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


  1. It is amazing. Thanks for the lovely inspiration.

  2. Deb, your mini album is so inspiring and such a wonderful way to welcome Spring! Hugs, Anne xx

  3. Thanks so much for asking me to be a guest designer Mini Album Makers and thank you everyone for your lovely comments! Deb xo

  4. Deb, I just love this album, I find myself wanting to make one! I love the way you’ve repurposed the toilet paper rolls! The colors are so beautiful and springlike! The flowers are gorgeous. Congratulations on this well deserved guest spot! I am so inspired by your work! Thank you.

  5. A fabulous album Deb - and very clever use of the repurposed items. Lovely to have you hear as guest designer x

  6. Thank you for sharing this wonder with us Deb it's a fabulous creation full of Springtime colour and really shows your love for creativity and craft. Those hinges really do a fabulous job of holding your inserts together. I was unaware of such a die, so glad you brought it to my attention. Such inspiration, Thank you again Deb it's a pleasure to see you as a Mini Album Maker Guest Designer xx

  7. Wow, all so gorgeous. Thank you for lettung me view..