Sunday, April 21, 2019

Vertical Toilet Paper Roll Mini Album Tutorial by Deb Riddell

Hello everyone, it's Deb Riddell of Paxton Valley Folk Art here with you today as a guest designer here at Mini Album Makers.  A huge thank you to Autumn and her very talented design team for giving me the opportunity to share my project with you.  I live in British Columbia, Canada on a small acreage with my hubby and our rescue dog (affectionately known as The Delinquent!) and I'm a mixed media artist and paper crafter.  My style is usually vintage inspired feminine grunge but I love to experiment with many styles and mediums.  I'm currently on Therm O Web's Mixed Media Education Team and am a Resident Tutor at Mixed Up Creative as well as a Creative Guide over at A Vintage Journey.  I'm very lucky to be able to do what I love best everyday, create art!

For my project today, I was strongly influenced by the spring weather that has finally arrived here  in Canada and decided to make a little vertical mini album created with  ... toilet paper rolls!

I followed the YouTube tutorials shared by My Sisters Scrapper, you can find Part 1 of her tutorial here:
and Part 2 here:
For my mini album, I used some thick chipboard packaging and covered it with papers from a Recollections 'Blossom and Bliss' paper pad.

Laura Denison's 'Stack The Deck' hinge system was used to secure my 6 toilet paper roll 'pages'.
I decided on a pink and green colour scheme and alternated the colours when wrapping the flattened toilet paper rolls.

The inside and outside of the mini album was covered with more of the Blossom and Bliss paper and a line of Lime Green Stickles Glitter Glue was added around the edges.  Journaling cards were created from white cardstock matted with more of the same paper and they were embellished on the front with a variety of die cuts and sentiments.  I used kraft cardstock for all of the die cuts and embellished them with either embossing powders, foil or Perfect Pearls for a bit of shimmer.  Stickers or stamped sentiments were also added to each card and the pulls were created with a Small Tattered Florals die cut.  The back of each journaling card was stamped with Tim Holtz's 'Lined' background stamp.

The first and last toilet paper roll pocket pages were embellished with flowers created with a combination of the Tattered Florals and Small Tattered Florals die cuts.  Botanical Tea paper from Graphic 45 was used for these flowers which coordinated perfectly with the Blossom and Bliss papers.

More flowers were created from the same Graphic 45 paper with the Small Tattered Florals dies to embellish the top of the mini album.

On the front flap, a black metal bird sticker was painted with Spun Sugar Distress Paint and wiped back for an aged look but it was still a little too dark so I also inked it with Mushroom Alcohol Ink and Gold Mixative.

One of Tim Holtz's Wildflower die cuts was cut from kraft cardstock and embossed with pearl embossing powder.  A Metallic Quotations Sticker was backed with more kraft cardstock.

Mini Detailed Butterflies were die cut from kraft cardstock and embossed with Irridescent Shimmer embossing powder for the back of the mini album.

And here are a couple of more pictures of the inside of the mini album and the finished journaling cards.

I hope that you've enjoyed seeing how my Sweet Life vertical mini album came together, I had a lot of fun making it.

Thanks again to Autumn for the opportunity to share my project with you and have a wonderful week everyone, happy creating!
Deb xo

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Egyptian Wrap Journal Tutorial by Heather Maxwell

I have always been fascinated by Egyptology. All those mysterious hieroglyphs, mummies, and GOLD. Since our sponsor this month is the fabulous Eileen Hull I thought I would use her wrap journal die to cut the boards for this book. Really only one board because, of course, it's a wrap die!

One of the best things about using a die to cut your covers is that you can apply the papers first and then cut the whole thing at once, leaving beautiful edges and corners. For this journal I applied the inner papers using my Xyron for even tack and no dry time. The front side was painted and stamped first. Let's look at the steps I took:

To begin, I used Eileen Hull's wrap journal die and 8 1/2 x 14" 35 point brown chipboard. This die is a bit longer than many and needs a bit of extra length.

On one side I gessoed  using white and two coats (let dry between coats).

Once the gesso was dry I laid down a coat of acrylic paint (Dina Wakley, Lapis) with a rubber spatula to get an even coat with no brush strokes. While it was wet I stamped into the paint with various Egyptian themed rubber stamps (no ink). Since it was gessoed first, lovely ghostly images were created as the stamps 'lifted' the paint.

Next a ran the board through my 9" Xyron to apply adhesive. In this case, rather than cardstock, I used some old wrapping paper that was gifted to me. Since it was less sturdy than regular paper I put the stickum on the board. If you are using regular Scrapbook paper you could run the paper through the Xyron rather than the board. Either way is good as long as you get a mostly flat adhesion.

