Go the Scenic Route Mini Album by Amber Mitchell

Monday, November 2, 2020

   Hello crafty friends! Amber Mitchell here on Paige's blog today to share with you this fun, extra chunky, travel journal I created using Go the Scenic Route and a handful of Paige's cut files.

I created the base of this travel journal by following Paige's "Saddle Stitch Mini Album Tutorial". I'm still new to the world of bookbinding and was pleasantly surprised at how simple it was to string this base together. I also love how many pages and interactive elements it has. This made the journal fun to embellish and even more fun to flip through!

Once the base was stitched together, it was time to embellish. Before I dug into all of the wonderful, colorful bits from Go the Scenic Route, I picked out a few of Paige's cut files to use as statement pieces.

For the cover, I used the Flower Half cut file and backed it with a simple, yellow polka dot paper from the 6x8 Paper Pad. I love how the yellow pops against the colorful, floral background of Paper 18. Another fun decoration I added to the cover was Charms. Since this journal turned out super chunky, I decided to use elastic thread to keep it closed. Before tying the thread off, I added several charms from my stash.

On the inside front and back covers, I added an envelope pocket using the Envelope cut file. These pockets double as both embellishments and storage, which is the best of both worlds!

For the title page, I used the Love This cut file and backed it using alternating patterned papers. I also popped it up on some foam mounting tape to add dimension to help it stand out more.

As I'm still new to backing cut files, I decided to take a different approach with the next one. I used the Stars Background cut file and instead of backing each individual star, I just recut them from Paper 21. I then adhered the outline down to the page itself and popped the stars up on foam tape before adhering them down like puzzle pieces on top of each star outline. This turned out to be a great trick for adding texture and dimension and I love the look of it.

The next cut file I used was the Pie Chart Heart. I cut this using a light blue cardstock and then backed it using Paper 16. This cut file was used more as a smaller, layered embellishment and I love the simplistic look of it.

The last cut file I used for this journal is my favorite! I created a shaker using the GeoTag Heart cut file. Shakers are a great way to add another, fun interactive element to projects. And this cut file was just perfect for the travel theme of this journal!

Once all of the cut files were backed and adhered to the base, it was just a matter of decorating each one to make them stand out further. I used bits from all of the embellishments from Go the Scenic Route. The Floral Die CutsEphemera Die Cuts, and Cardstock Stickers made a great foundation, while the Foam ThickersPuffy Phrase Thickers, and Chipboard Stickers were a great way to add texture and dimension. For some added flair, I used clips from my stash as well as a couple from the Flag Paperclips.

This journal is now ready for all types of travel memories and I can't wait to fill it with some! I'll see you next time with another fun project! Take care and happy crafting!

SUPPLIES: Patterned papers, stickers, Thickers, die cuts, charms, embellishments: GO THE SCENIC ROUTE; Die cut machine: Cricut; Cut files: Flower HalfEnvelopeLove ThisPie Chart HeartStars Background, and GeoTag Heart by Paige Evans
Location: California, USA / Blog: Happy Crafty Studio / Instagram: @bambidearr / YouTube: bambidearr / Pinterest: bambidearr


  1. Love love love love this! Loving the colors and the charms!!!!!

  2. I love making mini albums! I will definitely be using this as creative inspiration in the near future!


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