Thursday, June 21, 2018

Tim Holt Vintage Tag Book Tutorial by Stacy Hutchinson

Hello! I’m Stacy from and I am super excited to have been asked to
create a album and share it over here at Mini Album Makers! First, I’ll introduce myself...I’ve been paper crafting for over 20 years now, I started out scrapbooking and card-making and have always had a love for vintage. I am a vintage ephemera, jewelry and knick knacks junkie... About 3 years ago I was introduced to Tim Holtz products and that is when my love for mixed media began. Last year I dove head first into creating and haven’t looked back. I am a HUGE Tim Holtz fan and am slightly addicted to anything he makes.

When Mini Album Makers asked me to share, I knew exactly what I wanted to make...for a couple of months now I have been creating nature inspired #8 tags. I have found that tags are a quick and easy way to experiment and try new techniques, but I’ve been collecting them and thought that I should create a type of mini album to keep them in. This is what I came up accordion style tag shaped album that uses 2 of the Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Etcetera Thick Board “mini” size tags that are 4.5”x8” they are extremely sturdy and make a great front and back cover. This album houses #8 tags perfectly!

Let’s Begin!  I cut 3 sheets of Watercolor Paper to 8”x9” ...then I scored them in the middle at 4 1/2” and connected them together with some Tim Holtz Design Tape. I trimmed the tag corners on each and used one of the wide design tapes on the page edges. I connected the pages together and formed the accordian. I reinforced each of the folded edges of the pages with tape as well.

Then I began arranging and creating the layouts of my pages, I used some vintage dictionary pages, old sheet music, and Tim Holtz paper stash papers and just had fun inking and creating the backgrounds with various stamps, embellishments and ephemera.

I stitched some of the pages onto the tag background pages with my sewing machine.

Here are each of the completed layouts with their complimenting tags.

Here is the reverse side of the album. I created the backgrounds and plan to add a couple more nature inspired tags to complete the album.

After I had my layouts complete, I began creating the front and back covers. I did this by creating a collage with the new Tim Holtz Idea-ology Worn Wallpaper, scraps of various papers and a few pieces of design tape. I adhered all of the papers with Distress Collage Matte Medium and then put a thin layer over top. Then I blended some Gathered Twigs Distress Crayon around the edges to emphasize and give the book a worn look.

I sprayed both the front and back covers with some Distress Resist Spray and sprinkled the areas with Gold Embossing Powder then I embossed it with my heat gun.

I then began creating and gathering the embellishments for the front cover of the book.

I began by embossing a piece of gold distress Kraft stock paper with the new 3D Botanical Texture Fade and adhered it to a small Idea-ology Baseboard Frame with collage medium, but it was far too shiny for my project so I began distressing it.

First, I painted it lightly with some Picket Fence Distress Paint, sanded it a bit with my Sanding Grip, added a bit of Mushroom Alcohol Ink, and a bit of Gold Mixative, then blended it with some Walnut Stain Distress Oxide and some Gathered Twigs Distress Crayon plus a couple drips of water... and Bam!! A distressed frame that looks like an old tin type frame...I was so happy!

The large frame I distressed by sanding and then adding bits of Walnut Stain Distress Oxide and water drips. I stamped some flowers and embossed them with Gold Embossing Powder onto the frame. Tied on a ribbon, added some stamped flowers that had been colored with Distress Markers. The Quote Token and Mini Hardware Pull were distressed with Picket Fence Distress paint, Gold Mixative Alcohol Ink and a tiny bit of Cracked Pistachio Distress Paint. I added a bit of old lace and a stamped butterfly and completed the cover with a tiny vintage locket that contained snipped words from a dictionary and some Idea-ology Sticker Clippings plus a tiny button. I tied on the old locket with some string and added a couple more tiny buttons and knots. All the cover embellishments were adhered with Distress Collage Matte Medium.

This is a photo of the album laid flat to show you both the front and back cover, they were both adhered to the thick board Etcetera tags with Distress Collage Matte Medium.

Thank you so much for welcoming me! I will be posting a deeper look into the album over on my blog within a couple days. Thank you and have a great day!  And make sure to get your projects added to our June challenge for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to StencilGirl Products!

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  1. Stacy, I am just picking my jaw up from the floor - your tag album is absolutely stunning, I love every single little detail, inside and out! The 3D embossed frame and gorgeous butterfly are just the icing on the cake! Anne x

  2. Wow!! This is absolutely stunning Stacy!! I love the colour palette, the papers, the design, the embellishing .. it all just mixes and blends so perfectly! Fabulous cover and totally gorgeous on the inside!! WOW!!

  3. So gorgeous this is ...a work of art in every inch of its glory
    Dr Sonia

  4. What a gorgeous album! You have knocked it out of the park with the lush layering. Great storage idea for your technique cards too. Very cleverly done. :) ~Heather

  5. This has to be the most amazing album I have seen. Work of art !

  6. This is simply amazing! What a stunning album !

  7. WOW, this is just such an absolutely amazing project and such a super clever idea!!! First up I love how you put the whole thing together, each of the backgrounds looks fantastic, and then the tags, - so inspiring each one of them! And the covers?? Absolutely brilliant, both the back and the front, and the way you distressed the gold frame was genius, one to remember for sure. I absolutely LOVE this, thank you so much for sharing it here!!

  8. This is absolutely glorious, Stacy. Your tags are stunning in themselves and you have created a display setting for them which is entirely worthy of their beauty. Simply wonderful. Great to have you with us this month to share this incredible mini album.
    Alison x

  9. This is absolutely beautiful. Such rich nostalgic colours and details, stunning. thanks for sharing it.

  10. Stunning! I am in awe of all the work here - especially the added metal - fabulous!

  11. WOWSER!! This is absolutely fantastic and so full of amazing layers of papers/inks and stamps x I will never tire of looking at it and the inspiration provided. TFS Annie xx

  12. I saw this on Stacy's blog, and wow, oh WOW! So many lovely feminine details fill these delightful pages and those covers are STUNNING! Congratulations on your Guest Designer spot, and congratulations to MAM for having your lovely work displayed here!Hugs!

  13. I'm in awe! Such richness in details and ideas . Brilliant, beautiful and so stylish!

  14. WOW How gorgeous this is!! I just love your distressing and antiquing looks you got- simply WOW!!
    Fabulous mini!
    Jackie xo

  15. This is completely amazing!!! Love it

  16. This goes down as one of my all-time favorites. It's so wonderful!

  17. Hi Stacy! A huge brava and standing o! This is just amazingly gorgeous. xoxo

  18. Absolutely wonderful! I love this! Where did the large frame come from? It’s a great element in the piece. All the tags are gorgeous. Thanks for sharing.