Dec 1, 2017

Tim Holtz Christmas Eileen Hull Mini Album Tutorial


Today our final challenge for 2017 begins at Mini Album Makers.  For all of you Eileen Hull fans, this very special challenge is not only being sponsored by Eileen herself, but most of our team have used her dies for our projects this month.  Each and every tutorial will be a worthy read!  I hope you'll hop on over and pay the DT some love and choose to play along yourself for a chance to win.  I chose to work with the Mini Album die for my album, and my tutorial below will show you how to convert your books from travelers journal style, with removable inserts, to a full-on mini album with fixed pages, flaps and pockets.  But first, let me show you the finished result... (grab a cuppa)


  








My favorite spread with sentiments from Verve Stamps and Tim's old 3 Wise Men stamped image, which I made into a little "snowglobe".






This cute little fella and the white sled are dies from Memory Box, all of the others are by Tim Holtz for Sizzix, with links below.




I hope you like my merry little album.  Measuring just over 5" square, it's truly a little book of joy.  :)  If you have any questions about the page designs/elements please ask in the comments.  Now onto the how to...


I cut four pieces from my paper pad to 5 1/8" square to decorate my covers.  For my spine, I carefully lined up washi tape on the outside of my album die cut along the spine only, not exceeding the score marks.  I wrapped the tape to the back for maximum strength, then burnished well.  Next I flipped my cover over and applied more washi tape over the spine, this time overlapping the creases to further strengthen them.  I sanded the edges and burnished well.  Then I adhered my front and back cover papers, sanding the edges to smooth.


I wanted to make a cover wrap similar to the image below of the die cut Eileen is giving away to one lucky participant in our challenge this month.  To do that I cut a piece of burlap to size, then taped it in place and punched holes to secure my eyelets.  Make sure to tape your wrap with your covers closed (folded) and not open (flat) so that there is a little give.  You see the after picture on the right, how there is a little excess in the middle.



I punched my eyelets before lining the inside of my covers.  I didn't want the eyelets to show like they are on the photo on the left.  Instead, I poked a hole and sanded away my paper to make a smooth hole, because this will show when the book is open.  The choice is up to you there...


Now, I didn't want to make removable pages for my album.  I mean, this is coveted Tim Holtz Christmas stash!  You would have to pry it away from me to remove it from this album!  Instead, I opted to make fixed pages using my favorite style of stacked binding.  You can see how those will fit together on the top left photo.  Cut two pieces of cardstock:
#1 - 4 7/8 x 10"
Score at 4 7/8" and 5 1/8"
#2 - 4 7/8 x 10 1/2"
Score at 4 7/8" and 5 5/8"
Crease and burnish your folds, then nestle the smaller pages into the larger, adhering in the middle.  The group will then be adhered to the spine of your album.


I decided to go all out with flaps and pockets.  I made the pocket on the first page by cutting a piece of coordinating cardstock to 4 7/8 x 4 7/8" and scoring the bottom and left side at 1/2".  Cut off the diagonal section and miter the corners like shown, then adhere the flaps to the page, as shown in the top right photo.


For the two flaps I cut two cardstock pieces to 4 3/4 x 2 7/8" then scored both at 1/2" from one end.  I then used the scalloped borders from Tim's Stitched Oval dies to cut the edges, making the pattern alternate on top and bottom.  You simply adhere the scored section to your pages before lining with your patterned paper, like shown on the bottom right photo in the grid.

I hope you've enjoyed seeing this mini album and reading about my process.  The Eileen Hull Mini Album ScoreBoard XL is truly a delight to work with!  Thanks so much Eileen for supporting our challenge.  <3  We hope you will play along for a chance to win this incredible die.  Hugs, Autumn


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35 comments:

Lisa said...

Oh my goodness, your merry album is spectacular, Autumn!! Wow!! I love all of the incredible details!! Each page is a work of art!! This is amazing!! I love, love it!! Have a great weekend!! Big hugs :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

Margaret Mifsud said...

Wowsers!! This is absolutely stunning Autumn!! I love the papers used, and the hessian on the spine looks wonderful!! The style and design of each individual page is just beautiful .. fabulous attention to detail!! Great tutorial too. Very clear and easy to understand! Thank you so much for sharing! Absolutely love this booklet!! hugs xx

Darlene said...

AMAZING! and, I love the vintage photos you've shared inside ... truly a WORK OF ART! Just gorgeous my friend and a lot of work! Well done!

Jackie P Neal said...

Wow! What a delightful album Autumn!
I was flipping through trying to decide which pages were my favorites when I came across the Three Kings- these are my favorites!
After Christmas,my folks would always hang the Christmas cards with the Kings on camels inside the kitchen cupboards. My Mom believed this would bring good health and the best for the New Year ahead. I keep the last card of the Kings my Mom sent me in my cupboard now, Everytime I open the door, I have sweet memories of Mom and Dad.
Thank you for the share-
hugs,Jackie xx

Astrid Maclean said...

Such a gorgeous little album Autumn, beautifully put together and a wonderful extensive tutorial! Each page is delightful and I just love how you did the cover!

Redanne said...

