Exuma Mini Album by Missy Whidden

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Hey, friends! Missy Whidden here with a fun mini album featuring Paige’s new Truly Grateful. I used Paige’s Mini Album Tabbed Edges cut file as an album base and I used all five of Paige’s Stencils to add lots of texture. I just love how it turned out!
I went color crazy since I used lots of photos from a recent trip to Exuma, Bahamas. I wanted it to be thick and chunky with lots of texture and color, and this collection was perfect. This cut file was just what I needed and the tabbed edges make it so unique and interesting.

The main embellishment I used to decorate the album is flowers. I used quite a bit of those from the Floral Die Cuts. The first thing I did after cutting the album base on textured white cardstock was coat it with white gesso. I used modeling paste over different Stencils on each page and let it dry. I pulled out all the bright Shimmerz sprays and colored each page a different color. I fussy cut lots of flowers, butterflies, and leaves from the 6x8 Paper Pad to use also.

I added in a few more pages that I just traced and cut using more papers from the 6x8 Paper Pad. I adore this plaid paper. I decided to leave it as is because it’s just so beautiful on its own.

I wrote journaling on the back side of that paper and added a few Flowers. The next page has more Stencil work, photos, and Flowers.

I used the 12x12 Paper Pad to fussy cut “magical” for this page. I also decided to create a little shaker page. It was simple to do. I used packaging from stickers, cut it down, sewed the edges together, and then added sequins from the Mixed Embellishments. I love the detail and fun pop of texture this adds!

It flips just like a page since I punched holes in it. I like that you can see through it to the next page. I added pink Shimmerz to this page and machine stitched using blue thread. I used a big sun Epoxy Sticker here and added in yellow tangled thread.

This is my favorite page I think! I used white embroidery thread to stitch this heart found in the Ephemera Die Cuts - the holes are already there just waiting to be stitched! Once I stitched it, I used Shimmerz sprays to lightly color the thread. Then I used all the same colors of matching thread and created a big circle to go behind the heart to create a messy rainbow of texture. I focused on “sunshine” (from the Ephemera Die Cuts) on the second page using the Sunburst Rays Stencil, lots of yellows & oranges, and a butterfly from the Stickers. I also used yellow thread to stitch along all the rays.

More of the same for this spread: flowers, fussy cutting, stitching, and stickers.

The final pages center around all the animals we saw in the islands.  I used more fussy cut pieces, a sticker, and colorful Foam Mini Thickers from the Whimsical collection.

I sprayed the back with pink Shimmerz.

Here are a few detailed images. To add detail to the open heart, I wrapped embroidery thread around the outside edge. I also added yellow thread behind the sun.

I can’t get enough of this texture! I absolutely love Paige’s Stencils and the effects they create.

Have you ever made a sequin pocket like this? The stitching turned out a little messy, but I like it that way.

To get the rainbow colors on this originally white thread, I just lightly rubbed the nozzles of the ink sprays over it. I used my finger to smudge it in a little bit more. All the thread on the back side of it helped to pop it off the page a bit.

I love the detail that stitching adds!

Once I added the silver rings, I tied on matching ribbons from my stash. I also tied on a few of the Horizon Charms with embroidery thread. So cute!

I hope this inspires you to use the Truly Grateful collection for a bright and colorful mini album! I loved making this line work with summer photos. Be sure to check out my process video for all the details!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

SUPPLIES: Patterned paper, stickers, die cuts, embellishments, sequins: TRULY GRATEFUL; Charms: HORIZON; Thickers: WHIMSICALwhite cardstockwhite acrylic paintgessoinks; Die cut machine: Silhouette Cameo 3; Cut file: Mini Album Tabbed Edges by Paige Evans; Stencils by Paige Evans
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  1. This is gorgeous! LOVING the stitching and the colors!!!!!!

  2. Wowzer !! Missy this is beyond creative! Sooo may wonderful techniques and details. I especially love all the threads behind the gorgeous heart and the see-through sequins shaker. Made from packaging no less, what now?! That's brilliant :D Oh, and that you cut out 'MAGICAL' from the printed paper....I'm looking at that page with new eyes now :D All of it, INSPIRING! xK


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