Friday, June 1, 2018

June Mini Album Tutorials and Challenge

First and most importantly today we say WOW!  And THANK YOU!  We reached a record number of entries in our May challenge.  Every single one was amazing and most inspiring!  Make sure to check out those beautiful projects HERE.  And thanks so much to each one who applied for our DT call.  We are thrilled to welcome Maria and Jennie to this design team.  :)

As they join us today, we launch a brand new challenge with a fabulous new sponsor, Stencil Girl Products.  Mary and the Stencil Girl gang so graciously provided our team with stencils to use in our books this month.  We hope you will be inspired and join us for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate.  

Our team is working 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.

Hello friends! My name is Maria Lillepruun. I am a mixed media artist, a paper crafter, and educator based in Tallinn, Estonia. I am extremely happy to be joining the amazing design team on Mini Album Makers Challenge Blog! I did not have enough time to prepare a special project for this month's challenge, but luckily I can show you some photos of my previously made projects and give the URLs to the regarding tutorials. My blog is called Magic Attic Design. I write mainly in Russian there but will do my best to double the information in English as well in the future. You are always welcome to visit and subscribe. Please use the "translate" button on the left side panel to read the texts in your preferred language. 

I'm sharing a variety of handmade books and albums on my blog for this challenge, so come and check out the links to each one on my blog, Magic Attic Design.  

Hello ! and I am so excited to be joining this amazing and awesome group of Mini Book Designers. My name is Jennie Atkinson and I live on the remote Scottish island of Shetland, the most northerly part of the United Kingdom. I have been paper crafting for nearly ten years and over that time have moved from very "clean" scrapbooking to quite messy shabby vintage mixed media projects. 


I teach workshops here in Shetland and for my first project have chosen to share with you a folded mini book I taught recently using a single sheet of 12 x 12 scrapbooking paper and which celebrates the lives of three wonderful women in my family. Although small (measuring 6" x 3") it has pockets and space for the stories I shall write about their wonderful lives. Please do join me over on my blog, Live the Dream, for a tutorial on how to make this little folded book and instructions on creating some fancy cutting edges to the pockets using an Envelope Board.


 I created an album using the Tim Holtz Vintage Cabinet Card Bigz die and matching thinlets die for the inside pages. I only used one stamp for all the pages. For my binding I used book rings, but they are hidden from the outside spine. If you want to see a tutorial on how to do that, please visit me on my blog.


This is a 6 x 6 inch envelope album created to display Gelli prints using real natural meadow grasses and some leaves.  The prints are paired with pages of stenciling and stencil-printing made with some exquisite meadow flower stencils by our sponsor this month, Stencil Girl.  The cover you see here was created using the actual stems and leaves I'd been printing with, so do hop over to Words and Pictures to see what's inside.


Hello everybody!  I made a notebook. I like small notebooks, for example A6, but this time I decided to make it A5.  I wrote down for you a video tutorial using the sponsor's stencil this month, Stencil Girl.


I wanted to make a watercolour notebook in a handy size to carry around, and to try my hand at coptic stitching, so I combined both.  You can see more here on my blog.


This simple binding is easy to create in this 5" X 7" mini.  Grab your drink of choice and visit my blog for a full tutorial with photos.

For our June challenge I used a Stencil Girl stencil to decorate my handmade canvas journal cover.  I added a sleeve inside to house a dollar store journal, which can be removed for writing or changing out when filled.  Join me at SewPaperPaint for the simple steps.  


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 June 30.  Join us on June 7 for our May 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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