Summer Days | A Mini Scrapbook Album

How often do you jump on mini scrapbook album band wagon? Do you like to work on scrapbooks of all sizes or do you prefer scrapbook layouts?

I tend to go through phases where I’m all about the scrapbook pages for months and months and then I’ll shift and spend a lot of time working on mini albums. Well, that is, if I have a reason for a mini-album. I love to make them for vacations and trips and family reunions and trips to Disney. But leave everyday life to scrapbook pages.

One of the things I love about a mini album, though, is that it has a specific start and a definite end. It feels awesome to have a finished project in my hands. Like this one!

A fun summer mini album share, with prearranged pages; just add photos and memories through the summer and have a completed album at the end of the season.


Album Inspiration: Summer Days Collection by Echo Park

When I saw this super cute Summer Days collection from Echo Park, I knew I wanted to create a mini album with it. It’s rare for the product to lead my creative process, but it seems to works for mini albums. One collection keeps the entire project cohesive and it takes less time to gather supplies. This was such a fun collection to work with!

The Details

The binding for this album was based on a tutorial from Heidi Swapp (as seen here on UStream). The front cover is a sheet of Bazzill Plastic Paper, a thin acrylic sheet. I was able to score cut lines with my paper trimmer then I used a craft knife with a metal edge ruler to trim the sheet. The back page is piece of chipboard covered with pattern paper.

Before I adhered the pages together, I took another tip from Heidi and added some tabs to my shorter pages. They just add a fun element and I’ll probably add dates to them as I fill the album with photos. I stuck with a very simple design and will add additional embellishments as I add photos.

I cut apart the journaling cards that come in the collection and used them to create journaling spots and photo mats with cardstock. Some of them fold up, some of them fold out and some of them are tri-fold cards.

These journaling cards/photo mats give me plenty of room for journaling and additional photos. Each of the longer pages will hold a 4×6 photo. I will probably use that spot for my main photo and use the photo mats for supporting photos. I can always use one of the photo mats for additional journaling if needed.

I added a punched border strip along the bottom of each page to create a small pocket to tuck the journaling cards into. It will also provide a place to add some small ephemera like movie tickets that are collected throughout the summer.

A Few Notes

My plan for this album is to fill it with photos as summer progresses. It feels good to have a completed project, ready to be filled with photos and journaling. My big plans for this summer are to sell a house, move back to Florida and start a new job. Not the most exciting summery plans. So in addition to the moments I’ll capture along the way, I’m planning to add some photos from past summers (like the spread below).

There’s no rule that says all the photos have to come from the current year, even if there is a date is on the cover. If you ever need filler photos in a project like this, add in a few older ones that fit the theme! For me, this album is more about the theme and not as much about when things happened.

A Completed Spread

Because I’ll be adding photos as the summer progresses, the book isn’t complete. But I did finish one spread:

I’ll keep the sticker sheet and alphabet from the collection in a plastic bin along with a few other embellishments. As I add photos, I’ll add titles and additional embellishments to the pages. I also wrote the dimensions of the photo mats on the back of each one so that I would know what sizes to print the smaller photos.

If you have a super busy summer planned, think about setting aside a little time right now to complete a mini album to fill with all of your summer memories!

Thanks for stopping by.


    • Thank you! 🙂

  1. Your mini is fab. Thanks for the tutorial. I am certainly giving this one a shot.

    • You’re welcome!

  2. This turned out adorable! I love the little journaling spots!

    • thanks – I love interactive elements. So hard to really appreciate on larger layout, but easy in minis! 🙂

  3. That collection does make a fantastic mini album! Bet it feels great to know you only need photos and journaling now.

    • Yes, exactly! It’s the best way to start out the summer. 🙂

  4. Love the colors of this book! Such fun to look at!

    • Thanks Tracy. It’s a super collection. The colors drew me right in. 🙂

  5. What a fun mini!! Love the way it turned out!

    • Thanks!

  6. This is adorable Tammy; I am sure you will have tons of fun filling it up!

    • Fun, yes. Great summery activities? Not so much but I couldn’t help myself with this collection. I loved it and had to have it. I will just make do with whatever happens. 🙂

  7. This is so cute! I love mini albums but have such a hard time creating them without pictures. Yours looks perfect.

    • I always had trouble with them until I made a few and messed up a few. I learned from the mistakes and now I have more confidence doing it. I just hope I’ll have enough adventures to fill it up! 🙂

  8. Ok I am going to have to copy this one from you!!! Too CUTE!!
    I am also going to go check out the binding!! I love making new books 🙂

    • Go right ahead! The binding is simple, but you really have to pay attention to the scoring and double check before you score. I messed up one sheet, at the end and didn’t have an extra sheet to fill in so I just left it. I am sooooo happy with how this turned out. 😀

  9. What a fun mini album.
    Those colours are so bright and cheerful.

  10. Really cute mini, I love all the interactive elements and how you’ve got multiple photos without it looking cluttered. I’ve really been impressed with Echo Park and have gotten several of their kits, they have a great look.



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