Monday 1 January 2018

Mini Album Makers January Challenge

Happy New Year Friends!

Since it is the first day of the month, not to mention a new year, it is time for a new challenge at Mini Album Makers.  As always, it is an anything goes challenge as long as you make a complete album, book  or journal.

I decided to make a mini album this month.
As another new year begins, my thoughts turned to Valentine's Day and I made a 4" square mini album from two sheets of 12" x 12" paper and some fabulous Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts... (all of the Gypsy Soul products I used are listed at the end of this post).
1.  Score a 12" x 12" piece of heavyweight paper at 4" and 8" on two sides
2.  Cut so that you have three single folded pages and one page with an extra flap (see above)
3.  Punch a half circle in the flap element, and use strong tape or glue on three sides to form a pocket - this would form the inside back page of the album.
4.  Glue all four of the page pieces back to back to form a 'booklet' style album
I chose this beautiful Gypsy Soul frame for my front cover and embossed it with Wendy Vecchi Embossing Powder in Red Geranium.  I gave it two coats so that it is beautifully glossy.
I glued the frame to the front cover of the album. At this stage I was undecided about decoration for the cover.

Since I had Valentine's Day in mind I opted for two hearts and embossed them with the same red embossing powder.  Whilst the EP was still hot I stamped into each heart with a script stamp to add some texture.

I dyed a piece of vintage seam binding with Festive Berries Distress Stain, attached it with a staple on the front and then glued the hearts on top as shown above.
To decorate the inside pages I chose a 12" x 12" piece of Maja Design double sided paper and cut this into 4" squares.  I trimmed five pieces, used Festive Berries Distress Ink to finish the edges and attached them to the inside pages.  For the remaining pages (including the pocketed back page)  I cut a half circle in the top and added glue to three sides to create further pockets.

I decorated one side of each pair of pages with some more beautiful Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts, each of which I embossed with the same embossing powder as before.
I used the remaining square of patterned paper to cover the back of the mini album.

There is plenty of space on the pages to add photos and/or memorabilia.  This is such a quick and easy design to create and I think it would make a wonderful substitute for a Valentine's card - it would be lovely filled up with personal messages and sentiments.....

So, I do hope you will join in at Mini Album Makers this month!

Our Sponsor this month is the wonderful Lindy's Stamp Gang who are offering a $25 Gift Voucher to one lucky winner.

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As always, thanks so much for your visit and I hope to see you again soon!

Hugs,  Anne  xxx

Products used from Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts


  1. What a romantic mini album Anne, wouldn't it be a charming gift filled with lots of treasured memories of special times and events of loved ones. Not only for valentines day but for anniversaries too.. a real tender hearted gift!!
    Happy new Year Anne.. Warmest of Wishes Tracey xx

  2. How gorgeous and so romantic! I think I might use this idea for an Anniversary or Valentine's card for Darren - it's just wonderful! I love the red and black - Happy New Year my friend. Hugs xxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  3. Beautiful Anne - so elegant and classic. Love those papers - I really need to use more patterned paper! xx

  4. Loving your mini album and that diecut on the front looks fantastic embossed in red. It's a brillaint first make of the year! Happy New Year Elaine xx

  5. This is so beautiful, Anne! My goal is to try and copy everything you do this year. I absolutely love your projects. I purchased all of Eileen's newest release on dies, so I am ready! Let's do this!

  6. Wow Anne this is amazing, that red embossing really pops! Have a very happy and creative 2018. Sue xx

  7. Goodness gracious - I am not even into New Year's Day yet and you are making Valentine Journals!!!!! It really is pretty Anne.
    I cooked us a one pot lucky New Year's Day dinner. Customary here in the Southern United States. Very easy and all in one pot.
    Pork (I used bacon) sauteed some chopped up onion, green pepper and celery, plopped in some frozen chopped collard greens - cooked for a while - then came the cooked rice and then a can of drained and rinsed seasoned black eyed peas. I have to tell you - it was delicious! It is called Hoppin'John and it really is a Southern tradition on New Year's day.
    What a nice visit with you on the first day of 2018. I might just surprise you and make a journal!!!!!!
    Sandy xx

  8. What a wonderful mini album - this is gorgeous Anne - I love that red embossing powder....beautiful! The hearts are beautiful too! Wishing you a very happy new year! Hugs rachel xx

  9. Such an elegant and wonderful album Anne and the colours are just perfect for Valentines! Beautifully made and a great tutorial!!

    Wishing you all the very best for the New Year!

