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Wednesday, 1 August 2018

Mini Album Makers August Challenge

Hello Friends

It is time for a new challenge at Mini Album Makers and, as always we would love to have you join in the challenge.

Our Rules are very straightforward : Any Handmade Book goes.  Enter any form of handmade mini album, scrapbook, journal or book art.  Our focus is on completed works, so no layouts or journal spreads that are not part of a complete handmade book project. 

Since Eileen Hull is our Sponsor for this month, I have used her new Wrapped Journal die, along my my favourite Tim Holtz fabric to create a journal.
 I used Eileen's new die (Sizzix 662816) and Tim Holtz fabric from his Correspondence range from a year or so ago (which Eileen has just reminded me (thank you!), was picked up when she took me to a fabulous Joann's shop in Phoenix, Arizona, earlier this year!).  I also used a piece of Tim's Idea-ology range for the closure.
I attached the fabric to one side of  heavyweight card with Multi Matte Medium, left it to dry overnight and die cut it. Below is a view of the outside.
A view from the inside.  I attached the inside fabric separately, again with Multi Matte Medium and left this overnight to dry and then machine stitched all around the edges, with straight and zig zag stitches.  The glue works well but if the journal is going to get lots of use, the stitching holds the fabric in place quite securely.
I die cut Tim Holtz's Stitched Slots for the inside front cover.  I also stamped Tim's ticket stamps and die cut them with the matching dies.  I added an Idea-ology tag to finish it off.  I also made an envelope for the back of the journal with Tim's Correspondence papers.  I love that he has matching fabrics and papers.  I used 1mm red elastic to string the journal, ready for the signatures.
I created two signatures by covering card with more of the fabric, for the covers, stitching around the edges and attaching the inserts to the covers using a simple pamphlet stitch. The covers measure 6.3/4" x 4.7/8 and the insert pages are just slightly smaller.
I often make pocketed wallet inserts for my journals.  Again, I covered the card with fabric, before creating the wallet.  There is a plan below should you wish to create one of these.
To make the wallet, start by cutting heavyweight card to 11.1/2" x 5.1/4".  Score at 2.1/2", 5.3/4" and 9.1/4".  Score on the long side at 1/2" - this creates the fold up pieces which form the lower edge of the wallet insert.

I like to trim the two side edges by rounding them as shown below.  However, if you prefer the pockets to be straight you can just leave them as is.  Your trimmed piece should look like the sample below.  Fold the sides in and then glue the small tabs, at the bottom, to the outside of the folded in edges, as shown above.

As I mentioned earlier, Eileen Hull is our wonderful Sponsor this month and she is offering one of her new dies - Journaling Cards - Hearts (Sizzix 662812)  to one lucky winner.
Eileen Hull
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Shop - https://www.etsy.com/shop/EileenHull?ref=pr_shop_more

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I hope you can pay a visit to Mini Album Makers blog to see what my talented team mates have made, you will not be disappointed. Of course, we would love to see you join in the challenge too!

Thanks for your visit, I hope to see you again very soon!

Hugs,  Anne  xx

41 comments:

  1. This all looks so fantastic Anne and of course finished with your usual professional panache. I love the clever inserts like the pockets, pouch and ticket slots. Thank you for sharing so many wonderful ideas xx

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  2. Love the use of fabric on card Anne, i've not tried the multi matt medium to fix it before so Thank you for the tip. Your theme is so full of wanderlust. Your pocket wallet inserts are a very handy size, I hope you've saved that measured piece as a template.. (I have a cupboard full of templates hee hee!)
    Those added hanging charms make the perfect companion. A beautiful wrap journal indeed. Thank you for sharing this marvellous piece.
    Creative hugs Tracey xx

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    1. Thank you Tracey! Ha, ha, I have tons of templates too but I have made loads of these and have the measurements in my head now (which is a bit dangerous given my poor memory - lol) xx

