Friday, February 26, 2021

Crealies Guest Design "Love mini album" {Tim Holtz Inspired}

Hello. Today I bring to you a mini album I creating using Crealies fantastic dies. The LOVE die can be used in so many different ways, but I envisioned a mini album you could use for those special keepsake photos. The entire album was constructed using CLBigLT13 with stitch line which are a set of large tags. And for the star is the cover using CLCZ156 LOVE (cardsize) which is an awesome layered word LOVE. The base is chipboard, then layered with brown cardstock, then topped off with the patterned paper. I saved the middle part of the heart and popped it up a bit with an extra layer of corrugated cardboard underneath. I inked the edges of everything in the mini. The mini album was inspired by the most awesome Tim Holtz. To pay tribute to such inspiration, I used Tims Wallflower paper to create the mini. It is by far my most favorite paper pack! I raided my husband shop for the wing nuts, and used a digital fussy cut measuring tape from Vectoria Designs. Of course what would a grunged up vintage mini be without Vintage photo distress ink. The cherry on top!! I hope you enjoy this mini. 

After I layered the tags, I added a big eyelet to the tops using a Cropadile. 

I created small charms to hang from the eyelets. I dies cut the circles from the CLALF02 Alfabet Lower Case using light chipboard. I also die cut the letters a, b, c, d. I layered the 2 circles and topped them with a letter. I painted them using the CLPC27 Middle Brown Pigment Colorzz, and after it dried I  rubbed the finished pieces with a bit of CLPC51 Pearl White Silver. I punched a hole on the tops and strung them on bulb safety pins and tied them onto the eyelets using jute. 

The inside cover Page 1 and 2. I used the CLALF02 Alfabet Lower Case to create all of the words used in the mini. 

The inside cover has a flap. All of the flaps in the mini were created using CLNestXXL 24 which are stitched rectangle dies, and used brown cardstock. I just scored them at 1/2 inch, and adhered them using double stick tape. 

Page 3 has a flap, and on Page 4, I die cut the word hope and matted it on cardstock and patterned paper. I added a fussy cut butterfly. 

On page 5 I created a waterfall effect using the CLNestXXL34 Squares Double Stitch Line which are square dies. 

They open up to reveal another flap that flips up. 

Page 6. 

For page 7, I created a flap, but the word dream is also created on a flap. 

I added the word sweet to the underside of the small flap. 

Then entire page flips up. 

Page 8, 

Page 9, I added an accordian pocket using CLJP654 Harmonica Pocket

There is a tag inside that can be pulled out using one of the charms I created. 

This is the front side of the card. 

Page 10, 

Page 11 has a flap. I adhered a fussy cut moth to the flap part. 

This is the flap opened. 

Page 12.

Page 13 has a flap. 

Page 13 with the flap opened. 

Page 14 also has a flap. 

Page 14 has a flap then when opened reveals 6 small cards that can be used for photos or journaling on the backs. I used a digital fussy cut tape measure to slip the cards in. 

These are the cards out of the pocket. 

The back of the mini album. I adhered a piece of a digital measuring tape to the front and back spine that I fussy cut. 

To create the mini album I scored the bottoms of the tags at 3/4 inch and folded them over using a bone folder.  I placed a small strip of thin chipboard in between each tag for thickness, and allows for some room in between each page. to put the mini album together, I measured and punched 2 holes on the spine part, and used small screws and wingnuts to secure it. Yes, I raided my husbands stash! 

Crealies Products Used:

CLCZ156 LOVE (cardsize)

CLBigLT13 with stitch line 

CLNestXXL 24

CLNestXXL34 Squares Double Stitch Line

CLJP654 Harmonica Pocket

CLALF02 Alfabet Lower Case

CLPC27 Middle Brown Pigment Colorzz

CLPC51 Pearl White Silver

Other Products used

Tim Holtz Wallpaper 12x12 paper pack

Tim Holtz Vintage Photo distress ink

2 Wing Nuts

Vectoria Designs digital measuring tape


We R Memory Keepers Large Eyelets

bulb safety pins

various butterfly fussy cuts from my stash


  1. Thanks for showing your beautiful project. I am now inspired to pull out an old chipboard album that I bought on sale many years ago and go for it.


Love hearing your beautiful words!!!!