Hello everyone! It's Hilary here today with a fun, Wintery mini-album to create.
Every time I look at Tim Holtz's "Picture Wheel" die, I can't help but think that it looks like a film-reel. I have always wanted to use this die, and when I finally got it in my hands and saw it in person, I knew that it was exactly what I needed to make this little mini-album that I have envisioned for so long. This is quite a lengthy tutorial with a lot of photos, so I hope you'll stay with me till the end to see just how this mini-album came to life. I hope you enjoy!
I love snowmen, and when my children and I took our first trip to New York to see snow, we had so much snow that it was truly a winter wonderland, so a snowman was the fitting topper to my "Film-Reel" mini-album.
I used a lot of dies for this project, including one of my favorites, Tim Holtz's "mini-rosettes"
And Brenda Walton's "Faceted Cone" die, for the snowman's hat.
I also used Tim Holtz's "Tiny Tabs & Tags" die for the album title.
The "reel" of pictures moves freely on the spool when opened, and it's simply closed with silver ribbon
As you un-wind the reel...the wooden spool spins, while everything else remains stationary, I'll explain in my tutorial.
I printed out about 15 of my most favorites photos from our first trip to New York, and laid them side-by-side on strips of pattern paper that were sewn together to make one very long strip and I randomly added journaling spots as well.
I also decided to add some fun 3-D Stars from Tim Holtz's "Star Bright 3-D" die.
So would you like to see how I made this? Would you like to make your own? I would love to show you how.
First you will need to gather your supplies. The photo above shows a bit of what I used.
Here is a list of what you will need:
- Picture Wheel by Tim Holtz
- Mini Rosettes by Tim Holtz
- 3-D Star Bright by Tim Holtz
- Tiny Tabs & Tags by Tim Holtz
- Faceted Cone by Brenda Walton
- Big Shot, Big Shot Pro or Vagabond die cutting machine
- heavyweight chipboard
- Pattern paper, (I used Authentique's "Season-Winter")
- cardstock for tag
- walnut ink for tag
- alphabet stamps and Vivid "coffee bean" ink for tag
- acrylic paint in white, black and pink
- orange oven bake clay
- fine tipped paint brush & foam brushes
- spray adhesive
- red-line tacky tape
- hot glue
- distressing ink
- wooden dowel, (approximately 5 inches long)
- wooden spool
- silver tinsel rope
- rusty bells and a small rusty star with wire
- silver ribbon
- silver 3/16" eyelet, hole punch and setter
- small snowflake embellishments
- sewing machine
Okay lets get started. I started first by painting a styrofoam ball with gesso and I set it aside to dry, (and it's really easy to do this if you first stick a wooden dowel into the styrofoam ball).
After it was dry, I painted it with white acrylic paint, let that dry, then added a face. I did this by dabbing on eyes and a mouth with black acrylic paint, and I used pink paint for the cheeks, (not shown), and for the nose, I wanted it life-like, so I molded a small one from orange, oven bake clay and dried it in the oven. I adhered it to the face using hot glue. Then spray the head with adhesive and sprinkle on some glitter, shaking off the excess. Set the head aside to dry completely.
I then painted the wooden spool white and set that aside to dry as well.
For the "Reel"...Die cut 6 pieces of heavyweight chipboard from the Picture Wheel die, for weight, thickness and stablility, adhere 3 together to make 2 reels. I painted all sides white, set them aside to let them dry, then sanded them roughly.
Fashion a coned hat for your snowman, by die cutting cone from pattern paper using Brenda Walton's "Faceted Cone" die, then create 2 different size rosettes using Tim Holtz's "mini rosette" die, then distress all sides using vintage photo distressing ink. Adhere small snowflake embellishment to the top, then lightly spray with adhesive and sprinkle on some glitter. Adhere silver tinsel rope to the bottom rim and to the top, then adhere a nice big rusty bell to the top, and smaller rusty bells to the centers of the snowflakes. Adhere the cone to the glittered snowman head and set aside.
I love this 3-D Star Bright die from Tim Holtz and new I wanted to use this for my project. So using the smaller star, I made 2 from pattern paper, assembled them, distressed them, then sprayed them with adhesive and sprinkled on glitter, (that little wire you see, was actually not part of my project after all). Set the stars asides once you are finished.
For the film reel...the most important part of your project. I first measured the height of the spool, which was about 1 3/4", then cut strips of pattern paper 1 3/4 x 12, (since pattern paper is only 12 inches, I machine stitched several lengths of paper together to make one really long strip, about 3 feet long. I then printed out about 15 photos, trimmed them to the 1 3/4 x 3, laid them down, side-by-side and adhered them with red-lined tacky tape along with some journaling spots, (it's wise to "roll" your photos as you go, to avoid your papers and photos from "buckling").
***Secure the end of the roll to the spool using hot glue*** you can then roll up your photo reel and set it aside.
If you'd like to cover your reel's with pattern paper, die cut desired paper from Picture Wheel die, and distresses.
Then using the mini-rosettes die, create a "collar" using both sizes, and I did this by using 1 1/2 strips of the folded rosettes then glued the ends the together and adhered it to a circle of cardstock. Do the same with the smaller rosette and adhere it to the top of the larger one.
Now we're ready to assemble it all together! Woohoo!!
Star by setting the bottom reel on your work surface, apply a little hot glue to the end of a wooden dowel, and press it into the center of the reel. Make sure it's a nice tight fit.
Then take your photo reel, (which I secured closed using a silver 3/16" eyelet and silver ribbon) and place it over the dowel and just let it sit on the bottom reel.
*** You do not want to to apply any adhesive here, because you want your "reel" to freely spin between the two film reels***
Next, add the top of the film reel to the top of the spool. Again...do not use adhesive.
Then add your "collar" on top of the reel, and at this point I added some silver tinsel ribbon.
Then finish it off by adding a little hot glue to the hole at the bottom of the head, then gently push the head onto the dowel, pushing it down so that it "sits" on the collar.
And finally....hot glue the two glittered 3-D stars to the back of the head, one on top of the other, then adhere a small rusty wired star in front of the glittered stars.
Attach the stamped "Snow Fun" tag to the side of the snowman....and Voila!!!
Sit back and admire your project and have fun, unwinding your reel of photos from a treasured trip. I will enjoy this mini-album and all the memories it holds for a lifetime.
Thank you so much for staying with me till the end, and I certainly hope you enjoyed this project as much as I had creating it, and I hope this inspires you to try one of your own.
Have a great week everyone!