Tuesday, 1 January 2019

Artist Trading Coin Mini Album

Hello Friends!  Happy New Year!  I wish you all the very best for 2019!

A new year and a new challenge at Mini Album Makers.  As always, it is anything goes as long as it is any handmade mini album, scrapbook, journal 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.  Please ensure you read the rules over at Mini Album Makers.

Artist Trading Coins seem to be all the rage at the moment with lots of people swapping them.  I made a mini album to hold three coins securely for posting.

I cannot take any credit for the design of this mini album, I saw a YouTube video a few years ago by a lady called Kathy Orta King, HERE.  I wanted my album to be large enough to accommodate the ATCoins which are 2.1/2" in diameter, so I changed the measurements of mine.
I found a beautiful sheet of 12" x 12" paper in my stash and some Prima self adhesive letters that I thought matched nicely.
Take a sheet of 12" x 12" paper and cut it down to 9/3/4" x 12".  I am listing the score lines below:
On the 9.3/4" side - Score at 3.1/4" and 6.1/2"
On the 12" side - Score at 2", 2.1/4", 5.1/4", 5.1/2", 8.1/2" and 8.3/4"

Cut as shown above.  The 2" piece will be the cover for your album (shown middle, left above).  Make sure to keep the little 1/4" tabs intact as these will form the pockets. I used a hole punch to cut little finger holes in each of the small pockets.
Once all of the little tabs are glued into place, the inside of the completed album should look something like the above.

To finish off I used a left-over piece of card to strengthen the fold over tab.  I also added a metal eyelet to the flap and added a length of hand dyed vintage ribbon to act as a closure.  And so, there you have a quick and easy album to store ATCoins for sharing.  My ATCoins are not new, they are from a previous post here.

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We do hope you will join us this month at Mini Album Makers, it would be lovely to see you there.

In the meantime, I hope to see you again soon.

Hugs, Anne xxx


  1. I love this Anne, what a fabulous way to store those amazing AT Coins. Wishing you a very happy New Year xxx

  2. Anne, this is a great way to present a gift of these beautiful art coins! Gorgeous project! Happy New Year to you! I hope to be a more consistent visitor this year! Sending hugs!

  3. Hi Anne, just noticed the papers and I'm sure I have those somewhere and must have had them for quite some time. I am determined that this year I will use up some of this stuff.... yes I know you've heard it all before Lol! Great project, love it. Happy New Year, Angela xXx

  4. This is so gorgeous, Anne!! I love the design!! It's perfect to hold those stunning artist trading coins!! I love the colors and the pretty bow!! I hope 2019 is a fabulous one for you!! So thankful for your friendship!! Happy New Year!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  5. What a wonderful little album for your gorgeous ATC coins! I remember them from your previous post. Thank you for all the measurements, so kind! Happy New Year my friend. Hugs xxxxxxxx

  6. Oh that is clever! Happy New Year!!

  7. Everything you do Anne is utterly perfect and so professionally finished. Love your vibrant, glossy atcs and the super album makes for a brilliant overall package. So clever and thank-you for sharing all the deets / links. Wishing your lovely self and David a happy, healthy and super crafty 2019. Nicola x

  8. What a clever little book, Anne! I love that you created it from a single sheet. Sweet coins too!
    ~ Heather

  9. Love your gorgeous album Anne and the wonderful ATCoins are so colourful too xx Happy New Year to you both xx

    Annie xx

  10. Ooh, that's scrumptious - I love the gleam of the richly coloured coins against the shabby chic papers. A charming album to store or swap.
    Alison x

  11. What a gorgeous little album Anne, just perfect for holding your coins, though I definitely wouldn't want to give this away! Have a very happy and healthy 2019, Sue xx

  12. Gorgeous little album Anne and I love the AT coins too - thanks for the link to the u tube - will check that out! Hugs rachel x

  13. What a find that template was Anne fabulous way to hold your delightful ATCoins and a great way to use up some of that paper stash. It makes a great carrier and will make the sweetest of gifts.
    Sorry i'm late I seem to be having trouble with blogger and what is being shown in my blogger reading list, I think it maybe time for a clean up grr!!
    Hugs for a Happy & Healthy New Year Tracey xx

  14. A wonderful album to hold ATCoins , Anne and a clever design - thanks for sharing the dimensions. x

  15. Happy New Year Anne, and what a way to start it. I love AT coins and your little album is the perfect thing to keep them in, what a clever idea xx

  16. Just coming by on my weekly visit..
    What a super clever design Anne, just perfect for sending those coins (hope we can do a swap at some point) Thanks for the link to Kathy's video, I shall have to check that out as I LOVE this idea for sending coins, thanks so much also for the clear instructions of how you adapted it. The finished booklet looks just lovely too!!

  17. Sorry I'm so late commenting, Annie, due to the damage from the crapalanche, lol! Artists Trading Coins, wow! I love how our hobby is constantly evolving and artists like you think of ways to tweak designs to get everyone's juices cooking on high again! Your coins and album are superb, as are your instructions and drawings! Enjoy your week! Hugs, Darnell xxoo

  18. Hi Anne, just back blogging and I totally love these trading coins. fabulous. Love them so much. I am hoping to keep up with everyone more in 2019 :) Hugs June x


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