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Hi Everyone! Back this month with a new project for Mini Album Makers Challenge Blog. 


This is from one of Eilleen Hull's Sizzix dies and it is called Passport. And wow is it ever easy to put together.  The die includes the covers, binding and inside pages.

Here's what I did with mine:


After die-cutting the binding and covers in chipboard, I stained the binding with Vintage Photo stain. Using a paintbrush helped me soak some stain into the grooves.  

I wanted the binding to look like leather, so I used Ground Espresso and dabbed some onto the dried Vintage Photo.


These are the inside pages. They are already scored and hole punched (the die does that for you!). I inked the edges, chose some decorative paper and cut it slightly smaller than the original pages. This would give me a bit of an edge all around.


I chose my decorative papers and cut them 3-1/8" X 4 5/8" and wallpapered the original pages.


To bind the inside pages, I use waxed linen thread. In fact, I use this thread for all my tied bindings. It's super strong and doesn't stretch at all - perfect for binding pages. Normally I would tie the binding in the center of each signature. This time I decided to tie the binding on the outside so I can hang charms.  So . . . 


Take a long piece of waxed linen thread and one section of the inside pages.  Thread one end of the waxed linen thread through the top hole and one end through the bottom hole.

Now do the same with the first set of holes in the binding i.e., one end of the thread in the top hole and one end of thread in the bottom hole.

Tie the ends together on the outside of the book binding, making sure the thread is taut.

Continue with the other 2 signatures . . .


until your booklet looks like this:


Now it's time to add the covers. Add adhesive to the inner side of the binding.


Adhere the covers to the inside binding.


How easy was that! Here's a couple of my pages:


A few decorative additions to the cover and my Eilleen Hull Passport book is complete.



Hop on over to the Mini Album Makers challenge blog to see what my teamies have put together this month.

In the meantime, start on your own mini album and enter it for a chance to win a fabulous prize from this month's sponsor, Lindy's Stamp Gang.

Gift certificate $25

Thanks for visiting today!
Nancy Wethington
Design Team Member


Astrid Maclean

Oh this is wonderful Nancy, I totally adore the vintage feel of it, the spie looks super with that leather look, ad what a clever way to bind it!!! Brilliant!


Hi Nancy and happy February! I am soooooo crazy over how you used this fab die! The spine is such a great rich brown and works beautifully with your embellishments and papers. I love the small format and adding the few interactive pockets, etc. to give it a punch. This is just stunning and I really want to make one of my own! <3 Hugs, Autumn

Gloria Stengel

So, that spine looks like wood after you treated it with some artsy love! Excellent job on this! I have one of these blanks that I have not used yet...and now I am itching to make one of my own! This is lovely, Nancy!

Tristan Robin Blakeman

I love this.

I have repeatedly said NO MORE DIES.

Looks like maybe I have to break that rule.


Thanks for sharing!


Beautiful book! I have this die but I've never used it! I need to get it out and get busy!


Gorgeous work! Thank you very much for the explanation! Hugs...


Beautiful book! Gorgeous work. Hugs, Inna

Margaret Mifsud

Oh Wow!! This is wonderful Nancy!! The cover is so gorgeous and the inside pages are beautifully decorated. I really love the threads, knotted on the outside so you can attach the charms .. looks stunning!! Fabulous book!! x


This is so beautiful Nancy. I love both the cover , so elegant and the inner pages, with so many details. And thanks for sharing the SBS :-)

karen bearse

Love this!!!

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