One of my friends had a birthday last week, and I wanted to make her a mini album for pictures of her grandson. She gets most of her pictures through texts or Snapchat – and those are so vulnerable, so I wanted her to have a little something that was more permanent and that she could add some journaling to.
I thought about doing something cut with the Cricut, but then I found this fun idea through a Google search. It’s so easy and it uses just a single sheet of 12 x 12 paper, plus scraps & snippets to decorate – and comes out as a 4 x 3 album with 4 double layouts. I won’t re-create the directions because Lowri McNabb did an awesome job with them on her Paper Vine blog – check out her fun projects! But I’ll show you what I did and give you some of the tips I saw in making it.
Although I was originally thinking this would be a Grandma Brag Book – I really left it open so my friend could put in pictures of whatever makes her happy. I used a combination of Close To My Heart papers (including this month’s featured paper – Some Kinda Wonderful) and some Simple Stories things I had in my stash – the colors really complemented the Some Kinda Wonderful.
Tips & Ideas –
1) I was originally going to use cardstock for the base – but I decided on a piece of patterned paper instead I chose a piece from the Charlotte line that has a neutral toned pattern. This was a good option so that if you’re using white core cardstock – it won’t show through.
2) Crease the folds – but not hard. Then as you’re gluing the pages together, finalize your creases so that the edges line up.
3) I chose to have a background piece as a photo mat on one side of the double page – and then added journaling/title pieces on the other sides.
4) Pocket scrapbook cards work great either for journaling or for a photo mat.
5) Use glue dots to adhere an embellishment but still allow a photo to be slipped behind it.
6) I added little tags & tabs to the edges to create more dimension. I thought about covering these with the cover sheet so they wouldn’t get bent, but in the end, decided to line the cover up with the actual edges and let the pieces stick out.
7) It’s a lot easier to create pages when you know what pictures will be going with them! I tried to keep things generic, and hope my friend will find some fun pictures to use.
8) I thought about trying to get pictures & surprise her with a completed album, but decided to give her the blank album and let her send me the pictures she wants in it. Then I’ll print & add them.
There you go – a fun, easy and CUTE mini album that’s great for gifting or using up your snippets!