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Friday, 1 December 2017

Mini Album Makers December Challenge

Hello Friends

It is time for a new challenge at Mini Album Makers, where as always, the theme is any form of handmade mini albums, scrapbooks, journals and book arts as long as they are completed works.

I needed to say thank you to some lovely people who have been a huge support over the last couple of months, so I used Eileen Hull's fabulous Passport Die (Sizzix 660331) to create some personal journals for each of them, and I based them on things I knew they liked.
I thought I would just explain, briefly, the finish on the journals and then show you one in more detail.  I used a dream catcher theme on three of the journals, using Seth Apter's fabulous Drip Drop die, which reminds me of a dream catcher!

1)  Top left was simply painted with blue paint from my stash and some lovely design paper was added to the cover and the signatures inside.

2) Top right was painted in various warm colours, using a brayer to layer up the colours.  The dream catcher was given a coat of crackle paste and then coloured with gold tone gilding wax.

3)  Bottom left was painted with black acrylic paint and I added a picture I found on the internet, depicting a collie dog.  The lady in questions loves collies.

4)  Bottom right was painted with purple acrylic paint, the covers were embossed with an embossing folder and then silver gilding wax was rubbed gently all over.  The dream catcher element was painted in crackle paint before being coated generously with gilding was.  The 'X' in the centre is filled with beautiful purple beads.

5)  I always like to include charms on my handmade journals and each is attached with one of Tim Holtz Idea-ology clips.  The dream catcher charms were purchased in kit form from that very well know auction site.

Now, just a few steps for those who like to see the process.
I die cut the covers and the spine and ran them through an embossing folder (Tim Holtz flourish), painted them with some purple acrylic paint and then highlighted the embossing with some gilding wax (Pebeo).
I die cut some extra covers in thin card, to line the inside of the covers.  I trimmed these slightly to give a neat finish inside.
Eileen's die also cuts the signature covers, I cut three of these and decorated them with die cuts.  I also added an envelope pocket (in the same matching card) to the inside back of the journal.  The advantage of this is that it covers up the knot for the elastic closure on the journals.  The signature inserts were also cut using the die and I trimmed these down to fit inside the signature covers.

As it happens, our wonderful Sponsor this month is none other than Eileen Hull herself and she is offering one lucky winner, one of her journal dies.  This is one of Eileen's Bigz XL dies (Sizzix 658982 - Mini Album)
Website - http://www.eileenhull.com/
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/eileenhulldesigns/
Eileen Hull Facebook Fan Club - https://www.facebook.com/groups/278232919290545/
Shop - https://www.etsy.com/shop/EileenHull?ref=pr_shop_more

So, to be in with a chance of winning this wonderful die, I hope you will join us at Mini Album Makers this month, you can find all the details and rules HERE.

As always, thanks for your visit, I hope to see you again soon!

Hugs, Anne xxx

37 comments:

  1. 4 wonderful journals Anne! I love the way you add gorgeous little surprises to the insides! Best wishes Toni xx

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  2. Fabulous little gifts Anne! Love these little journals and how beautifully put together they are. Hope all well with you and David xxx

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  3. Simply stunning Journals Anne and the details are amazing. I love the way you used Seth's dies and yes it is like a dream catcher !!!
    Thanks for sharing the details.
    Sending huge hugs
    Annie xx

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  4. These are amazing Anne! I love the gorgeous detail on each one.
    Hugs
    Linda xxx

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  5. You make the most gorgeous albums, Anne!! These are all so amazing!! I do think the drip die looks like a dream catcher!! You've decorated each one so beautifully and I love the added charms, too!! The recipients will treasure these!! Stunning, my friend!! Have a great weekend!! Big hugs :)

    Lisa
    A Mermaid's Crafts

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  6. Wow! Wow! Wow! How totally gorgeous are these??!! Some people are going to be over the moon to receive these amazing books Anne. I so love the 'dreamcatcher' on the covers although the one with the 'smiling' dog is wonderful too .. your dog loving friend will adore that one! Each and every one of these is decorated so beautifully and the charms are the icing on the cake! Whoever receives these gorgeous gifts will treasure them for sure!! Have a wonderful weekend!! hugs xx

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  7. Wow, these are all incredible Anne! I completely agree, that die does look just like a dream catcher, how fabulous! I love all the different styles and amazing colour palettes you used. The orange one with the gold accents is just divine, so fiery! The blue is so dainty and feminine, and the purple one is rich and elegant. I think my favourite is the black and white one though, I mean who can resist that face! That tongue, ha, made me smile! Wonderful charms you added on each. These are such lovely ways to say thank you, so thoughtful and amazing! sending hugs :)

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  8. These are amazing Anne, and what beautiful gifts. I love how each one is the same, but different if you know what I mean. Have a lovely weekend xx

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  9. Wow, Anne! Writing a few words saying what I love about these hardly seems praise enough for the kind heart you have to gift 4 very lucky friends with these stunning journals. What a fabulous foursome, each perfectly made with love! The charms are a wonderful addition, too! I am loving that purple one with the textured cover and the pocket inside. The white flower die cuts really pop against the purple signature covers! You amaze me, Anne! Sending big warm hugs!

