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Everyday Heroes Mini Album Tutorial

Heartfelt Creations Everyday Heroes Mini Album Tutorial and Video

Hello Friends!

What an exciting Heartfelt Creations Wednesday this is going to be!  It’s the release day for the epic Everyday Heroes Collection of Stamps, Dies and Papers. Before I share my Everyday Heroes Mini Album with you, here’s a little more information about this amazing collection:

Do you have an unsung hero in your life? Your champion may never have a medal pinned to his or her chest, but you can demonstrate your gratitude with the Everyday Heroes Collection from Heartfelt Creations. These epic stamps, dies and papers salute the extraordinary “ordinary people” who inspire us as they live their daily lives with honor and integrity. Greys, teals, khakis, creams and browns have been blended with distressed newsprint, vintage maps, globes, sailing ships, timepieces, combat boots, stripes, dots and flourishes to create a rugged, paper collection that is timeless in its appeal. Six deeply etched cling stamp sets featuring detailed collages, inspiring sentiments and unique circular elements that mesh perfectly with the paper collection and matching set of dies. Let’s sing the praises of the unsung heroes in our lives with the Everyday Heroes Collection from Heartfelt Creations!

I fell in love with this collection immediately!  It is totally “my cup of tea!” And I could not wait to work up a mini album with all the fabulous stamps, dies and papers.  Here’s a look at the cover:

Everyday Heroes Mini Album/

Everyday Heroes Mini Album/Kathy by Design

I have one more photos to share, then a step out tutorial for the cover and some tips on how to make the pocket pages, followed by a video tour of the album.  You’ll find a complete supply list and tutorial at the end of this post.

Everyday Hero Mini Album 05aA little peeky at the inside.  I decided to change the orientation of this binder and use it horizontally.  It just seemed like the right thing to do.  This mini is loaded with tags and pockets.  But I’m going to show you the steps I took to build the cover and the pocket page you see here.  Ready?

Everyday Heroes Mini Album  Cover Tutorial

Everyday Hero Mini Tute01For starters, I inked all the edges of the album with Vintage Photo Distress ink.  Then I stamped it randomly with the fabulous Newsprint stamp from the collection.  I used Ranger Cobalt Archival Ink to do this.  I cut a 5″ square of burlap, fringed the edges and secured it to the cover with Scor-Tape.  Then I tore a piece of kraft corrugate cardstock, inked it up and glued it to the right hand side of the cover.  I cut a 4.25″ square of the aqua newsprint paper from the collection, crumpled it all up, opened it carefully and inked the creases with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  Then I spritzed it with Perfect Pearls Mists in Cappuccino, Bronze and Blue Patina and glued it down, leaving all those yummy creases in place.

Everyday Hero Mini Tute03Using the Luggage and Tags die, I cut one of the beautiful tags from the paper collection along with one of the journal tags.  I popped a copper brad into the top of the tag, inked all the edges and layered them on top of the cover as you see here.

Everyday Hero Mini Tute02Next, I fussy cut this medallion from the paper collection, inked the edges and used foam dots to mount it on two Lattice Swirls dies that I cut from teal cardstock.

Everyday Hero Mini Tute04I used foam dots to secure this to the album cover.

Everyday Hero Mini Tute05I wanted to add a bow, but I wanted it to look sort of weathered and grunged up, so I spritzed this navy center stitch burlap ribbon with water, tapped it with Vintage Photo DI, and crumpled it up a little before I created this big loopy bow on my Zutter Bow-it-All.  TI tied the center of the bow with a piece of burlap string to prevent it from being too bulky.  I also fringed the tails.

Everyday Hero Mini Tute06Next, I created another loopy bow with natural burlap string and navy burlap string.  This was hot glued on top of the first bow.

Everyday Hero Mini Tute07I dug through my button stash and found this big denim button…which was the perfect finishing touch for the cover of my mini album!  Hooray!

Everyday Hero Mini Tute08Here’s how I made the large pockets in this album.  Each one is slightly different, but the process is very similar, so this will be a good guide for you.  Cut a 7″ x 4.75″ rectangle from the paper of your choice, and round the top edges with a 1/2″ corner chomper.  Use a 3/4″ circle punch to cut a thumb hole, then ink all the edges with Vintage Photo ink.

