Summer Memories Week: A Sweet and Simple Mini Album with Amanda-jayne Baldwin

A mini album can be perfect for documenting a short period of time, especially a season, and our June and July products are the perfect ones for creating a quick coordinated mini, as design team member Amanda-jayne Baldwin is showing us today! Let’s take a look at her sweet and simple mini album that records the best summer moments!

Hi everyone! Welcome back for more Elle’s Studio Summer inspiration! 

It’s Amanda here, and today I am sharing a super quick & easy mini album made from my ‘left over’ items from our June & July releases. It only takes a few minutes to create this mini and it is perfect for recording those sweet summer memories! Yay! 

Here’s a look at my album cover:

Supplies | July 2020 Kit, June 2020 Kit, July Labels, July Label StickersSummer Tape Stickers, Summer StickersSummer Chipboard Stickers, Chipboard Star Stickers, Adventure Wood Veneers, Bright Polka Dot 6.5 x 8 Inch Paper Stack, Summer Fun 6 x 8.5 Inch Paper Stack

So bright, cute and fun! 

The Summer Fun Paper Stack patterns are the perfect mix of summer colors and patterns, and made for a terrific album cover! I decorated mine with a couple of die cuts from the July Kit, one of the July Labels, a Summer Chipboard Sticker, and that cute heart veneer! 

Tip: The heart veneer is actually the ‘Wild At Heart’ veneer from the Adventure Wood Veneers, but I flipped mine to the blank side to better suit my project! 

To create my simple flip album, I backed the Summer Fun Paper Stack paper with the purple print from the Bright Polka Dot Paper Stack and adhered together. I repeated this step with two more papers, so I ended up with 2 double sided 6′ x 8.5″ papers in total. I scored & folded both sheets at the 4 1/4″ mark, and machine stitched them together across the scored line to form my album. Yep, it’s that simple! And as I mentioned earlier, a great little mini for using up all your scraps with! 

Let’s look inside:

Hello, indeed! The Bright Polka Dot Paper Stack purple paper coordinated perfectly with the ‘hello’ tag from the July Kit. I chose to decorate these pages very similarly to a four, 3″ x 4″ pocket page (minus the pockets) and let my photos do most of the talking. I added a little bit of story telling with the Summer Stickers, then embellished my photos and album with a couple of the Summer Chipboard and Summer Tape Stickers. Here’s a closer look:

Super sweet for summer! Here are the next pages:

The landscape orientation of my photographs meant that I could only fit one photo per page, but I think these pages turned out just fine! To encourage cohesion between them, I backed both photos with the light purple journaling tags, courtesy of the June & July Kit, and kept to similar embellishments. This time I combined gray with the purple color palette to create a really fresh and clean look. The gray Summer Chipboard and July Label Stickers look really effective together, and the Summer Stickers were utilized again for some simple journalling. Love it!

The final page to this sweet summer mini is slightly different to the others. I have still used the same purple color scheme and mix of Chipboard, Summer Tape and Summer Stickers to embellish with, but, I have also left lots of space to hand write the story. This is a really important detail to me—I want my children to write their own little sentence or two about this summer. I think that in years to come they will really value what they’ve both recorded. As both of them will need to write something, I have left space on both pages. 

Such a simple, and sweet summer mini! 

I hope you’ll feel inspired to make your own today! It only takes a few minutes and you’ll be so glad you did! Happy summer memory-making!

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