Bloom + Grow! by Amber Mitchell

Bloom + Grow! by Amber Mitchell
Hi crafty friends! Amber Mitchell here on the Simple Stories blog today to share with you a super fun spring-themed mini album that I created using the Full Bloom collection.
The weather in California is quickly getting warmer, so even though it's still only February, it feels like Spring is just around the corner. Working with the Full Bloom collection, with all of its flowers, bees, butterflies, and pastel colors made Spring feel just that much closer!
To create the storage box for this mini album, I took a sheet of paper from the 12 x 12 Collection Kit that measured 7.5 x 8 inches. On the 7.5-inch side, I scored on both ends at 2 inches. On the 8-inch side, I scored at 2 and 4 inches. 
To create the mini album for this project, I took a strip of paper that measured 3 3/8 x 11.25 inches and scored it at the following measurements on the 11.25-inch side: 2, 2.25, 2.75, 3.25, 3.5, 4, 4.5, 4.75, 5.25, 5.75, 6, 6.5, 7, and 7.25 inches. 
The base of this mini album is a typical hinge binding. To adhere the peaks of my base together I used double-sided tape. 
Once assembled, the base will have a front section that measures 2 inches in height, followed by four hinged peaks, and finally a 4-inch backing piece.
With the base of the album done, I moved on to creating the pages. For most of the pages, I used elements and die cuts from the Full Bloom collection and Journal Bits. I adhered these to the backs and fronts of each hinge in a staggered pattern.
To create interactive pages, I took strips of white cardstock that measured 2.25 x 6.75 inches and scored it on the 6.75-inch side at 2.25 and 4.5 inches. This creates an accordion fold of pages made up of 2.25 x 2.25-inch pages. I then used some 2 x 2-inch elements from the collection to mat some of the squares and adhered the accordion pages to the album base. I clipped them closed with a mini clothespin. 
With all of the pages adhered into place, I moved on to my personal favorite part: embellishing! One thing I love about Simple Stories collections are all of the fun embellishments! They're great for layering and adding texture to and throughout any project.
Since this project is all about Spring, I created small, paper flowers and added them to each side of the storage caddy. I love how bright and texturized this looks! 
What's your favorite part about Spring? I have a few: the flowers, the sunny yet cool weather, and the holidays! I can't wait to document some of those special memories in this album! 
Thank you so much for stopping by my post today. I'll see you next time with another fun project!
SUPPLIES: 12 x 12 Collection Kit, Decorative Brads, Cardstock Stickers, Chipboard Stickers, Foam Stickers, Puffy Stickers, Bits and Pieces: Florals, Bits and Pieces: Ephemera, Journal Bits.

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1 comment

  • Amanda: March 02, 2022

    Please make a process video. 🙂💗

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