Hello! Becky back with you today to share with you a mini album that I made using Basically Bare’s ‘Banners’ embellishments as well as one of the cutest and most versatile mini albums in our line, the Oh So Mini – Scallops! Here is the front cover ….
For the front cover I spritzed the top with water in a mister bottle and let it sit for a few minutes. Then it is a simple process to just peel off the top layer of kraft paper to reveal the corrugation. Next I added an element from the Simple Stories ‘Happy Day’ paper collection and topped it off with three pieces from the Banner Embellishments.
For the second page I made a ‘flip’ photo mat that is super simple to make and gives you spaces for two photos. Simply cut a strip of card stock the width, and two times the height you want it to be. For instance, this mat (that is under the ‘Happy Happy Birthday To You’ card) is 3″ by 4″, so I cut the strip 3″ x 8″ and scored it in the center (at 4″), folded it and applied the card from the paper collection, and adhered the flip mat to the background.
For page three, I removed the canvas page from the mini and inked the edges, then using my sewing machine, stitched a zig zag around three sides of one of the elements from the paper collection. This made an easy and quick pocket to hold photos or mementos from the birthday party. I embellished with another piece from the paper collection, a sticker, some Stickles and a couple of bubble cap stars using my Epiphany tool.
Above is a close up of pages two and three … on the left you can see how the flip mat cover will lift up, and on the right you see how I took the 3 x 4 cards from the Simple Stories paper collection and use them for interactive pieces. They fit into the pocket and you can use the reverse for photos or journaling … or both!
Pages four and five were easy! page four is simply a journaling space using one of the 4 x 6 cards from the paper collection. I inked the canvas and the chipboard binding border to give it a bit of an aged look. For page five, the clear acrylic page, I took mod podge (matte) and mixed in some deep brick red glitter and coated one side, let it dry and then coated the other side and let it dry. Then I added another element from the Simple Stories paper and added a square of card stock for a photo mat, a couple of elements from the paper, some lace and a few sticker letters. Red Stickles makes the cherry on the ice cream cone pop!
Page six is a piece of patterned paper, an element with lines for journaling that begins with ‘birthday memories’ and a photo mat cut from card stock. I added a thin line of Paprika Stickles around the mat. To get a very thin, fine line of Stickles, rest the tip of the bottle firmly on the background and against the photo mat, and go slowly, and you will get just enough glitter!
In case you haven’t noticed, I am CRAZY for pockets, pouches, flips and all kinds of interactive elements in mini albums. Page seven is a VERY easy pocket to make. First I simply adhered a piece of striped paper to the felt page of the mini. Next I took an element from the Simple Stories paper and, using a kraft knife and ruler, cut from center out to ward the edges on the top of the ‘best day ever’ border. On each end I left about 3/8″ uncut, then I glued the top strip, down the sides and around the bottom, leaving room in the bottom part for the pocket. So easy!
Page eight is simply another element from the patterned paper collection, a 4 x 6 card, topped with a bit of washi tape and a sticker. Page nine is another flip mat – made exactly like the one on page two except different dimensions. And I topped it with a place for journaling and a sticker. I find that adding a sticker or word of some kind – in this case ‘life of the party’ – can lead you into your journaling … for instance, you know the next two pictures are of the birthday boy or girl, and the journaling can talk about how much they enjoyed their day and kept the party going.
Above is a close-up of the bigger flip photo mat.
The outside back cover of this mini is simply a piece of patterned paper, but it would make a great place for another photo or some journaling.
And of course I tied on bits and pieces of ribbons and trims to embellish those ‘naked’ binder rings! I love that this album will stand up on it’s on, and that is why I made it so that it opens vertically rather than horizontally. There are no rules when it comes to making mini albums with these amazing ‘bones’ from Basically Bare.
Thanks so much for visiting, and don’t forget to come back soon for more inspiring ideas from our design team. Blessings, Becky