Apr 1, 2018

Vintage Authentique and Tim Holtz Baby Girl Mini Album Tutorial


Hello and happy Resurrection Sunday to you today!  I am so thankful our Savior lives and promises us new life in Him.  I hope you know, you are worth dying for and are loved beyond measure.


Today we begin a new challenge at Mini Album Makers.  I've chosen to make a baby girl / feminine album with the Authentique Imagine collection.  I used one 6x6 pad I got at Tuesday Morning for $3!  I wanted to make for you an album that fulfilled these requirements.

Perfect for 6x6" paper pads
Easy to make/little waste
Flips and folds for interactive fun
No fail binding system
Appeals to traditional and mixed media album makers :)

Let me know if I've succeeded with these goals.  


The photo cards tuck into the doilies and can be pulled out.  I used a punch for the corners and will insert 4x4" photos and adhere to a coordinating mat.




These belly bands also allow for the photos to be removed.


All these birds and butterflies are from the Tim Holtz Botanical ephemera pack.


The 1/4" gutter in the binding allows for lots of embellishments.



I layered these Stampin' Up lacy borders for these pockets.  This gorgeous die cut set was a RAK from my sweet friend Debbie Mageed of Secret Stamper.  Thanks so much Debbie!  <3



More flaps...




These pages will have circular photos inside.





The toggle brad opens for this flip out photo panel.




I created a cloth cover and made a closure with vintage pink velvet ribbon, which I glued beneath my embellishments.


For the page assembly, I cut 6 watercolor panels to 5 7/8 x 12" and scored at 5 7/8 and 6 1/8.  Then I cut my designer papers to 5 3/4" square (of course you could also use 12x12 paper if you wish and cut it into fourths).


I stamped my favorite BoBunny stitch stamp around the edges of each designer paper page, then went on to make some little flips and flaps here and there.  To do this, I used dies and various cuts and extended each one about 1 1/4" larger than the finished flap for mounting.  I scored at the 1 1/4" mark and taped the section to the inside of the designer paper before adhering to my watercolor page bases.  The top of the circular flap is open between the layers so I can tuck a photo inside.  The little tag on the opposite allows me to tie them together.


Here's another example with tag dies.


For this album I wanted a nice plush and cozy cover.  I glued my cover boards to batting/fleece.  The covers are 6x6" and the spine is 2 1/4 x 6".  I cut away the excess cushion all around the covers.


I was inspired by the beautiful way Ola Khomenok wrapped her fabric in THIS YouTube video.  Thank you for sharing your talents Ola!  Here you see how I snipped the fabric near the spine and folded it over and glued in place.


Next, I glued the top then bottom of of the fabric to the insides of the cover (no glue on the front).


Then I glued another strip inside to cover the spine.


Both the top and bottom are folded and glued then the entire strip is glued to the inside.


Finally, I mitered the corners and glued the sides in place nice and taught.


The pages are glued over this space on the front and back inside cover.


After all of my pages were adorned, I glued them to the watercolor bases, then glued the backs of the pages together to form my inside.


I glued pom pom fringe along the edges.


Then glued another strip of fabric over this side.


These little details are so pretty when the book opens up.  I plan to tuck a black and white photo of my girls together in the frame area on my cover.  :)  I hope you've enjoyed this tutorial and are encouraged to play along with our current challenge for a chance to win a wonderful prize pack from our sponsor Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts.


34 comments:

Craftyfield said...

Great tutorial Autumn, and a great album idea. I like the concept of a ready-to-insert-photos album to offer as a gift. I have some corner punches for photo mats but I really wish companies produced dies to do the same.
Happy Easter! xx

Zsuzsa Karoly-Smith said...

Beautifully soft and artfully crafted! Most people would be working on such a big project for weeks, if not months, but you seem to complete them in a matter of days complete with that unmistakable Autumn magic!

Julie Steed said...

What a perfect album for a little girl! The beautiful, soft cover and motifs are perfect. Great tutorial too!

Lisa said...

Wow!! This is spectacular, Autumn!! What a gorgeous album!! Each page is a work of art!! I love the details you added and the gorgeous cover!! It truly is stunning and I love, love it!! Wow!! I hope you and your family have a very happy Easter!! Big hugs :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

Reusing Cards & Quilling said...

It's a BEAUTIFUL album and so neatly created !Thanks a lot for sharing the steps.

Redanne said...

Well, first of all, yes you most definitely achieved your goals, this album is such a delight! I love that you padded the cover, it must be lovely to touch and hold. Each page is beautiful and I just adore the little pom pom edging on the spine. I really enjoyed seeing the steps of how you brought this delighful album together! Hugs, Anne xx

Monika Gulyas said...

What a fabulous mini album, Autumn!!! Every page is so unique and beautifully designed!!! I love the textile cover!!! Happy Easter and big hugs!!!

Kate said...

I love every detail of your vintage album. So gorgeous! Glad that you shared how to make the binding for this album. The doilies and the fringe are my favorite touches.
I hope that you had a blessed Easter with your family.
Kate

Nancy Wethington said...

Another beautiful mini!

Tracey@Hotchpotchcreations said...

