All Geared Up Mini Album, Video & Tutorial

All Geared Up Mini 02All Geared Up Mini Album, Video & Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to Heartfelt Creations Wednesday and the release of the dynamic new All Geared Up Collection!

Shift your creativity into high gear with the All Geared Up collection from Heartfelt Creations! This imaginative mix of gears, cogs, and mechanical flowers uses deep shades of rust, brown, teal, red and cream to create a fabulous industrial vibe. Clever vanity license plates, chains, wire, rugged stripes and distressed graphics mesh perfectly with Steampunk or masculine projects, and will keep your wheels turning with ideas for “girly grunge” creations, too. The versatile All Geared Up dies feature fanciful sprockets, gears, cogs, chains and license plates that can be shaped into innovative 3-D embellishments or die cut from white cardstock to create beautiful doily accents. Six hand drawn stamp sets continue the mechanical theme with a large Cogs and Gears background stamp, themed accent stamps, mechanical bouquets and playful sentiments that are “geared” to carry your project across the finish line with a smile. The All Geared Up Collection has been designed to inspire the bold in you….so let’s gear up!

To learn more about this exciting collection, visit the official release page at Heartfelt Creations.

For my inspiration piece, I up-cycled King Arthur Cake Flour boxes into a whimsical mini album that is filled with metal accents, fantastical mechanical flowers, gears, cogs, pockets tags and photo mounts.  It’s fun, a little funky and very Steampunk inspired.  I made a YouTube video of the album, but I also have still shots for you to enjoy.  I had a really hard time getting the lighting right on the video, but at least you get an idea of the flow and design of the album when you watch it.

We had a ton of family birthdays this summer, and since I am the family baker in addition to being the family card maker, I went through quite a few boxes of King Arthur Cake Flour.  I love the weight and size of these boxes ,and could not bear to throw them away.  So into the Closet of Shame they went.  When I was imagining this All Geared Up Mini Album, I had this thought that if I opened the top and bottom flaps on the box, flattened it, and cut off the top and bottom flaps with Alice (my trusty guillotine) it would make an amazing base for a page.  I was about to cut the side panels off when lightning struck my brain!  Instead of cutting off the side panels, why not just cut down the crease in the side seam, leaving the side panels in place?  They are already creased, and when stapled top and bottom form a fabulous, pre-creased pocket page.  And that is what I did.  So, enough chatter.  Here’s the photo tour of my All Geared Up Mini Album.  You’ll find a complete supply list and detailed directions at the bottom of this post, below the signature area.

All Geared Up Mini 01aFor the cover, I created lots of layers using the gears, cogs and sprockets in the All Geared Up die. I also added the suitcase from the Luggage and Tags Die.  All the little tags and tickets you’ll see throughout this album have also been cut with this die.  I use this set of dies more than any other item in my Heartfelt stash.  It’s my favorite!

All Geared Up Mini 02This funky chipboard hot air balloon is from Creative Embellishments.  I painted it with Distress Paint, tapped it with Viva Decor Copper Stamp Paint and then slathered the balloon with Ranger Clear Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint.  Once it was dry, I gently heated the balloon and shaped it with my hand to give it a round dimensional look.  The large brads found throughout this mini have been in my stash forever, and I don’t know where they came from.

All Geared Up Mini 03aI used the All Geared Up stamps throughout this mini, and cut all my photo mats with the Cut, Mat, Create dies.  The page on the right was formed from one of the King Arthur Flour side panels I described earlier.

All Geared Up Mini 04I used a lot of Natural Jute Twine and gorgeous Variegated Copper Ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon throughout the book.

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All Geared Up Mini 09All Geared Up Mini 10aThe page on the right is an accordion pull out “mini within a mini”.  I got this idea from my blog buddy and fellow teammate Olga Jewell.  I tweaked her idea a little, adding a pocket for tags behind the pull out section, and covering the individual panels with 5″ x 7″ card fronts from the collection.

All Geared Up Mini 11All Geared Up Mini 12All Geared Up Mini 13This “mini within a mini” is double sided and has loads of room for photos, pockets and tags, too.

All Geared Up Mini 14I even added pockets, tags and photo mounts to the back of the album.  How fun is that?

I know this was a lot of photos, so thanks for hanging with me!  I’d love to hear your thoughts about this dynamic new collection from Heartfelt Creations.  What would you make with it?  Next week, I plan to share a project that is 180 degrees opposite from this week’s distressed/grunge mini album.  I think you will be surprised at the versatility that’s been designed into this collection.  Curious?  Be sure to join me for HC Wednesday next week to see what I’m talking about!

