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Shabby Mini Album

By: Bumblebees and Butterflies
March 21, 2019

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Shabby Mini Album
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Hi it's Brenda here with you today. I have been having fun making this small shabby mini album with painted lace covers and some small collage panels inside. The album is a brand new from Tando Creative and being launched in March.

Using lace as the texture for my front cover proved to be a great way of getting the shabby chic effects I wanted and it really didn’t take too long.

Items needed:

  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Raw Umber
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Titan Buff
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Titanium White
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Burnt Umber
  • DecoArt Media Mediums and Specialty Products - Gesso - White
  • DecoArt Media Mediums and Specialty Products - Texture Sand Paste
  • DecoArt Media Mediums and Specialty Products - Clear Matte Medium
  • Tando Creative Mini Album/Journal
  • Lace and embellishments
  • Heat gun


Take the mini boards and using DecoArt Media Matte Medium glue some lace onto the outer covers. Let dry naturally or speed the process up with a heat gun.

Instruction #1 - Photo step 111
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Add a fine layer of DecoArt Media Texture Sand Paste in the gaps between each row of lace and again dry.

Instruction #2 - Photo step 235
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Take the cover boards and the page inserts and paint everything with a coat of White Gesso on both sides.

Instruction #3 - Photo step 396
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When everything is bone dry sand the edges and any rough spots then use a natural sponge to blend over a neutral palette of DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic paints mixing the colours on the project spritzing and blending them together with a babywipe as you go. Dry each layer before adding another. I used Burnt Umber, Titanium White and Titan Buff.

Instruction #4 - Photo step 4a
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Instruction #5 - Photo step 4b
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Because I wanted the next layer of watery paint to seep into the recesses and not into the lace I gave the covers a couple of coats of Matte Medium. When they were dry I dipped and spritzed the washes over them then took some time to add the colours directly into the recesses with a small brush heat drying as I went.

Instruction #6 - Photo step 526
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Now came the time to add embellishments to the front cover…..

Instruction #7 - Photo step 665
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….and to add some collages to each of the pages and some uplifting words.

Instruction #8 - Photo step 792
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Once assembled I added some American seam binding to tie it together.

Instruction #9 - Photo step 876
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Thanks for popping in today. Please let us know if you try this out.

Instruction #10 - staged 2
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Instruction #11 - staged 3
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Hugs Brenda xxx


WOW... That is such an interesting base, and when done up with the texture of the gessoed lace, your color work, and the great shabby embellishments that little album is a show stopper!!!


March 21, 2019

I love everything about this little album, the whole shape and design of the base is so clever and your embellishment of it is just superb. The 'embedded' lace must give it such a wonderfully tactile feel. The neutral colours are so beautiful and I love the vintage images and ephemera on the pages. Beautiful!

Anne R

March 22, 2019

This is an amazing creation Brenda, I adore everything about it from lace base to decorative elements. A stunning design and beautiful created mini album. Thanks so much for sharing it all with us. Creative wishes Tracey x


March 22, 2019

A stunning little album, the texture from the lace and drippy paint make for a stunning effect and I just adore all the beautiful collage elements. Fabulous work!!!

Astrid Maclean

March 22, 2019

Perfectly vintage! Adore the layersxx


March 22, 2019

Thanks for all the love everyone. Your comments are so much appreciated xxx

Brenda Brown

March 28, 2019

This looks gorgeous. Very inspiring too. Thank you for the tutorial!

Anneke Viskuijl

May 3, 2019

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