Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Mini Album Tutorial by Nancy Wethington - Simple Spiral Binding


Hi mini-book makers!  Coming to you today from Nancy-land.  Thanks for joining me for a very  simple binding I've been using for years: spiral binding.  I've chosen to use a Zutter binding system but you can do the same thing with a We R Memory Makers Cinch.

I adore these chipboard books that Zutter makes. They have rounded spines that look exactly like antique books.

They also have a built in back pocket that makes it super easy to bind.  Also included is the hard plastic pocket insert.

Let's get started.
  1. Choose the cardstock you want to use for your pages as well as how many pages you want to use in your book. 
  2. Cut the cardstock to the appropriate size for your mini.
  3. Punch the pages and insert the spiral binding.
That's it!  Here are some photos of how I put mine together:

For the book size I was using, my cardstock was cut 7 3/4" tall X 7 3/8" wide.  Instead of placing the spirals in the center of the book, I chose to do two sets of spirals, each with 6 binding holes.

Notice the instructions on the side of the Zutter:

Holes are punched.  Do this with all of the book pages, including the plastic insert that comes with the Zutter book.

Take all of the pages and the plastic insert and feed them through the small loops.  
(For the purpose of photography, I'm doing one page at a time.)

Adjust the Zutter to match the size of the coils.

Place the coils in the Zutter, opening side down. Hold the pages up and push the handle down, squeezing the coils closed.

Here it is, all squeezed together.  

The plastic insert is attached.  

It can be inserted into the included pocket.  Decorate as desired.

You are invited to visit my website for a page-by-page look at how I decorated my mini.  We hope you get a chance to play along this month.  You could be a Mini Album Makers Challenge Winner and have a chance to win a full set of Baked Texture embossing powders from our super talented sponsor, Seth Apter!

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Winners Post for February 2018

What an amazing array of entries for our February challenge.  Thank you so much for your support and inspiration!  If you have yet to review the February challenge entries please visit the post for some amazing inspiration.  It's never an easy job to narrow down to a few winners, but without further ado...

The overall design team favorite badge goes to Gibonik.  Gibonik, we would love to invite you to be our guest designer for the month of April.  Please email Autumn at to discuss further.

Not only is the mixed media style cover of this junk journal absolutely incredible, the pages are equally amazing.  We absolutely love your style and creative ideas!

Our top five entries are equally stunning.  Each of you, please take our top five badge and display it proudly on your blogs.  In no particular order...

First we have Anna Alexeeva of Pleasant Moments with an exquisite vintage style album.  The alluring cover opens into pure joy...

What a treasure!  We are all in awe of your skills and artistic expression with this book.

Next, we have WuWu of Zatoka Wspomnien, again in our spotlight with her sublime layering and unique embellishments.  

We are teased to only look and not touch these beautiful pages with so many incredible inserts...

Ruth of A Love to Create created this jaw-droppingly cool spool album.  Look at those luscious stitches and colors!

A true work of art, Ruth!  We are impressed for sure!

Mukta Parvatikar-Maniar of VREnchanged Color, Craft & More created a delightful traditional style album, with all but traditional pizzazz!  What amazing colors and textures reign throughout!

With so many tricks up her album making sleeve, this album will certainly be cherished!

Giovanna of GiogioCraft created one of the most amazing pieces of art blogland has seen in ages!  This little box opens to reveal a fantastical and unique album...

Gio, you always amaze us with your creativity, but this is over the top cool and creative!  What a great assemblage cover on both the box and album - WOW!

Thank you all very much for playing along.  And now, the announcement of the winner of the $25 gift certificate to Lindy's Stamp Gang.  

And the winner is.....

