Fancy Free Mini Album

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

We just got back from an 8 day road trip through Italy! The whole adventure was planned around a class I was invited to teach in Tuscany, near the micro country San Marino. We hadn't been there yet so we decided to turn it into a family vacation and visit lots of places (Sterzing, Bologna, Florence, Pisa, Volterra, Sienna, and Assisi) - lots and lots of recaps coming soon :) Today I'd like to share the mini album I taught at Scrap2Days!

SUPPLIES: Patterned paper, chipboard, die cuts, tags: Fancy Free by Paige Evans/Pink Paislee; Cardstock, Thickers, chipboard covers: American Crafts; Doilies: Wilton; Baker’s twine: Divine Twine; Watercolors: Loew Cornell; Spray mist: Heidi Swapp; Other: white paint, brush, needle, binder rings, sequins, thread, paper cutter, scissors, adhesive, dimensional adhesive, pen, pencil, stapler, xacto knife, eraser, (34) 2 ½” square photos, (6) 2” square photos, (1) 3” square photo

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Use a heart die cut as a template and trace it onto one of the chipboard covers then use a sharp craft knife to carefully cut it out. Paint the front and back chipboard covers white and let them dry. Drop black spray mist on the top right and bottom left corners and let it dry. Embellish the cover with a flower transparency on the top right, two strands of pink baker’s twine tied around the right edge, an “&” chipboard sticker with a “you” die cut tucked underneath, a puffy flowers sticker on the left side of the cut out heart, and three sequins on the bottom left side.

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The entire mini album is filled with pictures of things that I love :)

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Use the cover or the heart die cut as a template to lightly trace a heart in the center of a 6x6" piece of paper #10. Place “Love” Thickers in the middle. Journal around the drawn heart then erase the pencil lines.

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Trim a “colorful” chipboard word sticker in half and place the pieces in the middle. Tear off the right edge of a piece of 6x6" vellum. Cut a large doily in half and glue one half on the left edge. Layer a journaling card, photo, "play" die cut, and “make beautiful things” transparency die cut over the doily.

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Place a “celebrate today” transparency die cut and a hashtag Thicker behind the doily.

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Use an ampersand die cut as a template and trace around it onto a piece of 6x6” white cardstock using a pencil. Poke a hole every ¼” around the entire ampersand then erase the pencil lines. Use thread and backstitch around the ampersand. Watercolor inside the ampersand and let it dry.

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Trim paper #04 to 9 ½ x 6”, score 6” from the left edge, then fold the right edge over. Place a small doily on the center and staple on a “favorite” die cut to a round journaling tag and journal on the tag. Inside, mat (6) photos onto patterned papers then adhere them inside. Place “Favorites” Thickers between the pictures.

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Trim 6 photos and 6 patterned papers to 2” square then tuck them inside the photo sleeves. You could embellish the centers of the papers with chipboard stickers and/or die cuts.

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On a 6x6” piece of white cardstock, place a journaling tag in the center and add a chipboard potted plant at the bottom with a “best ever” die cut at the top. Journal on the tag. On the back, place a journaling spot in the center and glue a die cut plant on the left.

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Trim paper #11 to 4 ½ x 10 ½”, score 6” down from the top, fold the bottom up, then fold the top ½” of that flap down and staple/glue in place to create a pocket. Journal on a tag, tie a baker’s twine bow through the top, adhere a transparency heart die cut to the bottom, then tuck it into the pocket. Adhere a photo under the flap and embellish with a “routine” die cut and silver heart tab transparency die cut.

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Use the letters from the “LOVE” die cut as a template to trace and cut out letters and a photo. Place dimensional adhesive on the back of the word and add the papers/photo.

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Layer a small doily, tag, photo, and chipboard phrase on a white page and journal around the edge. Journal on the back with a heart die cut between paragraphs.

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Adhere four photos to the center of a 6x6” light kraft cardstock page and place “most favorite” puffy stickers in the center. Embellish the back with the other half of the large doily, a photo, tag, and chipboard flowers.

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Layer a frame die cut and a photo in the center and write journaling on the frame bottom. Add a plant chipboard sticker on the bottom right and a “live a colorful life” round die cut to the top left. On the back, adhere a photo at the top center and a “cherish the here & now” die cut at the bottom. Draw a border around the edge then journal around it.

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Trim paper #07 to 9 x 6, score 6” from the left side, then fold the right side over. Adhere a round “so happy” journaling spot to the center and journal on it.

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Inside, place a large doily in the crease then adhere four photos on top and embellish with die cuts and stickers. Journal in the center of the back.

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Trim patterned papers to 3” square, mat photos on top, then tuck them into the photo sleeves. Add a transparency “our happy place” to the bottom front photo.

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On a 6x6” white cardstock page, adhere a “favorites” journaling card to the left side and adhere three photos on the rest of the page. Journal on the card and journal on the back then embellish as desired.

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Trim paper #08 to 4 ½ x 6”. Adhere a photo to the middle then add a tag, “just be you” die cut, and a “selfie” and arrow chipboard sticker.

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Trim more papers to 6x6" and embellish with photos and die cuts and journaling.

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On a 6x6” white cardstock page, adhere a photo and lots of die cuts. Add a flower chipboard sticker to the center of the back and write “the end.” below. Connect all the pages together with binder rings. Binder rings are great because you can easily add more pages!

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I had so much fun teaching this mini album class!


  1. Love love love this! So gorgeous! Can't wait to see the Italy recap photos!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. This is amazing! I was wondering if you thought you might offer a fancy free kit to go with your online binding class? That would be amazing!!!

  3. Paige, I was one of the lucky girls that attended your class -btw, it is in Emilia Romagna, not Tuscany :)

    I was the shy girl who gave you butterfly earrings for your birthday. I am a big fan of you, you are my favorite, you already know that from my comments here.
    I really wanted to know you, I couldn't miss your class!
    It was really a pleasure to scrap with you, to see your works and to learn from you.
    Scrap2Days will be forever in my heart!
    thank you so, so much!!

  4. It has been a great fun joining your class at Scrap2days. Thanks Paige!

  5. I'm in love with all your projects....It was a great honour to meet you...
    I love your dress, as you remember!!

  6. Gorgeous! Hope one day to be lucky enough to take a class from you.


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