Sunday 1 September 2019

Birthday Blog Hop for Mini Album Makers

Hello Friends!

We are back from a summer break at Mini Album Makers and since it is our 2nd Birthday, we are celebrating with a BLOG HOP and a prize of $25 from Lindy's Stamp Gang!

For your chance to win this prize, please become a follower of our challenge blog, then comment on this post AND the design team's posts (links below and on the challenge blog).  We will draw one winner from all of the comments and announce the winner along with our October challenge.

For my project this month I am sharing a Pocket Notebook Holder.
 I used Eileen Hull's Notebook die by Sizzix (663635), it is such a handy size to create a notebook holder.  The finished holder measures 5" x 3.3/4" approx., by 3/4" deep.
I knew I wanted to cover the notebook, inside and out with a gorgeous Stamperia rice paper so I wanted to create a toning piece to use on the inside pocket and notebook holder.  This piece was created using Tim Holtz Distress Oxides in Rusty Hinge, Weathered Wood and Ground Espresso.  I smooshed them onto my craft mat and dragged the card through the inks, drying at each stage.  I just love the rusty look!
This is how the inside looks at this stage.
To create the pocket on the left hand side, I used the pattern below, I am sharing the pattern in cream card so that the measurements show up better.  The finished pocket measures 4.1/2" x 3.1/4".  I used an accordion fold on the sides to give the pocket a little depth.
For the right hand side I created a 'sleeve' which will hold a notepad, using the pattern below.
The finished 'sleeve' is just slightly larger than my notepad, this allows for a little 'wiggle room'.
Before attaching the 'sleeve' I used a piece of leftover card to make a pen holder.  To get the size, I wrapped the card around my pen and then added 2 inches.  I glued the holder in place (keep the pen in the holder so that you get the measurement right when gluing in.  Glue this piece before adding the sleeve and it will then be hidden.
 I stitched around the edge of the notebook, which also helps to keep the pen holder in place.  I added an eyelet to the top of the notebook so that could add a key chain.
Here is a view of the outside of the notebook which shows the full beauty of the gorgeous Stamperia Rice paper image.

Our generous prize sponsor this month is StencilGirl Products.  One lucky participant will win a Free Stencil Girl Studio Class ($49 value)!   

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We hope you will join us this months Mini Album Makers Challenge Blog.  You could be in with a chance of winning a $25 voucher from Lindy's Stamp Gang for visiting our  Mini Album Makers  Challenge Blog, together with a visit to my talented teamies, listed below.  If you participate in the challenge you have the chance of winning a class with Stencil Girl Studio!

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Thanks so much for your visit, it is much appreciated.

Hugs, Anne xx


  1. Absolutely beautiful Anne
    Amanda x

  2. Anne the colors on this are stunning, then adding the Stamperia rice paper just increased the beauty! I love the ease which a pocket notebook can slip in and out and of course adding the pen holder is essential. A lovely make! Thanks as always for sharing the details, I definitely see something like this in my future! xx

  3. This is absolutely stunning, Anne!! The rusty colors are spectacular!! I love the gorgeous papers you used - the dragonfly is beautiful!! The keychain is such a perfect touch!! Amazing as always, my friend!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  4. I am in love with your beautiful notebook Anne. The stamperia rice paper is stunning along with your inky pockets that tone perfectly and even your key charm is awesome. Love love love it !! Hugs Lottie xx

  5. Thank you Anne for sharing this...looks like an amazing Christmas resent to me....will make a few of these this year for family and friends. I love the distress oxide background...the project looks amazing.

  6. Absolutely fabulous!! Thanks for the tutorial and the measurements. I love it!

  7. Oh my - this is absolutely stunning - that rice paper is fabulous! I adore this! Hugs Rachel xx

  8. Wow Anne, this is such a beauty. It's full of fabulous details, and the rice paper is stunning. Have a very happy week, Sue xx

  9. I'm in love with anything Stamperia Anne so this was a winner for me even before I saw what was inside, a fabulous way to keep note of everything with the handy addition of the pen. You're oxide colour match to the rice paper is spot on, what a beautiful album. My new favourite favourite with your opulent addition of that gorgeous key chain... *sigh*
    Wishing you a fabulous week Big Hugs Tracey xx

  10. great project, the colors are gorgeous!!!!

