Hi crafty friends! Amber Mitchell here on the Simple Stories blog today to share with you a fun, accordion mini album that I created using the new ‘Noteworthy’ collection!
I am in love with all of the beautiful colors and retro vibes showcased in this collection. It's perfect for documenting nearly any event or memory you can think of and it has a great way of making those memories feel special!
To create the base of this album, I first made the covers using medium weight chipboard and patterned paper from the 12 x 12 Collection Kit. The chipboard covers, both front and back, measure 5 x 6 inches. I wrapped these using sheets of patterned paper that I trimmed down to 6 x 7 inches. This will give you half an inch of paper on all four sides of the chipboard that can be used as tabs to adhere the 'wrapping' paper down.
To create the spine for this album, I used a sheet of paper that measured 4 x 5.5 inches. On the 4-inch side, I scored this paper at 1.25 inches on both ends; this gives the project a spine that is 1.5 inches in width. I then folded and creased along these score lines to create tabs on either side of the spine.
I used these tabs to attach the spine to the inside edges of both the front and back cover. I recommend using a strong adhesive for this step, since this is what binds the project base together.
Once the spine was adhered into place, I lined the inside covers with sheets of patterned paper that I trimmed to 4.75 x 5.75 inches.
When it came to designing the pages of this project, I opted to create accordion-style ones that fold out.
To create these pages, I took four sheets of white cardstock that measured 5 3/8 x 9 inches. On the 9-inch side, I scored at 4.25 x 4.75 inches, creating a half inch gusset which provides just the right amount of space for dimensional embellishments.
Next, I folded and creased along the score lines on all these pages and then adhered them together, accordion-fold style, using sticky double-sided tape. I then attached the entire page mechanism to the inside of the back cover.
To brighten up these pages, I took sheets of paper from both the 12 x 12 Collection Kit and the 6 x 8 Paper Pad and trimmed them down to 4 1/8 x 5 1/8 inches. I used these sheets to mat every page.
The photos I chose to document in this album were of a trip to Disneyland that my brother and his wife took a few months ago. I love how the vibrant colors of the park matched the shades in this collection.
I added white photo mats behind each photo, and used photos of different sizes to create character. The white photo mats help the photos pop off of the page more.
When it came to embellishing this album, I used a mix of all the wonderful, different embellishments from this collection.
My personal favorite was the Floral Bits. I loved adding flowers to every page, behind or in front of photos, around journaling spaces, and in any and all empty spaces.
I used some cut-apart 3 x 4-inch cards to add journaling spaces on a couple of the pages, and also created a pocket that I could tuck more photos and/or journaling cards in to.
To embellish the front cover of this album, I used a large, typewriter frame and backed it with a cut-apart from the Collection Kit. The sentiment 'Snapshots of a Happy Life' fit perfectly with the theme of this album!
Thank you so much for visiting my blog post today! I hope that you feel inspired to create your own project with this wonderful collection!
SUPPLIES: 12 x 12 Collection Kit, 6 x 8 Paper Pad, Foam Stickers, Cardstock Stickers, Chipboard Stickers, Chipboard Frames, Decorative Brads, Floral Bits, Page Pieces, Rub-Ons, Enamel Dots (Noteworthy Collection).