Wednesday, 1 January 2020

Focus for Mini Album Makers

Hello Friends

First of all, HAPPY NEW YEAR!  I hope your year is filled with all good things!

It is time for a new challenge at Mini Album Makers, where as always, the challenge is to create any handmade book.

Each new year I am full of enthusiasm for making resolutions, some of which I do keep, but others fall by the wayside.  This year I am going to try and focus on what I want from the year, noting down any bright ideas I might have in this simple notebook holder.

I started by die cutting my cover using Eileen Hull's Scoreboard Notebook by Sizzix 663635 from black mountboard.
I wanted two pockets for the inside, pockets that would hold a notepad on one side and a little storage pocket on the other side.  I used the pattern below to create each of the two pockets from kraft card (shown in white card below so that the measurements show up more clearly).

This is how the pockets fit inside the journal cover.
To decorate the outside I die cut a frame using Tim Holtz's Bigz die Trinket Frame by Sizzix 664186 and used Tim's stamp set, Eclectic Adverts CMS372 to stamp onto the frame.  I used Tim's stamp set, The Professor CMS373 to stamp out the light bulb.
I stamped onto pockets and coloured elements and highlighted others, using pencils.
I used Tim Holtz's die, Alphanumeric by Sizzix 660056 to cut my letters out for the words 'Focus' and 'Ideas'.

I created a notepad by cutting down a large notepad to fit one of the pockets.
To complete the notebook holder I added a Tim Holtz Idea-ology clip and attached a monocle to highlight the one of the eyes.  I also added some doodling.
Our fabulous sponsor this month is AALL & Create who are offering a bundle of
stencils to one lucky winner!
  We hope you will join us this month at Mini Album Makers, our rules are very simple.  Any Handmade Book Goes.  Enter any form of handmade mini albums, scrapbooks, journals and book arts.  Our focus is on completed works, so no layouts or journal spreads that are not part of a complete handmade book project.  Please ensure you read the full rules.

If you have time, please pop over to see what my lovely teamies have made over at Mini Album Makers, you will not be disappointed!

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

Hugs, Anne xxx


  1. I love how you've taken that vintage advertisement and made it look so funky and fun on this fabulous album. The kraft and black is really smart. Sorry I'm late getting round, but I'm off now to see what I've missed. I'm still in Christmas hibernation (don't come out fully until after 12th Night on 6th January!), but am trying to do a bit of catching up with people even so. Happy New Year!
    Alison x

  2. Fabulous and practical all in one . I love the Kraft against the black and the bold slack stamping works beautifully . This looks very classy Anne. ❤️❤️

  3. So much work into one little adorable album, Anne! Great tutorial, as always.

  4. I love the black and kraft together and your 'focus" notebook is such a cool idea! Your decoration is awesome - done in such an 'Anne' way - wonderful! Happy New Year! Hugs my friend! xxxxxxx

  5. Such a good idea. Love the little white dots on the word Focus... It really drew my attention.

  6. Anne you are the pocket master! Very sharp and love the white pen accents!

  7. This is fabulous Anne, so striking with the black and the kraft, and as Eileen says, you are the queen of pockets xx

  8. A fabulous way to keep all those ideas in one place Anne, the large die cut word FOCUS will act as a reminder and guide you when in need of a project.
    You positioned the monocle perfectly just look how it sits so well around the eye and I have to agree you really are the pocket queen all so elegant in black and kraft.
    Sending you New Year wishes, may there be much creativity in 2020.
    Hugs Tracey xx

  9. Happy New Year, Annie! I hope you had a great holiday and are feeling well! I love your idea for the new year and your mini album to keep you focused is fabulous. We can all use one of those. It's brilliant and practical and that's the BEST! Hugs, Darnell xxoo

  10. What a superb notebook Anne xx I adore the stamps you have used and the colour combination works so well xx I am sure it will keep you focused in the new year xx Happy New Year to you & David xx

    Lots of big hugs
    Annie xx

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  12. Fabulous notebook! I love the design and it's such a great idea to keep your creative thoughts focused too 😀. Happy and creative wishes! Hugs, Jo x

  13. Crikey, the first month is already almost over! I'm sure you have heaps of clever ideas logged to this fabulous journal Anne. You are indeed queen of journals and pockets. I hope that you are well. Nicola x


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