Blue Ribbon Winner! by Niki Rowland

Blue Ribbon Winner! by Niki Rowland

Hey everyone! This is Niki (@nikiclairecreates) and I have a new Mini Album and video to share today, using the new Homegrown collection. We seem to be spending a lot of time at the farm lately, so this collection is perfect for my photos and it is also completely adorable! I love all the farm animals and there are so many fun things in this collection. 



I planned to make a mini album with this collection and figured I might make it square but when I was looking through the Bits & Pieces, I came across this super cute red barn and that totally sparked an idea to make the album in the shape of the barn! I focused on the main barn shape and roughly drew it onto a piece of copy paper. After several attempts I was happy with the shape so I cut it out and used it as a template. I have used the Homegrown 6x8” paper pad for most of this album. 



I used the template and cut the shape from red woodgrain paper. I then cut a few details to go onto the front cover: the strip at the bottom of the barn, the roof and the door. I cut the door from white card, by hand because I was actually away on holiday while I was making this so I didn’t have any access to a printer or my Silhouette machine! And then I cut that out, including all the criss-cross sections. I backed the door with green paper and made cuts so the door would actually open and then attached this to the front cover. I added hand stitching around all the details on the cover and also machine stitched the door in place (I had to wait until I was home to do this part!) 



For my internal pages and the back cover, I continued to use the template I made at the start, to cut pages the same size as my barn. I cut two for each page: front and back. This was so that I could use the ‘hidden hinges’ method for binding my album. 



To make the binding, I cut a long strip of white card and I scored it at regular intervals to make the bits that stand out. I made five of these, plus the ones for the front and back covers. I was then able to sandwich my pages over the hinges which completely covers them – they cannot be seen now the book is complete. I covered the spine with turquoise polka dot paper from the Homegrown 6x8 paper pad. I also machine stitched around the edge of each of my pages. 



I then added my photos and embellishments to the inside of the album. I had quite a lot of photos so I made sure I had several ways to include multiple photos: such as fold outs, pockets and overlays. I love to have a good mix of interactive elements in my mini albums. I used vellum to make some and for others I used sections of the Homegrown patterned papers. 



I used loads of the Bits & Piece and Journal Bits. I adore the sunflower elements. I also used a lot of the Foam Stickers, Decorative Brads and Puffy Stickers. The Puffy Stickers are ideal for mini albums because they are really small so are perfect for adding cute details to photos or other small elements.  



I made one of the pages into a large shaker pocket by cutting a piece of acetate to the same size as the page. I machine stitched around the edge leaving an opening which I then filled with sequins and then closed up. I also made a vellum pocket for this page, to hold a mini tag book, made from the Tags sheet of paper. 



For the closure, I used two small bulldog clips tied through with two ribbons tied in a bow. I can’t take credit for this as I learned it at a scrapbooking class many years ago, but it is an absolutely awesome way to keep an album closed because you don’t have to untie the bow! I added cute charms to the bow, a sheep and a chicken. There is also a tractor charm inside the mini album. To open the book, I simply need to unfasten one of the bulldog clips but the bow remains tied.  



I really hope you have enjoyed this mini album, I loved making it and adore how it has turned out. My little boy who is three, absolutely loves looking through it with me, particularly photos of him and all the fold out sections! I have also created a process video with a detailed flip through of the completed album which you can watch here:

Happy scrapping 

Niki xx 


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