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We R Memory Keepers – Washi Tape Mini Album

Hello, We R friends. Today I am sharing a mini album that I created with lots of washi tape and a few of my favorite tools: the Happy Stitch Sewing Machine, the Tag Punch Board, and the Frame Punch Board. I love making mini albums, and this one was especially fun. I went with an accordion style design, for which I used a washi tape binding technique that is really easy to make.

I started by cutting the panels; mine measure 5.5”x3.75”. I laid them side by side, making sure to leave about 1/8” in between, and secured the edges with a strip of washi tape. I repeated this step for all the pages, front and back; I then used my Stitch Happy to sew the washi strips in place. This is a necessary step in my opinion, as washi tape tends to detach from the paper overtime. I also love the texture that stitching brings to the pages!

Once the accordion piece was finished, I created some frames to use as embellishments using the Frame Punch Board. This tool is a must have, and is perfect for any memory keeping project or fun décor pieces. Since I wanted to use more washi, I trimmed white cardstock to the desired size and covered the edges with washi tape before punching out the shape.

You can see how I have used the frames in the pictures below.

Next, the tags. The pages of the album are only adhered on three sides, becoming pockets that are perfect for storing hidden journaling or memorabilia. I used the Tag Punch Board to create three tags, on which I typed a bit about our lovely trip. I left part of the tags showing, and added some bakers twine so to create an interactive element and suggest pulling the tags to reveal the little surprise.

Here are a few more photos of the mini. I like to include fun and unique embellishments whenever possible, such as vellum pockets filled with sequins and small ephemera pieces, shaker pockets, tassels, paper clips.

Thank you so much for stopping by today! I hope you have enjoyed reading about my process and will feel inspired to create a mini album with your We R Memory Keepers tools.

Supplies:

Happy Stitch Sewing Machine

Frame Punch Board

Tag Punch Board

Hole Reinforcer Punch

Pink Paislee Summer Lights Collection

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Crate Paper – Fussy Cutting: A Tag Mini Album

Hello CP fans! Enza here, and today I am sharing a tag mini album that is bursting with fussy-cut elements. Fussy-cutting to me is relaxing and fun, especially when I get to work with gorgeous florals and patterns like the ones in the Flourish collection. I like to have the ability to change a design and make it my own by combining different patterns and colors, and that is definitely the magic of fussy-cutting.

My mini today is all about capturing everyday moments: a smile, a pensive face, a sweet expression. This type of pictures are the ones I enjoy the most, especially when it comes to my kids, as they truly represent their personalities.

Tag mini album with @cratepaper #cpflourish collection @enzamg

I started by choosing some of the tags that come in the Flourish Ephemera Pack, and used them as a template to cut more of the same shapes in different sizes. Next, I fussy-cut all the elements I wanted to use: flowers, tickets, most of the cut-apart sheet, butterflies and more. Each tag has layers and layers of goodness on it 😉

Here’s side A:

Tag mini album with @cratepaper #cpflourish collection @enzamg

And side B:

Tag mini album with @cratepaper #cpflourish collection @enzamg

I tried to personalize each tag as much as possible. You will see some hand-stitching, used to make a sentiment stand out more or just as a decorative element.

Tag mini album with @cratepaper #cpflourish collection @enzamg

I also love wrapping twine around my photos, or use cut files that coordinate with the main patterns to add that little extra “something” throughout the album. Most of the times, I tend to back cut files with patterned paper, but I decided to keep them simple here to balance off the colorful tags.

Tag mini album with @cratepaper #cpflourish collection @enzamg

Tag mini album with @cratepaper #cpflourish collection @enzamg

The rest is just a mixture of stickers, chipboard, ephemera, all layered to achieve dimension and texture.

Tag mini album with @cratepaper #cpflourish collection @enzamg

I had a lot of fun putting this tag album together. Fussy-cutting is the perfect technique if you are looking to use patterns and colors in a unique way.

Thank you for stopping by. Have a lovely day!

Supplies: Flourish – 6×6 Paper Pad (344384), 6×8 Paper Pad (344406), Recollection Puffy Phrase and Accent Stickers (344388), Decorative Trim (344405), Mini Tassels (344399), Ephemera Pieces (344387), Stickers (344401)/(344385), Chipboard Stickers (344386), Washi Tape (344397); Maggie Holmes #StickerBook (344868).

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Pink Paislee – Mini Albums: Wallet Mini Album

Hello everyone! Today I’d like to share my version of a mini album featuring the gorgeous Summer Lights collection by Pink Paislee. There is so much inspiration out there. Beautiful mini albums in different shapes and sizes are all over social media. I love them all but rarely take the time to actually make one. I have to say I really enjoyed the process, from planning what I wanted to incorporate in it to using new (to me) elements. More minis to come for sure 😉

To make this album, I used the “Wallet Mini Album” cut file available in the Silhouette Store. The idea of unfolding multiple flaps was appealing to me. So fun!

I started by decorating the middle section. A shaker card was created with one of the frames in the collection and some tulle. I loved utilizing tulle throughout this summer album as it reminds me of a fish net and adds so much interest to it. Chipboard stickers and sequins move around freely inside the frame. Several cut files from Paper Issue and The Cut Shoppe embellished the top and bottom flap. I used some stitching to make sure the tulle would stay in place, as even super strong adhesive didn’t work and would show through. The look of hand-stitching is just lovely. I was able to use a variety of coordinating colors and stitching designs, which made me happy 🙂

A cluster of embellishments and some washi tape finished the bottom flap.

For the photos my goal was to keep the decorating to a minimum. A frame, a sentiment, and some stickers worked perfectly to achieve the simple look I was going for.

I added my typed journaling to one of the flaps and scattered a few sequins around it. Some colored thread under the sentiment brings in extra color and creates movement. You can see some more tulle peeking out from underneath my girls’ picture.

One of my favorite pieces in this album is the string of sequins wrapped around the photo below. Very simple to make. I love the rustic, summery look of it!

For most of the cut files, I adhered multiple layers together in order to create thicker embellishments with more dimension and depth.

Here is the folded mini album. I love how it turned out!

If you have never created a mini album or are intimidated by it, just give it a try. It truly only takes a page or two to fall in love with this alternate form of memory keeping. Thank you for stopping by today! Have a lovely day!