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Friday, 1 September 2017

Mini Album Makers Challenge Launch







Hello all!  I'm delighted to be here today with some exciting news.   (It's already the second time I've turned up - if you're looking for this month's A Vintage Journey challenge inspiration, check out my Haunted Jars!)

I'm thrilled to announce that I am part of the Design Team for the brand new Mini Album Makers Challenge.  And today is the start of the very first challenge.












The amazing Autumn of Sew, Paper, Paint has created this new challenge where the focus will be entirely on handmade books, journals, albums and so on.









The monthly theme will simply be "Any Handmade Book Goes".










There's a wonderful team in place to provide inspiration each month... 













... and we'll also be offering detailed tutorials and how-to tips and techniques on the Mini Album Makers Challenge blog.  You can hop over and meet them right now.
















There are some fantastic sponsors lined up too, with great prizes on offer.  Our very first sponsor is the brilliant and lovely Seth Apter who is offering a gorgeous prize package to our inaugural winner.  Just look at all those fabulous stamps and stencils!














I don't have a new book to reveal today.  For this inaugural challenge, the team members are sharing some of their past handmade books to help your inspiration start flowing for this first month.
















If you'd like to visit/revisit any of the books pictured here, you can scroll through all my handmade books here, or click the handmade book label at the end of the post.












We're kicking off as we mean to continue, with an Any Handmade Book Goes theme.  We'd love to see you there - so do come and play along and join up as a follower of the Mini Album Makers Challenge too.


I love books. Not just for what they contain. I love them as objects too, as ever-present reminders of what they contain, and because they are beautiful.
Laini Taylor













And just a quick reminder about those Haunted Jars you might have missed... that's right, I'm haunting you with them!  This is only half the set, so be sure to click the link to see the rest...

54 comments:

Valerie-Jael said...

Wonderful albums, have fun on the team! Hugs, Valerie

froebelsternchen Susi said...

This is such an exciting new adventure - what a great team and I adore all the different styles the team shows!
Your corrugated cardboard album is a wowser and so pretty to see all those lovely handmade "words and pictures" books here today!
Such a delight!
Wishing you a happy weekend dear Alison!
oxo Susi

Redanne said...

So thrilled to be on this wonderful team with you Alison, I am really looking forward to creating and seeing what others create for the challenges! xx

Tracey@Hotchpotchcreations said...

Really looking forward to following everyone's Journey with this exciting new adventure. I know without a shadow of a doubt that each make will be truly outstanding. Congratulations Alison.. Hugs Tracey xx

Inky and Quirky Designs said...

Fab creation Alison and congrats on joining the team, I'm looking forward to tons of inspiration ;)
Hugs
Donna xx

brenda said...

Goodness me Alison, what a work of art, I am sure it took you ages but worth every minute. Well done on joining the team.

B x

simo said...

This is great Alison!!! Congrats dear, so happy for you! Huge hugs xxx Simona

Jutta.K said...

Großartig und beeindrucken !
♥liche Grüße

Dorthe said...

Congratulations Alison, they will love having you there!!!
Your books and journals are always filled with exiting ideas, and beautiful art work, and looking back at some of them, makes me very exited on what is going to happen on your new adventure ,in this new team. I will look forward drooling over new amazing books from you, and the other members .
Hugs from Dorthe, x

hazel said...

Congratulations Alison, your album is so lovely.
xxx Hazel.

Sara Barker said...

Congratulations, Alison, on your new Design Team! You are the perfect fit for Autumn's new challenge blog, and I'm looking forward to seeing your contributions in the future! Now, I have some altered jars to look at! Hugs!

Jennie Atkinson said...

A great new challenge and great to see you on the DT! Lovely to see some of your books too. Such wonderful inspiration. I am looking forward to this challenge as well as I love making books. Have a great weekend x

Amanda said...

Fabulous collection and nice to see again
Love
Amanda x

Team Clark said...

What a stroll! Wow Alison, are you ever the book making queen, my dear! I have oogled over these in the past, but that feeling comes right back to me when I see them again. You never fail to impress and inspire. I'm so thrilled to have you on board and can't wait to share in friendship and art. Big hugs, Autumn

Helen said...

what a fascinating new challenge, it sounds great fun! I will go and check it out.

Lys Scrap said...

Congratulations, Alison! I can't wait to see one of you wonderful book creation.

rachel said...

Wow Alison - congrats on making the team and so many amazing albums to inspire us all - amazing! Hugs rachel x

Fliss said...

Many congratulations on your news Alison and all your books are absolutely beautiful.
Madly trying to catch up at the moment being back from my hols and also resigned from my very stessful job a couple of days ago so will have more creative and blogging time soon.
Fliss xx

Meggymay said...

Its an awesome mini album, this sounds like a great new challenge blog.
Yvonne xx

Kate said...

So many lovely makes by you! I am excited about this challenge. Now, if only I had more time! And congrats on being part of the team.
Kate

Margaret said...

What fun! Your photos are sure to inspire some wonderful albums and journals! Your haunted jars are so fun too!

Hope you have been well!

Maryann Laursen said...

