Envelope Mini Album by Amber Mitchell


Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Hello crafty friends! Amber Mitchell here on Paige's blog today to share with you a fun mini album I created using Paige's older (but still magical) Turn the Page collection and her Envelope Mini Album with Tags cut file.
Since I love all things mini, I wanted to create a smaller version of this cut file. I first began by resizing the cut file as a whole so that the envelope measured about 2x2.75".

I then cut 10 individual envelopes from five patterned papers that I printed from the digital version of Turn the Page. Cutting 10 envelopes allowed me to create two small mini albums that I could add to each side of my book base. I then cut the tags one by one from the leftover paper scraps.

For the base of this album, I created a small, one page "book". To do this, I took a piece of paper that measured 3x7 1/8" and scored along the 7 1/8" side at 3 1/8" and 4 1/8". This will give the book a one inch thick spine.

With all of my pieces cut, scored, and ready to go, I stitched along the edges of each envelope as well as the edges of the album base. Stitching is a great way to add texture to any project, whether it's by hand or with a machine.

Next, I assembled all 10 of my envelopes using a liquid glue and then split them into stacks of five. I then assembled these two stacks into accordion style minis by adhering the envelopes together top to bottom.

Once I had my two envelope minis ready to go, I added one to each inside cover of the base. During this process, I also added a 1" vertical band to each album in order to keep them closed. I opted for a velcro dot to keep these bands closed, but a magnet would work just as well. Sidenote: another option to keep these albums closed would be to use string or twine.

With my minis in place, it was time for embellishments. I created a beaded paper tassel for the spine and attached it using a small, gold jump ring.

For the cover, I layered up a handful of floral die cuts from the digital version of Turn the Page. I also used a few stickers from the 30-page Paige Evans #StickerBook to give the cover more texture and depth. The last couple of steps were to add some fun finishing touches. I created some 3D flowers using Paige's Rolled Flower cut file and added a butterfly die cut to tie it all together.

For the interior of the book I decorated the top layer of both bands to dress them up and draw the eye in. This also hides the closure and helps it to blend in seamlessly. To finish everything off, I lightly embellished the tags using stickers and die cuts and tucked one into each envelope.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I'll see you next time with another fun project!

SUPPLIES: Patterned paper, stickers, die cuts, embellishments: TURN THE PAGE30-page Paige Evans #StickerBook; Die cut machine: Cricut; Cut files: Envelope Mini Album with Tags and Rolled Flower by Paige Evans
Location: California, USA / Blog: Happy Crafty Studio / Instagram: @bambismail / YouTube: bambidearr / Pinterest: bambidearr

Strasbourg, France Mini Album


Monday, June 1, 2020

I have a new mini album to share with you today using my Bloom Street collection and Chipboard Paper Covered Mini Album with Hidden Accordion Paper Hinge Binding technique!

Here is a quick flip through of this mini album:

And here is the video tutorial to create the base of this album, only for the album I'm sharing here today I used Bloom Street instead of Truly Grateful, and I didn't add any machine stitching.

In this mini album I documented our day in Strasbourg, France. Such a beautiful city!

I love how you can see all the tags inside the pockets peeking out and all the depth created from using thin foam squares for adhering die cuts and embellishments in place.
For extra added whimsy I tied the three Tassels onto the spine.
On the cover I trimmed two floral stickers from the 4-Page Sticker Book in half and used them to frame the title "STRASBOURG" made with the Puffy Word Stickers. A few white glitter Enamel Dots are sprinkled around the front.
Here is a look at the inner pages. Let me know if you have any questions about anything! Everything you see is from Bloom Street. I mixed my own handwriting along with typed/printed journaling strips and I created three tabs to make turning a few of the pages a bit easier.
Here are all of the fronts of the tags out of the pockets. I used a reinforce hole punch to create the colorful rings around the hole punched at the top of each tag.
And the backs of the tags:
I hope you are inspired to create a mini album like this one using Bloom Street and document your precious memories!

