Live Your Dreams! by Amber Mitchell

Live Your Dreams! by Amber Mitchell
Hello crafty friends! Amber Mitchell here on the Simple Stories blog today to share with you a fun mini album set that I created with the Simple Vintage: Farmhouse Garden collection.
One of my favorite things to create are teeny, tiny mini albums. They may not be practical for some (which is totally okay!) but I just love the cute factor that they have. They're also simple to make and easy to store away or display. That's why I decided to create this set of three 2.5 x 2.5-inch mini albums--complete with a caddy to tuck them away in!
To start this process, I used the backside of the "4x6 Elements" paper to wrap some chipboard pieces. These pieces are as follows for each album: two pieces that measure 2.5 x 2.5 inches for the covers and one piece that measures 1.25 x 2.5 inches for the spine. After I wrapped my three mini albums, I machine stitched around the base using my sewing machine. I love the texture that this adds to projects (just remember to go light on the adhesive so your needle on your machine doesn't gum up).
I then added the inner lining to my albums using strips of paper that I cut from the backside of the "Seed Pack Elements" patterned paper. 
For the pages of my albums, I simply took small pieces of patterned paper from the Simple Vintage: Farmhouse Garden Collection that measured 2 x 4 inches and folded them in half down the middle. I added four to each album, which in total, per album, provides 8 pages to work with. To hold the pages in place, I used white elastic thread. 
In theory, each of these albums can hold about 16 2 x 2-inch photos. It all depends on how you embellish the inside pages. Since these albums are smaller, I opted to just add tabs from the Sticker Book to the inside pages. This adds an extra touch while still leaving room for as many photos as possible!
To decorate the covers of my albums, I used pieces from the Cardstock Sticker sheet that comes in the Collection Kit as well as some of the Foam Stickers. I also added some banner sentiment pieces from the Bits and Pieces pack to title each album. To finish them off, I added some handmade paper tassels to the spine of each album along with charms I created using the Decorative Brads.
To create the caddy for this album, I took two patterned papers from the Simple Vintage: Farmhouse Garden collection kit and adhered them together back-to-back in order to showcase both of them in this project. I then cut a piece of this paper that measured 7 x 7.75 inches. I scored on the 7 inch side at 1.5 and 4.25 inches. I then scored on the 7.75 inch side at 1.5 inches on both ends. The key here is to have one side (the front of the caddy) be shorter than the other. This adds nice character to the project! I then cut the tabs in the middle of my template and used them to adhere the box together.
Once my caddy was assembled, I decorated it with rolled flowers that I created using cut files. You can make these by hand or by using dies and punches as well. I think the flowers really bring out the fun, spring elements in this collection. And also, you can never go wrong with flowers! They're such a fun addition to any project!
With my caddy embellished, I stored my teeny, tiny minis inside and now this cute trio of albums is ready for all types of fun memories! 
Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today! I'll see you next time with another fun project!

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  • Nicole Kirk: May 03, 2021

    Would love to see a process video on this gorgeous mini album box set

  • Sue Alley: April 27, 2021

    I’D like to see the pages inside. I can’t make sOmething like this just from a description.

    In order for us to put all our merchandise to use, we need a detailed tutorial.

  • Crafting and relaxing / saRah: April 27, 2021

    tHis is such a cute idea!!

  • Marla D: April 26, 2021

    Very cute idea! Would live to see more step by step photos To go with your dEscriPtion of the project.

  • Tina: April 26, 2021

    ThE mini-album set is ABSOLUTELY gorgeous! I need to make a set, thank You. 🌻🐝

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