Thanks for stopping by!  Until next time,




All Geared Up Mini Album
Heartfelt Creations Products and Products Carried by HC:
Paper: HCPD1 248 All Geared Up Paper Collection; Stamps: HCPC 3632 Plates and Gears, HCPC 3633 Nuts and Bolts, HCPC 3634 Tarnished Gears, HCPC 3635 Shifting Gears, HCPC 3636 Cogs and Gears; Dies: HCD 745 Luggage and Tags, HCD 750 Cut, Mat, Create, HCD 752 Cut, Mat, Create, HCD 754 All Geared Up; Other: 452255 Grand Calibur, 119390436 Viva Décor Copper Stamp Paint, 159223 Paper Blossoms Molding Mat, 459222 Paper Blossoms Tool Kit; Rock Candy Clear Crackle Paint; 368770 Scor-Pal
Other Products: PAPER: Teal, Light Teal, Brown, Kraft Cardstock, Medium weight chipboard; INK: Distress Ink: Peacock Feathers, Vintage Photo, Barn Door; Color Box Pigment Frost White; Antiqued Bronze Distress Stain; Ranger Archival: Coffee; Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist (Patina, Copper)OTHER: Creative Embellishments Steampunk Balloon Chipboard, Tim Holtz large grunge key; copper word fragments, Brads, Button, Really Reasonable Ribbon Variegated Copper Ribbon, Natural Jute Ribbon, natural jute string, Old Cardboard containers, Foam dimensionals, Red Line tape; Metal book corners; Spellbinders 3-D Embossabilities Creative Cogs
To create the cardboard base of your book, cut three 8″ x 8″ squares of medium weight chipboard. I used King Arthur cake flour boxes for the other 3 pages. To create the pocket pages, cut the top and bottom flaps off the box. Flatten the box, and use a guillotine cutter to cut the box open along the side seam so that the whole box can be opened flat. Cut the box so that you get two 6 1/4″ x 8″ panels with a creased flap attached. The creased sides of the box can be folded up and stapled to form pockets. (See photo in my blog post at You will need three of these pocket pages, each measuring 6 1/4″ x 8″ once the pocket is folded. These pages will have the pocket positioned on the right hand side of the page.
Cut 6 sheets of designer paper to 8″ square. Ink the edges with Vintage Photo Ink and glue onto the fronts and backs of the medium weight chipboard. Line the pocket pages with 6 pieces of designer paper cut to 6″ x 8″. The pocket flap will measure 1 3/4″ x 8″.
Die cut tags using the Luggage and Tags die. Use dark brown, kraft, dark teal and light teal cardstock. You will need about 20 tags.
Die cut the photo mats from the same cardstock. I used 15 photo mats cut with the largest die from HCD 750.
Die cut at least 6 sets of gears from cardstock, cutting 2 sets from brown, 2 from dark teal, 2 from light teal. Also cut leaves and license plates and 2 sets of chain.
Die cut the tags from the cut apart page of the book as well as various bits of tickets and artwork.
Die cut the suitcase from the Luggage and Tags die from red designer paper. Assemble and set aside.
Once you have done all the die cutting, stamp and decorate the tags. Then you can begin to assemble the book as shown. Ink the chipboard balloon and key with Distress inks. Paint with Antiqued Bronze Distress Stain and then use Viva Décor Stamp paint to achieve the finish you desire. Gently heat the chipboard balloon, and while warm, carefully bend the edges to create a rounded finish. Coat the balloon with Clear Rock Candy Crackle paint and let dry.
Throughout the book, use card fronts as photo frames, add stamped and heat embossed tags to pockets, and add layered gear “flowers” and stamped artwork.
For the inside back cover, create an accordion photo display as follows: Cut two sheets of 8 1/2″ x 11″ paper to 7″ x 11″. Score on the long side every five inches, then join the two pieces together at the 1″ overlap. Accordion fold so that the top layer is a valley fold, the next fold is a mountain fold and so on. Glue the back of the final fold to the prepared book page, leaving the right hand edge open to form a pocket. Cover all the pages of this pull out section with card fronts from the designer paper collection. For the smaller card fronts, create pockets by leaving the top edge open and insert tags in the pockets.
Punch a hole in the top and bottom of each page and bind with O rings.



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15 thoughts on “All Geared Up Mini Album, Video & Tutorial

  1. Gloria Stengel

    Oh my word! You never stop and never sleep! This is fantastic! I will go watch the video as soon as I finish a few things here this morning. I cannot wait to have you walk me through this beauty. I really ‘need” this collection!!!!!

  2. Pamellia

    WOW, WOW, WOW! I have never had the urge to try anything steampunk, until now! This is just spectacular Kathy! I love the brown metallics with the aquas and touches of reds, it’s very patina! The balloon is just amazing, but so are all of your little bits! So much detail inside and out! I am always so inspired by your work! Thank you for including a video, big hugs 🙂

  3. carol

    Hi Kathy, wow you certainly excelled with this wonderful book. It is simply gorgeous, so many things going on. Whoever receives this will be able to fill it with so many lovely memories. You have brought this collection alive. Thank you for all the work and inspiration you have put into it.x

  4. candycolwell

    Kathy…on my goodness…you out did yourself on this mini album. It’s so adorable. I love the colors and all of your details, pockets and fun stuff on each page. Girl, you are so brave to do a video! It’s awesome. So neat to hear your voice and see each page so wonderfully displayed. Love the mechanical flowers and all of the wonderful grunginess of this album! Beautiful! <3 Candy

  5. Pattie Jns

    Awesome, awesome,awesome.You always amaze me what you create with so many textures and simple products on hand . Your creative juices were sure working overtime, and all geared up and ready to go. ….well done. thanks for all your inspirations and time to present to us.

  6. Robin

    A very beautiful and steampunky mini! Love all the tags, ribbons, flowers (gear flowers – how cool is that?), and a mini within a mini!!!! WOW! Very awesome work, dear Kathy! You’re on overdrive in the creative department! 🙂

  7. Karan Gerber

    Kathy, i saw this for the first time on Create and Craft and loved it, but seeing it here up close and personal, made me love it more, all the tucked tags, and layers, beautiful details really complement the line, this is gorgeous.

  8. smithgfb

    Be still my heart! I love your video and think your project is just amazing! I especially love the balloon but of course also love all the bits from Heartfelt Creations.

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