Pick-Me-Up Exploding Box Mini Album by Amber Mitchell

Monday, June 22, 2020

Hello crafty friends! Amber Mitchell here on Paige's blog today to share with you a fun, interactive mini album I created using the Exploding Box Mini Album with Pockets and Lid cut file and her older Pick-Me-Up collection (the digital version can be found HERE)!
Mini albums are, hands down, my favorite type of project to create. They're fun, personable, and a great way to store cherished memories and photos. And although all of that is great, they can sometimes be a hefty project to tackle. That's why I love using cut files to create the bases for them: it can take out a lot of the guesswork and make the process, as a whole, easier! The Exploding Box Mini Album with Pockets and Lid cut file is the perfect example for this.

 I started by first resizing the cut file to fit within the margins of an 8.5x11" piece of paper. I then cut each individual piece of the file one at a time and then assembled them to create the base of the mini. From there, it was all about decorating and embellishing!

I used the digital version of the Pick-Me-Up collection so the embellishing process started by resizing the digital die cuts to fit perfectly within my project. I then used my Cricut to print and cut these images and layered them, along with some of the Chipboard Stickers from Pick-Me-Up, throughout my project. I also opted to use some scalloped and pom-pom trim on some of the pages for added texture.

For the lid of the box, I wanted to create another interactive element. I used my Cricut to create a heart-shaped shaker. I used the sequins from the Mixed Embellishments pack from the Truly Grateful collection, along with some heart-shaped sequins from my stash, to fill the shaker. I also added some tiny, floral die cuts from Pick-Me-Up into the shaker as well for some extra flair. Then, I simply layered up some die cuts and added a hand painted wood veneer right on top of the lid.

One of my favorite things to add to any project I create are tassels and charms. As this project is a box, there wasn't really any space to punch a hole and hang some. Instead, I opted to create a longer chain using jump rings and then clipped that onto one of the die cuts on the lid using a mini clothespin. I was then able to add a small tassel and one of the Butterfly Charms from the Whimsical collection to finish off the project!

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

SUPPLIES: Patterned paper, stickers, die cuts, embellishments: PICK-ME-UP (Digital version: Pick-Me-Up); Die cut machine: Cricut; Cut file: Exploding Box Mini Album with Pockets and Lid by Paige Evans
Location: California, USA / Blog: Happy Crafty Studio / Instagram: @bambismail / YouTube: bambidearr / Pinterest: bambidearr


  1. Absolutely AMAZING! I loveeeeeeee this! Loving the way you added the pompoms to the lid!!! Fabulous!

  2. This is amazing 💕. I may have to try it!!!


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