Wednesday 1 November 2017

Mini Album Makers - November Challenge

It is time for a new challenge at Mini Album Makers and, as always, it is any form of handmade mini album, scrapbook, journal and book arts.

I am still in 'mini album' mode and have created a little Christmas album, which tucks nicely into a small decorated gift box.
The finished album measures 2.1/4" x 2" and is 1.1/4" deep.
I used Eileen Hull's Box, Candy Drawer die to make my gift box.  It is cut from chipboard.
The box was painted with Black Soot Distress Paint, covered with paper from the Tim Holtz stack of paper.  All the raw edges were coloured with Black Soot Distress Oxide.
To create the album, cut a piece of board to 5.3/4" x 2.1/8" and score at
2.1/4" x 3.1/2".  Cover with your chosen paper and cut the corners as shown.  Fold the corners over and glue in place and place to one side to dry.
  To create the spine for your pages cut 4 pieces of lightweight card as follows:

1.  Cut a piece of card 1.3/4" x 2" and score at 3/8" and 1.5/8"
2.  Cut a piece of card 1.5/8" x 2" and score at 3/8" and 1.1/4"
3.  Cut a piece of card 1.1/2" x 2" and score at 3/8" and 1.1/8"
4.  Cut a piece of card 1.1/8" x 2" and score at 3/8" and 5/8"
Fold and layer up the spine pieces and glue together to form a 'fan' shape.  Glue a piece of card to the inside of the album.  I usually just glue the spine area and leave the cover pieces to be glued down later, this way you can trim the edges if necessary.
Next, cut your 'pages', you will need 8 of these, 4" x 1/7/8" and score and crease in the middle.
Glue the 'pages' in as shown and then glue to the base of the album.  Once fitted, glue the inside covers of the album, trimming if necessary.
Decorate your pages as you wish, I filled mine with lots of Christmas sentiments, Christmas trees, snowflakes and I added a little pocket to the front and back cover.  I added the number 25 to the front cover and also added an elastic closure.

To finish off the box I added a Tim Holtz Poinsettia in white card, some red jingle bells and some dyed seam binding.

So there you have it, I hope you like it!

Our wonderful sponsor at Mini Album Makers this month is Lindy's Stamp Gang.

Lindy's are offering a $25 voucher to one lucky winner!

We would love to see you join in this month at Mini Album Makers Challenge,

I would like to add my project to the Frilly and Funky Trick or Treat Challenge.  Not very Halloween-like but my frilly treat is that the mini album hides away in the little a surprise.

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

Hugs, Anne  xx


  1. This is the sweetest mini book Anne, what a fabulous idea to use the draw to house it all. The contrast between the vintage style album and black white and red draw works magnificently. Beautiful embellishments; Supported on those legs really does make it much more than a draw.
    Thank you for sharing. Hugs Tracey x

  2. Just absolutely gorgeous Anne! Another Eileen die on the wish list! Such a wonderful combination of colours and the little legs on the box look fabulous! Jennie x

  3. how fabulous Anne xx AS always you never fail to amaze me with your creativity xx You really showcase Eileen's dies so well and this mini album and gift box is stunning xx

    TFS and huge hugs
    Annie xx

  4. Such a delightful little book Anne and so clever the way it fits into the box. Like Jennie I think I have to add that one to my wishlist too! Love the colours and decorations you chose for your little book!

  5. Very clever and so beautiful! Love the book in a box idea. What a great gift for this time of year.

  6. Beautiful littkecakbum Anne, adore how it fits in the drawer. Beautifully decorated too. Tracy x

  7. Oh Anne! What a precious treasure! I am wild over your use of Tim's new paper! The tiny album is so fun and your page designs are perfect. The box is truly amazing and I'm sure will be a great display. Thanks so much for sharing all these details. Big hugs, Autumn

  8. Oh my gosh, this is amazing, Anne!! I love, love the gift set!! The gorgeous box is just perfect for the gorgeous album!! You decorated both so beautifully!! And I love how you added the feet to the box!! Spectacular, as always, my friend!! You have me adding more dies to my must-have list!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  9. Oh, what a joy! I love your book in a box! What a fantastic gift set, and made and finished to perfection. I resisted those new Christmas papers, but the sketchy holly you've used here was the one I was really tempted by... I may have to give in after all!! Gorgeous work.
    Alison x

