Thursday, June 19, 2014

Shaped Mini!

Happy June Beautiful People!

June marks the end of the school year for my children. This year was bitter-sweet however. One of our favorite teachers decided to move to California. While I respect her decision, I was really sadden that she will not be my daughter's teacher next year.  Because she was so loved, I decided to make her a mini album to reflect different events throughout the school year.

As most of you know, I don't do mini albums often. Since she was teacher I wanted to do a shaped mini of something school related. I thought of an apple, but I decided to make the album shaped as a backpack instead. I constructed the outside using Make the Cut and the basic shapes. I used the shadow feature for the solid. The smaller outside pocket came from the gift bag file from the Silhouette store. Inside of the pocket we (the children and I) had a personal note of thanks and extra embellishments if she wanted to add them later.  I also added ribbon to replicate the straps of a backpack. The closure are Velcro and I added a few personal touches to the front and back. I also added faux stitching to make it look more realistic.

The inside was simply done by making cardstock into pockets. Once the main structure was completed, I added the pattern paper. I added some photos I had and left open spots for her to add her own. Also, I used photo corners so she could remove photos if she had different photos she wanted to use instead.

The tags were made from left over cardstock and pattern paper. One side is for more photos and the back was a journaling spot. The pulls were made from fussy cut shapes from the paper collection and mounted on cardstock which was punched out using a circle punch. I added faux stitching to match the outside of the mini.

I used cutouts from the paper collection, die cutting machine and embellishments I had in my stash to lightly embellish the inside. I didn't want to over embellish since the paper was somewhat busy.

That's it! I hope you enjoyed today's project! Until next time, Kenya~


  1. Kenya, what a wonderful idea and a very thoughtful gift. I never remember to fussy cut embellishments from pattern paper!

  2. Thank you Kelli and Treva!! @Treva, I make a lot of embellishments from the collection. Saves money :D



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