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  10. Lovely journals and lovely instructions too - so good to see Seth's die in use on these, the perfect size.
    Hugs, Neet xx

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  11. Gorgeous Anne, that purple is very rich and eye catching and clever to use the Die as a dream catcher .i love how,you add charms and the texture is fabulous. Love these Anne and they will be cherished . Have a lovely weekend. Big hugs . Tracy x x x

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  12. Fabulous journals Anne - each one so different and what a lovely gift to give someone. Have a lovely weekend x

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  13. Such fantastic journals Anne! You have been so busy and each one has a completely different look too. I can vouch for how wonderful that mini album die is too xx

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  14. Oh wow Anne, you have been busy and each one of these is just a total delight! The lucky recipients of these beauties are just going to love them, - each one of them is a real stunner!

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  15. Charming! I love these dies and stamps - and it is delightful to see them being used in a non-grunge way! I like the clean, spare, modern take on your composition and techniques that give a whole new take on these products. Brava!
    I just ordered the album die, so I'm going to be busy creating a few of these myself! Thanks for the inspiration.

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  16. Gorgeous. Your friends are going to love these. Happy creative weekend, Angela xXx

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  17. What beautiful journals ...they all are going to love them!!!!! I always enjoy seeing the personal touches added :)

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  18. What an awesome, and totally lovely way to thank your friends, something beautifully made, pretty to see, and personalized to their specific tastes. What a thoughtful (as well as talented!) person you are! TFS & have a great weekend. Hugs (I always enjoy your pictures of the how-tos, and appreciate the xtra time it takes to do these!)

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  19. You really know how to make people feel special, Annie, and I know that for a fact! These are all special and personal for the recipients and they will be well-loved! Excellent creations, as always!! Hugs, Darnell xxoo

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  20. These are just delightful Anne, perfect for little gifts that will be treasured. Must catch up soon xxx

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  21. All beautiful Anne, you have such an encouraging way of showing how easy it is to put the foundations of the journals together and inspiring us all to let our imagination take over to embellish them. Thank you for sharing these beauties. Have a wonderful weekend.
    Warm Hugs and Wishes Tracey xx

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  22. Wow these are gorgeous Ann, lovely designs on the front covers and Seth’s stamp looks fabulous as a dream catcher. Thank you for sharing
    MaggieH

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  23. These are so gorgeous! Your idea to make the cool dream catcher is soooo clever! Each one is so individual and will be a lovely keepsake for the recipient. Again you have inspired us all - thank you so much my friend! xxx

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  24. Loving your albums especially the collie one. A great idea to base them on a dream catcher so a place for the recipients to capture their dreams! Elaine xx

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  25. All of these are beautiful Anne. I love all the small details and so appreciate you using my die.

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  26. Your collection of journals is amazing!!! Greetings, Nora.

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  27. Beautiful gifts indeed. I love how each of them can be different even with the same structure and theme... Great collection.

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  28. These are very pretty journals Anne. The drip drop die does remind me of a dream catcher, and the dangling details are lovely. The what looks like a watercoloured collie image is gorgeous too, I thought at first glance you had started painting too on top of your other talents, Alexandra xx

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  29. Brilliant! Such smart little albums, with great textures. What a cool centrepiece that drippy Seth die makes, though I have to confess I love the happy dog too! And it's no surprise that your attention to detail extends to those internal covers too - fantastic work all round. These are a wonderful way to say thank you to those around you.
    Alison x

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  30. These minis are absolutely fantastic, Anne...so beautifully detailed...love them all! Hugs xxx Simona

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  31. So, so cool and a special gift!

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  32. Anne, you are so giving and your designs are so incredibly beautiful! I love each and every one of these little albums and am so touched to know that you are making them for specific friends, so true to your kindhearted nature. <3 Every one is an amazing inspirational piece! I'm thrilled to have you on our team. :) Merry Christmas, Autumn

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  33. Wow what a creative way to cover an album.

    Hugs Diane

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  34. Anne, your journals are wonderful! Each is so unique. Great post and explanation of each. You are really so talented and quite the album maker! I love your work.

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  35. These are all wonderful Anne. Each one is testament to your fabulous creative talents and personal thoughtfulness. Love how you've used Seth's die. Fantabulous all round. Have a lovely week. Nicola x

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  36. What beautiful journals Anne! And what wonderful gifts for friends! Lovely die cuts, colors and designs - the dog one is just adorable! Julia xx

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  37. Wow Anne - these are so amazing - and super personal - really gorgeous gifts! Hugs rachel xx

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