ATC Mini Album

Thanks for stopping by to see today's project! It's an ATC Mini Album. I used Artist Trading Cards with an accordion fold.

I believe Artist Trading Cards are the perfect size for mini album pages.  The size is perfect for lots of stamped sentiments. In addition, you can print things on your computer and fit them extremely well.

Accordion album with Distress Stains & Embossing (Marjie Kemper)

ATC Mini Album Pages

I created these pages with some of my favorite Tim Holtz stamps and Distress Inks. I was pleased to use Distress Stains to dye the ribbon to match the Distress Ink colors I used.  Highlighted links are affiliate links which are used at no cost to you.

Master Boards & Diecutting

I created a master board with stamps and stencils on Ranger Manila Card stock. I did most of the design work on the large paper.  Once it was full of colors and patterns, I began die cutting. I was able to position the Sizzix ATC die where I wanted to cut the sections I liked best.

ATC Mini Album pages with Distress Stains - Marjie Kemper

Here's how it opens up:

Accordion fold mini album with ATCs and Distress Stains - Marjie Kemper

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  2. deborah on March 21, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    Thanks for finally writing about >How to Make an ATC Mini
    Album <Liked it!

  3. Julia on March 8, 2013 at 5:09 am

    This is wonderful Marjie. I love the background you created and the sentiments sit so well on these gorgeous ATC’s. Hope you are well. Sorry to be absent for so long!!

  4. Paulette on March 7, 2013 at 3:32 am

    This is awesome! Love it!

  5. Sandra on March 6, 2013 at 3:57 am

    Stunning ATC book! Love it! Great idea! Hugs, Sandra

  6. Silvia on March 6, 2013 at 1:27 am

    A great project, fabulous book.

  7. Sharon on March 5, 2013 at 10:36 pm

    I love this Marjie – a great idea for a set of ATC’s!

  8. Maria McGuire on March 5, 2013 at 5:36 pm

    I love this idea Marjie! I have a book sitting on my desk right now just like this sprayed without words–I was going to letter in it someday. I think you just inspired me to stamp on it and get it done!!!

  9. Corrine on March 5, 2013 at 3:37 am

    Oh I love books like this. ATC die huh, got to pick me up one of these, time consuming to do it by hand…..Great colors some heat in there. Against the black it shines…xox

  10. Michelle Webb on March 4, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    This is wonderful Marjie, I really love that idea lots. I’ve been thinking about a concertina ATC book lately, and this one is magnificent. I love your stamping and I love your colours. Michelle x

  11. Carolyn Dube on March 4, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    Love how each is unique but they are unified by your colors and quotes!

  12. kathy/NorthCarolina on March 4, 2013 at 3:23 pm

    So fun! I love the idea of using a masterboard, and I really like the sentiments/stamps/stencils you used, Marjie. Off to look at the tute!xoxo

  13. ConnieM on March 4, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    looks fabulous marjie!!! You worked the ink magic again!!! Lovely!!!

  14. Helen Tilbury on March 4, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    What a cool concertina booklet Marjie! Just love how you dyed the ribbon to match so perfectly too!!

  15. Redanne on March 4, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    Oh my Marjie, you have done such a fabulous job on this mini ATC book, the colours are just gorgeous, love all the stamping, such an inspirational piece – you really are such an inspiration! Hugs, Anne x

  16. Buttons on March 4, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    You have my mind whirring with this masterpiece Marjie. I’ve never used the idea of a masterboard but boy, does it work so well. Love your choice of colours and masking as it makes a magnificent backdrop to the stamping/sentiments. Huge thanks for so much inspiration. Hugs, Jenny x

  17. Ana K. on March 4, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    Fantastic Marjie!

  18. Inkypinkycraft on March 4, 2013 at 11:29 am

    Looks so great ! Trace x

  19. Vivian Keh on March 4, 2013 at 10:07 am

    you sooo rock the tim – if he has a dt, you should be on it! – vivian

  20. butterfly on March 4, 2013 at 9:08 am

    Just seen this at UPA – totally fabulous! (I’m in the middle of something related, but different, and this has just kicked off a whole new set of ideas – thank you!!)
    Alison x

  21. Lori on March 4, 2013 at 8:53 am

    Man, you are like the stencil/background QUEEN!!!! lol..Just love these little works of wonder Marjie, so cool!

  22. Marjie Kemper on March 4, 2013 at 5:38 am

    Hi, Theresa… no clue on an easy way to store the dimensionals, unless you went 4-to-a-page on an 8X10?

  23. TheresaMP on March 4, 2013 at 4:42 am

    Marjie, I really like the concept of an ATC mini album. I do lots of trades and have stacks of my own ATC’s and the ones I traded for. Most of the ATC’s I make and exchange for are not flat any longer and I have been thinking a lot about how to store and display them so they just don’t gather dust. Any thoughts for dimensional ATC’s? Your book works great for the flat ones and I will give it a try with an exchange where we had to keep them flat. Just asking. Thanks as always for sharing.

  24. Claudine C on March 4, 2013 at 4:22 am

    I. Saw this over on Unruly Marjie! Congrats on being in their online magazine. I think this is such a cool project and such a cool idea. Your backgrounds are always so amazing!! I love everything you do.

  25. Julie Tucker-Wolek on March 4, 2013 at 4:04 am

    This is amazing!! I loveeeeeeeeeeee the colors and the quotes!!!

  26. Brenda Brown on March 4, 2013 at 1:39 am

    Your colours and designs always excite me and these are no exception. You are masterful at putting at putting unusual colours together and matching all your element. Love this.
    Have a great week.
    hugs {brenda} x0x

  27. Lucy Edmondson on March 4, 2013 at 1:03 am

    This is fantastic, Marjie! I love the idea of making the masterboard and then using the die to cut the ATC pieces,
    Lucy x

  28. Shahrul Niza on March 4, 2013 at 12:11 am

    This is such a cool idea to keep ATCs!. Easier for swapping time :). Cute as a gift too. LOVELY warm colors and stamping, Marjie.

  29. Valerie-Jael on March 4, 2013 at 12:01 am

    Lovely idea! Valerie

  30. Anita Houston on March 3, 2013 at 10:20 pm

    You just make the best backgrounds! Love love love these warm colors too, and what a flipping fabulous idea to make an accordion book! So COOL!!!! Love all of these! COOL…again!