Franklin Favorites | A Mini Album

A couple of weeks I ago — while I was gathering items for the garage sale and thinking about this place I’ve lived in for four years — an idea for a mini album hit me: my favorite places around Franklin. Since I’ll be moving back to Florida soon, I wanted to take this opportunity to highlight some of the things that I’ve grown to love here in Tennessee.

First thoughts were that I’d spend a day going around town taking photos and gathering the best of the best places that I love. And then I realized that 1). There was no time to do that and 2). I’m too impatient to wait that long!

My tip for the day is: when inspiration strikes, you need to go with it!

Here is what I came up with:

Supplies: Album – Maya Road tag album. Pattern Paper – DCWV Songbird stack from Michael’s. Embellishments – AC Bones Thickers, My Little Shoebox brownie letters, Petaloo Flora Doodles in various colors, various ribbon. Tools – Ranger Walnut Stain distress ink and EK Success journal plate punch.

Because I didn’t have a lot of time to devote to the project, I chose a very small tag album. I find that when I use a really small canvas like this or a 6×6 page, there isn’t a whole lot you can do with it. Once the photo and journaling are put down, there is only so much space left over for embellishing so it doesn’t take a lot of time to complete. And we all know how good it feels to complete a project!

I simply went through all of the photos I’ve taken over the last four years and found a handful that fit my needs. While there are a host of other places I love and would like to highlight, I chose these because I already had the photos. This is another thing that really helps me stay productive when I’m short on time – using photos I had on hand.

For the journaling, I chose a simple punch and wrote the words as small as I could. I tend to be wordy, but I tried to make the journaling short and sweet because there just isn’t room for detailed descriptions here.

As I was creating this album, it made me start thinking about all the things I won’t miss about living in Tennessee. It’s another side of the coin….perhaps not the most positive side, but for me, another way to help express what I’m feeling about this big change. Another way to help me deal with it. A new layout idea has already sparked!

The back page is unfinished at the moment. I am leaving it blank right now because I’ll use it to record the dates – the day I arrived here and the day that I left. I don’t know the latter date yet, so I will add that finishing touch when the time comes.

I’m still thinking that before I leave for good, I might have a day to go around town and take other photos and I could create a companion scrapbook page. There’s no rule that says you can’t have both mini albums and pages in your scrapbooks with the same idea!

Thanks for stopping by today!

30 Comments

  1. Cute mini-album Tammy – and what a great idea to record those places you’ve enjoyed. I like the small size, too, for getting a project done while inspiration is fresh.

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    • Exactly! Sometimes the small size can be constricting, but when you don’t have time to get fussy, it’s perfect! 🙂

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  2. Beautiful mini book to record lovely memories. Thanks for sharing 🙂

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    • You’re welcome! 🙂

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  3. I’ve been seeing quite a few things lately that are making me think I have to take more everyday pictures. I tend to only get the camera out for big things. Seeing projects like this is making me carry the camera around more to try and capture these little things!

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    • I never got the camera out for every day either, until I did Project 365 in 2009. As a single, unattached, no children scrapbooker, I really had to get creative with the picture taking! There just isn’t much that changes from day to day so you really have to look at everything around you. I do much better now! 🙂

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  4. I can not believe you have been there for 4 years! WOW time flies!!
    I really like the mini book. I may need to copy it 🙂

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    • Well, the first two years (working you know where) were two of the worst in my life but the last two (jobless) years have been fantastic! LOL. 😀 It’s time to move on though……..

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      • Good things are to come!!!

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  5. Love your album and the concept! Great work on this.

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    • Thank you! Glad you liked it.

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  6. Just lovely! I love looking at mini albums. I’ve tried making them myself but for some reason I have such a hard time.

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    • Thanks! I have many, many that I started and never finished. One trick that works for me is to keep the topic focused and keep the album pages to a minimum. 😀

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  7. This turned out so cute! Love the idea and I like how you said when inspiration strikes, you need to go with it! This is so, so true! I think that’s when our creativity is at its highest! I’m super excited for you to get your Papertrey order! I just know you’ll love their products! I have a HUGE wish list, and it gets bigger every month with each release they have 🙂 I order when I can and am grateful for the bits and pieces I have been able to collect! Can’t wait to see what you create Tammy!!!

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    • Thank you! As soon as I get a chance to play, I’ll be posting something! 🙂

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  8. I love your album….the colors are great….and I agree….the smaller size can be great for quick projects!! Thanks for sharing!!

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    • You’re welcome. Thanks for stopping by!

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  9. Love the idea for you mini.
    The colours are so bright and cheerful.
    I have to learn to go with the flow and go with it when the inspiration hits.
    I seem to wait to long and either forget or loose the spark for the project.

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    • Thanks! We can’t always drop everything we are doing, but sometimes, it’s worth it to create that cool project!

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  10. love your minibook!

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    • Thanks!

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  11. saw your comment on the Shimelle class post about followers and I liked what you said~so new follower ~ would love for you to stop my blog

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    • Thanks for stopping by Connie! Off to check yours out. 🙂

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  12. I really like what you have created here Tammy! So cute and such a perfect, inspirational mini album!

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  13. Love your mini! I need to visit Franklin; I live in Signal Mtn. (Chattanooga) TN.
    Good luck with your move!

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  14. Great idea Tammy and it looks super! I’ve been thinking of doing something about where we live and this looks perfect. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

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  15. What a great mini! Love it!

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