Everyday Hero Mini Tute09Cut a 7.5″ x 5.25″ rectangle of teal cardstock.  Score the sides so that the interior is just slightly larger than the panel you created in the last step.  Fold the sides UP and burnish with a bone folder.

Everyday Hero Mini Tute10Add a thin bead of glue to the sides and bottom of your rectangle.

Everyday Hero Mini Tute11Carefully center the designer paper panel over the glued edges of the cardstock panel. Round the top corners with a 1/2″ corner chomper. Glue it into the mini album.  I cut card fronts down and backed them with cardstock to form pockets within the album.  I also scored and folded tags and die cuts to make pockets.  You can really turn anything into a pocket as long as you remember to leave an open edge somewhere.  Now you should have enough information to get you started in making pockets of all shapes and sizes.

Everyday Heroes Mini Album Video Tour

I hope you enjoy this short video tour, and if you do, I hope you’ll let me know in the comment section below.  Thanks so much for joining me here today….and be sure to let the Everyday Heroes in your life know how much they mean to you today!




Everyday Heroes Mini Album Tutorial

Products Used:
HCDP1 253 Everyday Hero Paper Collection
HCD 733 Lattice Swirls Die
HCD 744 Celebrate the Journey Die
HCD 745 Luggage and Tags Die
Cut, Mat, Create Dies 1-A, 1-B, 2-A, 2-B
HCD 761 Everyday Hero Die
HCPC 3596 Celebrate the Journey Sentiments Cling Stamps
HCPC 3662 My Anchor Cling Stamps
HCPC 3665 Everyday Hero Newsprint Cling Stamps
HCPC 3666 Everyday Hero Cling Stamps

Other Products: Tall Sara BinderTall Sara Binder Envelopes (Paper Wishes); Spellbinders Majestic Labels 25; teal, kraft, island indigo, natural, copper, black, tan parchment, and corrugate cardstock; Cobalt, Jet Black, Coffee Ranger Archival Ink; Tumbled Glass, Evergreen Bough, Salty Ocean, Tea Dye, Vintage Photo Distress Ink; Cappuccino, Blue Patina, Bronze Perfect Pearls Mist; Navy Burlap Center Stitch Ribbon, Natural Burlap String, Navy Burlap String; Copper Brads; 1/2″ corner chomper, 3/4″ circle punch; foam dots, glue gun; assorted embellishments.

Note: All the paper edges are inked with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.
Ink the edges of the binder with Vintage Photo Ink. Stamp the edges , spine and back of the binder with the Newsprint Stamp and Cobalt Ink. Cut a 5″ burlap square and adhere to the left hand side of the cover. Spritz with Perfect Pearls Mist. Cut a 5″ square of the aqua newsprint paper from the collection. Distress the edges and crumple up into a ball. Open carefully, sponge the creases with tea die and spritz with Perfect Pearls Mists. Glue onto cover, as shown. Tear a piece of corrugate cardstock, ink and spritz, then layer under the aqua newsprint. Cut the artwork panel and tag from the paper collection and layer onto the cover, as shown.

Fussy cut the Everyday Heroes Medallion from the paper collection. Die cut teal Lattice Swirls and use foam dots to position the medallion above the Lattice Swirls. Adhere the medallion to the cover with foam dots.

Spritz the burlap center stitch ribbon with water. Crumple lightly. Tap with Tea Dye Ink. Tie a multi-loop bow and hot glue to the cover, as shown. Tie a burlap string bow, and glue on top. Add a large denim button.
Cut 14 tags from cardstock, parchment, and the paper collection. Top with copper brads. You will insert these into the various pockets found in the album.
Cut 5 kraft cardstock pages measuring 6.5″ x 4.75″. Punch holes along the top to line up with the rings in the binder. These will be your pages.
Decorate 3 of the Tall Sara Envelopes by stamping with the Newsprint stamp and inking with Distress Inks or covering with designer paper. Insert between the kraft cardstock pages. These will be used to hold photos, journal notes or ephemera.
Cut photo mats to fit the cardstock pages using the Cut, Mat, Create 1-A and 2-A Dies. Cut additional embellishments using the 1-B, 2-B Dies.
Create pocket pages by leaving one edge of the designer papers or photo mats unglued. Slip tags or artwork into these pockets. To create tag pockets, score the tag 1/3 of the distance from the top and fold. Staple the edges together to form a pocket. Die cut the largest nested label from the Spellbinders die and fold to create a fancy pocket. Staple the edges. Tuck small artwork from the collection into these pockets.
Stamp and die cut the Celebrate the Journey Sentiments and use to decorate the mini album. Add pearls, buttons and artwork from the collection as desired.

