Hi friends! Amber Mitchell here on the Simple Stories blog today to share with you a fun, clipboard-style mini album I created using the new ‘Let’s Get Crafty’ collection.
This collection is full of beautiful, happy colors! I love the pops of teal and orange throughout it. These colors, along with the icons and sentiments throughout the collection, give off a slight retro vibe—which I love! Since this collection is all about crafting, scrapping, and creating, I decided to make a clipboard-style mini album since clipboards are a staple item for any craft space.
The base of this mini album is super easy to make as you only need two items: medium weight chipboard and a bulldog clip. Depending on the size of the clip you’re using, you may want to alter the dimensions of this mini album for a more balanced look. The clip I’m using here is on the larger side, so I opted to create a larger base to match.
I trimmed my medium weight chipboard to 4 x 5.5 inches and wrapped it using the ‘Be Creative’ patterned paper from the ’12 x 12 Collection Kit’. I lined the back of my faux clipboard with a sheet of patterned paper from the ‘6 x 8 Paper Pad’ that I cut to 3.75 x 5.25 inches.
Next, I added the bulldog clip to the top center of the base and that’s the “clipboard” part of this mini album done! Now it’s time to move on to creating the pages.
To make the pages of this mini, I trimmed 5 sheets of patterned paper from the ’12 x 12 Collection Kit’ to 3.75 x 5.25 inches. To add more character to the album I also included some 3 x 4-inch journaling elements as pages. I cut these from the Collection Kit as well as from the ‘6 x 8 Paper Pad’. I used five of these cards in my album.
I scored along the top edge of all of my pages at ½ inch. This will create a ½ inch gusset that will make the album easier to flip through.
Once all of my pages were scored and folded, I stacked them in the order I wanted them to be in, keeping the smaller 3 x 4-inch cards centered. I then ran the gusset through my sewing machine, stitching the entire stack of pages together. If you don’t have a sewing machine, you can either hand-stitch the pages together, staple them, tie them together with twine, or just use glue!
After clipping my finished and secured pages onto the base, I moved on to my personal favorite part of any project—embellishing!
To embellish the first page of this album, I created a few paper flowers. I used small Decorative Brads for the center of these flowers and I love how this makes them pop off the page!
To add journaling spaces throughout the album, I used a few cards from the ‘Journal Bits’ ephemera pack. I added these to the back of some of the 3 x 4-inch card pages.
To create photo mats throughout the album, I trimmed coordinating Color Vibe Cardstock down to 3.5 x 4.5 inches. I added five of these mats throughout the album in varying colors.
When it comes to embellishing, I love using a mix of different textures and pieces. So, throughout this mini, I added some ‘Chipboard Stickers’ and ‘Foam Stickers’ to create dimension. I used some sentiments and icons from the ‘Bits & Pieces’ ephemera to create labels for each photo mat.
A few tags added here and there throughout this album add more options for photos and journaling. I used stickers from the ‘Sticker Book’ to add some smaller sentiments and icons to these areas as well.
The finishing touch was, of course, a dangle of charms and tassels! I created a pompom keychain that spells out “sweet” to go along with collection and added a few extras charms and tassels from my stash to match.