Summer Days | Completed Mini Album

As summer is winding down and this is the last day of August, it’s the perfect time to show my completed Summer Days mini album. I created this book back in June and spent the last few months capturing memories to fill it up.

Supplies: Echo Park Summer Days Collection Pack, Cardstock – asst Core’dinations, DCWV and Bazzill colors.  Embellishments – Recollections felt flowers, Fruit Punch Stickles. Tools – EK Success Dotted Lace and Flourish Square punch, Martha StewartLayered Arches punch, Fiskars Apron Lace punch, Quickutz tab flower and tab sun dies (discontinued), Other – Bazzill Plastic Paper(cover), BIC Mark-It Color Collection Ultra Fine.

I am really happy with how this book turned out. It was great to have a completed album ready and waiting for me when I printed off photos here and there throughout the summer.

This album wasn’t as much about documenting the summer of 2011 as it was about the idea of summer itself. Not all of the photos are from this year. I set this album up in themed groupings, by things we love to do, summer treats (ice cream!) we love to eat, special vacation places, spending time with family, etc…

Some of these photos have been used in scrapbook pages, but most have not. I think mini albums are the perfect place to showcase the photos you want to remember but may not have a deeper story on their own. There’s not a lot of journaling in this album about particular photos. But when these photos are displayed together in a smaller album like this, they tend to tell their own story.

I wanted this album to hold a lot of photos. Just just about every page has a pull out card like this, to hold additional photos.

I really like this concept of creating something when you have the time and then filling it up when regular scrapbooking time is at a minimum. Maybe you’ll have time to scrapbook some of these summer photos on their own pages in more detail. Maybe you won’t. Either way, there’s no guilt because the memories are captured.

I think this concept could be applied to a variety of different themes: December Daily, new baby on the way, first week of the new school year, Halloween escapades, gratitude book for Thanksgiving, intentions for 2012. I really got on a mini album kick this summer and I can see myself creating more. I think it will help simplify my process as I have a feeling the upcoming months are going to be really busy!

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I hope you are having a great week!

19 Comments

  1. Love the pull out photo card idea, Tammy!!
    Such a bright and cheery mini 🙂

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  2. So cute! Love mini albums.

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  3. Love your finished product Tammy! The little pull outs are my favorite!! Such a great idea to make something like this ahead of time and fill it up later!

    Great tip on the stickers too. I was so focused on the coloring, I never even thought of sanding! Might have to re-try plan A 🙂

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  4. LOVE this! 🙂

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  5. Love this mini! Great colors and great pages/techniques!!
    It’s such a nice feeling to get a project done 🙂

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  6. Love, love, love your colorful mini album — it’s so bright and happy! I especially love that last photo of your sons with their arms around each other. So sweet!

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  7. love all the extra pull out’s of photos… great idea. the mini album is adorable. thanks for sharing.

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  8. What a gorgeous mini!! Love how you filled it with pics!!

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  9. The album turned out great!!!
    Your album made me think about making a book for each season 🙂

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  10. I love this-I have eleven billionity pictures of my kids playing sports and this makes me want to do a sports themed mini.
    I love the bright papers and embellies-too cute!

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  11. this is sooooo outstanding! i love everything you did! wow

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  12. Your summer mini album is adorable! I love how you made this album. What pretty colors used. The punches used look awesome. Can I ask what kind of album you used?

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  13. Your album is so cute and colorful! The pull out pages are great.

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  14. I love this! I especially like how the pictures come out of the album and reveal more pictures. I’ll file away that technique to use for later 🙂

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  15. Your album is so very happy and fun. It turned out beautifully!

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  16. That looks like a very fun mini album – great job!

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  17. What an awesome mini album. Such special memories packed in that little book.
    Great idea to have it ready for pictures, wish I could plan that far ahead, lol.

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