Thursday, 1 November 2018

Mini Album Makers November Challenge

Hello Friends, this is my first of two posts today.

A new month means a new challenge at Mini Album Makers! As always, it is Any Handmade Book Goes.  Enter any form of handmade mini albums, scrapbooks, journals and book arts.  Our focus is on completed works, so no layouts or journal spreads that are not part of a complete handmade book project.  You can find full details of the Rules on our home page.

I wanted to use this beautiful Gypsy Soul Laser Cut, along with some Tim Holtz fabric, so I altered a plain journal with fabric to accommodate the laser cut.

I have a few photos to show you how it all came together.
1.  I used a ready made journal, some Tim Holtz fabric and a Laser Cut from Gypsy Soul
2.  Cut the fabric to size with a 1" border all around.  Glue the fabric to the outside of the journal and leave to dry.
3.  Fold in and glue down the corners.
4.  Fold in and glue the sides to the cover.
5.  (not shown) Glue one page over the fabric at the front and back to cover the fabric, this gives a nice neat finish to the front and back.
I usually always add a pocket or an envelope to the inside of all my journals. It is so easy to do by cutting and folding as shown in photograph one above. 

For my envelope I cut the card to 8.1/4" tall x 7.1/4" wide and scored at 3.1/2" and 7".  The bottom tab is 1.2" and the top fold over tab is 1.1/2".

You will need a Cropodile or hole punch and some eyelets to create the closure.  Adjust the sizes to correspond with your size of journal.  Once you have made one of these, it gets easier and it finishes your journal off beautifully and gives you a handy place to store small items and/or a pen or pencil.

I used the beautiful laser cut from Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts (our Sponsor this month).  I embossed it with Black Embossing Powder.  To finish it off I added a flower charm from my stash.

Our Sponsor this month at Mini Album Makers is Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts who will be offering a prize pack to one lucky winner.

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Thanks so much for your visit today, I hope you will join in this month at Mini Album Makers, we would love to see your creation(s).

Hugs, Anne xx


  1. Thanks so much for the envelope instructions. I always seem to mess those up. Now saving this tutorial. Great book!

  2. Such a polished finish - this looks so professional. I love the elegant laser cut - a great focal image for the cover - and thank you for the envelope tips.
    Alison x

  3. Anne, what a great way to add polish to a journal! Love the fabric and REALLY love the pocket idea - I'm totally stealing that one!


  4. This is so amazing!! I love the fabric you used!! The laser cut piece is gorgeous!! The envelope is fabulous!! Stunning journal, my friend!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  5. What a fabulous journal, and the pocket is amazing, thanks so much for the instructions - it doesn't look toooo scary lol xx

  6. You always make everything look so easy Anne! These papers and the book design remind me of Harry Potter! I bet you could keep some cool spells and small potion ingredients in there!
    Jackie xo

  7. This is so striking Anne. Beautiful bold lines and contrasts. The laser cut looks brilliant in glossy black against Tim's fabric. Thank-you for including how to of your trademark pockets. Wonderful journal as always. Nicola x

  8. Anne this is such a smart way to jazz up a journal and your choice of fabric makes it perfect for both genders. I really love the idea of adding the pocket inside, it will keep all those little extra's and keep safes all in one place. You always make those pockets look so easy to assemble.
    Beautifully embellished. Thank you for the inspiration.
    Big Hugs Tracey xx
    P.S Thank you for the well wishes, it means a lot x

  9. I love your journal cover Anne!! I love the fabric you chose and the laser cut is gorgeous!! Thanks so much for sharing the envelope instructions, it's fabulous!! Gorgeous creation as always!! hugs xx

  10. A gorgeous fabric journal Anne with a fabulous diecut addition on the cover. Thanks for sharing your pattern for the envelope pouch, it makes for a great addition to the front of your journals xxx

  11. What a fabulous make over Anne with the gorgeous fabric and the stunning laser cut. I always love pockets inside books and this one is such a good make, thank you for sharing the details. xxx

  12. what a fabulous journal - I do love this anne - that fabric is fabulous! Hugs rachel xx

  13. Another fabulous journal Anne .... love the fabric. Great instructions for the envelope too xx

  14. Another fabulous journal! I love that fabric design and the chippie and jewel really pop off that cover. I appreciate your sharing your process steps, too! Hugs!

  15. Stunning journal - beautiful material and that gorgeous laser cut with the lovely charm in the centre! I am trying to catch up a bit with my comments - sorry I am soooooo late! Hugs xxxxxxx


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