Vegas Mini Album by Missy Whidden

Friday, March 31, 2017

Are you ready to see Missy Whidden's first official mini album?! You know it's going to be amazing because, well, everything she makes is amazing! She combined all three of my Pink Paislee collections to create a beautiful book of art and memories. Take a look!
Hey, friends! Missy here with something a little different… a mini album! I was a little nervous when I found out this was my assignment, but once I found an idea it turned out to be lots of fun! I decided to do a small travel-themed mini album shaped like a little suitcase. I found the cut file in Silhouette and I die cut it from white cardstock then I used distress inks and spray inks to color it brown. I had eight small pages to work with, so I printed out several tiny pictures of me and my sister on our recent trip to Las Vegas. I treated each page like a mini scrapbook page and even did a little gesso and mixed media work on them! I used products from the Oh My HeartTake Me Away, and Fancy Free collections.
When the album is all folded up, it really does look like a tiny suitcase! I tied it together with some pink embroidery thread and added a few of the Charms for even more cuteness. For the cover I added a piece of white cardstock and then spray inked a little bit on it. I also added some Heidi Swapp gold Color Shine because everything is shiny in Vegas! I created my title using the Thickers from Oh My Heart. When you open it, it looks like an accordion. I love this style of album because I know it’s not going to fall apart when it’s opened. It was easy to embellish each page and I kept it pretty flat so it folds back up nicely without too much bulk.
It spreads out flat very easily as well. I like how I can see all the pages at once. It’s big enough to hold just enough of my photos but small enough that it’s short, sweet, and to the point.

For the first spread, I started with Paper 05 from Take Me Away. It has Nevada on it which was perfect! I used a photo of us on the plane. The “here we go” stickers are from the Oh My Heart Sticker Book. I added a foiled heart die cut from the Fancy Free Ephemera Die Cuts and stitched through it. I used Paper 04 from Fancy Free for my second background and then used the “weekend” square from Oh My Heart Paper 16 and a Fancy Free die cut. I loved mixing and matching the collections!
My next two pages have Fancy Free Paper 12 and a 6x6 Paper Pad piece. Again, I mixed and matched. The flower die cut is from the Take Me Away Ephemera Die Cuts, the dotted piece is from the Fancy Free Ephemera Die Cuts, and I fussy cut the clipboard from Oh My Heart Paper 16. I also tucked in an Oh My Heart Puffy Sticker under the photo.  For the next page, I used more of the Take Me Away Ephemera Die Cuts and Fancy Free 6x6 Paper Pad. The black “More Fun” circle was cut from Oh My Heart Paper 16, and the “selfie” sticker is from the Sticker Book.
I decided not to use a photo on the next page. Instead, I broke things up by using a cut apart 3x4 piece from Fancy Free Paper 01 as my background. I used one of the Fancy Free acetate Ephemera pieces and stitched it down. Page six has Take Me Away Paper 09 as the background and a fussy cut piece from Oh My Heart Paper 16 again. I got a lot of use from that one paper! I added some tangled thread for a pop of aqua.
For the next page, I used Take Me Away Paper 20 for my background. I kept it simple by just adding a fussy cut ticket from Oh My Heart Paper 16 and a “weekend trip” tag from the Take Me Away Ephemera Die Cuts. I used the back of Take Me Away Paper 05 for the background of the last page. I layered another cut out from Oh My Heart Paper 16, added some thread, and called it done. I did go back and do some machine stitching on each page and added a small bit of journaling!
Check out the process video for this mini album:

I hope this inspires you to get out of your comfort zones and try something new! Although I was nervous to start something that wasn’t a layout, I really enjoyed the process once I got started. It’s fun to go in a different direction once in awhile!
 SUPPLIES: OH MY HEARTPaper 01Paper 09Paper 16CharmsSticker BookThickersTAKE ME AWAYPaper 05Paper 20Ephemera Die CutsFANCY FREE: Paper 01, Paper 04, Paper 12, 6x6 Paper Pad, Ephemera Die Cuts
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I couldn't agree more with Missy when she says "it's fun to go in a different direction once in awhile"! 99% of the time I make 12x12 layouts. They're my favorite. So when I'm asked to make a pocket page or mini album or card I panic a little, but once I get started it's soooo much fun! Thanks for joining me and Missy today! Be back soon!


  1. Sooooooooo fun! LOVING the suitcase shape!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. So very cute! I have a couple questions. How did you print your tiny photos, and what adhesive did you use for this adorable mini album?


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