Up-cycled Toilet Paper Tube Mini Album (Crafty Secrets)

What can you make with a toilet paper tube?  A Mini Album!

Good Monday morning, friends!  I have been working all weekend on the design for this fun up-cycled toilet paper tube mini album.  I’m so excited to share it with you:

Crafty Secrets Tissue Tube Mini 01

Ta-da!  This fun little mini measures just 4 1/4″ x 2 1/2″. the base is made from up-cycled toilet paper tubes.  When I told my husband to start saving our used toilet paper tubes, he gave me a really funny look.  (But he saved them, which is a testament to his faith in me, despite my often unusual requests!)  I don’t have a tutorial written for this particular album, but if you do an internet search, you will find dozens of different ideas. 

Creating with Vintage Patterns to the rescue!

I knew I wanted to create a really fun, vintage recipe album so I pulled out my Crafty Secrets “Creating With Vintage Patterns” CD.  This CD is loaded with the most gorgeous vintage papers that you can print right off your home printer!  I used a natural manila cardstock to print my papers…and I printed a different pattern on each side, creating my own double sided papers.  How cool is that?  I cut the papers into 4 1/8″ x 2 1/4″ rectangles, inked the edges with Vintage Photo Ink, inked the edges of the flattened (and ironed) toilet paper tubes and just went to town.  

Crafty Secrets Tissue Tube Mini 14 (Click on the photo for a larger image.) I used 6 toilet paper rolls…and the really fun thing is that you have a built in pocket in each flattened roll of toilet paper:

Crafty Secrets Tissue Tube Mini 16 I used vintage 5×7 cards and printed a recipe on each card, folded them in half, added decorative paper and a pull tab, then loaded the recipes into the pockets.  Each pocket contains the recipe for one course of a home cooked meal.

Crafty Secrets Tissue Tube Mini 17 Isn’t that FUN?  The images are cut from Crafty Secrets Domestic Goddess Creative Scraps and from the new digital Kitchen Time Vintage Printable Sheet.  The Domestic Goddess Creative Scraps are on sale at a greatly reduced price, and the Printable Sheet is a digital download…just print it off your computer and use over and over again!  How cool is that?  Here’s a closeup of each page in this fun little up-cycled toilet paper tube mini album.

Crafty Secrets Tissue Tube Mini 02 The second course pocket holds a recipe for Macaroni and Cheese…my own version that I’ve been making for years and years.

Crafty Secrets Tissue Tube Mini 04 I love the vintage aprons that are on the back side of the Domestic Goddess Creative Scraps! They make me think of my mother, who always wore an apron.

Crafty Secrets Tissue Tube Mini 03 I used the background pattern on the printable sheet to make the cute blue banners.

Crafty Secrets Tissue Tube Mini 05 The next page contains the recipe for stuffed meatloaf, another family favorite.

Crafty Secrets Tissue Tube Mini 06 Don’t you just love these retro images from the 50’s?  And, the quote tag is pretty funny, too!

Crafty Secrets Tissue Tube Mini 07 Does anyone else remember when pink appliances were all the rage?  We had a family friend who had them, and I thought her kitchen was so chic!

Crafty Secrets Tissue Tube Mini 08 I love this sweet blue printed paper from the CD.  It brings back memories of wallpaper from my childhood. This pocket contains my recipe for Pesto, so you can dip your crusty bread into it as you eat this yummy meal.

Crafty Secrets Tissue Tube Mini 09 Another fun apron, and a pocket containing the recipe for New York style cheesecake bars. 

Crafty Secrets Tissue Tube Mini 10 Here’s the final two page spread with another sassy quote:

Crafty Secrets Tissue Tube Mini 11 and some more of those aprons that I love so much!

Crafty Secrets Tissue Tube Mini 12 The final pocket contains a blank tag, so you can write your own greeting and tuck it in.  It will also hold a gift card.  I was thinking this would be a really fun gift for a kitchen-themed bridal shower, or for someone who is moving into their first apartment. 

Crafty Secrets Tissue Tube Mini 13 The binding uses one of the border prints found on the CD.  I love the way all these patterns work together so well.  I was able to use a nice variety of papers, and they all played nicely together because that is how the CD is designed. 

Crafty Secrets Tissue Tube Mini 01 So, here’s the big question: are you saving your old toilet paper rolls?  Do you plan to save them now?  I can think of a dozen different themes that I could follow for future albums!  And whatever theme I choose, I’m pretty sure Crafty Secrets has a CD, digital images, stamps or Creative Scraps that would fit the bill. 

That’s all for me today, folks!  Be sure to check out the amazing sales on the Crafty Secrets online store.  (You  know what my favorite thing about digital downloads is?  Instant gratification…no waiting for the mail carrier to deliver your goodies.  You can be playing with them in an instant!)  Do you think you will make your own up-cycled toilet paper tube mini album?

Thanks for stopping by.  If you have any questions, please feel free to ask and I’ll do my best to help.  As always, your comments make me happy right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers! Until next time,



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11 thoughts on “Up-cycled Toilet Paper Tube Mini Album (Crafty Secrets)

  1. Jan Ross

    I tell you what – Stampin Up and any of your other vendors you use must LOVE you. Your methods of introducing and using their products is so unique and unexpected, and I thank you so much for giving us a link to your vintage papers. That’s my next click. Oh, and can you believe, I have been saving TP rolls for a few months, because I found a Pinterest idea to use the tubes as candy holders – decorated to the ultimate ofcourse. Thank you sweet Kathy. My favorite blog for sure!


  2. Sandy Redburn

    Hi Kathy, can you hear me squealing? Seriously, this is such a great idea for using something everyone throws away and you’ve made it so kitchey stylish combining the papers from CD 1 with our Domestic Goddess Scraps and Kitchen Printables. You brought them all together in domestic harmony, great job!

    Thanks for sharing

  3. ncguygirl

    Love this! What a clever idea. Love the images you used and all those great aprons. Very creative and cool use of something we usually throw away. Great job!

  4. Julie

    Totally love the retro chic aprons, wallpaper & pink stove! Great combo….now I want those recipes!
    Keep recycling – so clever as always.

  5. Anita Houston

    How cool is this??? Love the pages with the recipes tucked in…BRILLIANT! The 50’s retro images are grand! Love the color palette too! Awesome book!

  6. Tanya

    “Fast ,easy, and cheap!” Hilarious! Yep buns of cinnamon much better! What an incredible idea to reuse something so common and available! How I love all those aprons…can’t imagine cooking without one:)
    There is something so thrilling about secret little pockets and with your famous recipes , even better! What a perfect idea….now my mind is spinning around what I might use those little tubes for:9)
    What a perfect gift.

  7. Darlene Pavlick

    WOW! This is fabulous Kathy! You are such a clever lady! Crafty Secrets products are PERFECT for a project like this and you’ve certainly showcased everything so beautifully. AWESOME project … I want to give this a try (when I have a full week to work on it that is! LOL) Well done my friend … well done!! Wishing you a wonderful week ahead!

  8. Glenda

    As always, I’m just blown away by your creativity! I’ve thought about these little mini albums many times, however, the only thing I even did was a paper bag album for my sister. These little albums are so labor intensive and are filled with loads of love! I love the aprons you sprinkled throughout too!

  9. Candy Colwell

    Kathy…this little mini album is absolutely darling! I love the 50s retro images you’ve used here….some of them are very familiar to me. haha Love the vintage look you’ve achieved through your design and your distressing. Such a gorgeous little project. <3 Candy

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