Tiny Journal

Hello and thanks for coming by to see my journal entry for this month’s design team project at Mini Album Makers Challenge Blog. I should probably preface this by saying that this is my first month as a DT member. I’m so happy to have been asked to join this fabulously creative group of people!

Every month Mini Album Makers has a different sponsor with wonderful prizes for the random winner of the challenge. last Month was Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts. This tiny album is made with one of their sweet sets. All the chipboard pieces came pre-cut. I added in papers and a glassine sleeve which I fussy cut to match the chipboard shape on the end.

I also used some wonderful stamps from Oxford Impressions to make some great tissue images to collage onto the signatures. This has become my favorite technique; reverse painted tissue collage. I’ve added a couple of pics for this technique. Basically you print the image on one side then flip it to paint, flip it back to adhere to your collage. The tissue practically disappears, blending your image in with whatever is under it. Hint: the first thing you paint will be on top when you flip it over so paint layers in reverse order.

Rubber stamp over paint for added detail.
Reverse paint on back of tissue print. Tissue at bottom shows front side.
Use matte medium to collage tissue to artwork.
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I painted all the chipboard using a sponge and PaperArtsy Fresco Finish paint in various nature colors. I swiped a light layer of transparent white (Liquitex) over the middle areas and then collaged the tissue prints over that. All the painted creatures are the tissue bits. I augmented with vintage postage stamps, some bugs (Tim Holtz stamps and dies) and since the colors happened to match, some G45 Nature Sketchbook stickers.

Finally, I thought it would be interesting to add a faux prize medal embellishment to the front tiny page. I cut this out of chipboard with a TH die and painted similarly as the rest. Since this set does not come with pre-drilled holes, I used my Cinch binder to add holes and wire (which I also painted) to complete the book. What fun! The following gallery is a step through of most of the pages.

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I hope you will take some inspiration from this and all the other great projects from the design team members. Go make something! Then come back to Mini Album Makers and enter it for a chance to win! For the month of February our sponsor will be Rubber Moon Stamps.

Thanks for stopping by!

~ Heather

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15 Responses to Tiny Journal

  1. Anne R says:

    Heather, this is such a beautiful album for your first DT project, I absolutely love every single little detail! The Fresco colours are wonderfully soft and I do love the faux prize medal on the cover. Hugs, Anne xx

  2. Tracey says:

    What a fabulous work of art Heather, I love your process so clever in design and vibrant in colour. Reminds me that Spring will soon be here.
    Thank you so much for sharing.
    It’s so nice to see you on the Mini Album Makers Team.
    Creative wishes Tracey x

  3. What a lovely chipboard album and your reverse painted tissue collage technique sounds very intriguing, must give it a try! Thanks for sharing your album and congratulations on joining the Mini Album Challenge DT! Deb xo

  4. What a lovely and bright chipboard album and I am intrigued by your reverse painted tissue technique, will have to give it a try! Thanks so much for sharing your album and congratulations on joining the Mini Album Makers DT! Deb xo

  5. Such a lovely vibrant mini album Heather with some lovely techniques. Wonderful to have you here on the team with us . Jennie x

  6. This is a wonderful mini full of color and inspiration. I need to start painting my binding. Love how that looks.

  7. Vickie Lishka says:

    Heather, your book is beautiful. I love the color choices and all the references to Spring and the garden creatures. The tissue paper technique works so well here for a subtle touch when working with the thick and heavy material. Looks like fun. I’m going to try it. Nicely done and congrats on becoming a Team Member!

  8. Heather, I am overjoyed to have you sharing your talents with us at Mini Album Makers now!!! πŸ™‚ This is such an amazing use of this little booklet and the painted tissue technique is one of my favorites, always impressive and fun. It really adds life to the images and your fun colors are such a breath of fresh air. Bravo on your first tutorial for us. Big hugs, Autumn

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