Friday 1 February 2019

Sketched and Doodled Mini Journal/Album

Hello Friends

The first day of the month means that we have a new challenge starting at Mini Album Makers!  We had some fabulous entries last month and I hope you will join in this month.

Each year I like to make a mini journal / diary to keep notes, thoughts and appointments in.   I am a bit late this year but better late than never I guess!

To create the base I used my all time favourite die - Eileen Hull's Passport die by Sizzix (660331), I just love it's compact size.  I cut it in black mountboard, which is nice and sturdy.
I do love a bit of colour and so I stamped, coloured and fussy cut several flowers from AALL & Create stamp set #154 by Tracy Evans.  I used Ecoline watercolour ink markers for my colouring.
Before adding the flowers to the front cover, I stamped and embossed in white WOW embossing powder, using Stamp #150 by Tracy Evans for AALL & Create.
On the inside front cover I added a die cut by Tim Holtz, his Stitched Slots Thinlits die by Sizzix (662697), it is a really handy size that fits the journal perfectly.  I also added the elastic binding as shown.
For the inside back cover, I like to cover up the knot created by the elastic closure and I created a pocket.  I added my favourite quote for my journals - stamped and embossed in white.  The stamp is by Darkroom Door.

The pocket is easily made, using a piece of card 4.1/2" x  4.3/4".
On the long side, score at 1/4", 3/4", 3.3/4" and 4.1/4"
On the short side score at 1/2"
Cut off the corners as shown to lessen the bulk, use a bone folder to crease all the score lines well and glue into the journal.
I stamped and die cut several tickets (stamp and die by Tim Holtz) to show how the holder can be used.  

I cut three signatures 3.1/4" x 4.3/4", one in white card and two in black card.  The first one contains a 2019 diary (purchased).  I added the remaining flowers to each of the signatures, adding a little doodling and some washi tape to 'ground' the flowers.
The second signature contains plain watercolour paper.

 The final signature contains ruled paper for notes.  I added a pen holder to the middle signature as I never seem to be able to find a pen when I need one!

I do hope you can join us at Mini Album Makers where
  Our generous sponsor this month is
and the super talented
Kae Pea
aka Kristen Powers
Join our challenge this month 
and you will be eligible to receive a prize package
Rubber Moon
You probably are aware of her amazing rubber stamps,  as well as her stencils
and now her unique inks called
Moonlight Duo Tint & Hue Ink
Take a look at her artistry here & follow along for ideas galore:

Dream it. Make it.™

Thanks so much for looking, if you would like to see what my talented team mates have made this month, then please check them out HERE.

I am adding this to Craft Stamper 'Take it Make it' Challenge HERE.

Hugs, Anne xxx


  1. Beautiful contrasting colours and a gorgeous attractive design. You’re going to lenjoy picking up this diary and notebook every day. Love it xxx

  2. What a fantastic journal cover Anne x The colours really pop on the black and the inside details are wonderful too x I agree that that quote is the best xx

    Sending hugs and Have a great weekend
    Annie xx

  3. Love how the black ground shows off all the colour. Very fun! All smiles here! HUGS! *☆♡☆*

  4. You truly make the most amazing journals!! This is so stunning!! I love the gorgeous colors and the way you decorated it, both inside and out!! Spectacular, as always, Anne!! Have a great weekend!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  5. Ooo Anne your mini diary/journal is both beautiful and useful, win win! Your front cover reminds me of an Native American headress and just pops from it’s inky black background. I love the AALL and create stamp sets. Hugs Lottie xx

  6. Wow!! You do create such awesome journals Anne! Love the bright colours against the black background and I adore the flower stamps .. so gorgeous!! Love the set-up inside too! Absolutely amazing journal!! Have a wonderful day! hugs xx

  7. so beautiful Anne, the bright blooms are just stunning against the background and your attention to detail in creating all the inserts is amazing, hugs kath xxx

  8. One fabulous mini Journal Anne. The colours are Wonderful and the way you have put it together looks superb. Love it. Hugs Rita xx

  9. Yet another fabulous mini journal, Anne Love how striking the flower looks against the black surfaces with white embossing. So many lovely touches inside too. I doubt I'll ever tire of seeing your handmade journals using Eileens dies .
    Hugs x

  10. Loving everything about this awesome journal xx

  11. I know that I can't have favourites, but if I could this would be one of them. There's so much drama in this and it's full of brilliant ideas that you've shared, such as the pocket to cover the elastic (and how I love the red elastic) This is my favourite die too, such a useful size for lots of things. Have a very happy weekend, Sue xx

  12. You are busier than a flea at a dog show, Annie! I love seeing what your creative mojo comes up with and this striking black journal with the white embossing and vibrant whimsical flower is sensational! Love that sediment and all the flowers and superb details you included on the inside! Enjoy the weekend!! Hugs, Darnell xxoo

  13. Anne in a line up I would have chosen hands down this one as yours with your signature pop of red. What a great way to document those daily to do's and such a handy size to keep it all within. It's as if those flowers were made for this creation and it sure will bring a smile each time you open it.
    Great idea to add a hand pen holder too, you are so right about not being able to find one when you need it. A very clever and clearly instructed work of art. Thank you so much for sharing.
    Wishing you a super weekend Hugs Tracey xx

  14. The vivid flowers against the smart black of the cover is so effective. I love the white embossing of the cover texture and the quotes inside - another brilliant book-make, Anne.
    Alison x

  15. wow - this is so striking Anne! I love that pop of colours against the black - absolutely brilliant! Hugs rachel xx

  16. Gosh Anne another fabulous journal, you clever lady! Happy creative weekend. Hugs. Angela xXx

  17. What a fabulous journal Anne, love the pops of white and colour against the black mountboard (never even knew you could get it in black!) and wonderful pockets and tuck spots on the inside, what a great quote stamp from dear Oscar! Thanks so much for sharing it, Deb xo

  18. Oh Anne you are the mistress of wonderuful books, this is another striking beauty!! Gorgeous cover and really clever inside pages, beautifully put together like always!! Stunning!
    Happy Sunday xxx

  19. This is such a fabulous journal Anne - wonderfully striking with those colours over the black and then the inside ....... just stunning ..... as always! Jennie x

  20. I LOVE the colors, especially the red! Beautiful AND practical and the pen holder is perfect. Love it Anne! And where did you find red elastic cord? Need that!
    ~ Heather

    1. Thank you Heather, I buy the red elastic from eBay, it comes in 1mm or 1.5mm width and ideal for journals. xx

  21. This is awesome! Love the strikingly bright flower against the black and the cool red elastic. The inside is wonderful too (so impressed with the pen holder!) - it will be a pleasure every time you use this fantastic journal/diary. Hugs xxxxx

  22. Having a little catch up this morning, and what a lovely way to start the day! I love your journals and this one is absolutely stunning! I love the contrast of the white embossing and the pop of color of the stamped and fussy cut flowers on the cover and all the elements within. Another wonderful Anne Redfern creation!

  23. Anne! I just love how the flower POPS off the cover of your little journal! As always fabulous!

  24. I think this is my new favourite of all your journals Anne. I love how those flowers just pop against the black cover and all the little extras inside make it even more special. Thank you for playing along with the Craft Stamper challenge too xx

  25. I just love your project. First, your photo is phenomenal. Second, your color choices just pop. And third, I immediately recognized that doodled bloom stamp (tried to order but it's out of stock at our store here in Germany). Love it. That is a cool Sizzix die too.


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