Feb 1, 2020

Tim Holtz Cabinet Card Valentine Mini Album Tutorial

Today we begin a new challenge at Mini Album Makers.  We would love to have you join us with your own book creations.  I have made a Valentine's "junk journal" from various packets of Tim Holtz cabinet cards, baseboard frames and ephemera.  This December my friend @carolinasweetlee and I started Christmas albums along the same design, but much larger.  Sadly I became overwhelmed and never finished mine.  But the thought kept tugging at me, especially after seeing @shabbysoul's amazing canvas journal from Creativation.  So I pulled out the leftover cards from my stash and tried again, only this time in a much smaller format.  My finished journal is shy of 4x6".  I will share a flip through video on Instagram @sewpaperpaint and on my YouTube channel soon. 

I distressed all of my paper with sandpaper and cumpling and let my pages be as thick as I wanted, resulting in a true junk journal look...

I always like to pick out the elements and embellishments that I might like to use and display them all over my table and pick and choose like a crafty buffet!  LOL!  This method helps me to "try things on" for size and make the best collages.  Here I layered with the Lady Rose stamp set, similar to the Ladies and Gentlemen images only larger.  

Basically, to make this type of album you need to collect five or more cards to form your collages, the fun is in adding the flaps and utilizing the windows to showcase elements on the pages before and after.  Decide where to put your holes and punch them as you go along.  In the end, tie with twine or attach with jump rings.  The 14 page was stamped with Distress Oxide using the Ornate & Lace stamp set, with embossing from the Numeric set.

I only added a little true vintage ephemera, but these buttons from Carol had to find their home here!  <3

This is the first time I've used Tim's Transparent Wings, but I knew they would be perfect for my windows.  I made this page with inky paper and Tim's Stacked Baroque dies.

My dear friend Bonnie shared some vintage tatting with me and I added a snippet here, along with Tim's Lace Baseboard (my favorite set) and his Ribbons & Bows Adornments

It's been a while since any Photo Booth or Paper Doll characters came to play in my crafting, but these images just scream dreamy Valentines...

This page is my favorite.  This happy gal reminds me of someone.  :)

The paper for this book comes from Tim's Etcetera collection.  Oh how I wish Tim would release a new 12x12 pad!!! 

Find my tutorial for these cracked glass enamel hearts HERE.   The enamel cracks after it sets if you bend it, but you can certainly leave it smooth. 

The heart below is from a DecoArts 3 step crackle process Sara Emily showed me at the beach the other year.  I have hoarded that paper we made all this time.  

I used the rest of the panel to make the back cover for my book.  The texture is incredible!  I tied more vintage trims onto Tim's gorgeous twine.

The front cover of my book features Tim's Cathedral Window, embossed with chunky gold EP.  I tucked a Tattered Floral behind the happy couple.  The idea of a romantic Valentine's wedding...  Oh how delightful!  I really hope this book has inspired you to make your own dreamy Valentine album.  We would love for you to share in our challenge at Mini Album Makers this month.  Big hugs, Autumn

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kiwimeskreations said...

What an amazing album Autumn - that is gorgeous!! love all the ephemera you have used. btw the lace is crochet, not tatted - said with love by a lace enthusiast

Nancy Wethington said...

What a beauty! You did it again!

Paula Cheney said...

Beautiful junk journal!! Love all the layers and little windows to peek through! Must have been so much work but it is wonderful!

butterfly said...

What a wonderful romantic Valentines junk journal - every page is full of nostalgia, stories, romance and fabulous collaged details. A delight!
Alison x

Gayatri said...

Gosh!! The junk journal is so beautiful! and so shabby chic and romantic. I have to try one myself. So much of details in each page. Love it. Hugs

Redanne said...

Autumn, your junk journal is gorgeous, each page is an absolute delight and the cover with the cathedral window is stunning. I love the craft buffet idea and those buttons are such a lovely addition. I will miss you but hopefully will still see you around in blogland and social media. All the best to you and I a hoping that Sydney's good progress continues. Hugs, Anne xx

sarascloset said...

Oh, my goodness, Autumn! I'm feeling the love with each turn of the page! I saw the video and was excited that you made this post so I could slowly absorb all of your wonderful creativity on each page. I'm totally loving how you've pulled all the ephemera together in each of your collages, and my favorite page is the peekaboo one. Oh, I bet you had fun putting this booklet together! Your crafty buffet sounds delicious, and I would so love to be able to make a spread like that. Sadly, Roger and Biskit would have it scattered around the house! This is one AMAZING project, and I'm so happy you finally got some use out of that crackle project we did; mine's still patiently waiting for it's turn! Big hugs to you and your sweet family!

Larimore2 said...

I absolutely LOVE every tattered bit of this- and the way it's held together!
You've got me thinking "tattered" & "treasured"!!!

Margaret Mifsud said...

What a stunning journal Autumn! Each and every page is a work of art. I love your idea of a crafting buffet and my fave piece is the cracked glass enamel heart .. I absolutely adore it!! hugs xx

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