SUPPLIES: Patterned papers, stickers, die cuts, tassels, enamel dots, embellishments: BLOOM STREETreinforce hole punch; Font: Remington Noiseless

May 2020 Highlights


There are always lots of big events in May - our anniversary, Mother's Day, and my birthday! Plus great weather! All make for a memorable month. 🌼💐🌸🏵️
Fox has had popcorn every single day of his life since he was two. This day was no exception.
 On Saturday May 2nd it was International Scrapbook Day! I did a live on the American Crafts instagram which you can watch HERE and I also did a live Q&A in my Happy Scrappy Place Facebook Group which you can watch HERE.

I'll never get over this Highlands Ranch view. It always looks different and is always amazing.

 Reminds me of the German countryside with this lighting.
Went to Franktown to get my roots done.
 Mmmmm Crumbl cookies. Treat yo'self.
We celebrated our 13th anniversary on May 8th! These side-by-side photos are of our engagement and last November when we visited the very spot we met. 
So much has happened between then and now! Here is a condensed timeline of our lives together so far:
January 22nd 2004 - we met when we were both 18 years old in an Art History class at BYU. Turns out we lived right across the street from each other! It was meant to be :)
March 2004 - Chris asked me to be his girlfriend!
September 2004-September 2006 - Chris served a mission in Tacloban, Philippines. We kept in touch via letters and emails for two long years!
November 2006 - Chris asked me to marry him!
May 8th 2007 - we got married in the Nauvoo, Illinois temple and honeymooned at Disney World.
May 2007 - we moved into our first apartment in Provo, Utah.
December 2007 - Paige graduated with a BA in Art Education from BYU.
January 2008 - Paige started working at American Crafts as a graphic designer/in-house scrapbooker.
August 2009 - Chris was accepted into Dental School at USC in Los Angeles and joined the US Army. We moved to South Pasadena.
October 2010 - our son Fox was born!
July 2012 - our daughter Jane was born!
We visited Disneyland 88 times in our 4 years living in LA and miss those simpler days!
July 2013 - we moved to Grafenwöhr Germany so Chris could work as a dentist in the Army for 4 years. While living in Germany we took advantage of traveling and visited 43 countries. I blogged about every single trip here: http://www.paigetaylorevans.com/p/our-travels.html
January 2016 - Paige flew to Los Angeles to release her first collection with Pink Paislee at Creativation!
July 2017 - we moved back to the United States and Chris worked in the Army for one more year at Ft. Lewis near Seattle, close to my family.
July 2018 - Chris found a dental practice in Littleton, Colorado so we packed up and moved once more. We purchased our first home and have been here in Colorado ever since, loving life! It's been a fun 13 years and I can't wait to see what the future holds!

Jammies all day, e'ry day.

Strange and uncertain times we live in.

We went to Target to get groceries.
 Finally there was no line at Jamba Juice and the kids were so excited to try it for the first time. Fox liked his. Jane, not so much lol. More for me!

Mother's Day walk soaking up the sunshine. Love these kiddos who call me Mom.
 Our neighbors got a puppy and he's just the cutest thing!

 No wonder Fox wasn't hungry for dinner.
One year ago on May 11th 2019 I reached my fitness goal and I'm happy that I have been able to maintain it this past year. I have started and stopped exercising and eating healthy off and on the past year, especially since being quarantined (hello Phish Food Ben & Jerry's ice cream!), but I'm trying to get on the bandwagon again because, what I've found through this whole process is: when I eat well and exercise I FEEL BETTER. All around. Mentally, physically, emotionally.
The colorful painted stripes still keep me motivated and I added a pop of green in the form of a faux plant.
Bun eating my plant. Caught ya! It's okay, I love the wild buns.
 Oh my goodness Jane had a meltdown of epic proportions at Chris' office for just a regular teeth cleaning! She thought she was getting a cavity filled but no matter what we told her she wouldn't calm down. "If looks could kill she'd be an orphan!"
 After the teeth cleanings we tried a new-to-us place in Littleton called the Bacon Social House. It was yummy. Anything with bacon is though right? :)
 Speaking of food, we got a chicken taco recipe from Chris' sister that she made everyone for dinner at our family reunion last summer and oh me oh my, I could eat them for breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day for the rest of my life! We also got a Hello Fresh box and cooked up some yummy dinners. Somehow I always ate on the same plate for all three pics even though none of our plates match! What are the chances?!

