Crafty Things mini book

Crafty Things mini book
Hey crafty friends! Amber Mitchell here on the Simple Stories blog today to share with you a fun, ring-bound album that I created using the new "Crafty Things" collection. I love everything about this collection; from the bright pastel colors to the fun crafting icons like scissors & washi & glue--it's all just SO fun! 
As soon as I saw this collection, I knew I wanted to create a mini album to document some of my recent favorite projects. I went back and forth for a while on the type of album that I wanted to create, but eventually settled on a ring-bound album for a few reasons: first, this type of binding is interactive, which makes flipping through the album more fun, and second, this binding allows for more pages and photos to be added in the future. 
The base of this album is made from medium weight chipboard. The covers measure 4.25 x 6.25 inches, and the spine measures 1.5 x 6.25 inches. I wrapped the chipboard using a patterned paper from the 12 x 12 Collection Kit. This collection has a lot of fun patterns to choose from! I chose one that was a bit simpler for my album since I planned create a large statement piece on the front cover. This main focal point of this piece is the Chipboard Frame. I backed it with a sheet of paper from the 6 x 8 Paper Pad, and then added a bunch of flowers from the Floral Bits & Pieces pack to the right-hand side of it. I also added a title using a "So Crafty" sticker. I finished off this cluster by using some butterflies from a past collection (they just matched the colors perfectly and I can NEVER have enough butterflies)!
To make the spine stand out a bit more, I added a secondary title using a "happy" sentiment from the Foam Stickers. I also added a fun dangle of handmade pompoms & charms to the spine by clipping them through an eyelet. 
As I said earlier, I went with ring-binding for this album. So, I punched a hole in the top center of the back cover and attached a pink binder ring through it. 
Next, I went through the Journal Bits & Pieces and a few of the cut-apart sheets from the collection to find the perfect pieces for my pages. When making ring-bound albums, I like to choose pages in a variety of different styles and sizes. I usually layer them from the smallest to largest to create a staggered look. 
In-between these pages, I added bits of ephemera for more texture and style. 
When it came to embellishing these pages, I used some of my favorite techniques. I used the Enamel Dots and Decorative Brads to add bullet points on my journaling pages; this is a super easy way to dress up a page! I also used some of the smaller elements from the Cardstock Stickers and the Bits & Pieces to create simple clusters around my photos. 
I had so much fun creating this album and I love that I can add more photos of my favorite projects to it as time goes on! Thanks so much for stopping by my post today! 
SUPPLIES: 12 x 12 Collection Kit, 6 x 8 Paper Pad, Cardstock Stickers, Chipboard Stickers, Foam Stickers, Bits & Pieces, Journal Bits & Pieces, Patches Bits & Pieces, Floral Bits & Pieces, Big Bits & Pieces, Chipboard Frames, Decorative Brads, Enamel Dots. 

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