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  3. Oh wow Anne, this is awesome! LOVE the fabric (is it available in the UK?), and almost makes me want to invest in a sewing machine. In fact the only thing stopping me is that I'd have nowhere to put it!
    Loving the wallet too. Thanks for including the measurements x

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    1. Thank you Sammy! Yes, some of Tim's fabric is available from The Cotton Patch - www.cottonpatch.co.uk Just search for Tim Holtz and you will find lots of beautiful designs! You don't really need to sew the fabric on, a good fabric glue will do the job and you can add some faux stitching with a pen..... xxx

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  4. this is so beautiful Anne and thank you for sharing the stitching tip,love how you used the matching fabric and papers and the stitched slot is just perfect for holding little bits and pieces, hugs kath xxx

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  5. Gorgeous journal, Anne. I love Tim's fabric too. I always worry about damaging my machine, stitching through card. Do you use a separate needle? Maybe I should invest in more machine needles as I would really love to try using fabric to cover a journal.

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    1. Thank you Julie! I keep a needle just for sewing through card and fabric together, and I stitch slowly. It does blunt the needle eventually and it could ruin other fabric, which is why I keep one for card. The machine I use for craft is not an expensive one but I have not had any problems so far! xx

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  6. Just beautiful Anne! Wondering if that is fabric you found on a trip to Joann’s in January? 😍 Another work of art!

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    1. Thank you Eileen, yes it is some of the fabric from Joann's! xx

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  7. Yet another absolutely fantastic journal , Anne. So masterfully crafted with a keen eye for detail and such a professional finish. Love the fabrics - the perfect choice for a pocket size travel journal. Love it lots !
    Hugs x

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  8. Abaolutely gorgeous Anne. The fabric is very striking and I love how you added straight stitch and zig zag too. Gorgeous mix of fabrics and I love your pockets inside . Fabulous template. Loved the step by steps. Tracy ❤️❤️😘

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  9. Love this journal Anne x It is full of the most wonderful details and you are so kind to share your tips with us xx The pockets are fantastic too

    TFS and huge hugs to you and David
    Annie xx

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  10. Any book with a travel theme catches my attention but yours - I was googly-eyed over this one! Love the colors and the use of fabric. And thank you for the pattern. I'll be making this one!

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  11. Great journal, love the papers and the wallet is a nice touch. Thanks for sharing all the details. x Amanda

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  12. Really love your use of fabric. I'm curious: did you cut the fabric the same size as your base and just glue stitch? If so are you seeing any fraying or will the matte medium prevent that? Thanks!

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    1. Thank you Michelle! I glued the fabric to a piece of mountboard (matboard) and then die cut it. I added the fabric to the inside afterwards and cut around the edges. If you use matte medium or something like Mod Podge to glue the fabric down, then once you are finished with the cutting, take some of the glue on your finger and go all around the edges. It gives a nice neat finish and will prevent the fabric from fraying too much. Hope that helps! x

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  13. Anne, this is fabulous! Your mail mani album is soooo cute! Love all the details. The added fabric touch is awesome!! Girl, you are so talented!!

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  14. Brilliant use of that fabric and a great reminder of our shopping expedition! Love that little wallet - great tutorial!

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    1. Thank you Susie, it was certainly the highlight of my trip, I was in fabric heaven!! xxx

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  15. Wow, Anne, this is amazing!! Those fabrics are so gorgeous!! I love the details you added to the inside!! The slotted die and the envelope are so fabulous!! The wallet is so creative!! Wow!! This is so spectacular!! You are so talented, my friend!! You always, always inspire me!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

    Lisa
    A Mermaid's Crafts

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  16. This is a great journal, Anne! I have seen such constructions befoe but never tried myself. I think I need to do it at least once too :))

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  17. What an awesome journal you have made! Awesome fabric and papers, and the pockets, slots and insetts are great. Hugs Susanne

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  18. I'm sure the fabric gives a great texture when you are holding this wonderful travel journal Anne! what great pages inside with your folder piece and the dies you used! A lovely travel journal! Julia xx