I've spent a LOT of time reading outside this month. I'm re-reading the Twilight series because...
 Stephenie Meyer is finally releasing Midnight Sun!!(!!!!!) It's Twilight written from Edward's perspective instead of Bella's. I'm so stoked. August 4th can't come soon enough.

I needed a picture of Fox for a layout about him so I got one.
 I spy three doggies! Joey fraternizing with the neighbors.
 OMG her belly!

My constant furry companion. Wherever I go, she goes.
 Fox's friend has a pool which we visited since all our rec center pools are still closed for now.
 Morning snuggles.
 We went over to Tom & Margi's for dinner a lot in May to be with family from near and far.
 Swimming in Nana & Papa's hot tub.

 I needed pictures of Jane for an upcoming layout so we took some.
 "Homeschooling" ended May 22nd thank goodness. Yay for summer!!
One fine day we hiked to the top of High Point and brought Joey.
 Jane | Fox

Panoramic view of the view.

Walking back to the car. Fox was so proud of himself (as were Chris and I!) that he didn't complain once the entire hike!!
  More pics of Fox & Jane from this past month. We go on lots of walks. / A neighbor had a table full of free plushies. / Swimming in Fox's friend's pool. / Gaming together.

Sometimes it rains in the evenings and this particular time Jane went outside to dance, she was so happy about the precipitation.
 Another family dinner at Tom & Margi's.
 I found a robin's egg. I love the color - it's literally robin's egg blue!
 On Memorial Day we attempted to visit a state park called Roxborough, but it was at capacity so we went home and ate our planned picnic lunch at the table and then went for a bike ride.
 The Primary dropped off a set of water balloons which Chris filled and the kids annihilated within 30 seconds. Good memories can be made even in just 30 seconds.
 Jane video chatting with her BFF.
 Our local mall has somewhat opened again so we went just to get Mrs. Fields cookies. Two eateries in the food court were opened - one was Charley's, which is actually our favorite of all the offerings, so we got lunch too. The whole experience was so weird. Like a post apocalyptic other world.

On May 28th I turned 35!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! One exclamation mark for every exciting year. 🧁🎂🎊🎉

I couldn't pick between these two birthday selfies so here are both :)

My birthday was a perfect day. We went back to Roxborough State Park and this time we got in.
 The red rocks are so mesmerizing!
 We walked around for about an hour and saw really cool rock formations like at Garden of the Gods and the Red Rocks Amphitheater.
 Panoramic views:


 We stopped at a Sonic on the way home and I got a chili cheese hot dog, why not? It was my birthday :)
 And then Chris helped me pack stencils! Best birthday ever :) I'm serious!
 Restaurants in Colorado are now allowed to have in-person dining at half capacity so at 4pm sharp Chris called and made us a reservation for my birthday at Texas Roadhouse. The cinnamon butter rolls though! It was soooo fun to eat out again.

And, Chris baked me a berry pie for dessert. It was sooooo good.


On the scrappy front: I made a bunch more projects in May, mostly with Bloom Street!
ONE FINE DAY LAYOUT // YOU TAKE MY BREATH AWAY LAYOUT // LEAF WREATH LAYOUT
BLOOM LAYOUT // LOVE THIS GIRL LAYOUT // GONE EXPLORING LAYOUT
BACHARACH, GERMANY MINI ALBUM // HELLO BEAUTIFUL LAYOUT // BEST DAY EVER LAYOUT
STENCILS ARE HERE! If you pre-ordered them, thank you, and they have shipped! It's not too late to place an order HERE.


I gave away 4 free cut files in my Happy Scrappy Place Facebook Group:

I designed a Bundle of Graduation cut files:

I shared this floral stitching project on instagram:

I finished a floral layout which I'll share here on June 22nd.

Fun to see all the dimension of the layouts from this angle.

Coptic books.

I spent a day wrapping washi tape around tags to help save space.
 My happy place!

May 2020 was gone in a flash! Onto June!
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