Saturday, 1 June 2019

Mini Album Makers- Under the sea book

Hello Friends

The first of the month means a new challenge at Mini Album Makers and, as always, the challenge is to create any handmade book.  Enter any form of handmade mini albums, scrapbooks, journals and book arts.  See the full rules here.

I decided to create something a little different this month - a piece of book art with an underwater sea theme.  
I started with a 'book box', this one is by Tando Creative.  In the UK this is available here.  I gave all of the pieces  a coat of gesso before assembling.

Next, I gave the pieces a coat of turquoise paint.
I covered the outside of the book box with some papers by Stamperia.
For the inside box part I coloured a piece of watercolour cardstock.
Next, I gathered together some elements that I thought might look good inside the box.  Me being me, I completely changed my mind on some of the items, as you will see in the finished book...

I decided to add a porthole to the front of the book, this one was created with a die by Tim Holtz.  I aged it a little and added a stamp for the quote.

To finish off the box, I attached some charms to a chain and added them to the box key.
Here is a view of the inside of the box.  The items on the left are from some old papers in my stash.
We really do hope you will join us this month at Mini Album Makers.  Our Sponsor this month is Catherine Moore Character Constructions who are offering a $25 Gift one lucky winner.


To see what my incredibly talented teamies have made please visit us at Mini Album Makers.

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

Hugs, Anne xx


  1. This is gorgeous Anne! Would you mind letting us know where the charms came from? They are just darling.

    1. Hi Anne, thank you! You really have set me a challenge, I have had them for a long time. I don't know where you are based but I tracked the glass bauble down to here on EBay:
      The 'enamel' shell can also be found on EBay, something similar here: You may find them on Etsy too, just do a search. I hope you find some! Anne xx

    2. Thank you for taking the time to reply, shopping i will go!

  2. Jaw well and truly on the floor! From those beautiful papers to the fabulous seahorse amidst the seaweed fronds; from the brilliant weathered porthole to the glistening gritty sand of the sea floor, this is a joy. And the tiny charms add an exquisite finishing touch. Fabulous!
    Alison x

  3. Gorgeous Anne, loving the surprise on the inside. Gorgeous colours and the front is so eye catching and I love your trademark charms. ❤️❤️

  4. Oh my gosh, this is spectacular, Anne!! I absolutely love it!! Just the cover is gorgeous and then you open it and wow!! It's an underwater masterpiece!! Absolutely stunning!! I love both sides - both the beautiful seahorse swimming among the seaweed and the message in the bottle, too!! Love, love this, my friend!! Have a great weekend!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  5. Wow this is amazing, I love the outside of the box but oh boy what a delight to see the treasures inside, you are a star, my lovely friend xxx

  6. This is stunning. Your underwater vignette inside the box is fabulous and of course the colours and charms make th whole project scream ocean. The porthole jumped right out at me and reminded me of our cruises - we always opted for middle of the ship horizontally and vertically and that meant no balconies, just portholes although some were larger than others.

  7. Oh, it's an amazing nautical box, Annie! I couldn't tell that on FB. You make it look so fun and I just love the finished result in the weathered copper and sweet charms!! xxoo Hugs, Darnell

  8. It's been a long time since I last visited, but I enjoyed my visit today!Wow, I know you love sea horses and undersea themes, but with this one you have excelled yourself! From the colours (that rust and turqoise is such a winning combination)to the textures, the whole thing looks incredible!! Happy Sunday!

  9. You have outdone yourself this time! I think this is one of your best makes (other than the 3D Halloween projects) - This book is fabulous Anne and for us fantasy nuts - well all I can say is wow!
    Sandy xx

  10. Anne this really is stunning, but then your albums always are. I love the colours, and how well they fit with the papers, and your signature charms are perfect.Have a very happy and creative week, Sue xx

  11. Hi Anne x So glad I dropped in to view this post, which is absolutely delightful x Like everyone I adore the outside cover but the inside is amazing...fabulous details and the charms are gorgeous

    Sending my best wishes dear friend xx

  12. This is stunning Anne!! I so love the colours and the little vignette inside the box is just fabulous! The charms are a great finishing touch! Love, love, love this!! hugs xx

  13. Wow Anne! What a fabulous and delightful summer book. The outside is stunning but then the inside ...... absolutely gorgeous x

  14. Such a fabulous piece of art, Anne! A nautical theme is right up my alley, and you nailed it... completely! Love the finishing touch with lovely charms!

  15. What a wonderful book box, Anne! I love the papers and the porthole element on the cover and those sweet charms hanging from the key. Inside, you underwater scene is amazing--love the sand/pebbles and that fantastic seahorse! (Of course, there's a seahorse!) Sending hugs and apologies for being late. I just can't seem to catch up on the blogging!

  16. Oh Anne this really was worth the wait!! Even when on holiday I was itching to see what was inside.. From colour to those super creatures of the deep this is a cleverly constructed work of art. In a line up I would have put a creative penny on this being yours as it is full to the brim of everything you love. An underwater delight that anyone of any age would/will adore and all finished off with those fabulous charms! Thanks so much for sharing and the tutorial of how it all came to be.
    Big Hugs Tracey xx

  17. So lovely, Anne - I've seen many of your posts on Facebook, but am now finally able to visit in person, and what a lovely make to reconnect with you over! Your colors are, as usual, gorgeous, and I love all the little charms, and details in the box. xx Lynn


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