Thursday, January 27, 2011

The Making of the Birthday Journal...& a GIVEAWAY!

Good Morning. Today I am going to share some tips & tricks on how I made my birthday journal that was featured on my blog this past weekend. (Go here to see the original post.)

Here is the blank album pages that I started with....

....and here is the paper lines that I used: (Stay tuned for your chance to win!) 

 I really love this stuff! It is Claudine Hellmuth Studio Line: Multi-Medium Matte.
I, unfortunately was out of this when I did my album so I used Mod Podge. I have some now though! (in fact.. I have two jars! My local scrapbook store ordered it for me and I stocked up! lol...) The Multi-Medium is such a fabulous product. Here are some of the great qualities of this product, (from Ranger's Website...)
• Acid free, non-toxic
• Archival
• Matte and Gloss finishes
• Non-yellowing, dries clear
• Use for gluing, transfers, sealing and more
• Use for decoupage techniques
• Available in 4 oz. jars and ½ oz. bottles

 Now for the directions.
My album was really easy to make. I started by painting each page front and back using Claudine Hellmuth Studio Paint, Sable Brown. I then cut down my paper to 5.5" x 5.5", used a Corner Chomper to chomp the corners and then inked all my edges.
Here is a wonderful, fabulous tip:
The following works for any type of wet glue:
*To help prevent air bubbles you want to spread a thick coat of Multi-Medium on your surface. Make sure you cover the entire surface and that there are no uncovered places. Uncovered places=air bubbles!
*Then lay your paper down onto the wet Multi-Medium. Don't press down, but take your brush and apply the Multi-Medium to the top of the paper. START IN THE MIDDLE & WORK YOUR WAY OUT. This will work out any air bubbles! If you do get an air bubble, you can use your finger to help work the bubble to the edge to get it out. The important thing is you want to do this while the Multi-Medium is still wet.
Once I had all my pages covered, I just went back and decorated! For the above page I took a tag and covered it with my paper and inked it up. I then added some ribbon and a flower that I cut using Tim Holtz Alteration Die: Tattered Florals. My flower is made of Grunge Paper that is covered with Sticky Back Canvas. I punched holes in the top of the tag and tied ribbon all the way across.

For this page I die cut candles from a Quickutz die. I filled in the center of the candles with Stickles! In cutting down my paper at the beginning, I had a lot of little strips left over. I used them all throughout my book. Here I inked the edges and just layered them.

A lot of people asked about these cute little paper bags. They are made by Canvas Corp. The package says Canvas Home Basics and they are called Mini Bags. I stamped on one and the other I used my Texture Boutique and embossed the cupcake.

This page had to be special! It's my birthday page. I stamped a background stamp first. Then I went in and stamped my flower, but I used a paint dabber. I outlined the flower with Stickles. The numbers are from Tim Holtz Idea-ology line: Numerals. I used Alcohol Ink to color them.

To add a little more texture to my album, I used different materials for the pages. This page is made out of Grungepaper and sprayed with Glimmer Mist. I used an On the Edge die from Tim Holtz Alterations. Other pages are just sheets of paper from the paper pack that I used.

It is amazing how great something can look and when you break it down it really just comes down to cutting & pasting. Don't ever let a project intimidate you. Look at it and start breaking it apart and you will see how easy it is to create!

To win the following you just need to become a follower of my blog and leave a comment letting me know you're a new follower. If you already follow my blog then leave a comment stating that... and I really would love to hear what you think about my directions to my book... were they helpful or could I do something to improve? I will pick a winner Sunday and announce the winner Monday! So spread the word!

The Prize: 2 Brand New 6x6 Paper Pads from My Mind's Eye!

Happy Creating!


  1. Hi Christine, I think your directions were nice and easy to follow. I love the tip about the glue - I've only used spray adhesive for my chipboard albums and that stuff is soooo sticky (and stinky). I don't have a blog but I'll share on FB!

    P.S. - I'm a follower! :)

  2. Hello Christine,
    I started following you as of yesterday, you have a wonderful site here and your have very crafty fingers. I'm 22 and have been crafting since I was 17 and had my first child ((best excuse for it)) I am not great at it so I have joined three blog groups for inspiration ((and yours was one of them)) As for your book I love how you make your tricks and tips so easy to follow. Thanks for your inspiration. I'm not after the prize so please don't pick me! I just wanted to tell you your site is great!!

  3. I think your directions were thorough and precise! You did a great job! The journal is beautiful!


  4. I am a follower. Love your birthday journal. Great instructions but I am a visual person and a step-by-step video would be wonderful to see. Thanks for sharing.
    lfuchs1 at wi. rr. com

  5. Great tutorial - gotta start making these. Have 3 little ones to keep track of and they are just growing up so quickly. TFS

    Jess b.

