Bloom & Grow! by Amber Mitchell

Bloom & Grow! by Amber Mitchell
Hello crafty friends! Amber Mitchell here on the Simple Stories blog today to share with you how I created this mini album and storage box combo using the Simple Vintage: Indigo Garden collection.
The Indigo Garden collection is absolutely beautiful; the color combination of navy's, yellows, and pinks was so fun to work with. It has a very classic, vintage spring feel to it and I love how that shows throughout this mini album.
To make the base of the mini album for this project, I used three pieces of medium weight chipboard. For the covers, I used two pieces that measured 4.5 x 4.5 inches, and for the spine I used a piece that measured 1.75 x 4.5 inches. 
I wrapped these pieces using a checkered pink patterned paper. For a bit more detail, I double-wrapped the spine using a navy paper in the same pattern. 
To line my album, I used a sheet of paper that measured 4.25 x 10.75 inches. 
To create the pages of this mini album, I used a stacked hinge binding. To do this, I took six sheets of paper, scored and folded them, then stacked the gussets from smallest to largest. Then, I used a strong adhesive to adhere the entire structure of pages to the spine of my album. 
The measurements for each individual page are as follows:
  • 4 x 8.5 inches, score on 8.5-inch side at 4 and 4.5 inches
  • 4 x 8.75 inches, score on the 8.75-inch side at 4 and 4.75 inches
  • 4 x 9 inches, score on the 9-inch side at 4 and 5 inches
  • 4 x 9.25 inches, score on the 9.25-inch side at 4 and 5.25 inches
  • 4 x 9.5 inches, score on the 9.5-inch side at 4 and 5.5 inches
  • 4 x 9.75 inches, score on the 9.75-inch side at 4 and 5.75 inches
I added 12 photo mats throughout this album, which is half of the pages this album has. The other 12 pages I will use for documenting, journaling, and memorabilia. To create these tuck spots and journaling spots, I used 3 x 4 elements from the Indigo Garden collection, along with some extra cut-aparts from the 'Journal' patterned paper.
To create the storage box for this mini album, I took a sheet of patterned paper that measured 8.75 x 11.5 inches. I scored this paper on the 8.75-inch side at 2 inches on both ends. On the 11.5 side, I scored at 4.75 x 6.75 inches.
To create the optional peek-a-boo pocket, I cut out a triangle shape from the front of the box and adhered a sheet of acetate in its place.
To adhere the template of the storage box together, I turned the squares on both sides into tabs and glued the back of the template upright first. I then adhered the front of the template down by gluing the sides closed. 
One fun part of this project is the acetate handle that is attached to the spine of the mini album. This part is an optional, but super fun, addition to the project. To create it, I took a strip of acetate that measured 1 5/8 inch x 8 inches. I added a title of 'Bloom' to it and then adhered the end pieces to the inside of my album before attaching the inner lining.
With the base of this project done, I moved on to embellishing. I don't know about you, but this is always my favorite part! I loved all of the butterflies in this collection, so I made sure to add them throughout the entire album. To embellish the rest of the project, I used a mix of pieces from the Cardstock and Chipboard Stickers, Decorative Brads, Sticker Book, Foam Stickers and Bits and Pieces packs. 
I had so much fun working with this collection and I can't wait to see this album full of happy memories! 
Thanks so much for stopping by my post today! I'll see you next time with another fun project!

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  • Lulú: February 08, 2022

    Súper bello!!!

  • tERESA: February 08, 2022

    i LOVE THIS PROJECT, ESPECIALLY the acetate touches. I have this entire collection on preorder and now I know what I’m going to do with it. Thanks!

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