Paradise Found! by Amber Mitchell

Paradise Found! by Amber Mitchell

Hi crafty friends! Amber Mitchell here on the Simple Stories blog today to share with a fun mini album I created using the Simple Vintage Coastal collection! 

The beach is one of my favorite vacation spots. I love the smell of the salty sea, the cool air, and the atmosphere of relaxation and happiness. This collection had me feeling nostalgic for all of those things and I cannot wait to go on a beach getaway so that I can document it in this mini.  

The base of my mini album consists of three parts: two chipboard covers and a paper spine. My chipboard covers measure 3.5 x 5.5 inches. I wrapped these using the "Paradise Found' paper from the 12x12 collection kit. I added machine stitching along the edges of my covers for extra texture. 

The spine of my album is made from a piece of paper that measured 4 by 4.25 inches. I scored on the 4-inch side at 1 and 3 inches. I used these two tabs to add the spine to the chipboard covers. Once adhered, I then added the inner linings of my covers, which I cut from the "Beach Vibes" paper, on top to seal everything in place. 

To create the pages of this album, I cut 8 pieces of paper that measured 3.25 by 4.25 inches. I added these to the spine of the album using two 1-inch binder rings and some colored eyelets.

To embellish the spine a bit more, I created paper beads from scraps and tied those, along with some acrylic beads from my stash, to the center of the spine using elastic thread. I also added some beaded, handmade tassels and some charms from my stash for some extra fun!

When it came to embellishing the pages of my album, I first laid down some photo mats I created from white cardstock. These measure 3 by 4 inches and are perfect for wallet-sized photos. I added one photo mat to every spread of the album. Once these were in place, I focused on embellishing the empty spaces of my book, as well as the cover. To make the cover pop, I added some handmade rosettes and created embellishment clusters on top of them.

I used a mix of the embellishments from the Simple Vintage Coastal collection to decorate the pages of my album. I used the Foam Stickers and Chipboard Stickers to create depth and dimension, along with the Layered Stickers. For some added bits of fun here and there, I added phrase stickers from the Sticker Book. Along with these, I also layered up some die-cuts from the Bits and Pieces and Floral Bits ephemera packs. I even turned some of these pieces into tags that I placed throughout to make it more interactive. The last touch was a few of the Decorative Brads throughout the album and now this mini is ready for all types of beach getaway memories!

Thanks so much for stopping by my post today! I'll see you next time with another fun project!

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  • Claudia Amoedo : March 23, 2023

    This is amazing!!! All your work is beautiful!!! I admire You💕💕💕

  • Linda Burrows: July 16, 2021

    I just found this on Instagram so had to come &say how much I adore it. The paper beads & tassels are the perfect ACCOMPANIMENTs to this. CONGRATS, it’s delightful !!

  • Margie: July 15, 2021

    Absolutely a delightful fun album! It is embellished with amazing colors and designs.

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