Monday, 1 April 2019

'Professor' Tinkham for Mini Album Makers

Hello Friends

A new month means a new challenge at Mini Album Makers!  My very dear and generous friend Kath Stewart gave me lots of the new Tim Holtz stamps and I have incorporated two of those stamp sets into my journal, plus one older set.

A little story - Kath has always called Tim Holtz her 'adorable Professor' and Tim designed this 'Professor' stamp set and credited Kath with the name, how lovely is that!

The Professor in my case is an explorer and adventurer....

I am including a tutorial today, as I have recently joined Eileen Hull's Educator Group and Eileen is our generous Sponsor this month at Mini Album Makers, so the two go hand in hand quite nicely.  This is a picture heavy post!
I started with some cream Calico fabric and some of Tim Holtz Eclectic Elements Transportation Ticket fabric (a gift from my lovely friend Zoe Hillman).  I used Pebeo Matt Gel to attach both fabrics, one to each side of a sheet of mat board (mount board), gel is less tacky than glue.

Using Eileen Hull's Wrapped Journal die, I die cut the journal.  I felt the cover was a bit too 'light' and I dry brushed some Gathered Twigs Distress Paint over the cover and then used the same colour to dab through a Tim Holtz Burlap stencil quite randomly.
I used three stamp sets by Tim Holtz, Ledger Script, Distinguished and The Professor.
Here is a view with all the stamping added.  I also added some rough machine stitching all around the edges (I keep a separate needle for stitching card/paper)  and I cut out a couple of tickets from the left over material and used Matt Gel to affix them.  I also added some colouring to a few of the elements just to make them 'pop' more.  I used watercolour paints that are permanent once dry.
I created four signatures, using the same method for each.  I used 12" wide cardstock by Tim Holtz, cutting four pieces 12" x 5".  Scoring at 2.1/2", 6" and 9.1/2", fold on each score line.  You can glue each end flap in place completely or create two pockets by just attaching the flaps at the top and bottom.  Making your signatures this way gives the covers more stability.
I usually attach the inserts to my signatures using a simple pamphlet stitch.  As you can see I also added some more stamping to my signature covers.  I also added some Tim Holtz Idea-ology tabs to each of the signatures for added interest.
I always like to add a pocket in my journals and here is how I did it...
Using more Tim Holtz cardstock I cut one piece of card  to 4.7/8" x 5.1/4" and scored as shown above, at 1/4", 3/4", 4.1/8" and 4.5/8" and I scored at 4.5/8" across the bottom.  Fold the sides in an accordion style to give some depth to the pocket.

For the fold over top cut a piece to 3.3/8" x 2.1/2" and score at 7/8" and 1.1/8".  Cut and shape as shown above.

 I attached some closures (punched circles attached with eyelets) and then added the envelope to the middle part of the journal (glue the top part in first and then add the pocket element last so that you can 'fit' it properly to the journal).  At this point I added the elastic holders for the signatures and also the band to close the journal, all with 1.5mm black elastic, tying both off neatly.
I decided to add a ticket pocket to the inside front cover (a Tim Holtz die).  The tickets were made using another TH die and Tim stamps and coloured with Distress Inks.

Here is a final view of the back of the journal.

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

Hugs, Anne xxx


  1. As always, awesome, so awesome. Thanks so much for the tutorial.

  2. What an absolutely delightful journal Anne and fabulous post. I love how you have used the stamps and how it has all been put together, so clever. Have a great week xx

  3. this is just amazing Anne, I love love love how you have used my adorable Professor to decorate this travel journal. Thanks for all the hints and tips on how to create such a work of art. Happy Stamping my sweet friend xxx

  4. Thank you for the tutorial, what a lovely piece you created! The Professor looks good on the cover๐Ÿ˜‰

  5. This is such a work of art! Thanks for all the wonderful tips and the tutorial.

  6. What a fabulous Journal with a nod to Tim's products running throughout, Anne. A great informative post too . Tfs

  7. Wonderful tutorial. I'm going to try some of the *tricks & tips* you gave in this. Love your work!

  8. This is absolutely amazing, Anne!! I love Professor Tinkham!! The entire design is spectacular!! You've used the stamps so perfectly!! I love seeing how your journals come together!! This is fabulous!! Have a great day my friend!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  9. I love your Journal - what a fabulous use of the TH stamps, and thank you for sharing your tips - so useful for a newby album maker like myself!
    Diana x

  10. An absolute stunner Anne ! fabulous use of those wonderful stamps and I love the inserts too. Gorgeous xxx

  11. Wow! I really like all the great details of this...lots of interesting elements & the stamping really adds so much character! TFS! ITS GREAT

  12. What a wonderful book bursting with Tim Holtz goodness!! You really used all the products to full effect too. Lovely start to finish!
    ~ Heather

  13. A fab journal - what a great stamp the Professor is! Thanks for the step by step instructions - just need to buy the stamps now so I have bookmarked your page in readiness.
    Hugs, Neet xx

  14. Anne- I love the professor book- what a fun theme! Thanks for using the Wrapped Journal as a base for all your your cool pockets and inserts- it is fabulous <3

  15. What a lovely story about the *Adorable Professor* Anne doesn't it make that set extra special. This journal is fantastic with it's scrummy steampunk touch throughout created with the love of fabrics and papers which I know you enjoy working with just as I do and I had to smile about the separate needle, I have a little box full of *only for paper needles*.. :)) A fabulous tutorial showing just how much we can pack into those wrap journals. I can't stop scrolling up to take another look!! I LOVE it!!
    Hugs Tracey xx

  16. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this, Anne! Thanks so much for the fabulous tutorial.

  17. Wow Anne!! Another fabulous book and thank you for the tute!! The cover is gorgeous .. your dear Professor is such a handsome fellow .. and the inside is amazing!! Am bookmarking this for future ref. Love, love, love it!! hugs xx

  18. Just glorious, Anne - brilliant use of those new "adorable Professor" stamps, so delicately tinted for the perfect nostalgic look. I love the bold bright tickets on the inside too - a fabulous journal cover.
    Alison x

  19. This is amazing as always Anne,so much detail. Great tutorial too, thank you xx

  20. Wow!!! This is just fabulous Anne and I love the adorable profesor as you know xx Kath must have been so chuffed when Tim created these stamps xx You have used these stamps so beautifully and each page/pocket looks amazing x

    Sending huge hugs to you both
    Annie xx

  21. This is one amazing journal from cover to cover and each signature in between! You have a real knack with the Professor and Kath is such a great friend to gift these stamps to you! I always love your pockets, and this time, I'm happy to see the little die cut ticket pocket as well. Great make, great tutorial! Hugs!

  22. amazig journal anne - love the colours - so much detail - thanks for giving us the dimensions! Big hugs rachel x

  23. I kept this post in my inbox until I had the time to come and read it and enjoy the photo tutorial thoroughly. Annie, I have to say you've outdone yourself this time! Your execution is impeccable and your attention to detail with this stunning creation is so impressive! And how fun that Tim recognized Kath for giving him that Professor nickname! Hugs, Darnell xxoo

  24. Your journal looks so cool, Anne! One can tell that you enjoyed creating this wonderful project. Thank you for sharing the process with so much detail.
    By the way, 3D is a passion for me, too :).

  25. Awesome journal Anne! Hugs Susanne.

  26. That's such a wonderful story and I love the mini journal that you created with all those lovely stamps - beautiful ๐Ÿ˜. Happy and creative wishes! J ๐Ÿ˜Š x

  27. Oh my, sorry I've not been around much. Family stuff has been getting in the way but things are better now so should be able to play more. Happy crafting, Angela xXx


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