( and an exciting announcement!)
Hello, Friends! I have an exciting announcement to share with you today. I’ve been asked to do freelance design over at the 613 Avenue Create Challenge Blog! I couldn’t be more excited! I’ve been assigned to Team A, and I’ll be sharing challenge posts here twice a month along with my inspiration piece. I explained to Chana that I am not a “colorer” (although I wish I were, because I think coloring is awesome!). Those of you who have followed me for some time know that my design strengths are in collage, mini albums and paper engineering. Chana said that was why she was bringing me on board…to freelance. So I will follow the theme of each challenge, but most of the time, I will not be using the digi images provided by the sponsors. I hope you will play along with this fun group of crafty ladies! Here’s the info you need to know about 613 Avenue Create Challenge 91: World Heart Day.
The rules this time around are pretty simple: use a heart in your project. That’s it! The sponsors for this challenge are:
The winners for this challenge will receive a $20 gift certificate to Lacy Sunshine stamps or 3 free digital images from Oak Pond Creations. Sweet!
Couture TP Mini Album Tutorial
I gave a lot of thought about what to make for this challenge, and decided I wanted to create something with words for the heart…encouraging and uplifting quotes. I went searching online, and found a page dedicated to quotes from Audrey Hepburn, and that was the spark that ignited the idea for my Couture toilet paper roll mini album. Audrey Hepburn, in my opinion, was the epitome of style, class and grace, so I used Graphic 45 Couture paper in my design because it is also classy and stylish! I have lots of photos and tips coming, so go get yourself a drink and a snack and then we’ll move along.
This is the finished TP Mini album in all it’s glory. If you look at the two red roses, you’ll see a pair of little pewter hearts tucked in…and these little hearts appear on almost every page of the mini album. To make this album you will need 5 toilet paper rolls and 2 12 x12 sheets of designer paper. Oh, and lots of ephemera and ribbon!
Select 5 clean TP rolls that are identical in size and flatten them with your hand.
Use a warm iron to completely flatten the TP roll
Choose a double sided sheet of 12″ square designer paper. Cut 4 1/8″ x 2 3/4″ rectangles, 5 from each side.
Ink the edges of all the paper and all the TP rolls. I used black soot Distress Ink because of the colors of my paper. Pick a color that will work well with your chosen paper.
Stitch around all the edges of the paper and then distress all the edges.
Lay out your pages so that they will alternate as you add them to the album. Do not glue down the pages yet. It’s much easier to decorate them BEFORE you glue them to the TP rolls. But you will want to keep the order straight so that your album has a continuous flow.
Use a 3/8″ circle punch and add a thumb hole to one side of each INNER page of the TP album. Line the pockets you’ve created with 2 3/8″ x 2″ contrasting papers.
For the pages with the thumb hole, you will need to punch a hole in the page as well. I just traced around the hole in the TP roll onto my paper and then lined up my punch with those lines. Easy peasy! Go ahead and punch the holes in your TP album now, too. I just did one hole at the top, about 1/8″ in from the side and 1/4″ down from the top. Line your papers up with these holes and punch them as well so that you don’t add some crucial element right in the spot where you need to punch a hole!
Now, just go ahead and decorate your pages, gluing them on as they are finished. When that is all done, just add “O” rings to bind the book together and tie ribbons along the rings to finish. Here are the photos of my finished pages.
Can you find the hearts on these two pages? Also, see the tags inserted in the TP rolls? Here’s a look at one of those.
I cut the all the tickets and tags using a tag die from Heartfelt Creations. The black gingham ribbon is from Really Reasonable Ribbon. I don’t know where the little heart brads came from. I’ve had them in my stash forever. I computer journaled the quotes onto parchment paper and added them to the tags.
The clock was punched from the paper and then treated with UTEE.
I used one of the cardstock envelopes to make a holder for a couple of little journaling tags.
I love this final quote about people needing to be restored, renewed, revived and reclaimed. Audrey Hepburn was one amazing lady, and her words really do speak to my heart!
This is the mini mini album opened so you can see the front and back covers and all those yummy ribbons!
So, now it’s your turn! Like all the fun challenges at 613 Avenue Create, this is an “Anything Goes” challenge with the optional twist of using hearts in your project. The challenge runs for 1 week and the rules are simple:
I’m also entering this in the following challenges:
1) 7 Kids College Fund Challenge Blog #109 Anything Goes with a Twist of Ribbon or Lace
3) Little Miss Muffett Challenges #95 Make it Mini
I hope you were uplifted and encouraged by these “words from the heart” on World Heart Day. If you have any questions about the construction of this “mini” mini album, just ask in the comment section below, and I promise to get back to you. Thanks for stopping by!