Mini Album Monday | Embellishing

I finished! Today’s post is the second component to last week’s Mini Album Monday series. After sharing how I create the ‘bones’ to mini albums, now it’s time to move on to the really fun part of adding lots of photos and products to a step I like to call ’embellishing.’ Since I already decided the purpose/theme of this album, I had photos printed and trimmed. I also selected a color combination and a few products to include in the album. Each page has it’s own elements and techniques, which makes flipping through an album a fun surprise, not knowing what the next page will hold.

I started embellishing this album today after returning from a family wedding (out of town). This was the LAST wedding we had to photograph this year and I’m looking forward to the break! I love taking wedding photos, but it will be nice to have some down time for a few months before we get back started again. So, after watching some television, I headed to my craft space to work on the album. I took my time and watched more TV while I worked on each page. It took me about 4 hours to finish, so that’s not too bad, especially when you can get a couple loads of laundry done at the same time!

About to the album…A couple months ago, we photographed our friends, Debbie and Scott, along with my new “baby” friend, Aidan. Debbie and I met at our first job out of law school. We clerked for Baltimore City courts, planned weddings, and basically had a great time! That job was the best and we’ve been friends ever since. Aidan entered into their lives last year and they wanted some photos of him to celebrate his first birthday. We went to a local park and snapped away. Aidan is an absolute gem! He is the sweetest baby I know and LOVES to laugh! Thinking about him makes me giggle!

Anyway, here are some photos of the finished album. I’ll be gifting the album to Debbie and Scott! 🙂 If you are viewing this via e-mail or through an RSS feed, each photo will be displayed below; however, on my blog, you can view the photos in a gallery click-through slideshow.

Here are a few things I try to keep in mind when embellishing mini albums:

  • Don’t be afraid to combine multiple patterns.
  • Use those dies! Die cuts allow you to create your own custom embellishments.
  • Don’t be afraid of height! Layer, layer, layer!
  • Frame it! Create frames to highlight photos.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a great week!

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  • Saby - superbe mini album !! quel talent, je suis en admiration devant votre travail !!ReplyCancel

  • Susan Beauchaine - Beautiful album, Ashley. Aidan will LOVE having it to look through! You are a good friend and an inspiring artist!
    Thanks for sharing

  • Cristina - That is a gorgeous album! I just spent the last few minutes savoring every detail on every page. I keep seeing albums I love (mostly yours – haha!) that are inspiring me to try my own, so maybe one of these days…ReplyCancel

  • Danielle Flanders - Super cute! Love your mini!ReplyCancel

  • Treva - Really cute mini, love the embellishments!ReplyCancel

  • Faith - This is adorable – love it!ReplyCancel

  • DebraK - Love the color combo. It looks so clean and crisp. Not overdone, you let the pictures shine, but it is still so cute!

    Thanks for sharing it with us.ReplyCancel

  • Roxanne O'Brien - I just adore every project you make, especially this one!!!! I love mini albums…l.o.v.e. This is no exception. What a great thing to get from a friend 😉ReplyCancel

  • First Birthday Card » A New Design by Ashley Cannon Newell - […] I meant to share this card with you all the other day. It’s related to the Mini Album Monday post this week and was my original inspiration for the album’s design. I created the card first, […]ReplyCancel

  • PrinzessinN - What a great mini-album!!!ReplyCancel

  • Christine - I love your mini album. I really want to try making one. I just found your blog and I am so happy that I did.ReplyCancel

  • Jill Norwood - This is such a sweet and charming mini album! Love the details you put on each page! So sweet! I bet they loved receiving this – the photos are stunning!ReplyCancel

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