Wow Autumn, the cover itself is a fabulous keepsake... (loving the red binding) and then the inside ... it is stunning with all those gorgeous Tim papers and embellishments, what an amazingly beautiful keepsake this is - I could never part with this either, it is a real treasure! Hugs, Anne xx

Tristan Robin Blakeman said...

This is a beaut! So much time could be spent on each page examining all the work and love that went into it.
I have to admit - those Three Wise Men in the Snow Globe pretty much knocks my socks off! I'm going to be on a permanent search until I find the dies or punch for that one!
Thanks so much for sharing your whole album - I thoroughly enjoyed myself!

Marina said...

What a treasure you have made! I am in awe.

Brenda Brown said...

Beautiful pages and a delightful cover to your amazing Christmas journal, love it xxx

Tracey@Hotchpotchcreations said...

Oh just look at this masterpiece, wouldn't this be magical given as a gift at Christmas. I can imagine all ages enjoying flicking through it, investigating those hidden gems. Thank you for sharing and giving us all a flick through everything I adore about Christmas. Wishing you a blessed Weekend.
Big Hugs Tracey xx

MaƂgorzata P said...

Przesliczny kolorowy album jestem nim zauroczona.Pozdrawiam:)

Emma Williams said...

This is so beautiful Autumn! I love everything about it and it's such a detailed project, with so many wonderful pages....gorgeous work, as always! Thank you so much for sharing and for playing along with us over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog... <3

Helen Wallace said...

Thanks for telling us to get a cuppa before we began, 'cos I've been drooling here for ages. A delightful project with something special to offer on every page. Just when I think I've chosen a favourite, I find something else. It's a toss up between the wise men stamp and the little child on the sleigh. Stunning!

wendy baysa said...

Love, love, love this Autumn! So bright, festive and cheery!

Nora said...

Dear Autumn, your Christmas album is so gorgeous!!! I love every single detail of it!!! Thank you for sharing a step by step tutorial!!! Hugs from your friend, Nora.

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Beautiful album Autumn. Love the bow treatment and plaid backdrop. Love all the details and pockets too. Tracy x

Heather McMahon said...

Oh my goodness - this is amazing! What a work of art!

Claire said...

Oh my, its been a long time since I've seen a mini album as beautiful as this Autumn - its lush. Honestly, your attention to detail is so wonderful to look at and captures such a bygone era. Fab job xx

Sara Barker said...

Oh, wow, Autumn! You pressed all my Christmas buttons with this mini album FULL of delightful little details! I only took a quick slide through your post, but you can bet your bottom dollar I will be back over and over again to soak in every single detail and word! What an AMAZING fun album filled to the brim with inspiration with every turn of the page! Great big hugs!

Becca Sadler said...

Stunning!!! Absolutely mind-blowing works of craftsmanship on each page and covers!!!

Maggie said...

OMG! Autumn, a beautiful album filled with Tim Holtz gorgeousness each page is a delight also I really enjoyed your tutorial thank you for sharing.

MaggieH

butterfly said...

Wow - every page is amazing - brilliant use of papers, die-cuts, ephemera to create a truly magical Christmas mini album. What a wonderful post full of inspiration.
Alison x

maj. said...

This is really special project! Brilliant!!!

Eileen Hull said...

Truly a work of art and holiday treasure for years to come. So many awesome techniques, foldouts, and beautiful embellishments. Each page is a delight to look at. I love it- so honored you chose my die to work with!

Jennie Atkinson said...

A fabulous mini with so many wonderful details, each page is a delight. And .... such a great idea for the pages inside, I have pinned to come back to this! Thank you Autumn! Jennie x

Margaret Mifsud said...

So happy to see you have entered your stunning booklet into the challenge at Crafty Cardmakers Autumn!! Thank you for playing along with us! hugs xx

Marty Fishman said...

This is just fabulous, Autumn, I love every bit of it! Every page is a delight to look at and a feast for the eyes and Christmas soul. This is one I'll be referring back to for the tutorial. An amazing project, as always. Hugs!

Kim x said...

WOW, WOW, WOW. Autumn this is just a-maz-ing. I don't know what else to say other than thank you soooo much for entering it into my Animal Magic challenge at CCM. Good Luck.
Hugs Kimx

Cards and a Cuppa said...

What an amazing level of detail you have given this gorgeous album! Absolutely stunning :-)
Thanks for joining in at Inspire. Create. challenges
Hugs xx

Angela Radford said...

Beautiful Christmas album Autumn, so much gorgeous detail. Thanks for sharing it with us at Crafty Cardmakers and good luck with the challenge, Angela xXx

Denita Wright-Smee said...

A beatifully made and crafted album, Autumn. Thankyou for sharing your gorgeous project in the Inspire.Create.Stamping Sketch Challenge #006. D x

Sara Barker said...

Yippee! So happy to see this take the top honors at CCM! I'm sure you won others, too! Congratulations on this well deserved win! Hugs!

Julia Aston said...

What a wonderful snow flecked book Autumn! I love the red binding and all the beautiful pieces you decorated the cover and inside pages with - what a lovely keepsake book! Julia xx

Gloria Stengel said...

So, do I love the binding, the cover, the plaid, or the inside pages the most??!! How can I choose!!! I love the whole thing! It is so pretty and festive!

Wanda Hentges said...

Totally love this!!!!!!!!!!! Fabulous album!!!!

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