Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Tim Holtz Fabric Valentine Tag Mini Album Tutorial and GIVEAWAY WINNER!

Hello makers!  Autumn of SewPaperPaint with you on this lovely Saint Valentine's Day!  Sending hugs and love to each of you sweeties!  I truly hope your day is special and filled with love from family and friends.  <3  I'm overwhelmed with the response for our Facebook and Instagram launch and will announce the winner at the bottom of this looooong post.  So grab a cuppa and enjoy!

Since this tutorial was scheduled for Valentine's Day, I pulled out every single red and black paper from my years of collecting Tim Holtz paper stashes.  For my binding and cover concept I turned to THE mini album queen, Elena Morgun.  I saved THIS pin a long time ago and have been anxious to try the soft, curved spine.  My finished album measures approximately 5 3/4 x 4".

First I cut 6 pages to 5 1/2 x 7 3/4 and scored at 3 3/4 and 4".  I used cloth washi tape to strengthen each spine section.  Next, I glued the backs of the pages together to form my book.

I folded muslin and glued the edges down so that it was exactly 5 1/2" high and a bit wider than the gathered pages.

Next, I added tons of wet glue (Beacon 3 in 1 or Mixed Media is my favorite, but any sturdy wet glue) to attach my fabric strip to the spine sections.

I cut my cover boards to 5 3/4 x 3 7/8" and my spine to 5 3/4 x 3".  I scored the spine at every score mark on my scoreboard for flexibility.  Then I glued one half inch of each side of the spine to the cover boards, using my ruled mat as a guide.  I chose a heavy brown card for the spine (to match the covers) because my fabric was gauzy and I wanted a brown base with no white showing through.

Next I tightly wrapped a piece of cross stitch linen nice and taught and glued the inside edges to my covers from top to bottom, then snipped my corners and glued the left and right.  This way no glue will show on the outside of your book and what shows inside will be hidden when you assemble the pages.

I glued the fabric flaps to the back of my pages and then glued the front, then the back of the pages (NOT TO THE SPINE) to the inside of my covers, allowing a slight 1/8" border.  Look at that lovely curved spine!  :)

And now a flip through the book pages.  I've used tons of Tim Holtz die cuts by Sizzix and Ideaology findings, paper dolls, stamps and embossing.  If you have any questions on the specifics, please leave a comment.

I hope you've enjoyed this tutorial!  Please pin the graphic for future reference and leave a comment with a link if you create your own version.  <3

Now, onto our giveaway winner...

I'm pleased to say we now have 88 followers on our Instagram page, and 141 followers on our Facebook page!  In addition, we have 314 followers on blogger and 115 email subscribers!  Remember to tag us when you share your albums on Instagram and post your projects to our Facebook page after you've linked up.  :)  And the winner is...

That's Jackie P Neal who followed us on Instagram!  Woo hoo!  Congrats Jackie!  Please email Autumn at to claim your prize.  From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you for supporting this blog.  Happy Valentine's Day lovelies!

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Winners Post for January 2018

As we wrap up our January challenge, I want to say a special thank you to each participant.  Thank you so much for your support during this busy time of year.  If you have yet to review the January challenge entries please visit the post for inspiration overload.  It's never an easy job to narrow down to a few winners, but without further ado...

The overall design team favorite badge goes to Nuneka of Meraki Spirit.  Nuneka, we would love to invite you to be our guest designer for the month of March.  Please email Autumn at to discuss further.

We've seen many beautiful exploding boxes, but turning this one into a mini album is genius!  The 7Dots Studios paper is so beautifully displayed!  Make sure to check out the full video tutorial below:

Our top five entries are equally stunning.  Each of you, please take our top five badge and display it proudly on your blogs.  In no particular order...

First we have Anja of Happy Scrappy with this beautiful flip fold album.  This amazing album will hold tons of photos and be such joy to look through.

What a fabulous way to adorn the covers of the book with these two patterns.  

Next, a beautiful entry from WuWu of Zatoka Wspomnien with so much luscious texture and creative embellishment.

The belly bands used to store tags are such exquisite details.  

Then we have Gibonik of Wieczna JesieĊ„ who shared this beautiful junk journal.  The cover came from a gift bag!  So clever!

Page after page of this journal inspires and delights.

Cindy of Creating with the Heart shared this amazing album with beautiful flips and folds.  Check out the adorable pom pom!

Find the first video of this three part series below with the others linked on her blog:

Last, but absolutely not least we have Maria of MakaArt.  Maria created the most beautiful winter mixed media album with so many incredible layers and details.  

Each page and wonderful layout are in harmony.  WOW!  

Thank you all very much for playing along.  And now, the announcement of the winner of the $25 gift certificate to Lindy's Stamp Gang.  

And the winner is.....

Anja of Happy Scrappy!  Biggest congratulations!  Anja, please email Autumn at to claim your prize.

We hope you are fully inspired and will play along with our February challenge for another chance to win.  Join us on Valentine's Day for our next design team tutorial and the winner's announcement for our current giveaway.  

Thursday, February 1, 2018

February Mini Album Tutorials and Challenge

Hello friends!  You continue to amaze us with your fabulous contributions to our challenge blog.  It was wonderful to see each and every project and get to know some new faces.  If you haven't visited the January entries, do hop over for a big dose of inspiration.  Today we begin a new challenge with a fabulous sponsor, Lindy's Stamp Gang!  One lucky participant will win a generous $25 gift certificate to the Lindy's online shop.  :) 

We hope you haven't missed our current giveaway, but please check out THIS post for more details on that.  The winner will be announced on Valentine's Day, February 14.

Our team wows us with more inspiring albums.  Hop around to each blog for the full reveal and tutorial for each project.  


I've a tiny springtime album for you this month... reflecting the tiny glimpses we sometimes get of spring at this time of year.  It's made from those paper packets you sometimes get with herbal teabags.  If you'd like to see the inside pages, do come and visit Words and Pictures.


I created a techniques journal for this month's challenge. It is a fold out accordion with special sewn in pages for notes. To see some of the techniques I used and a tutorial on how to put an album like this together, just visit me on my blog.


This album was so much fun and so easy to make thanks to one of Eileen Hull's Sizzix dies.  This one is the Passport die and I loved working with it.  Right up my alley with a travel theme!  Follow along with the step-by-step tutorial on my blog, Art From the Heart.


I have created a sweet envelope recipe journal to share with you this month. There is lots of space for photos, journaling, recipe cards, and more! To see a full tutorial and more photos of the inside pages, visit my blog, Scraps of Life

I created a notebook in Behemian Boho style and recorded a video tutorial for you. Welcome to my blog. Subscribe to my YouTube channel.

I'm with Alison, longing for warmer days!  My darling husband and I just celebrated our 18th anniversary at the beach and I was inspired to use the new PaperArtsy E³ {Scrapcosy} collection to make this wee mixed media album.  Join me on my blog SewPaperPaint for all of the details.


I hope these peeks have sparked your imagination and you will pay the design team blogs a visit.  We welcome you to play along with our challenge, which ends at 11:55 pm EST on February 28.  Join us on February 7 for our January winners announcement.

Our challenge follows a few simple rules:
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.  You do not have to provide a tutorial, but we wish you would.  Feel free to use one of the DT tutorials to make your project and give proper credit where due.

No back linking allowed.  
Please add our badge to your post and link to our challenge.  

Submit your entries to our Facebook page for extra love.
Tag us @minialbummakers with your entries on Instagram for a repost.

Combine with any other challenges as applicable.  No limit on entries.  Share the love by visiting and commenting on other entries.  Please become a follower.  That's it - have fun!