Heart Squash Mini Album by Elsie Robinson

Monday, June 15, 2020

Hey everyone, it’s Elsie Robinson here and today I’m sharing a mini album that I created using the Bloom Street collection with Paige’s Heart Squash Mini Album cut file. I love creating mini albums that look unassuming from the outside, but really pack a punch once you look inside them! This accordion album certainly does that, and I’m so pleased with the results.

I firstly started by cutting the base of the album from Paper 20 because it has such a subtle rainbow pattern. I then cut the heart cover pieces from Paper 04. However, instead of using them as the cover, I wanted to create something a little sturdier - keep reading!

So I traced around those hearts onto some chipboard which I then cut out. I used Paper 02 to wrap around the chipboard. The key to getting a smooth finish when covering the heart was to use lots of adhesive and cutting some small slits into the paper so I was able to easily mold it around the heart.

I used the hearts I cut from Paper 04 to decorate the inside of the cover. On the back cover piece, I sandwiched a long piece of ribbon between the chipboard and paper so I would have a way to close the album. I also added a Flower Charm and Tassel to the ribbon because they are the perfect embellishments to decorate mini albums with!

Paige has a video demonstrating how to put the album together, so I won’t bore you with a written explanation:

Once the album was put together, I cut all of the inside pieces and adhered them all onto the album in a rainbow order.

Next, it was the simple matter of embellishing! I used the tone-on-tone technique to embellish the album, which creates a really layered and colorful look.

I love mini albums with lots of interactivity, so I made sure that each square section of the album had an interactive element. On two of the squares I used Ephemera Die Cuts to create a hinge with space underneath to include photos/journaling.

On the yellow section, I attached a journaling spot from the Ephemera Die Cuts with a brad so you can spin the die cut around to reveal the embellishments underneath. And in the purple section I adhered down some of the Specialty Transparency Paper on three sides to create an opening which I could insert a tag into.

You can see all of the interactive elements of this mini album in the video flip-through below:

Thanks for joining me, and I hope you're inspired to create your own Heart Squash Mini Album using Bloom Street!

SUPPLIES: Patterned papers, patterned transparency, stickers, die cuts, washi tape, charm, tassel embellishments: BLOOM STREET; Die cut machine: Silhouette Cameo; Cut file: Heart Squash Mini Album by Paige Evans
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