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Hi everyone, Audrey here, sharing a fun mini album project with you today that features Authentique's fabulous new Autumn "Seasons" collection!
When my kiddos were little, one of our favorite fall family traditions was taking a trip out to our local corn maze. Of course I always brought my camera along, and of course, I always ended up with lots of photos from this event each year. Too many photos for a single layout, but yet not enough for an entire album. Perfect excuse to create a mini album!
For this mini album, I chose a smaller chipboard album from Maya Road as my starting point. I like to make my covers rather decorative, so I had fun adding lots of layers. Since I don't usually add photos to my covers, this is the place where I can really go to town.
To begin, cover the front of the album with the adorable apple print from the 6x6 Paper Bundle. The smaller prints of the 6x6 paper are absolutely perfect for smaller projects like this one. Sand the edges of the page to get rid of any excess paper that may extend off the side, and then ink the page to cover any remaining raw chipboard that may be visible.
Next, add the polka dotted scalloped frame sticker from the Components Sticker Sheet.....but first, cut the sticker in half and adhere the two halves with a bit of space in between. This is a great secret way to create a larger frame sticker to fit your space, and since the center is covered with more layers, the gap in between the pieces will never show!
Cut the apple tag from the Enhancements Cut Apart sheet, edge with matching ink, and adhere to the center of the frame using pop dots for dimension. Then add the apple tag sticker from the Components sheet on top of that, also edged with ink and adhered with pop dots. The top Harvest Time tag is fussy cut from the Autumn One 12x12 paper. The tag is dressed up with a pair of buttons and edged with a bit of the leftover polka dotted frame sticker. I don't like anything to go to waste!
The top of the tag layers gets a big happy bow and a beautiful canvas mesh Petaloo flower. A pair of Petaloo decorative pins tuck behind.
To keep from becoming too overwhelmed by a mini album project, I tend to follow a few rules. I like to have fun with the album cover, but try to keep the inside pages more simple in design so that the photos take center stage. By limiting myself to several patterned papers and repeating a basic design on all the inside pages, I cut down on design time AND create a cohesive feel throughout the entire album.
For my album, I stuck to just three patterns from the 6x6 Paper Bundle, and repeated them throughout the pages. Photos were cut down to fit the center of each page. I punched some simple scalloped borders from one of the solid prints from the Bundle to embellish one edge of my photos. Word strips cut from the Enhancements sheet are added to the bottom of the photos.
The last pages were dressed up with a few Components stickers, and a journaling block from the Enhancements sheet was added for a bit of quick journaling. Alpha stickers from the Strong collection were a perfect match and added a bit of fun detailing to highlight the journaling.
The last step was binding my pages together. Although the mini album came with large binder rings, I thought they overpowered my little mini. I simply tied my pages together with a bit of hemp cord instead. Very simple and sweet, and doesn't take away from the rest of my album.
Authentique Autumn "Seasons" Collection:
"autumn one" 12x12 paper6x6 "bundle"
"enhancements" 12x12 cut-apart paper
"components" 6x12 cardstock sicker accents
Authentique Strong Collection:
12x8 "elements" sticker
Chipboard Mini Album: Maya Road
Trim: May Arts
Flower and Decorative Pins: Petaloo
Ink: Imagine Crafts for Tsukineko
Border Punch: Stampin'Up