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Combining three of the Mini Album Makers Challenge Sponsors was so much fun. This mini was completed with help from Eileen Hull's Travel Journal, Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Steampunk chippies and Seth Apter's Baked Textures. 

This project started with Eileen Hull's Travel Journal die available from Sizzix and your favorite craft store.


The die will cut the front & back cover as well as 3 labels.  Although this is a large die, it will definitely fit through your Big Shot. You will need the longer plates.

Since this die cuts around the covers and scores the page inserts, you will need to use matboard or chipboard for the covers. Using this die to cut paper will cut through the score marks of the die.

Here's what the covers will look like:

Journal Die
One of the spines will overlap the other spine slightly. Take a look at this PDF that Sizzix put together:

I also found this YouTube video very helpful:


Once you have the covers cut, choose decorative paper to cover the chipboard. You will need 2 pieces of decorative paper for the front cover and 2 pieces for the back cover. Using the die, cut out all the decorative paper.

Using wet glue or scor tape, cover both sides of the front & back cover with the decorative paper.

String as described in the instructions/video above.


I tweaked my journal a bit by adding a decorative cover over the spine. Here's how:

  1. Cut a piece of decorative paper 5.5" wide X 8.75" tall.
  2. Score on the 5.5" side at 1.75" and 2.75".
  3. I then used a decorative edge punch and punched both sides of the paper. If you are using a punch with a very wide design, you might want to cut the paper 6.5" wide instead of 5.5".
  4. You have 3 sections to this paper. Add scor tape on the back of the paper only on the right and left sides (no scor tape in the 1" middle section).
  5. Attach the front portion of the paper to the front cover.
  6. Attach the back portion of the paper to the back cover.
  7. The 1" center spine cover remains loose.

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Once the spine cover was secured, I added another piece of chipboard to the front cover. (I like building up a cover.)

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And a second smaller layer to the cover:

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Now that you have the basic journal put together, it's time to add the pages. I used 3 pieces of decorative paper for each signature.

  1.  Cut 3 pieces of decorative paper 7.25" tall X 7.5" wide.
  2. Score each piece on the 7.5" side at 3.75"
  3. Sandwich the 3 pieces of paper together = 1 signature

Repeat the steps above 2 more times to create 3 signatures total.

Once that's complete, each signature will tuck behind one of the elastic bands. 


Now that Eileen Hull's Journal is put together, I'll show you how I used our other two sponsors products, Seth Apter and Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts.

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts products I used:


Dress Forms with Wings


Gears Shape Set

Collage Border Steampunk



Steampunk Light Set


Texture Sheet Gears

Seth Apter Products used (available through Emerald Creek):




Combining Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts and Seth Apter Baked Texture powders is a match made in heaven. Begin with raw chipboard.

Of course, because the Baked Textures work as embossing powders, you need something for the powders to stick to prior to heating. I used a combination of burnt umber & rust acrylic paint and Prima's Rust Effect paint in dark brown.

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Prior to attaching to the cover, I randomly painted burnt umber and/or rust. Before the paint dried, I sprinkled on Seth Apter's Baked Textures. I used all 3 colors on each of the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts. 

To create chunky areas, I painted on the Prima Rust Effect. It's very chunky and comes in dark brown - perfect for a rust effect. Before it dried, I sprinkled on a bit of the Baked Texture again and heat set.

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After using the Baked Textures, I had a bit of it left in my tray (three different colors). 

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Instead of throwing it out, I took a tag and a pad of Versamark ink and scraped the sides of a tag. Then dipped it in the Baked Texture mix I had left and heat set.

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Once everything was where I wanted, I added some prills to the front cover.


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Thanks for riding along with me on this Steampunk venture. I appreciate your visits and comments.

Now it's your turn.

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Anne R

I have been so looking forward to seeing how you put this fabulous album together Nancy and it looks like you had lots of fun! The Gypsy Soul elements are amazing and you have 'rusted' them beautifully. I like the additional piece you added to the spine and your embellishments look wonderful. I love this!! Anne x

Susie Bentz

Amazing project! My favorite page is the one where you use the Light bulb chipboard to hold the tag....and I love that you didn't waste any of that precious embossing powder! Excellent tutorial!

Nancy Wethington

Thank you so much!

Nancy Wethington

Thank you Anne!

Margaret Mifsud

Wow!! This is amazing Nancy!! I love how you rusted all the steampunk elements on the cover and and I really love how you used the light bulb chippie as a tuck spot for the tags. That extra piece you added to the spine looks fabulous too!! Stunning album and wonderful tutorial!! Thank you so much for sharing. Will be pinning this for future reference!! Have a wonderful day!! hugs x

Nancy Wethington

Thanks so much Margaret.


What a FABuLOUS journal Nancy! All those wonderfully layered elements work so well together and your rusting is stunning! Thanks for a great tutorial! Jennie x

Nancy Wethington

Thanks Jennie.


Such a lot of work in this album. I love the edging on your spine piece and all the gorgeous embossing

Nancy Wethington

Thanks Amanda.

Julia Aston

What a wonderful journal Nancy! Love all the crusty rustiness with all of your time pieces, cogs and wings! The papers you used are perfect beneath it all!

Nancy Wethington

Thank you Julia!


Nancy, hands down this is my favorite project of yours!!! Oh my gosh how utterly incredible is it! The wrapped spine and gorgeous charm dangles, the beautifully embossed chippies and the dimension are all such incredible details. I love everything about this beauty and am coveting it right now. :) It's so great to have you on our team. and to enjoy your monthly inspiration. Big hugs, Autumn

Nancy Wethington

Thanks so much Autumn!

Heather Maxwell

So cool!! Love that rust! Your layering is also superb. Actually, I love everything about this - thanks for sharing!

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