Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Upcycled Junk Journal Tutorial by Sylvia Hildman

Welcome to the Mini Album Makers Challenge blog. My name is Sylvia Hildman of Little Treasures. I live in rural Iowa USA, a wife, mother of 2 wonderful sons and 6 beautiful grandchildren. It was much to my surprise that I was chosen to be the Guest Designer at the Mini Album Makers Challenge blog last month.   I had only made 1 journal up to this challenge, and that was a fabric book made for my sister's 40th Anniversary. My "Metal Hinge" Junk Journal was partly due to my fun husband. He asked me if I had any use for some hinges. I thought, told him "yes maybe" he left them lay on the table, then it hit me. I had made some Mini cardboard cut outs and 2 of these would be a great cover. The results were my " Metal Hinge" journal featured for the September challenge.
I am a re-purpose person. Left the corporate world of accounting to retire. A farm girl at heart and considered a fabric and paper junkie. With a love for chippy, shabby, vintage and old rusty junk. I love garage sales, estate sales and resale shops.  I have found mixed media more my ideal than making cards as I started when I created my blog back in 2009.  Hard to top my "Metal Hinge" journal for uniqueness but I am still learning.
The Style of this journal is a Ring Bound Junk Journal. The Theme- Autumn/Thanksgiving.  My cover made from on old tea dyed crocheted doily.

It is topped with leaves made from recycled corrugated packaging.  I've posted a separate tutorial on that process HERE.

To decorate the cover, I used a pumpkin made from a pull tab lid from a cat food can.  I've shared more on that process HERE.

And here is the final result...

I would like to Thank everyone at Mini Album Makers for choosing me for this honor. I am Grateful for the opportunity.To see full details and photos for the project visit my blog HERE.  I hope you're inspired to join in the November/December challenge for a chance to win a Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts prize pack.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Winners Post for October 2018

We had some stunning entries in our October challenge!  Thanks so much to each of you!  Make sure to peek back at those entries HERE to see all of the beautiful albums.  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 Elena Martynova.  Elena's gorgeous fabric covered shabby chic album stole our hearts.

We love the color scheme and use of materials throughout the album.  Elena, we would love for you to be our guest designer for the month of January.  Please email Autumn at to discuss further.

Our top five entries are equally incredible.  Each of you, please take our top five badge and display it proudly on your blogs.  In no particular order...

First we have Nuneka of Meraki by Nuneka with an extraordinary exploding box tutorial. 

You don't want to miss this video!  What amazing ingenuity!  So many beautiful elements combined into one wonderful project.

Next we have Людмила Каминская with a wonderful, woodsy album filled with magical detail.  

We love the unusual use of materials and gorgeous combinations of textures and dark colors.  Bravo!

Elena Marchenko shared an exquisite vintage style album with heirloom photos.  We are always delighted with you share albums with personal photos. 

We were thrilled with Elena's embellishment tutorials, so do check out her post for loads of inspiration.

Amanda from Ink-A-Pink shared a grungy journal, which contrasts the many shabby entries, but shines in all its grungy glory!  

Amanda has such an amazing artistic style and we loved seeing how this journal came to being.

Last and most certainly not least, Svetlana Topol AKA Angelwing shared a nature inspired journal, with the most gorgeous cover.

We love the combination of dried flowers and mixed media on the inserts. 

Huge thanks to each of you who played along.  And now, the winning entry of the Seth Apter Baked Texture embossing powders...

And the winner is.....

That's Kate from Kate Korn!  Kate really wowed us with her masculine album, do check out the details.  Congratulations Kate!  Please email Autumn at to claim your prize. 

We hope you are fully inspired and will play along with our November/December challenge for a chance to win a prize pack from Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts.  Join us next week for another exciting tutorial. 

Thursday, November 1, 2018

November Mini Album Tutorials and Challenge

We are switching things up a bit and will have a two month window for this challenge.  You have all of November and December to play along.  Our hardworking DT will take a break during December to enjoy time with family and friends, but we didn't want to limit your contributions in this period.   We'd also like to take a moment to thank our dear Alison for her one year term with us.  And we would like to welcome new DT member, Gina Hubbard.  This month our designers have worked hard to bring you a great new selection of mini album tutorials.  Without further ado...

I was recently asked to design a mini album for Shetland Scrapbookers. The brief was a Book in a Pocket, but my design ended up as a Book in a Wallet ! I am using this small journal to record the details of my life over the past month - something I hope will be interesting to look back on in year's to come. Please do join me over at Live The Dream for more details.

This is a 9 by 11 inch folio that opens up to hold over 30 photos and some pop up surprises.  Perfect for collecting the photos and memories from Christmas morning, this folio has a spot for everything.  Please visit Gallery G to see more photos, some measurements and tips on creating this folio.


Hop over to my blog and see my latest file folder album.  Super quick and easy, especially when using cute pre-printed file folders.  The possibilities are endless!


I wanted to use this beautiful Gypsy Soul Laser Cut, so I altered a plain journal with fabric to accommodate it.  You can see more on my blog HERE.

Inspired by our sponsor Graphic 45's second release of the 12 Days of Christmas paper line, I created a stitched fabric covered mini album, perfect for storing 4x6" photos.  Join me at SewPaperPaint for the tutorial and closeups. 


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 December 31.  Join us on January 7 for the winners announcement.

Qualifying entries in our November/December challenge will be in the draw for a Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts prize pack. 

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.  Please limit to entering 3 (three) handmade books per month in our challenge.  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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