It´s sooo exiting with this new venture here, and I´m really impressed with the amazing work, that you ladies have shared already in this group, and your work here looks absolut amazing too Alison. I´m too busy to do more this month, but I really hope to participate in future challenges, as I just love to make fun and different albums and look forward to learn a lot from all you talented ladies here on this team.

chrissie said...

Lots of wonderful projects in this post Alison and the mini albums challenge sounds just right for you. Look forward to seeing the beautiful makes

Enjoy yoyr weekend

Love Chrissie xx

Brenda Brown said...

Huge congrats, lovely to wander back through past albums and looking forward to seeing you what else you make xxx

Инна Бронникова said...

This is great Alison!!! Very excited to be on the team with you and looking forward to seeing more of your incredible work.

craftytrog said...

Wishing you all the best in this exciting new venture Alison! Congratulations! Wonderful inspiration!

Astrid Maclean said...
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Astrid Maclean said...

A fabulous collection Alison and I love being on yet another team with you!! This is going to be great fun and I really look forward to seeing more wonderful creations!!!

Nan G said...

Congrats on the new team! I love your mini books. Look forward to seeing what y'all create! Hugs

Gloria Stengel said...

Your work is always amazing! I love the textures you achieve! I am so happy to have a chance to work with you!

Sandy said...

Boo to you - love those jars! and this new album makers challenge is going to be so much fun!
sandy xx

Deborah Wainwright said...

What a perfect team for you to be on Alison, huge congratulations. So looking forward to seeing all the inspiration and hope to join. Hugs Debs xx

Caz said...

Lots of inspiration here...love your creations!

pearshapedcrafting said...

It's going to be great to see more books etc. from you! Congratulation on your new DT place! It was great looking back at these books - some of which I didn't recall! Hugs, Chrisx

Patty O'Malley said...

Congratulations, Alison, on your new design team! Wonderful inspiration with your projects!

Georgie C said...

Congrats on your new DT, can't wait to see what else you create!! Such gorgeous makes as always xx

Craftyfield said...

Fabulous news Alison, you're perfect for this DT! And your past albums are proof of that. xx

Julia Aston said...

You are a perfect choice for Autumn's team Alison! (along with our Anne!) Your journals/books have always inspired me and I look forward to your new creations! I love books and expect to be inspired to join in on these challenges! Julia xx

Dortesjs said...

Wonderful albums, always love your art

Hazel Agnew said...

What a wonderful array of gorgeousness Alison. Who could not be tempted by these! Xx

Jackie P Neal said...

Congratulations Alison!
What a wonderfully talented team Autumn has put together for this group!
I am so looking forward to viewing all of the teams makes and learning from this fine group of artists!!

Again congrats and hope to join in on a challenge!
Jackie xo

Coco said...

So thrilled to see you among the team Alison, with all your fabulous books as the ones we can see again in this post!!!!
I am really looking forward to seeing what you and your ubertalented teamates will create in the coming months... This was such a wonderful idea. I will try to participate as much as I can of course xx

Annie said...

Huge congratulations on your new DT post Alison xx I am really looking forward to joining in and learning from this fabulous team...such a great idea xx Loving your array of mini books/journals.

Huge hugs
Annie xx

Gio said...

The new blog it's already on my feeds, I will partecipate for sure! :-)

Pamellia Johnson said...

A huge congratulations on your new Design Team gig. They could not have chosen a better artist for their team! I am always in awe of your book and album work, so this is such a great fit for you! Sending you all the best for this new leg of your crafty adventure. I can't wait to see the amazing journals you will create!! hugs :)

Sue said...

I love your albums Alison, you and this new challenge blog were made for each other. Have fun! xx

Julie Ann Lee said...

Wow! Exciting news, Alison! And what amazing albums. Enjoy being on this fun team! xx

maj. said...

This is gorgeous, such pretty colours and embellies!
Congratulations!

Candy C said...

Alison, you mini books are so different and fabulous! Congrats on being snapped up to be on the Mini Album Makers design team! You are perfect for this! I know you and Anne will have such a fun time. I also love your haunted jars....so cute! Sorry it's been a while for me to post. I see your things on FB and love everything! Just horrible about posting sometimes. Anyway....keep up your lovely, inspiring work! It's always such a treat to see.

Angela Radford said...

Thanks for the lovely comment over at mine Alison. I think this is going to be a great challenge blog and I look forward to seeing all the great designs that will arrive on it. Happy crafting, Angela xXx

Mrs.B said...

Lovely to see these again and I'm looking forward to future makes.
Avril xx

The Craft Princess said...

How exciting about this new team!!! And it looks like you have a lot to offer!!! I'm looking forward to seeing more :) Hugs...Janie

Deb Riddell ~ Paxton Valley Folk Art said...

Congratulations on your new DT position Alison, what a match made in heaven, I adore all of the albums that you make! Can't wait to see what this amazingly talented DT shares with us all and to join in the fun, Deb xo

A Pink said...

Congratulations! Alison. The albums you share are fabulous and I look forward to seeing so many more . You are a perfect fit on Autumn new blog x