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!
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 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!
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