  10. Such a cute little book and I love your box too. It would make a really useful present! Elaine xx

  11. This is fabulous Anne!
    Linda xxx

  12. Ooh this is such a gorgeous little book filled with oodles of Christmas goodness all hidden away as a surprise in the gorgeous little box! Absolutely wonderful! Hugs xxxxxxxxx

  13. This is adorable, Annie! Your magical fingers were at it again! Thank you for the time it took to photograph and give us the amazing details of your festive Christmas mini album and sensational box!! Hugs, Darnell xxoo

  14. Wow this is wonderful Anne - I absolutely adore the little box that the album sits in - its adorable! You are very clever. Brilliant papers too! Hugs rachel x

  15. Just gorgeous Anne. Love the idea of hiding the mini album inside the little drawer and the colours are wonderful. I really like that poinsettia in white, funny how we always imagine them in red but it looks amazing. Love Margie x

  16. I LOVE that die! To put an album in it is perfect. LOVE all the pages cute!

  17. Wow!! What a delightful little gift set! The little book is stunning and the box is the perfect place to keep it. Definitely bookmarking this for future reference. Am just chafing at the bit to make this and also to use my new Eileen Hull die. Unfortunately it will all have to wait .. life is just too hectic at the moment and I still have way too many Christmas cards to make. I really love this project Anne, .. a fabulous idea for a small Christmas gift! hugs xx

  18. How beautiful. What a super gift idea. Fabulous creation Anne.
    Toni xx

  19. That little drawer/box and mini are too too too adorable! I love them both. And you picked the best paper and decor!!!

  20. Oh my goodness Anne this is adorable!!!! What a clever idea to pop that beautiful little book into it's own coordinating drawer. LOVE this whole idea xx

  21. Oh I just love this mini album! Your paper choices are all so fun and festive, and I adore all the fabulous forest tree scenes inside! The metallic 25 plate is a wonderful cover decor piece, so rustic! And that box, my gosh how wonderful! I love the contrast with the black and white and the vivid pops of red! Such a gorgeous set Anne! hugs :)

  22. Oh, my goodness, Anne, you always manage to tip me over with a feather with your incredible work! This mini album in a gift box is eye candy from box to pages! I'm so going to steal your idea; I'm very happy you shared your techniques for the mini. Sending big hugs to you!

    PS While I'm here, I want to thank you for playing along at Frilly and Funkie for our Trick or Treat challenge!This is certainly a TREAT!

  23. Ooooh! What an absolute treat! Gorgeous colours and the box you made for it looks so elegant! Another brilliant make! Hugs, Chrisx

  24. This is such a fabulous project! Anne The mini album itself is a real treat and then to give it its own little candy drawer makes it all the more special. A really fantastic project and thats for sharing how you made the album .
    hugs x

  25. Wow! nearly missed this and it's lovely. Happy creative week, Angela xXx

  26. Adorable in every way Anne. You are so so talented! Nicola x

  27. This is just lovely!!! The box idea is great!!! Thank you for your tutorial, very instructive!!!
    Hugs, Nora.

  28. I love red, white and black for Christmas! It's so classy! This is such a delightful project, and I really appreciate your lovely tutorial, too! The white poinsettia is gorgeous! Truly a real treat! Thanks so much for joining the fun at the Frilly and Funkie Trick or Treat Challenge!

  29. How cute is that? I love how neatly in fits into that box! Thanks so much for visiting my blog, Anne! I really appreciate it! :))

  30. Back to say thank you for sharing with us at Frilly and Funkie! xx

  31. As always, you make the coolest things Anne! And this little book is just the best! I love the mini-ness, the papers you used, everything!
    What a wonderful gift this would make!(I know I would love one-wink wink)
    hugs,Jackie xo

  32. Congratulations on your Top Pick at Frilly and Funkie, Anne! This is one amazing mini album and box and so perfectly made! We really needed two top winners this month! Hugs!

  33. What a lovely box for your beautiful little Christmas book Anne! Great contrast with the black box and colorful book! Julia xx

  34. This album is so cute I love everything especially the cute box for your album to be stored in Thank you for sharing


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