  10. Another fabulous and creative album Anne. Love the vivacity of this one. Really stunning inside and out. Hugs Rita xxx

  11. Oh my gosh, Anne, this is stunning!! The hearts look amazing!! I love the texture!! The design is so beautiful and romantic!! The papers and details are stunning!! Amazing as always, my sweet friend!! And so inspirational!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  12. Aren't you the clever one to already be thinking of Valentines day - and how great it worked with the album project too. Love the details on this stunner. Especially liked your idea of stamping script into the hot embossed heart, very effective detail to sparkle the hearts. Always enjoy the pictorial tutorials. Sending Happy New Year wishes across the pond, and hoping that 2018 brings all that you & your loved ones need to make you happy and content. Thanks for the sweet comments you leave. Looking forward to seeing your fantastic work in the coming year. TFS & Hugs.

  13. Wow, that glossy gold filigree frame is amazing and the textured hearts are fabulous as the focal point on the cover. Love the inner pages too, and the passion and drama of the whole colour palette. Happy New Year!
    Alison x

  14. Such a fun idea, simple to make but the end result is luxurious! I'm loving the vivid red against the black. What amazing embossing powder! A great start to the New Year! Hugs, Autumn

  15. omgosh Anne! This is stunning! I just LOVE that red! A real eye catcher for sure!
    Cheers to great beginnings!
    Jackie xo

  16. Hi Anne. Such an incredible project, as always! Just wanted to say Happy New Year!! I hope you and yours had a wonderful holiday! Thank you so much for all of your support in 2017! You have been such an inspiration, and your friendship has been a huge source of happiness this last year. May 2018 be a year of crafting, friendship and good health!! sending hugs :)

  17. Great album, Anne! Very elegant and sensual!

  18. Another beautiful mini-album, Annie! All that rich glossy red and black are very romantic! Along with the pp, it is a perfect album for a Valentine's Day gift!! Happy New Year!! Hugs, Darnell xxoo

  19. This exudes warmth and passion Anne, its a stunning make. Fab gloss to the embossing makes it very glam. The way you have stamped into the heated 2 red hearts reminds me of red wax seals. Very va va voom! A very happy new year to your lovely self and David. Nicola x

  20. This is amazing!!! The colour combo, that you have chosen, is fabulous!!!

  21. Hi Anne! Happy New Year!! Sorry I haven't been around much lately but I needed a little break over the holidays. This little album is absolutely gorgeous! I love the simplicity of the cover .. so striking in the red and black, and the inside is also beautifully decorated. Simply stunning and a perfect Valentine gift!! Thank you for all your support in 2017 and for your inspiration as well. Your friendship means a lot to me and I wish you and yours all the very best for 2018. hugs xx

  22. Oh, yes! Anne, it is perfectly clear to me your favorite color is red, and you have done an exceptional job in presenting it against the black! Love this, and I may be a red convert now! The chippie looks fantastic enameled like that, and paired with the embossed/stamped hearts and that rich ribbon. and The decorated pages with in are so pretty, too! Well done! Happy New Year to you; may it be filled with blessings, love, good health and a fun adventure (eek! in just less than a week!)!!! Sending hugs!

  23. Love that red - must get some of that myself. Thanks for the heads up. Great journal.
    See you soon, are you excited?
    Hugs, Neet xx

  24. Oh My Anne! This is fabulous - I love that glossy red frame! Such a great idea too! Happy New Year to you - I am trying to catch up on blogs having been MIA last week!! Hugs,Chrisx

  25. Stunning Anne! Nothing stands out like red on black, beautiful. Hugs, Angela xxx

  26. Happy new year to both of you dear Anne. It’s nice to seeing how well you are doing with your designs.
    Lots of love
    Lynn xxx

  27. A Wonderful mini album ! The red with the black is so striking and an ideal colour combo for Valentine . Love the idea of filling it with love quotes, sentiments, messages and sending it instead of a card.
    hugs x

  28. I love this sweet mini! I think my very first mini was a 4x4 style. It is such a fun size! Great tutorial!!

  29. what a wonderful little book Anne! I love the black and bright shiny red - perfect for your Valentine's theme - such pretty papers on the inside too - love all the pocket pieces! Julia xx

  30. What a gorgeous album Anne, love the romantic papers you used and the Red Geranium embossing powder just pops, perfect for Valentine's Day! Thanks for sharing it, Deb xo

  31. Beautiful - the red against the black and the texture simply stunning - love it x Hilda


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