Thursday, January 31, 2019

Heartfelt Mini Album For A Vintage Journey

Hello everyone and happy February!  It's the beginning of the month so that means it is time for a new challenge over at A Vintage Journey and this month our lovely hostess Annie has proposed the theme of:

Since February is the month of love, include hearts as the main focus of your project. Just be sure your design is in keeping with our vintage, shabby, mixed media, art journaling, industrial, timeworn or steampunk styles we prefer.

 With Valentine's Day just a couple of weeks away, I took this opportunity to make a little heart shaped mini album to gift to my sweetheart.

The inspiration came from two chipboard hearts that I've had in my stash forever and when combined with some of Tim Holtz's wonderful Paper Dolls and Worn Wallpaper they led to my Heartfelt mini album.

A big thank you to Mini Album Makers for choosing my Heartfelt mini album as your February favourite!

I've some step by step pictures on how I constructed the album along with some closeups of the inner pages below so read on for a little heartfelt Valentine inspiration!

One of the chipboard hearts was covered on the outside with Tim Holtz's Worn Wallpaper, adhering it with Distress Matte Collage Medium.

The cover was then stenciled with the Flourish Stencil and Transparent Gloss Texture Paste and inked with Vintage Photo Distress Archival Ink once the texture paste had dried.

Embellishments were added next; chipboard 'xo' hugs and kisses, some wonderful Paper Dolls lightly tinted with Distress Markers and a chipboard flourish from Southern Ridge Trading Company that was painted then foiled with Therm O Web Deco Foil.

The remaining heart chipboard piece was covered on the outside with a piece of iCraft Mixed Media Sheet that had been coloured with DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics and then stamped with the Distressed Damask stamps.  Stenciling with DecoArt Media Crackle Paste followed through the Gothic Layering stencil.

Once the crackle paste was dry, the cover was inked with Ground Espresso Distress Stain and wiped back to reveal those lovely crackled Gothic medallions.

Embellishments followed; an assortment of Tim Holtz's Thrift Shop Ephemera and a small chipboard heart from Southern Ridge Trading Company that was coloured with Dina Wakley Media Blushing acrylic paint and Antique Gold Rub 'n Buff.

A paper hinge was created from kraft cardstock and adhered to the back of the front cover (I will direct you to papercrafter45's YouTube video on how to make a paper hinge, it's the clearest description I've ever seen!)  I made my paper hinge 3" wide with three hinges 1/4" apart for the inner pages.  The backside of the front cover was then papered with some scrapbook paper to cover the hinge mechanism.

I reinforced the bottom of the paper hinge with some scrapbook paper for stability.

The back cover was then attached to the paper hinge in the same manner, covering up the mechanism with more scrapbook paper.

Here is the view from the front, the points of the hearts simply fold one atop the other when the album is opened up.

A template was made for the inner pages by tracing one of the heart covers onto a scrap of manila and then trimming off about 3/8" from all edges.  Since the hinge mechanism is 3" wide, the point of the heart template was trimmed off at the bottom to accommodate the hinge flap.  Two scrapbook paper hearts were traced out with the page template and adhered together with Distress Matte Collage Medium, making sure to NOT glue the bottom 1/2" together so that the page could be slipped onto the hinge mechanism.

The scrapbook page was then inserted over the first hinge flap and adhered into place.

And two more inner pages were created in the same manner from either scrapbook papers or inked cardstock and slipped over the two remaining paper hinge flaps.

The inner pages and the inside of both covers were then embellished with a variety of die cuts, chipboard, stamps, stencils and ephemera.  I won't bore you with all of the details but here are some pictures of the completed pages, hope you will enjoy seeing them.

And here are a few closeups of the front and back covers, I added some eyelets and Distress Ink stained satin ribbon to tie the album closed.

I hope that you have enjoyed seeing how my Heartfelt mini album came together and that it has inspired you to join in the 'Your Hearts Desire' challenge this month over at A Vintage Journey.

Make sure to pop on by AVJ to see what the other Creative Guides have made to share with you this month, as always they are amazing!

I'd like to enter my Heartfelt mini album in the following challenges:

Thanks for stopping by today and happy creating,

Deb xo


  1. Oh my gosh Deb this is definitely a most desirable and beautifully made album that I’m sure your sweetheart is going to love. I have so enjoyed reading through your post watching how everything came together and seeing how you decorated each and every page. It’s amazing and I love it xxx

  2. Wow Deb !!! I am in awe of your mini album x What a treasure you have created here and I just love the details both inside and out xx Great ste out too xx TFS and have a lovely weekend
    Annie xx

  3. What a gorgeous mini album , so cleverly created and full of many wonderful touches. Such a lovely way to use Tim's papers, ephemera and paper dolls.
    Have a lovely weekend n stay warm n toasty x

  4. Wow! What a superb design Deb - a fabulous creation. I love how you have embellished each page with wonderful imagery and words - beautiful sentiments and sumptuous textures! Great job xxx

  5. I am sure your mini album will be well received by your sweetheart, it is so, so beautiful Deb, each page is an absolute delight. I love how you embellished the cover, it has such a lovely vintage feel to it!

    Whilst I am here, I would like to thank you for joining in with us at Mini Album Makers. Hugs, Anne xx

  6. This would be a treasure for anyone to behold Deb but your sweetheart will adore it indeed. I do love how you have constructed those pages and brought all those fine elements together. A fabulous work of art made with love for your love!! Thank you for sharing this masterpiece.
    Creative wishes Tracey x

  7. Oh my goodness Deb, this is truly a work of love and a work of art!! I absolutely adore the cover with that gorgeous worn wall paper peeping through, but each page is just stunning and such a clever binding technique! Your sweetheart is going to adore it!

  8. Oh my word - what a wonderful little album celebrating your love. Each page has delights to share - I love the overall earthy neutrals, but with those gorgeous colourful accents popping up here and there. The textures are amazing - that crackled Baroque flourish wallpaper is simply stunning. Amazing work, and full of love.
    Alison x

  9. Deb, you had me at your first step out photo! But seeing how you constructed this and then flipping through page after page of beautifully created pages makes this album a work of art from cover to cover! This will be TREASURED! Sending hugs! PS How cool is that; we both used the same Muse Token!

  10. WOW...Deb this is fantastic! There is just so much work in this wonderful album and each page is delightful and full of so much amazing detail! Love, love...LOVE and thank you so much for sharing and for playing along with us over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog... xoxo

  11. Deb, this is such an inspiring album! I can tell you had a great time putting this together and playing with all the texture and layering elements. I especially love that crackle design on the back cover! Definitely a labor of love!

    ~ Heather

  12. While I have “figured out” my own paper hinges many times- that vid was VERY simply explained & very helpful!! TANX!!
    Your Heart-shapes book is on my “Must Do!” List!!! I ADORE THIS!!!!

  13. Wow !!! What an amazing mini album Deb! There is so much to love in this album on EVERY page and the cover is stunning. The background really looks like piece of vintage material. Just fabulous! x

  14. What amazing project you created! love colors, and design! fabulous piece! Barbara

  15. Such a great project totally brings out the best vintage feel with all those papers, colours and textures you have used. Lovely to get such a lot of details of it to enjoy, thanks for sharing it.

  16. I apologize for being so delinquent in getting over here and seeing your gorgeous love book Deb! what creative thought put into the design and decoration of the pages - and so lovely to have it close with the soft ribbons! xx

  17. Absolutely love it! Complex shape and pure vintage style, what a lovely combo! Thank you for joining in with us at Mini Album Makers!


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