Ah the mini album! After a long hard winter, I thought I’d make a mini that celebrated spring in all its glory! I am not the world's best photographer so I went on a search for Creative Commons images to use in my mini-album.
Then I gathered some supplies. I started with these templates from Valorie Wibbens. They are 8.5x11, but that quickly translates to 4.25x5.5 when resized. I figured for the following pages, I’d use a similar pack from Val to get a cohesive look.
For supplies, I decided to pick a really large collection that had a spring vibe. When I scrap I like lots of choices, but I don’t like to have to go digging through my stash to find things, by choosing a collection I knew I’d get lots of choices without the work!
I chose the Memory Pockets Monthly over at the Lilypad. I love the spring color palette and knew I'd get a great choice of elements and papers.
Then I selected a whole bunch of the add-ons to the main kit. Lots of choices! Here are just a few of the kits I used. Aren't they lovely?
My cover page came together easily. I used a large print as the base for my title. The small simple photo stood up well to the busy print. A little washi tape and a button and the page was complete.
I love the paper shapes on this next page that let me mix up patterns. The journaling on the photo is fun. The thread is carried from one page to the next as a design element. It adds a lot of continuity and cohesiveness to the album. Repetition is a great design tool when creating a mini album to bring the pages together.
I love the wonky shapes on these templates. This next page really let me play with pattern! I also used my new favorite technique - using styles! For the title here, I took some word art from the kit and applied Mommyish's Essential Styles chipboard style to it. I love how it gives a little dimension to the page.
For my last page, I really wanted to use the tree with the buds on it for my photo. I kept the elements simple here so the large sketched tree would be a central design element.
Signs of Spring Mini-Album 4.25 x 5.5 | materials: kits(Memory Pockets Monthly by the Lilypad, Metamorphosis by Amber LaBau, Hello Pretty & Topography no. 28 by Valorie Wibbens, Growth papers & alphabet by Allison Pennington, Arboretum: Grow by Sara Gleason) + fonts (Manhattan Darling, Underwood Champion)
When I make a mini album, I usually design the cover first. Here's what I did:
I selected the Simple Stories brick paper to cover the cupboard I used to house the album, seeing as how the brick made me think city.
And here is the inside:
I decorated the inside cover because the gold "I" showed up. Plus, I love that suitcase.
My husband took a TON of photos on his first trip. Here are a few pages I made of his photos:
Right about here I decided to make this a co-project with my husband. I started the journaling, then decided he would help. I picture sitting next to him while he watched the Mariners asking him questions about the photos and penning it into the blank spots. It will be fun getting all the details from his trip recorded.
This was where I switched to his most recent trip in the mini album.
Thank you for checking out my mini album of my husband's enviable business travels! I hope this gives you ideas for scrapbooking someone else's journeys, and I hope you were inspired by Gossamer Blue's April kit to check it out.
Hi! It's Valerie here with you today. I got to play with the fabulous April kit from Gossamer Blue to create a cute little mini album to share with all of you.
This is my first Gossamer Blue kit, and I totally loved it. The embellishments were my favorite and so perfect for creating this 4 x 5 inch album about my current pregnancy.
For my birthday this year I gifted myself an Instax Share printer. Previously, I was using an Instax mini camera. Although it was super cute and fun, I decided I'd rather take photos with my phone and then pick or choose what I'd like in Instax form. I can turn ANY photo into an Instax photo! This is so great for me because these photos are perfectly imperfect so it requires minimal to no photo editing on my part.
I love adding envelopes into my mini albums. I usually use them to hold letters or extra photos. I used my Silhouette Cameo and a cut file from their store.
Everything coordinates beautifully which is an advantage to using a kit when creating a mini album. Everything is right there on your workspace for you. The only thing extra I grabbed from my personal stash was a set of mini alpha stamps.
Less than two months left until we get to meet this baby girl! I chose to use binder rings so I can continue to add to it. What a fun little keepsake that I hope she'll love to flip through in the future.