Thursday 1 March 2018

Mini Album Makers March Challenge

Hello Friends

It is time for a new challenge at Mini Album Makers and as always, it is anything goes, as long as your entry comprises any form of handmade mini album, scrapbook, journal and book art.  Our focus is on completed works, so no layouts or journal spreads that are not part of a complete handmade book project.  You do not have to provide a tutorial, but we wish you would.  Feel free to use one of the DT tutorials to make your project and give proper credit where due.

I have a new found love for ATCs, so I made a little ATC album holder to house them.
  I used a couple of stencils from one of our recent Sponsors, StencilGirl.  I have a few step by steps to share with you, this is such an easy little album to create.
I started by preparing the background, using PaperArtsy paints, applied with a brayer and dabbing the same colours of paint through a StencilGirl stencil - Ribbons
Since both sides of the card would show, I treated the reverse side the same way and using the Squared On stencil by StencilGirl - I love this stencil! 
 Create the pockets for the inside, by:
1) taking a piece of card measuring 7" x 4.5/8"
2) Score at 1/2" and 3.3/4 " on the long side and at 1/2" on the short side
3) Cut where shown in the above picture
Once cut and scored, each pocket should look the above.  Fold on the score lines and glue together for form pockets.  I made eleven pockets in total for my album but you can make as many or as few as you like.
Once assembled, punch a finger hole at the top of each pocket.  Place strong tape (or glue) along the centre of each pocket and glue together in an accordion fashion.
To create the cover, cut a piece of your painted and stencilled card into a strip 11.5/8" long and slightly wider than the finished pocket (in my case 3.1/4").  The width may vary depending on the finished width of your pockets.  I find it easier to wait until the pockets are formed, before cutting the cover to size.

Score at 4.1/8", 5", 9.1/8" and 10" - again, you can adjust the scoring lines to fit your pockets.
Glue, or tape the completed pockets to the front and back cover, but without gluing the bottom of the pockets, they will stay put without glue or tape and will provide some movement if you have thicker ATCs to store in some of the pockets.

Once assembled you can finish off the outside by adding a button and string closure as in my case or by using a closure of your choice.  I added some more stencilling and marks to the outer part of the cover.
Here is a view from the top, with some ATCs ready to be stored away.

We hope you will join in this month at Mini Album Makers where our Sponsor for the month of  March is the one and only Seth Apter!

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Seth is offering a set of his brand new Baked Textures Embossing Powders created by Seth and Kim Evans of Emerald Creek

I would also love it, if you have the time, if you will pop over to Mini Album Makers to see the wonderful creations my teamies have made!.

Thanks so much for your visit, I hope to see you again soon.

Hugs, Anne xx


  1. Very Beautiful ATC Album Annie, I am inspired. Thank you for sharing process.

  2. This is so cute and is definitely now on my to do list. I love making ATCs and this is a fab way of storing them. Thanks for the inspiration xx

  3. I love your Beautiful ATC album Anne x Great step by step and amazing details. TFS

    Annie xx

  4. Clever idea Anne, beautifully executed. Love the pink and the oversized button is perfect. The felt star gives a wonderful tactile touch ❤️❤️. Tracy

  5. You are so creative, Anne!! This is amazing!! Wow!! I love the design of this and your step-by-step tutorial is fabulous!! The color and design of the outer cover is beautiful and I love all of those ATC's, too!! Spectacular as always!! I love, love it!! Have a great day, my friend!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  6. Anne, what an incredibly beautiful use of these stencils! I adore how you assembled this. I made one similar for a tag book one time, but like the ATC size better because those do seem to be harder to store. I just love this project and appreciate you sharing the measurements and details. So fun! Hugs, Autumn

  7. Beautiful cover for this absolutely gorgeous little album - such a cool way to store your ATC's! I am staying cosied up on the sofa under blankets and keeping warm! I hope you are keeping warm, cosy and safe too my friend! Hugs xxxxxxx

  8. What a dinky beauty Anne! Love the brayered result and then those funky modern stencils, that cover works a treat. Thanku for lovely clear step x step too. warm est hugs to you. Nx

  9. Beautiful! Love the colours! Hugs,Chrisx

  10. Omgosh how I love this little album! What a super idea with all of those neat pockets!I love pockets! And I love those atc's - super!
    Thanks so much for the tutorial,this one I may have to give a try!
    hugs,Jackie xx

