613 Avenue Create Challenge 91: World Heart Day

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( 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.

Ave 613 Heart Challenge 01This 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!

Step One

Select 5 clean TP rolls that are identical in size and flatten them with your hand.

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Step 2

Use a warm iron to completely flatten the TP roll

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Step 3

Choose a double sided sheet of 12″ square designer paper. Cut 4 1/8″ x 2 3/4″ rectangles, 5 from each side.

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Step 4

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.

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Step 5

Stitch around all the edges of the paper and then distress all the edges.

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Step 6

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.

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Step 7

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The clock was punched from the paper and then treated with UTEE.

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I used one of the cardstock envelopes to make a holder for a couple of little journaling tags.

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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!

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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:

Challenge Rules

We are a fun challenge and we do not seek to limit what you do with your projects so here is all we ask:
1. New Creation
2. Link to your post and not your main blog url
3. Mention our challenge
4. Limit your entries to 3 (for the sake of our designers. Plus, Kathi and I like to try to comment on every entry)
5. HAVE FUN!!!
That’s it!!

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

2) Word Art Wednesday # 151  Anything Goes

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!



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14 thoughts on “613 Avenue Create Challenge 91: World Heart Day

  1. Laura

    Awesome mini album! I have wanted to make one of these for ages, but never seem to find the time. Yours is beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing at the Little Miss Muffet Challenge!

  2. Karen Letchworth

    Absolutely STUNNING, Kathy! Thanks so much for sharing this awesome mini album in our challenge this week. What a blessing!
    Word Art Wednesday

  3. Darlene Pavlick

    WOWZA LADY!! There ya go again … creating something gorgeous out of something we all throw away! This is fabulous and thanks so much for the awesome tutorial! Congrats on the new DT spot (so thrilled to be sharing a little spotlight with you!). What fun! LOVE your style and can’t wait to see more!! HUGS!

  4. Robin

    It’s a gorgeous mini, Kathy! Love all the details and ribbons. Your instructions and photos really make it clear how to make a TP mini, which I love! You are a fabulous teacher. But today of all days, the thing I most loved was your use of words! Wonderful, wonderful words filling my heart with joy. Being so disapointed in the actions of a person today, my heart was taken in by the quote, “People, even more than things…” God is using you to reach out to me. Those words were words I needed to hear today.

  5. ginny

    Fantastical! It is so great to have a book maker in the family! I would love to sit with the real thing in my lap and inspect each and every piece – pull them out, turn them over, inspect the details! Love your work Kathy!
    ~ginny DT sister

  6. Gloria Stengel

    Wonderful mini. Who knew TP rolls could be so fantastic! Congratulations on your new DT gig. I know that you will be a huge blessing to the challenge and to the team! Your work is always inspirational and so creative!

  7. Pamellia

    Congratulation Kathy! I am so excited for you, 613 is a wonderful challenge blog and they are so lucky to scoop you up! What a tremendous source of inspiration you will be to the entries and the other team members!

    Now to discuss what I think must be the most creative project I have ever seen!! I look like one of those French Bulldogs right now because my eyes are literally bugged right out of my head! Toilet paper rolls!!!!!! C’mon, that’s amazing!! I would have loved this project if it had been just made out of paper, but as a huge fan of recycled project, I am simply in awe!

    Bookmarked and ready to give it a go! You are truly an inspiration Kathy and I am so glad I found you. Best of luck on your new crafty adventure and I look forward to your next project! Big bear hugs, Pamellia 🙂

  8. thecobweboriumemporium

    Well you’ve done it again Kathy! You’ve made me sit here dribbling over this fantastical album! You are so artistic and creative, and I love how your mind works.

    I’ve just (yesterday) finished my first ever mini album – and mine started out life as a chocolate box, so I’m really thrilled to find that you’ve used re-cycled materials in the making of this album, because I’d not seen anyone do that before so was wondering if I’d be looked down on in the crafting circles because I hadn’t started off with a bought chipboard blank album and built on it from there.

    I can’t blog my mini album yet as it’s a gift to someone who reads my blog, but the minute I’ve handed it over, I’ll be blogging about it.

    Thank you for this wonderful tutorial Kathy. I’m going to now try this toilet roll tube method out and see if I can make it work for me too!

    Blessings and hugs ~ Cobs. x

  9. ncguygirl

    This is gorgeous! To think it started as toilet paper tubes! I love the quotes you chose. I could almost hear Mom saying “the prettiest thing you can wear is a smile.” That made me smile.

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