Monday, 1 October 2018

Mini Album Makers - October Challenge

Hello Friends

The first of October means that we are starting a new challenge at Mini Album Makers and as always 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 we are sponsored this month by Seth Apter, I have created a mini album using Seth's fabulous Baked Textures along with his dies and stamps and Paper Artsy paints.

Using heavyweight black card I brayered several colours randomly onto the card and then over-stamped with a 'crackle' stamp (make unknown) to add some texture.  I did several sheets of card.  I just love the way the colours look against the black card.
I die cut my pieces for the cover and two extras for the inside covers, in plain black.  I also cut three signature covers from the same brayered cardstock. The beauty of the Passport die is that it also cuts perfect signatures to fit inside the Passport journal.
After die cutting the spine in plain cardstock I used Seth's Baked Textures Embossing Powder  - Rocky Road to create a lovely contrast.  I also die cut several pieces from Seth's Steering Wheel die (S4-741) and his Broken Maze die (S4-743) for a couple of the signature fronts too.  These were also embossed with Rocky Road Baked Textures.  The EPs give a wonderful tactile feel to the die cuts.
I created a pocket for the inside of the journal and applied the 'steering wheel' due cuts to the signature covers.  The steering wheel on the front cover of the journal was layered up three times and I added a mini corked jar, filled with some Baked Texture powder (Vintage Beeswax).

I added the signatures to the journal and stamped the word Experiment from Seth's ESA08 stamp set, this was also embossed with Rocky Road.

To finish off I always like to add some handmade charms and I also added a black crinkle ribbon closure.

Our generous Sponsor this month is Seth Apter who is offering one lucky winner a full set of his Baked Textures Embossing Powders by Emerald Creek - what a fabulous prize!!

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I hope you will visit us at Mini Album Makers to see what my talented teamies have made and also to join in - you might just win the wonderful prize from Seth Apter!

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

Hugs, Anne xxx


  1. You little book looks gorgeous! Thanks for sharing and letting us see how you
    made your book! Very inspiring!

  2. Wowzer - your painted crackled backgrounds are just fabulous, giving this album a look of stony antiquity, and then you get the funky shapes of Seth's dies, with their coal black shimmer... amazing design with such drama - I love it.
    Alison x

  3. Oooh Anne !!! I love your painted and crackled backgrounds, they look stunning! and like Alison says a stony antiquity. Gorgeous use of Seth's dies and powders. I just love this journal! xxx

  4. WOW! Those crackle backgrounds look amazing, so much texture. Love it!! xx

  5. ♥♥♥ be still my beating heart......♥♥♥. Think this has to be my new all time fave passport album you've ever made , Anne. Droooooool..... ♥♥♥♥♥

    p.s. the crackle stamp looks remarkably like one I have - crafty individuals if it is. Think you beat me at cleaning your stamps , lol ;0

    big hugs x

  6. Anne, I love everything you create! The brayering combined with the crackle stamp looks amazing and so textured. And of course the pages are brilliant.

  7. wow Anne this is so beautiful and what a great technique on the background, I actually thought it was crackle paste and love the bold black embellishments on the cover, hugs kath xxx

  8. Fabulous Anne, I too love the way the colours look on black card. The textures are fantastic and I adore the centrepiece. Gorgeous piece. Tracy ❤️❤️😘

  9. just blow me away! This is a fabulous little mini album. Love everything. Seth’s die cut is cool as are his baked textures. You’ve really done a great job with them on this album.

  10. Fantastic book Anne as always! I thought the crackle was paste also! I love how the focal image pops with the dimensional texture from Seth’s Baked Textures ❤️

  11. This is wonderful Anne! I love the textured spine, and these diecuts look amazing! Have a very happy October, Sue xx

  12. YUMMY! Love the crackles and the stone like covers! So cool!

  13. Wow!! You've done it again Anne! That painted and crackle stamped background is amazing and I love the contrast of the heat embossed spine!! The signature covers also are so gorgeous!! Absolutely stunning book!! hugs xx

  14. OMGOSh Anne! Completely yummy! First up, I love the monochrome color scheme! It works so perfectly!
    Secondly, you certainly know how to make textures pack that extra punch!
    But most of all, your overall design is just brilliant dear friend!
    Jackie xo

  15. What a wonderful journal Anne - this is a real treasure - I love the monochrome look you have used! So looking forward to seeing you at the weekend - won't be long now xx

  16. Hello, my friend!! I'm back from vacation and catching up on all I've missed!! Oh my good gosh, this is amazing!! Wow!! The textures are spectacular!! I love, the monochrome look and the design!! It's so stunning, Anne!! I love, love it!!

    Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  17. Superb and brilliantly striking Anne! You are sooo talented! Nicola x

  18. You really do make fabulous journals -- and you stay so busy Anne!
    Sandy xx

  19. A wonderful, textural, monochromatic journal - love it! Another triumph from the queen of journals! Hugs my friend. xxxxxxx

  20. Oh Anne, I adore that crackle stamp against those colours, reminds me of aged stone walls, it really gives good ground for those baked textures. I can imagine you using this journal for those idea's in the making and keeping those found off cuts all safe and sound. Dynamic creation..
    Sorry i'm late visiting Anne, you know it's been a difficult couple of weeks my end. Thank you as always for your kind words and support.
    Big Hugs Tracey xx

  21. I'm pretty sure the photographs don't do this little book justice, Annie! The way you were able to distress and crackle and color that paper to look like it does is just magical to me! All of the matching elements are brilliant to give this a finished and completed look, which is always your signature style, right down to the last charm and ribbon!! Hugs, Darnell xxoo


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