The Queen of Hearts: Twelve Tags of 2013

The Queen of Hearts for February 2013

Are you playing along with Tim in the 12 Tags of 2013?  I decided to go for it this year as part of my “challenge yourself” agenda.  I really liked Tim’s version using the Queen of Hearts Blueprint Stamp, but I wanted to do something totally different.  My Queen of Hearts is a fun vintage image I found online somewhere….possibly from The Graphics Fairy.  I fell in love with this free-spirited, heart wielding lady the minute I saw her. Her flowing hair and over the top chapeau made her the perfect image for my Queen of Hearts tag:  020 (2)

Creating the Tag for the Queen of Hearts

I began with a standard manila tag and inked it up using  Tim’s Wrinkle Free Distress technique. Applying Festive Berries, Worn Lipstick, Barn Door and Picked Raspberries Distress Ink directly to my craft sheet, I spritzed the ink with water and ran the tag through it, heat setting each layer as I went along.  When the tag was the desired color (and my fingers were suitably stained)   Stampin’ Up’s Sweet Floral Background Stamp and Distress Ink in Vintage Photo were used to create the background image. (You’ll be seeing more of this great stamp in the coming days….it is my current favorite stamp.) The centers of this image were colored in with Distress Markers.

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It’s All About the Embellishments!

While the tag was drying, I did some work on my Queen of Hearts and the embellishments.  A wooden heart was selected from my stash,  partially covered  with a great vintage photo image of the Eiffel Tower, hit with some Glossy Accents and set  aside to dry.  Edges of the image of Madame Fifi (doesn’t she look like a Fifi to you?) were torn and inked, she was mounted on scrap cardstock and set aside.   Now the tag is dry and ready to work with, so a strip of doily is adhered, followed by Madame Fifi, and a sweet little word fragment from Paper Wishes ,adhered with dimensionals. My wooden heart is popped up on dimensionals, backed with a perky red feather and secured to the tag.  Kite string is wrapped around the whole parcel and tied in a bow.  028 (2) 022 (2)

A Sentiment with Heart

I stamped the sentiment in Jet Black Archival Ink.  021 (2)024 (2)Just in case you can’t read it the sentiment proclaims, “We are all called upon to do small things with great love.”  This quote by Mother Teresa is one of my all time favorites.  At first, I questioned whether it was appropriate to combine a sentiment from Mother Teresa with my wild and free Madame Fifi.  But in the end, I decided she would approve; she had a great sense of humor.

Finishing Touches

I added some ruby red rhinestones and Ruby Red Stickles to my wooden heart, and scattered a couple more around, just for fun.  Some tissue tape from 7 Gypsies was inked and added and some Darjeeling petals from Petaloo seemed like a good idea as well.  I dyed seam binding with the same ink colors I used on the tag and tied them off at the top.  The final piece of the puzzle was a metal staples button from Graphic 45.  Remember, you can click on the photos to enlarge them. 027 (2) 026 (2)

Madame Fifi, aka “The Queen of Hearts”

This tag was totally fun to make.  You have plenty of time to make your own version of Tim’s tag for this month.  The contest is open until February 28th at midnight.  You can get the details HERE.  Why not play along this month, stretch your boundaries and challenge your creativity?  The Queen of Hearts would approve.

Thanks again for reading my little blog.  I have so much fun sharing my projects with you.  My work is far from perfect, but it’s not about perfection.  It’s about making room for creativity, learning how to do something new….and having a good time while doing it.  You have no idea how much I look forward to your comments. I read every single one of them, and reply directly to you as often as I can.  If you ever have a question about a technique, a suggestion for a topic you’d like me to address in the blog, or about I product I’ve used, please let me know!  I’d love to answer your questions; and if I can’t I can direct you to someone who can.




Products used:

Ranger: Distress Inks (Vintage Photo, Picked Raspberries, Festive Berries, Worn Lipstick, Barn Door; Distress Markers ( Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade) Blending tool and foam; Archival Ink (Jet Black)

Petaloo: Darjeeling Flowers

Paper Wishes: copper word fragments

Graphic 45: Metal Staples, Button Staples




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