"Snow Fun" Film-Reel Mini Album

Hello everyone!  It's Hilary here today with a fun, Wintery mini-album to create.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Snow Fun Mini Reel Album by Hilary Kanwischer

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!

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Snow Fun Mini Reel Album by Hilary Kanwischer

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.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Snow Fun Mini Reel Album by Hilary Kanwischer

I used a lot of dies for this project, including one of my favorites, Tim Holtz's "mini-rosettes"

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Snow Fun Mini Reel Album by Hilary Kanwischer

And Brenda Walton's "Faceted Cone" die, for the snowman's hat.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Snow Fun Mini Reel Album by Hilary Kanwischer

I also used Tim Holtz's "Tiny Tabs & Tags" die for the album title.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Snow Fun Mini Reel Album by Hilary Kanwischer

The "reel" of pictures moves freely on the spool when opened, and it's simply closed with silver ribbon

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Snow Fun Mini Reel Album by Hilary Kanwischer

As you un-wind the reel...the wooden spool spins, while everything else remains stationary, I'll explain in my tutorial.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Snow Fun Mini Reel Album by Hilary Kanwischer

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.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Snow Fun Mini Reel Album by Hilary Kanwischer

I also decided to add some fun 3-D Stars from Tim Holtz's "Star Bright 3-D" die.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Snow Fun Mini Reel Album by Hilary Kanwischer

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
  • gesso
  • acrylic paint in white, black and pink
  • orange oven bake clay
  • fine tipped paint brush & foam brushes
  • glitter
  • spray adhesive
  • red-line tacky tape
  • hot glue
  • sander
  • 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

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Snow Fun Mini Reel Album by Hilary Kanwischer

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).

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Snow Fun Mini Reel Album by Hilary Kanwischer

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.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Snow Fun Mini Reel Album by Hilary Kanwischer

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.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Snow Fun Mini Reel Album by Hilary Kanwischer

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.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Snow Fun Mini Reel Album by Hilary Kanwischer

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.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Snow Fun Mini Reel Album by Hilary Kanwischer

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.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Snow Fun Mini Reel Album by Hilary Kanwischer

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.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Snow Fun Mini Reel Album by Hilary Kanwischer

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.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Snow Fun Mini Reel Album by Hilary Kanwischer

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***

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Snow Fun Mini Reel Album by Hilary Kanwischer

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.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Snow Fun Mini Reel Album by Hilary Kanwischer

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.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Snow Fun Mini Reel Album by Hilary Kanwischer

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.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Snow Fun Mini Reel Album by Hilary Kanwischer

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!

Hilary Kanwischer

http://www.hilaryscraps.typepad.com/

 

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19 thoughts on “"Snow Fun" Film-Reel Mini Album”

  • Donna

    I can't even begin to tell you how adorable this is! I always love your projects. Thank you for the inspiration!

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  • Anna-Karin

    This is amazing Hilary!! Wow, such a great idea to make the picture wheel into an album like that, and your snowman with that wonderful hat and all the glitter is amazing too.

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  • LaWana

    He is WONDERFUL!! I love snowmen and this guy is perfect for a project I have in mind!!! Thanks for the inspiration as always!!!

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  • Rosetta Jenkins
    Rosetta Jenkins Dec 09, 2013 at 08:35 am

    OOOOO! Hilary! You set this project "on fire" ;-) The idea is just fabulous. Your use of the dies is very clever. I love the idea of the film reel. The tutorial is great. Very detailed and precise. Thank you so much for a wonderful Monday morning.

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  • Raquel Mason

    Wow, that's a wonderful project. Thanks for all the pics & the tutorial.

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  • Laura Strack

    Hi Hilary, Every once in while you see a project that just steals your heart and this happened to me with your snowman project. I'm totally in love. He is just so stinkin' cute and to add the mini album was a darling idea. Thanks for the wonderful inspiration.

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  • Britt Casey

    Thank you for this wonderful "Snowman" inspiration. Like you I love them and have quite a collection that surfaces every year on the 1st advent Sunday to decorate my home. Will have to improvise some as I don't have the film reel nor the Big Star.:) :) .

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  • Jacquelene L

    Hilary, this snowman project is amazing!!!! He made me smile the moment I viewed him. Today is cold, icy and snowy and blowy, he brightened my day! Excellent tutorial. Fantastic creative use of the picture wheel die, I would never have thought of it. I wasn't interested in purchasing that die because I thought I would never use it, now I might have uses for it. Thank you very much for sharing this creatively inspiring, fun, smile inducing project. This would make an excellent gift for grandparents, aunts, uncles, special people.
    Jacquelene L
    Canada

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  • Deb L

    This is amazing Hilary! Love the snowman on top of this mini-album. Thanks for sharing your creativity!

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  • Karey

    Everything I have seen you make with Sizzix has been wonderful. I think they made a terrific choice for you on their DT.

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  • Hetty

    This is absolutely GORGEOUS!! that's what they call thinking outside the box.
    I love it and thanks for sharing how you did this.

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  • Maria Elena Hernandez

    Lo primero felicitarte por tu trabajo y la labor que desempeñas. Tu proyecto excelente me gusto mucho la idea genial un pap bien logrado y comprendido. Creeme que de ahora en adelante sere tu seguidora en Sizzix. Te deseo un feliz, hermoso y soleado dia jueves.

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  • Lisa H

    This is an absolutely amazing project! I love it!

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  • Pam L

    Just love this to pieces!!! Thanks for the idea to use the picture wheel in a different way! Mine just sits on my shelf :( Now I have an idea for a sweet gift! Thank you!!!

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  • Linda Knox

    wow, this is so very fantastic. Thanks so much for the inspiration using the picture wheel. I just had to have it but I didn't know what for !? I'm getting it out and play.

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  • Shirley Smith
    Shirley Smith Jan 04, 2014 at 01:40 pm

    Don't know how I missed this one Hilary, unless my old mind forgot !!

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