  11. Spectacular. Love the design on the rice paper. Thanks for sharing

  12. This is stunning ... I love the colours, and the rice paper is beautiful xx

  13. I think this is my new favorite, Annie! That paper is sensational and I adore dragonflies, but it's more about the deep warmth of the colors and stains you achieved that I find so compelling! Just delicious looking!! Hugs, Darnell xxoo

  14. Anne - this is absolutely lovely! I have that die by EH and love it - you did a great piece of art work here and thanks for sharing your tutorial - have a blessed day

  15. Golly Moses - is it really two years since MAM started?! What a glorious album to celebrate... the warm golden glow of the smooshed pocket panels is the perfect complement to that beautiful rice paper, and the pen-holder and gilded dangle finish the whole thing off to perfection. Just fabulous!
    Alison x

  16. Wow, it is wonderful, and so useful. Love he rusty look. Axxx

  17. The rice paper is beautiful, and you used it so well!

  18. Wowsers!! This is totally spectacular Anne! I always love your journals but this has got to be my fave! You've showcased that amazing Stamperia rice paper to perfection and the colours on the inside complement it perfectly! What an awesome project for MAM's 2nd Birthday! hugs xx

  19. Absolutely vintagy wonderful! Love the paper,stitching and pen holder! Thanks so much for sharing those pocket templates! Those are a keeper! wonderful always! :) TFS!

  20. Wow, Anne! What a gorgeous notebook... from the perfect colours you used to the wonderful Stamperia image!

  21. Stunning notebook! Love the rusty look inside and the front with the beautiful rice paper is just beautiful! The addition of the pockets and pen holder (thank you for the fab tutorials) and the cool key chain are just wonderful. Another absolute triumph my friend! Hugs xxxxxxxx

  22. So pretty! Beautifully done! 💗

  23. LOVED and pinned this beauty. Your mottled background is fabulous with the butterfly! Stunning!

  24. Sorry Anne, I missed this! The cover is standout BEAUTIFUL!! So cleverly done with the gorgeous rice paper against your stunning background. Love the dangly bits too!! You are Queen of journals! Nicola x

  25. Beautiful! Thank you for the tutorial!

  26. Stunning album, Anne! I love the paper you created to match the Stamperia rice papers, you nailed those rusty colors! Congrats on two years!

  27. Love this little journal with that stunner of a butterfly on the top!The rice papers by Stamperia are so gorgeous, and you have matched it perfectly with your oxide panels--gorgeous rusty coloring! What a great way to use this little booklet and lovely stitching and key chain detailing. I'm so happy for your inspiring tutorial! Now I can give this a try with one of the die cuts you so generously shared! Congratulations on the two year milestone of MAM's! Hugs!

  28. I love how you combined these beautiful designs with your inky paper and the clever design of this notebook. You always amaze me and this really is off the charts with wow factor. :) So thrilled that you continue along with us at MAM as DT member. :)

  29. Congrats on the blogaversary! Beautiful notebook, Anne!
    Hugs, Maggie

  30. Those papers are stunning and you have shown the butterfly one off superbly coupling it with your fab Dox WFD pocket and notebook cover , Anne . This is a new fave for me of all the notebooks you have created .

    Big hugs x

  31. Oh wow Anne! what a stunner. The rice papers look amazing on your fabulous background. And thank you for the dimensions of the pocket and notebook pocket. All such a great idea! xxx

    1. Meant to say that as you can imagine my head is buzzing with ideas after a weekend with Eileen !!!

  32. I LOVE this little journal.The colors, the stamp, the embellismentsh, ALL of it.

  33. Wow, impressive mini album. I really like the tassel, did you make it yourself?
    I’m your newest follower

  34. It’s beautiful, love the color combination, your explanation is clear and easy. Thank you so much for the inspiration

  35. Thank you for the tutorial ! I dont have that die but i will try and adapt another to try this notebook ! Yours is amazing i love the rusty look. Thanks for the hop x


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