  11. Anne this is gorgeous, I can't believe how one shee of paper turned into this work of art! I might have to give it a go too! Have a very happy March, Sue xx

  12. This is so cute Anne .. I love it! Brilliant idea to make a little album for your ATCs and it is so gorgeous!!! Definitely bookmarking this for future reference .. I love it!!! hugs x

  13. WOW Anne!!! That's amazing! I love how your little album concertinas out to become the perfect storage solution for those wonderful ATC's! And the big button closure with the felt star. So clever! Thanks for you detailed tutorial too xx

  14. What a lovely way to store your ATC's, in this wonderful pink album. Love the stenciling pattern with the hot pink button and that wonderfully textured aqua star. First thing I saw was this huge pink button as the blog scrolled....what a super decorative way to close this little album! Happy weekend, TFS and I hope you're keeping warm if you're in that frigid cold belt. Hugs

  15. Anne this is a fabulous idea, your construction is genius how they are all housed separately. Great idea to cut the cover after, I know only too well how these projects can expand in the blink of an eye leaving us baffled on how that came to be. Your BIG Button sends a BIG statement.. Holding it all together.
    I had a real love for ATC's up until late last Autumn when I decided to give myself a larger canvas to work with for my sketches and drawings.. Now I work on A3 I find it so difficult to condense it all down to ATC size. i need to find a happy balance between the two before it is too late as the artwork that can be achieved on something so small can be so magnificent. I think you may just have inspired me..!!
    Wishing you a super weekend & hope the weather has been kind to you.
    Creative wishes Tracey xx

  16. Oh Anne, this is so super clever and such a great design!! Love how you put it together and you have just totally inspired me to make one myself! Atcs got me into papercrafting many years ago and I must have collected hundreds of them from all over the world, they are so much fun and the collection you have there looks fantastic! I feel all inspired to make atcs again now :o)

  17. A great little project and a lovely place to store your ATCs. If you love making ATCs (like I do) why don't you join in the UK Stampers Forum monthly challenge on Facebook- it's always fun waiting for the postman with your swaps!! Elaine xx

  18. Anne, this is so stinkin' clever, I'm squealing with delight! I love the little accordion pockets and your covers are just stunning in color and beautiful design! I agree, I love that squares stencil, too, and am adding it to my wish list! Thank you for the fabulous tutorial and the inspiration! Sending warm (but windy) hugs! :):)

  19. A great idea to store the ATCs, the shape of the album is beautiful, thanks for the step by step.

  20. My ATC binders are bulging at the seams. What an excellent idea. I think I may have to borrow it... ;)

  21. Oh wow! this is brilliant Anne and its so good to see all the measurements too! What a cool idea! And I never knew you did needlefelting!!! Its fab isn't it???? big hugg;es my lovely friend! Hugs rachel xx

  22. Love your little ATC album Anne. I too have loads from my bearmaking days and this clever creation would be ideal to keep them safe. You really are one talented crafter. Hugs Rita xxx

  23. OMG!!! I do love it!!! I've been making ATC for a long time. I love them too and this is a great idea to keep them ordered.


  24. Loving this sweet little album and a great way to store the ATCs. Have a lovely crafty week, Angela xXx

  25. Oh my gosh, this is such a fabulous idea Anne! I just love functional projects and this one is amazing, I'm thinking I may borrow this tutorial to make one for holding business cards!! The colours are wonderful and that big button is so much fun! You really are a talented lady bursting with creative ideas!

    So many people have been hit with snow recently, but here in Canada it's been lovely spring weather for the most part. How ironic is that! I haven't had a chance to get out yet and enjoy any of it, but the summer birds are arriving and the smells and sounds of the warmer season are starting to become more noticeable. Looks like it's shaping up to be a season of tons of babies!! sending hugs to you and hoping you have a lovely weekend :)

  26. Adorable mini make Anne - really beautiful.
    Toni xx

  27. What a great way to make a mini to store your ATCs! I love the giant button on the front!!

  28. What a fab little album Anne and I love the Paper Artsy stenciled cover, wonderful colour and design. What a brilliant idea for ATC storage, thanks so much for sharing all of your measurements and details, think I will be making one soon! Deb xo

  29. The concept, the colours, the design make for such a fabulous mini album , Anne for all your equally fab ATC's .
    Hugs x


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