A Blushing Mini

Jennifer Priest here with a fun mini album to show for my first post here on the Authentique Paper blog. I am honored to be working with Authentique Paper as an AUTH-orized educator as well as Design Team Specialist! I have several upcoming classes featuring Authentique Paper, including my "Haunts & Whooligans" Album class this month, at stores in Southern California as well as online at My Creative Classroom. You can read more about me and my classes HERE.

I just received the new Free Bird 6x6 Paper Line and as soon as I saw the "Blush" themed papers I knew they would make the sweetest mini book. There are four 6x6 designs in this theme and that is just enough paper to make this sweet mini using a die and mat board from Sizzix.

I cut 5 of the sheets using the die--each time you cut you will create a spine, a page, and a frame. I then painted the white boards with Sandstone paint.

Then I folded up the ends of some 4"x 8" tags to make them fit the 6.5" x 4.25" dimensions of the mini album, stapling the folded-up flap to the tag to make a pocket.

I recently got my hands on some new templates -- the chevrons and geometric feel of the shapes are perfect for the modern feel of the "Blush" paper. I laid the templates over the painted pages and sprayed them with Smooch Spritz in Cashmere.

On the black pages and black tags, I used the Mini Frag Flower template to create a flower using the Sandstone paint with a foam brush. These are all of the pieces I used to create the album. I used a little paint on the edges of everything for a shabby look. It's my cheater way of distressing ;) I then followed the instructions on the die package to create the album, using my tags as pages as well.

On the cover, I sprayed a white paper flower with Smooch Spritz in Cashmere and added it to the cover with a few strips of paper, an adhesive doily diecut, buttons and sticker letters. I spritzed some white floral leaves with Smooch Spritz in Silver Foil and added them under the flower. I also created the 3D roses using wool felt and a Sizzix die. I then threaded several ribbons around the spine and tied them in a bow.

I inserted several tags into each of the tag pockets I made, adding ribbons to the pages.
After all was set, I spritzed the entire book with Smooch Spritz in Silver Foil, at a distance of 18" to get a fine mist. This helps pull the colors together and give the book an aged feel.

It's now ready for some gorgeous black and white photos!!

  • Paper, Stickers - Authentique Papers
  • Dies, - ScoreBoards XL Die, Flowers 3-D Die, and Little Sizzles Mat Board Pack by Sizzix
  • Ink - Smooch Spritz in Cashmere and Silver Foil by Clearsnap, ColorBox Fluid Chalk Ink in Blackbird and Grey Whale
  • Paint - Creamcoat Acrylic Paint in Sandstone by Delta
  • Ribbon - American Crafts, May Arts, Making Memories
  • Leather Frame - Making Memories
  • Journal Cards - Jenni Bowlin
  • Tags - American Tag, Avery
  • Templates - Balzer Designs Templates in Mini Frag Flower and Chevron by Crafter's Workshop
  • Twine - The Twinery
  • Flower, Buttons, Ribbon, Leaves - hydrangeahippo.etsy.com
  • Doily Stickers - EK Success/Martha Stewart
  • Wool Felt - Unknown
Thank you for visiting today :)

Posted by Jennifer Priest
Educator and DT Specialist


  1. Great albums and love the Halloween one :)

  2. LOVE this mini! The silver foil mist is my favorite ever and I love how you used the templates! The pink ribbon against all that beige and silver really pops- great color combo.

  3. I'm new to your papers, but love them already!

  4. Darling, exquisite work! I haven't made any minis, but this is excellent reason to start. Great color combo and placement of pieces. Just thought I'd let you know I'm your newest follower!

    Thank you for sharing your mini book, please check my blog out if you have time :)



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