  6. Christine, thank you for sharing the step-by-step directions for your awesome birthday journal! Loved the information on the multi-medium glue - I will definitely start looking for it! (Hopefully I can find it in a Michaels/AC Moore/JoAnn's!) I am a follower and am looking forward to more of your creative projects :) Thanks for sharing!

    Ashley "Scrappin' Pink Piglet"

  7. I thought your tutorial was great.I am a new follower from the Birthday Blog Hop, and loved your journal. TFS!

  8. I'm a new follower! :) I think your instructions for the book were very clear and easy to understand. It turned our beautifully!

  9. Hello!
    I'm already a follower, and I just love your album/journal.
    My favorite part of your directions was actually the wet glue tip ... I hate using wet glue because I always get bubbles (which I've been known to wait until they are dry and sand them off, leaving a peek of whatever was under, but I'd rather do that on purpose, you know?!).

  10. Already a follower (was new last week though!)...I think the instructions were just fine since any book I make would use different paper and embellishments. I usually get lost in what glues, etc to use to make up the book. You covered that nicely. Love the book!

    Thanks for the chance to win!


  11. I love your tutorial. The directions were excellent! The album totally ROCKS!

  12. I posted in the wrong spot, I thought the giveaway was the mini. That is alright I like having the instructions.

    I am a follower already and I love the instructions for the mini. I have been wanting to learn how to make them, but really didn't know where to start. I was actually going to check out youtube, I am sure they have a video of this also. Thanks again for the opportunity giveaway. Dee

  13. really beautiful album, you are very talented :) glad I found your blog :)

    the condes at gmail dot com

  14. Love the album can I win that instead, LOL great tutorial.

  15. This is REALLY fantastic. I saw the medium in M's the other day and considered it but didn't get it. I think I'm gonna have to go back and get it now!

  16. AWESOME! I loved this project and now you are giving me the directions! AWESOME!

    I will be making one soon!

    Thanks for sharing!

    nginerd at gmail dot com

  17. that album totally rocks! I totally love the colours, and I espescially love that you put your birth weight and everything on your birth weight...what a great and personal idea!! I am defiantely going to try this!

  18. I was so concerned with the album that i forgot to say that I am an avid follower!!

  19. I am a new follower! And I must say that I have been wanting to know how to make one of these albums FOREVER! I think they are just so neat. Thank you for the directions!! I was so excited to see this.

    Becky.mayhewlear AT gmail DOT com

  20. Thanks for the great tips! Love this journal. I'm already a follower.

    spunkycrayon at yahoo dot com

  21. Thanks for sharing the tutorial on your birthday journal. I love this project & find your instructions very helpful. I also liked the tips about the glue. Thanks for sharing. I'm already a follower.

  22. Already a follower! Love this journal idea and your instructinos were perfect! Very easy to follow. Thank you for sharing your creative ideas with us.

  23. I am already a follower. Your directions were fabulous--very detailed. I love your mini album. Thanks for the chance to win. patnbobcuddy at gmail dot com

  24. Jen ( 28, 2011 at 8:14 PM

    Hey, thanks for the glue tip...I have only used Glue runners before. I look forwords to looking at you blog as Im newbiee

  25. Hi Christine! You have totally inspired me. I am going to make one of these for sure. Your directions were fantastic. Thank you so much for sharing! I'd love to win the papers to do my own!
    XO ~ Amy Jo (follower)
    amyjrockstar at gmail dot com

  26. Wonderful directions simple enough for even me a beginner to do. Sometimes I am so overwhelmed as what to do first. You are very inspirational. I am a follower already. I think I will need to go shopping and get some Gesso. Do you know if you can use any acrylic paints on paper if they are not too wet? check out my blog at www.thefruitofmyhands.blogspot I have just started it this month. THanks

  27. Already a follower, and LOVE this album!! Thank you so much for the air bubble tip! Might have to keep my eyes out for that stuff!


    tjsgal at gmail dot com

  28. Christine,

    I am a happy new follower! I love your mini album!!! :) And I really appreciate your taking the time to post so many pictures and the details! I can't wait to try making one.

    Thank you so much for sharing,

    partridgelu at yahoo dot com

  29. Hi Christine, I found your blog through MME and am a new follower as of today! Loved your book. I am so inspired to go make one right now! The directions were excellent and I love that you posted a lot of pictures to go along with it since I am a visual person!! Thanks for sharing.

  30. Hi - New follower here. Loe mini books and the one you made is great. We should all do more books about ourselves - our children will appreciate it.

  31. I am a recently new follower. I love the instructions and wouldn't every one love to win........

  32. I am a new follower. Love your birthday journal. Great instructions--easy for me to follow you. The book i beautiful. I am attracted to and appreciate the colors. You have the right amount of "stuff" on the pages for my taste.

  33. I'm already a follower, and I just loved your mini album, This was my favrite project out of the whole hop! the directions were great! Thank you so much for the pics and the pic of the medium you use! i need to get some of this. I really love this book, and will be making my own. Thank you for sharing.
    pattig161 at yahoo dot com