Denim Mini Album

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For about a year or so now I have been totally enchanted by Donna Salazars work with reclaimed denim from her headbands and hand made flowers and embellishments.

Recently I found a 50c clothing section in one of my local op shops and scored 3 pairs of jeans. One was so lovely with embroidered pockets when I discovered they would fit a friend I told her they were hers until they fell appart then they were mine lol. It was a bit of a wrench to part with them because there is the most adorable little embroidered pocket on the front.

Anyway I have pulled appart and cut up one of the pairs and when I got my New Big Shot this week (thanks to an amazing and generous friend) I did some cutting out of the denim and played a bit with some embossing and Inking.

What I have learned is that Denim is a great canvas for ink, it embosses like a dream and is quite a versatile medium.

Steel rule dies are the best to cut through the fabric however as long as you do not mind having to do a little cutting, the thin metal dies work pretty well.

I used a combination of Quickutz and M Press Dies for this album as well as one of the reclaimed denim pockets:

I decorated the pocket to match the Album cover with an M-Press Heart that had been embossed with a Cuttlebug Script folder.

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The album is cut from the Quickutz Santa’s Workshop Die Set, I used part of the elastic stretch section of the Jeans as a sort of Handle, all the pages are embossed with an M Press Butterflies embossing folder and then inked over.

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and from the back:

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The Inside Pages: have spaces added for small photos with more quickutz dies, and random stickers and rub ons from my stash.(not sure of the stickers but the rub ons are from Kaiser Sweet Nothings and bon jour)

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I also cut out two pieces of denim for each page though honestly it was quite a sturdy denim and would have been fine as indavidual pages. I used OK to wash it glue to stick it all together, MM Crystal brads to hold it all together

and thats it one Denim Mini Album stored in a Denim Pocket. I may end up cutting out a word from Denim and adding it to the pocket just to tie it all together a little better.

12 Tags Day 6

Hi All

Well day 6 was definitely interesting. I really love the enamelled look but have no foil tape. So I used a Soft Drink (soda can) and also revisited tag 4’s background technique


The last two tags have flown by with such lovely simple and inspiring techniques.


1 Aluminium can or piece of Foil tape

Paint Dabbers in Snow Cap, Red Pepper, Orange Sunset and Yellow Sunset

CB Lace Christmas tree embossing folder

Fine grit sanding stone Nail file (I got 5 of these for under $2 off eBay they are smaller than a burnishing block but have the same sort of effect)

Utee Clear

Versa mark Watermark Ink Pad

Chipped Sapphire Re-Inker

Inkadinkado Christmas Characters (The Snowflakes have been getting a workout this week)

Black soot distress ink

Celebrations of Australia Embossing Ink in Holographic Silver

Heat Gun


  1. Cut off the top, and bottom of your Aluminium can. I do this with fiskars micro touch scissors however you can also do it with a craft knife. However I find the scissors are a way I do not cut myself. Be careful the edges are sharp after cutting. Then cut down the middle, and wipe over the inside with a damp cloth to remove any sticky residue.


  1. Cut a piece to the size you want. Place in your embossing folder so the raised side shows on the non printed side. And emboss


  1. See Mr Holtz’s step by step for colouring and embossing the image to make it look enamelled. Please note I used two coats of Utee to get the glossy glassy effect.


  1. Use the background technique for tag four (either Tim Holtz’s or my version using a paint dabber and re inkers). I used only chipped sapphire this time wanting a night sky effect. Either let dry naturally or use a heat gun to dry it
  1. Stamp snowflakes over the background tag (I used the stamp multiple times embossing after each time). Sprinkle over embossing powder. Shake off excess and use a heat gun to set it. Continue till all the areas of your tag are covered
  2. Cut out the Christmas tree from the background. Heat one of the edges not till melted just to warm the tag. With sharp scissors snip the sides of your tree at regular intervals. Do this on both sides
  3. Heat the first edge and using tweezers or a slotted tool curl up the edges of your tree. Heat the other side and do the same. Heat as necessary along the way to stop the Utee from cracking off the tree
  4. Adhere tree to tag using glossy accents
  5. Add a star to your tree top and that’s it Tag 6 complete we are half way there!