I've said it so many times before Autumn but you will never stop amazing me with your eye for design and layering techniques, I bet everything around you looks AMAZING!! A magnificent tutorial so generous with detail and a mission well accomplished. Thank you so much for sharing a little piece of you. Hope Easter was a blessed one spent with the family..
Creative hugs and wishes Tracey x

butterfly said...

What an amazing post full of beauty and ideas, Autumn! Gorgeous use of the papers, and every page is layered and composed so perfectly. The belly bands are a wonderful idea for easy insertion and adjustment of photos. Fantastic!
Alison x

Hazel Agnew said...

Wow Autumn. This is totally glorious and makes my heart sing! Love everything ! Xx

Marilyn McLeod @ Pink Paper Cottage said...

Just love the fabric cover with the batting underneath. There's no end to what beautiful fabrics you can choose.... and if you're a fabricaholic like me, then there's many choices! Love the doilies inside and all the little flaps and layers and circles. Great ideas and a wonderful finished album. Marilyn

Mac Mable said...

Absolutely stunning...Amazing elements that work together so well. Thank you for the step by step and for your fabulous inspiration. You are so talented Autumn x

Susan (rainy) said...

Thud. This is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!! So much detail and love. Such a beautiful work of art.

Susan said...

This is such a sweet little album! And not the usual baby girl album. I love all the pages. Thanks for the detailed, informative tutorial.

Marjan Küppers said...

Very very beautiful, Autumn!!

Darlene said...

Absolutely gorgeous Autumn! Each turn of the page brings more jaw dropping beauty! Once again ... love your style! You are so talented! Thanks so much for playing in our ‘Anything Goes DRU’ challenge at Dies R Us. Good Luck and please come back again soon!

Darlene (DRU Blog Leader)
DIES R US CHALLENGE BLOG
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Donna Ellis said...

Hi, Autumn! Yes, you certainly DID succeed with your goals in this darling project! Your baby girl album is unlike any other, and it is sure to be cherished by the recipient. It's timeless, classic, and gorgeous! Thanks for sharing all the amazing details. hugs, de

CRAZYCRAFTSHED said...

Gorgeous and beautiful Autumn xx
Thank you for sharing with us over here at "A Perfect Time To Craft" and best of luck with your entry.

Dianne DT for http://aperfecttimetocraft.blogspot.com.au/

Maria said...

Your vintage album is absolutely stunning! Love all the pretty butterflies, flowers, and lovely paper! A lovely creation...well done!! Thanks so much for joining us at Dies R Us for the challenge!

Annette Stapylton said...

Wow your vintage album is just super gorgeous. Great work I just love this.
Thank you for sharing with us over here at "A Perfect Time To Craft" and best of luck with your entry.

Annette DT for http://aperfecttimetocraft.blogspot.com.au/

Arlene said...

Beautifully bound. A gorgeous book. So glad you joined us at Die Cut Divas.

Birgit said...

Wow ~ What a beautiful album! Every page is a work of heart. <3 I'm so glad you linked up with the DRU Anything Goes Challenge. Best of luck to you!

jenn shurkus said...

wow this is a gorgeous project! Thank you for playing along with our Anything Goes Challenge on Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge!

Sara Barker said...

GASP! Wow, Autumn, this has to go down as one of my favorites from the sweet fabric cover to page after page of sheer beauty! I particularly love the bird with the pink button and bit'o'lace behind him. But the butterflies, now they are soo, SO pretty flitting over those spectacular collages! My girl, you have popped this one right out of the ballpark! Sending hugs!

JD/ Jill said...

This is a really lovely well done album. Thanks for sharing.

Margaret Mifsud said...

Absolutely wonderful tutorial Autumn and totally stunning album!! The cover is beautiful with the sweet floral fabric and gorgeous embellishing and the inside pages are just incredible!! Each page a little piece of collage art and so beautifully done! You rocked this!! Have a wonderful day! hugs x

Marty Fishman said...

Oh, my! This is so beautiful and I'd say you fulfilled more than what you wanted to. Every layout is gorgeous and I love them all equally - you've made it difficult to find a favorite amongst these beauties. I love all of the different ways to add pics in here - not just slipping them into a photo frame, but there are tags, belly bands, pockets (love the torn edged pockets), and it goes on. You keep outdoing yourself and I'm always amazed at your creations, my friend. Big hugs!!

Denise van Deventer said...

So beautiful, soft and pretty, in every way! So much love, time and effort has been put into this! Stunning work! ;-)

Gloria Stengel said...

Stunning mini, as always. I love that you used some photo mats for the inside to show how photos can be added! But the best...that fabric cover!! I have had fabric on my desk for 2 months now...wanting to make a fabric covered mini so I can be just like you...but so far...the fabric is still just sitting there!!! I need to just DO IT, right?! ;)

Инна Бронникова said...

This is spectacular, Autumn! Your vintage album is absolutely stunning! Autumn, many thanks for the inspiration and the tutorial! )))

Maggie said...

Beautiful album and page layouts thanks for sharing all the details of your project

Anila Dk said...

This is awesome... Love the coverpage

Thank you for sharing with us over here at "A Perfect Time To Craft" and best of luck with your entry.

Anila DT for http://aperfecttimetocraft.blogspot.com.au/...

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