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  19. Seriously, I work ten minutes away from a Joann's. I go in there when we are at the big shopping mall buying the kids clothes, but usually leave empty handed! I always forget to look at the fabric since I don't sew as much anymore. I'm going to go on a hunt! :) I just adore the way you used this fabric. Your journal is absolutely splendid and what a great reminder of your trip to the States. I'm totally inspired by this Anne! Big hugs, Autumn

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  20. Wow, that fabric cover is simply fabulous, Anne - and the closure is totally brilliant. Superb inspirational work with Eileen's die, as ever - you're amazing.
    Alison x

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  21. I am in awe Anne!! So many incredible details. I love the use of the fabric. Oh my goodness ... it makes me want to create my own. You are a master, my friend :). Thanks so very much for the inspiration. Mary Elizabeth

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  22. This is brilliant Anne, I love the fabric that you've used, and the little inserts that you add really make it special. The pop of red elastic is perfect! Have a very happy August, Sue xx

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  23. What a beautiful wrap around journal anne...the fabric works so beautifully...i especially love that one inside the journal. The signatures look great too. Really lovely work. Big hugs my lovely xxxx

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  24. Love love love your fabulous journal Anne! The fabric works so wonderfully well and I love your use of the fabric too for the smaller wallets and signatures inside. It must all feel so wonderfully tactile! What a wonderful creative designer you are! Gorgeous work. Jennie x

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  25. OMGosh Anne!! This is amazing! I just LOVE that fabric and how you turn it into a journal, blows me away! You always amaze me with your skills, but this one is over the top cool to me! I am in awe,my friend! Bravo!
    huge hugs,Jackie xo

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  26. Wow! Anne, once again you have managed to leave me in the unflattering postition with my jaw gaping wide in amazement! What beautiful work you do, and a fabulous reminder of your trip to lovely Arizona. All these details are fabulous, and I really appreciate the little pocket plan you shared. Love the stitching, too! So perfect in every way! Is that some real airmail on that wallet, or part of the fabric design? I just found out that one of my Capon friends used TH fabrics on her quilts, so I got her addicted to the Tim Holtz Addicts FB group. Sending hugs!

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    1. Aww, thank you Sara! Yes, it is a wonderful reminder of my visit. I have not added anything to the fabric, on any of the pieces, it is just the pattern of the fabric. Hugs xxx

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  27. You definitely love making journals!
    Sandy xx

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  28. You rock on these journals!!! I LOVE the inside with all the pockets and inserts! So great Anne!

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  29. Fabulous journal once again. The fabric is wonderfully vibrant and must make the journal more sturdy and hard wearing. Love all the pockets and extra bits. Elaine xx

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  30. Ooh Anne this is another absolutely awesome journal - looks fabulous with the fabric and the cool stitching. Love the pockets etc. inside - your 'how to' is brilliant! Yet another triumph my friend! xxx

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  31. A beautiful Journal Thanks for sharing your steps have a blessed week!

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  32. This is absolutely wonderful Anne! Fantastic use of Tim's fabric. Love all elements and doo-dads. Happy weekend! Nicola x

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  33. As always, a stunningly detailed project. As soon as I saw this & you mentioned TH Fabric, I remembered that picture of you from last year, Happy Face, with an armful of fabric! I could tell you were in 7th heaven! What a splendid use you've made of the purchase, and I always love when I see a project that uses fabric and sewing type articles. You've put so much work into the finite details,and it certainly shows. Lots of color, imagination and terrific use of the dies to carry out your theme. Always enjoy looking at the tutorial pictures you take the time to share as well. Hope you had a fabulous & happy birthday too! TFS & Hugs

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  34. Wow!! This is so fabulous Anne!! I love that you covered the book in fabric, it looks amazing!! I also really love the inside. So much work has gone into this and it certainly paid off! Absolutely adore this album!! Have a wonderful day!! hugs xx

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