Summer Memories: Shine On Mini Album

Hello there, AC fans! It’s Meghann Andrew here, and since summer is almost officially over, I thought it would be a good idea to gather together my favorite summer memories from this year. I was unsure as to how I would document them—on a layout, in a pocket page—until I saw the brand new Shine On cards and envelopes pack, and had a brilliant idea. These lovely die-cut and foiled cards are perfect for sending notes to friends and loved ones, but they can also create the perfect mini album cover!


The camera die-cut card was the perfect choice for my summer memories album, and I chose four patterned papers from Shine On to fill the inside of the album. After cutting them down to fit the album, at 10” x 3.25”, I scored each one at 5” before placing the folded papers inside the camera card and punching two holes on the spine using my Crop-a-Dile. A simple piece of white baker’s twine threaded through the holes served as the binding, and I attached a fun tassel from the Sunshine and Good Times collection to this twine for a little more fun.


All of my photos were printed at 3” square with a white border, and to them I added the Shine On collection embellishments to keep my process simple and easy. Using the journaling tags in the ephemera die-cut shapes pack, I added notes about the memories to each page. I love the bright and bold patterns on the patterned paper that contrast with the black and kraft tags!


To my pages, I added small amounts of embellishment: die-cut shapes, stickers, washi tape and small puffy heart stickers—all without much dimension so that the mini album would stay thin.


The fantastic Shine On cardstock sticker sheet provided the awesome alphas to help me spell out “Mexico” on this spread, all about our relaxing family vacation. I also love how the arrow journaling sticker pointed to my favorite family photo from the trip.


The final page in my album included my favorite family photo from our summer family memories, taken on a hike in England. The cute “I love today” square was cut from a patterned paper in the Shine On 6” x 6” paper pad, and it was the perfect size to use for embellishment in this small album. I also added the gold foil “enjoy this moment” sticker from the Shine On sticker book, right on the negative space in my photo. A line of the heart washi tape finished off this page, and the “love” decorative clip closed off my album, which captures the best of our summer.


I hope you’ll grab a pack of the Shine On cards and envelopes, and start planning your next easy and cute mini album today! Thanks so much for stopping by the blog and enjoy the remaining days of your summer!



Supplies | Shine On collection: More of This paper (348235), Three Sides paper (348224), Flourish paper (348226), Even Out paper (348229), Sprinkled paper (348240), The Good Life paper (348221), 6” x 6” paper pad (348247), cardstock stickers (248253), ephemera die-cut shapes (348250), sticker book (348254), puffy heart stickers (348255), washi tape (348251), decorative clips (348258), cards and envelopes pack (348262). Sunshine and Good Times collection: Tassels (345711).