Summer Memories Week: Using Your Summer Scraps with Melissa Mann

Our final day of Summer Memories Week focuses on those scraps sitting around from your June and July kits! Whether you were able to break into your boxes or not, we think that design team member Melissa Mann’s mini album project that uses all of the beautiful colors and products from both releases will inspire you to mix and match your kits to create something wonderful! Let’s take a look:

Hello! This is Melissa on the blog with you today and I’m sharing another mini book I put together using the leftover pieces from my June and July kits! It never fails to amaze me how seamlessly Elle’s products from one month can be used with another month’s goodies!

Supplies | July 2020 Kit, June 2020 Kit, July 2020 Cut Files, Ice Cream Stickers, Summer Stickers, Chipboard Star Stickers, Summer Chipboard Stickers, Navy Dipped Puffy Alphabet Stickers, Hello Wood Veneer, Summer Wood Veneers, Acrylic Bicycles, Summer Fun 6 x 8.5 Inch Paper Stack

I was cleaning out some supplies in my craft room and found old chipboard pieces that were a rectangular shape at about 7 inches in length. I stuck them to the side with the intent to create a mini album. While I was figuring out how I wanted to use up the leftovers from my last two months of kits, I spied those chipboard pieces and decided to cut them down to a square shape to create a new mini album!

I knew that I wanted to utilize that great Hello Wood Veneer from the July add-ons, but I wanted to enhance it. I decided to cover the wood veneer in Versamark ink and used a bright green embossing powder to emboss the veneer. It worked beautifully, and I loved the end result! I used this, along with the Navy Dipped Puffy Alphabet Stickers to create my title. Elle always includes a great cover sheet for her paper stacks that has a thumbnail image of each piece of paper; I used the cover sheet from the Summer Fun Paper Stack and cut out the image of the papers and used that to cover the front of my album!

I backed each page with various pattern papers from the Summer Fun Paper Stack. I love the variation in colors and patterns when I look at the album!

I always decide on these three major components first: size, theme, and what sized photos I will use. I find it much easier to choose my photos and edit the sizes to all be the same in Photoshop. Then it is simply a process of covering the pages in paper or cardstock and embellishing simply with coordinating add-ons!

Mini albums don’t have to be an overwhelming project! I love to create these to use up a bunch of little pieces of things that are leftover from a project.

Simple layers are the key to my mini albums—layering paper, tags from the monthly kits, my photos, die cuts, labels and stickers with a wood veneer or chipboard sticker keep each page interesting and different than the last!

I hope you’ve been inspired to use your June and July scraps to put together a fun mini album this weekend! It’s a great way to use up your stash, and you’re sure to have fun while creating! Thanks for stopping by!

Thanks for joining us for Summer Memories Week! We hope you’ve been inspired to record those warm-weather memories with us! Share what you’ve created on Instagram using the hashtag #EllesStudio, or in our Elle’s Studio Facebook Group, where you’ll find other ES fans hanging out!

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