Friday 1 November 2019

Fabric Diary for Mini Album Makers

Hello Friends

It is time for a new challenge at Mini Album Makers.  Our rules are very simple, any Handmade Book goes, our focus is on completed works.  Check out the blog for full details.
Using a mask and stamps from our wonderful Sponsor this month, Paperbabe Stamps I created a Diary for a young lady, perhaps a teenager.  I am not great at colouring hair but I am enjoying practicing and hope I will get better!

I have quite a few steps to share so I have condensed the photos so the post won't be too long!
To begin, I cut two pieces of heavy board (greyboard weight) to 5" x 6.1/2" and one piece to
1.1/4" x 6.1/2" for the spine.  I attached construction tape to create the diary shape, leaving a small gap between the three pieces so that the diary would close easily.
To create the cover I cut a piece of calico fabric a little larger than the diary size.  I painted the cloth with PaperArtsy paint in Glass Blue which I watered down and added a small amount of Iridescent Medium (Windsor & Newton) to give it a little 'sparkle'.  I also painted the leather closure with the same paint so it would match.

Before adding the covering, I attached a Tim Holtz Idea-ology Ring Binder to the centre so that the user can add or take away inserts, once filled.  I added a piece of wadding/batting between the board and the fabric as I wanted the diary to have a nice soft touch.  I then glued the fabric to the board, as shown above.  The next step was to add my closures (bottom right photo).
I am not sure whether these closures are still available but this one was perfect for my diary.
I have had some lovely modern papers in my stash for years and it finally got it's day.  The first photo shows the papers I used for the inside front and back of the diary.  The stamp on the second photo is also by Paperbabe.  I created three lined notebooks, two using the same papers and the cat one is a purchased notebook.
Now it was time to decorate.  I coloured up the stamped image of the girl and used the mask to trace out the hair image - it was so easy to use!  I coloured the hair and then cut it out.
I added the hair to the coloured face and then used some sparkly string to create her 'dress' and ponytail decoration.
My final step was to spell out the word 'diary' using some blue sequins from my stash.  I added a small blue bead to each of the sequins to give some extra 'sparkle'.
This is a view of the back of the completed diary.  I stamped the Paperbabe sentiment and applied this to the back.
Here is a final view of the completed diary.

Our Sponsor this month is the wonderful Paperbabe Stamps who are offering a
£20 Gift Card to spend in the Paperbabe Stamps Etsy Store.

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We really do hope you will join us at Mini Album Makers this month, it would be lovely
to see you there.  I also hope that you can pop over there to see what my talented
teamies have created for inspiration.

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

Hugs, Anne xx


  1. I love the vivid blue of the fabric, with added shimmer, and the closure is so smart. Great touch of sparkle with the lettering too. That mask is really clever and I love the colouring - there's a real glow to her skin.
    Alison x

  2. This will surely make one young lady very very happy. Constructed so well, the versatility of the added ring binder will make it very easy to keep this diary up to date and used for many years to follow. I say it each time but you are super at faces and hair Anne, the fun is all in the creativity.
    So glad you added those inspirational words *Don't be afraid to Sparkle* extremely inspirational and fabulous in design.
    Sending Hugs your way Tracey xx

  3. How fun to make a homemade diary! Any young girl would love this, Annie! It sure is more fabulous than the diary I had as a young girl and I think you did a fab job with the hair!! Hugs, Darnell xxoo

  4. Anne this is fabulous and so beautifully made - I didn't know that things like these closures existed! It's amazing what you can get when you know what you're looking for isn't it! Have a lovely week, and I'll catch up when we get home xx

  5. Such a fabulous diary Anne. Gorgeous colours and I really love the way you created the focal image of the young lady - the painting is fabulous! Funny you should use a Zutter closure ..... I found two the other day whilst tidying! A fabulous diary for a very lucky young person. Have a great weekend xxx

  6. What a fabulous Diary Anne! So beautifully made and perfect for any young lady! I adore the brilliant blue cover and the image of the young girl is gorgeous and you are brilliant at colouring the hair! Another fabulous book! Enjoy what's left of the weekend!! hugs xx

  7. This is such a perfect diary for a teenager or young lady. Fab image and brilliantly coloured. I am scared to colour hair - must try one day! Love the gorgeous colour you used and so cool you padded it too. Cool papers inside and thank you for the dimensions etc. Hugs my friend xxxxxx

  8. Anne, Fantastic journal, love your colouring. Thank you for the directions for making the journal too, an added bonus! Axxx

  9. What a wonderful diary, I really like that you padded it a little and honestly I think her hair looks pretty! Great idea for the ring binder to hold papers because I know how most often my teenager likes perfection but we all know it’s not necessarily easy to achieve so being able to remove pages easily is an excellent feature. Thanks for sharing!

  10. You are sooo cleverly versatile Anne! Terrific diary, it's owner will love it for sure and use it over and over again. Hat's off to you on hair colouring!! (get it?!) I don't think I would even attempt to draw / paint hair but you've done it brilliantly. Super job on the make up too! Bet the iridescent medium looks a treat within the gorgeous blue too. Superb make as always. Nicola x

  11. Wow, what a gorgeous and vibrant blue, and such a fun design - so very eye catching and perfect for a young teenager. I also love the silver clasp you used - so pretty!
    Diana x

  12. A wonderful diary Anne with such fun imagery both inside and out . You are definitely right this would make such a lovely gift for a young teenager. Tfs the how to .

    Big hugs x


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