Now the fun part! Make your sandwich of cut plate, die, board (front side down), cut plate and run it through your favorite die cut machine. Et voila! Your beautiful cover is born. Gently curve the folds over a table edge to create the rounded spines.

To embellish the outside cover I used Lynne Perrella's new Egypt stamps and gold embossing powder (Emerald Creek, mirror gold). The little bugs are from some long lost set I had and the lines are painted with Lumiere acrylics and gold embossed using a straight edge and an embossing pen (and the mirror gold).

I added strong magnets for closure which I later covered to disguise. The little scarab beetles are from my stash of horded curated bits and bobs. :)

This photo illustrates the stringing of the book (and you can see the disguised magnets too). I used gold elastic cord. It's a little heavy but the gold works perfectly for this theme.

I tore paper to size (7"x 4 1/4") and folded to create signatures. You could also use a simple pamphlet stitch to bind the signatures but in this case I left them loose and any of them can be removed or added later. I also cut some heavier paper and used the Xyron and the wrapping paper to create some heavier folders. I stamped the pages randomly throughout with permanent ink.

Slip the signatures under the elastic to complete the book.

Spine detail.

Back cover.

Thanks for sticking through this photo heavy post. I hope you are inspired to create your own masterpiece and enter it in our April challenge for a chance to win a $35 giftcard from Eileen herself!


Sunday, April 7, 2019

Winners Post for March 2019

What joy to see each of you continue to support, encourage and join our challenges!  March was an amazing month of inspiration.  Make sure you take the time to view the many entries HERE.  It's never an easy job to narrow down to a few winners, but without further ado...

We really love the masculine vibe of Kerstin's album and the grungy touches and monochrome palette work perfectly.  Kerstin, we would love for you to be our guest designer for the month of May.  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...


Huge thanks to each of you who played along.  And now, the winner of the Graphic45 $50 gift certificate...  And the winner is..... Lynn from One I Made Earlier Today.

Huge congratulations Lynn!  Please email Autumn at to claim your prize.  Here's a peek at Lynn's Scrap Album.

We hope all of this inspiration has prompted you to join our April challenge for a chance to win a $35 gift certificate to Eileen Hull's Etsy shop.  Eileen's innovative dies make book making a joy, so do check out her fabulous assortment by following the links below.

Monday, April 1, 2019

April Mini Album Tutorial and Challenges

Happy spring book makers!  As our March challenge closes, we look forward to what April has in store with a delightful array of design team inspiration to get your creative juices flowing.  We do hope you will check out our March challenge entries and be inspired to join us again this month.  Now look with the team has to share...


Hello, friends! I found that the stamps scattered all over the scrap room began to bother me ... They did not have a permanent place, they lay in different boxes. So I decided to make a beautiful folder for them. I recorded a video tutorial for you, I hope that it will be useful to you. Welcome to my blog!


Hi Everyone.  Spring is in the air and I'm thinking about anything botanical.  Trying my hand at one of my first junque journals using Eileen Hull's Wrap Journal die.  Having fun with this journal on my blog.


Hi all! I have a couple of little treasures to share with you all. I hope you'll come join me on my blog and see what I've been working on. I have lots of pictures to share!

Hello Creative Friends!  Using the Passport Die from our Sponsor this month Eileen Hull I've created a Journal to keep all your Hope's, Dreams and Fears within.  For more info on how it came to be please pop on over to my blog.


Hello! I want to show you a pair of steampunk wedding albums I made. It was a custom order from a young lady. She had a romantic steampunk wedding 3 years ago, and she wanted to have two albums for her wedding photos. The names on the covers are hidden for public as this is what the client wanted. I looked through the wedding pictures and the video from that day, and took inspiration and the color scheme from there. I also enclosed several memorable decorative elements that the wedding couple can definitely relate to. Check out the video tutorial in the end of the blogpost over here.


Since Eileen Hull is our Sponsor this month, I have made a Journal using Eileen's Wrapped Journal die and two of my new Tim Holtz stamp sets.  If you would like to see how I put this together, I hope you will visit my blog HERE.


I have spent the last week treading the boards at our local theatre in a fabulous play I Remember Mama. I decided to make a book for our wonderful director/producer with a page for each of the characters to pen their memories of the play with photographs of Edwardian characters sourced for all the characters and backstage crew. I have used Eileen Hull's Passport die and made a mixed media cover. There are many more photographs on my blog and details of how I made the covers. I look forward to seeing you there!


Here's a quick and easy album that I made for a young friend.  The pages are created from 8.5x11 cardstock and made with only 2 scores and a cut.  Come over to the blog and see how they are made and see the fun elements I added to the album.

Our generous prize sponsor this month is Eileen Hull and she's offered a $35 gift certificate to her Etsy shop for one lucky winner.  Eileen's innovative dies make book making a joy, so do check out her fabulous assortment by following the links below.

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