That's Maggie of I'm a Dreamer!  What an amazing book Maggie!  Such a stunning and useful journal for your friend.  <3

Biggest congratulations!  Maggie, please email Autumn at to claim your prize.  We hope you are fully inspired and will play along with our March challenge for a chance to win a full range of Seth Apter's Baked Texture Embossing Powders.  Join us next Wednesday for a fantastic design team tutorial by Nancy Wethington.  :)

Thursday, March 1, 2018

March Mini Album Tutorials and Challenge

Hello friends!  You continue to amaze us with your fabulous contributions to our challenge blog.  It was wonderful to see each and every project and get to know some new faces.  If you haven't visited our February entries, do hop over for a big dose of inspiration.  Today we begin a new challenge with a fabulous sponsor, Seth Apter!  

One lucky participant will win a complete set of Seth's new Baked Texture embossing powders!  THE talk of Creativation this year, these highly coveted new powders are selling off the shelves as fast as they can be made.  You won't want to miss this opportunity to win the ENTIRE SET!  :)

For more information visit Seth's social media links:

Our team is working hard to provide you with an amazing variety of mini album tutorials for your inspiration.  Hop around to each designer's blog for the full reveal and tutorial.  


I created a couple of minis for my granddaughters using the Graphics 45 Fairydust collection.  They hold not only lots of the lovely fairy images which they will love, but photos of themselves from when they were babies, up until now. They fit inside folders made the Eileen Hull cardbox die.  If you want to see more, just pop past my blog.

I have a new found love for ATCs, so I made a little ATC album holder to house them.  I used a couple of stencils from one of our Sponsors, Stencil Girl too.  You can see more here.

Hi Everyone. This super-simple mini is laser cut by one of our sponsors, Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts.  It's called a Tri-Fold Pocket Mini and is just the right size for those small photos.  You can see more at Art-From-The-Heart.

This month I have created one of the easiest and most fun of all styles of mini album - a tag mini. This project was created from ONLY paper scraps, embellishments from my refurbish bin, and "broken" tags. To see how I made this fun mini, visit my blog, Scraps of Life.

I made a notebook and recorded the video process for you. Welcome to my blog.

I created an accordion fold cardboard mini album featuring products from this month's sponsor, Seth Apter's dies and Baked Texture embossing powder.  See closeups on my blog SewPaperPaint.


I hope these peeks have sparked your imagination and you will pay the design team blogs a visit.  We welcome you to play along with our challenge, which ends at 11:55 pm EST on March 31.  Join us on March 7 for our February winners announcement.

Our challenge follows a few simple rules:
Any Handmade Book Goes.  Enter any form of handmade mini albums, scrapbooks, journals and book arts.  Our focus is on completed works, so no layouts or journal spreads that are not part of a complete handmade book project.  You do not have to provide a tutorial, but we wish you would.  Feel free to use one of the DT tutorials to make your project and give proper credit where due.

No back linking allowed.  
Please add our badge to your post and link to our challenge.  

Submit your entries to our Facebook page for extra love.
Tag us @minialbummakers with your entries on Instagram for a repost.

Combine with any other challenges as applicable.  No limit on entries.  Share the love by visiting and commenting on other entries.  Please become a follower.  That's it - have fun!

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Masculine Mixed Media Notebook Tutorial by Maria Lillepruun

Hello! My name is Maria Lillepruun, I am the owner of the Magic Attic Design blog and live in Estonia.  I am a mixed media artist, a paper crafter, an educator and a museum conservator. Most often I create notebooks, sometimes photo albums, cards, layouts and various art objects.
My favorite styles are vintage and grunge. Hereby I want to thank you for inviting me to design for your brilliant educating blog!

I made a masculine mixed media notebook and recorded the whole process on film. The notebook was a gift to my colleague, a male metal objects conservator at the museum I work. He was really delighted to get such a thoughtful gift and promised not to write in this notebook but to treasure it as a piece of art :( That was not what I wanted, of course! I prefer my creations to be used, but this was his decision :))

And here are some closeup details.

Thank you for viewing and I invite you to my blog for more inspiration.  Perhaps you are inspired to join the February challenge for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to the Lindy's Stamp Gang shop?