I <3 Sunshine! by Niki Rowland

I <3 Sunshine! by Niki Rowland

Hi everyone, here is a cute little mini album using the new Simple Stories Summer Lovin’ collection. I fell in love with this collection the moment I saw it because it resonates so perfectly with my life. With young children, we spend a lot of time in our garden in the summer months and on those super-hot days, they like nothing better than to get the sprinkler, paddling pool and hose out and have a water fight! The Summer Lovin’ collection is so perfect for those memories. 

               

              

I decided to make a mini album today in the shape of a watermelon slice. This shape was inspired by the collection but also we eat a lot of watermelon in the summer so that worked well. I settled on a slice rather than a semi-circle and bound it altogether with wire binding. For the front and back covers I cut a piece of acetate to the same size and sewed cute watermelon sequins inside to make shaker pages. I also added the green and white watermelon details on the curved edge of each of the covers. 

              

                  

I made the pages using the Summer Lovin’ 6x8 paper pad. First I made a slice shaped template out of white card and I used that to draw around all the patterned papers. I drew around the shape twice on each paper so that I had two joined together. I could then fold these in half to make a double-sided slice shape. I added machine stitching around each of the mini album pages. 

                

                   

For the front and back covers I cut a piece of acetate to the same size and sewed cute watermelon sequins inside to make shaker pages. I also added the green and white watermelon details on the curved edge of each of the covers. 

                 

                  

For one page I didn’t add machine stitching on the curved edge. This make a pocket page so I made a smaller slice-shaped page to slot in and out of that pocket. 

                    

               

For two pages I cut off the top edge where the binding would be on the folded-over piece, to make pages that folded down to reveal more content. Perfect for adding more photos and gorgeous embellishments. 

                  

                     

I embellished the album with ALL the things! I absolutely love the foam title stickers so used a lot of these throughout the album. On the front cover I added two of the foam titles, plus some foam flowers. I also added puffy stickers and label stickers from the Cardstock Stickers. 

                

                     

I don’t mind a chucky mini album so have used chipboard stickers, foam stickers, decorative brads and I’ve also popped up my photos and cardstock stickers on foam pads too! I love how the album has turned out, it’s super cute and I love all the fun memories that are captured within! I could make another 10 layouts with this collection I think too!  Here is the link to the process video if you would like to watch along:  https://youtu.be/XYmqmC9ayn0 

                  

                  

Thank you so much for joining me today and happy scrapping 

Niki xx 

@nikiclairecreates 

                 

                     

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