the gathered pages.

Next, I added tons of wet glue (Beacon 3 in 1 or Mixed Media is my favorite, but any sturdy wet glue) to attach my fabric strip to the spine sections.

I cut my cover boards to 5 3/4 x 3 7/8" and my spine to 5 3/4 x 3".  I scored the spine at every score mark on my scoreboard for flexibility.  Then I glued one half inch of each side of the spine to the cover boards, using my ruled mat as a guide.  I chose a heavy brown card for the spine (to match the covers) because my fabric was gauzy and I wanted a brown base with no white showing through.

Next I tightly wrapped a piece of cross stitch linen nice and taught and glued the inside edges to my covers from top to bottom, then snipped my corners and glued the left and right.  This way no glue will show on the outside of your book and what shows inside will be hidden when you assemble the pages.

I glued the fabric flaps to the back of my pages and then glued the front, then the back of the pages (NOT TO THE SPINE) to the inside of my covers, allowing a slight 1/8" border.  Look at that lovely curved spine!  :)

And now a flip through the book pages.  I've used tons of Tim Holtz die cuts by Sizzix and Ideaology findings, paper dolls, stamps and embossing.  If you have any questions on the specifics, please leave a comment.

I hope you've enjoyed this tutorial!  Please pin the graphic for future reference and leave a comment with a link if you create your own version.  <3

Now, onto our giveaway winner...

I'm pleased to say we now have 88 followers on our Instagram page, and 141 followers on our Facebook page!  In addition, we have 314 followers on blogger and 115 email subscribers!  Remember to tag us when you share your albums on Instagram and post your projects to our Facebook page after you've linked up.  :)  And the winner is...

That's Jackie P Neal who followed us on Instagram!  Woo hoo!  Congrats Jackie!  Please email Autumn at to claim your prize.  From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you for supporting this blog.  Happy Valentine's Day lovelies!



  1. Your journals are always such unique pieces - this is no exception! I adore it and the great tutorial as well Autumn! Thank you for sharing!
    Happy Valentine's Day!

  2. Happy Valentine's ladies!!! Such a fantastic book!!! Lovely!!!
    Hugs, Nora.

  3. Such a beautiful journal Autumn! It has a rustic, vintage, romantic feel to it, each page is an absolute delight - great tutorial too!

    Huge congratulations to Jackie on her win too!! Hugs, Anne xx

  4. Love this romantic album - really must get something finished! Chrisx

  5. Wow- have I ever told you how I adore the layers you create? This mini journal embodies the yummiest of mixed media! The different elements and techniques you add to the layers- just delicious!! Each and every page, more beautiful than the last! You are so gifted my friend- absolutely gorgeous journal,made with Love!
    Happy Valentine's Day! xx

    Woo hoo Autumn!! I just read the bottom of the post- Thank you thank you!! How exciting!! more xoxoxo

  6. Oh my, I love this album, Autumn! It is awesome!! The cover is stunning .. I love the crackle and the embossing .. the layers are just delicious!! The inside is delightful with such lovely embellishment on every page!! Fabulous tutorial too!!
    Congratulations to Jackie for her win!! hugs xx

  7. Simply glorious, Autumn - what a perfect project for Valentines Day - brilliant collages on each page, and I just love that burlap cover. Great tutorial too - thanks for sharing all your tips and tricks.
    Alison x

  8. Oh Autumn this is just the most perfect Valentines album, wow, what a beauty! And such a brilliant and detailed tutorial too! From the amazing cover with its stunning crackled hearts and background, to all the wonderful romantic inside pages, this is an absolute treasure, LOVE it!!!

  9. Great Valentine journal and tutorial Autumn! Thank you for sharing!
    Happy belated Valentine's Day, hugs

  10. This is so precious, Autumn! Love Love Love!!! Thank you for sharing your tutorial :-) Hope you had a great Valentine's Day...Hugs!!

  11. Amazing album here today and a biiiig congrats to the winner here today too. Have fun with your peize hun.

  12. From cover to cover, I am simply speechless! Truly one of my favorites, but I know I say that all the time! What a great tutorial to go with it. I am ga-ga over your crackeled hearts on the cover, but more so with your uncanny ability to layer your papers/elements in your collages. You make it look effortless, but oh, my gosh, it doesn't come easy for me at all!

    A huge congratulations to Jackie! I am delighted for her! Sending hugs out to this lovely team of talented ladies!

  13. Fabulous album! I love the burlap cover with all those amazing pages! An excellent project!

  14. Autumn, you have really elevated bookmaking to art form - all the pages work so well together and the physical assembly of the book is just perfect! I always get my pages all wonky - perhaps because I don't measure properly, LOL. It must be so satisfying to hold this in your hand and stroke it! It looks very stroke-able!

  15. Love, love, love this! I want to make one now!!!!! Thanks for the inspiration talented lady!!!!

  16. Autumn, this is so creative and lovely. Love all the textures and images.

  17. This is seriously swoon worthy! I love that style of binding, but more...I love the many layers of paper pretties on the inside! And that outside and wow again!!!