Mini Album: Making the Photos Fit
Welcome! Emily Lanham here today to share a mini album tutorial and also some tips on how to squeeze a ton of photos into a smaller sized album.
Recently, a friend asked me to create a mini album as a bridal gift for her best friend. She gave me close to 70 photos and wanted them all squeezed into a handmade 8×8 album. This was a challenge for sure, but I made it work!
To create this mini album itself, you will need some paper, and some MDF/Plyboard. I got mine from the hardware store for about $8 (for a very large sheet) and had it cut. This is great board for an album cover because it’s easy to cover and also very sturdy.
I punched several hearts out of patterned paper. I like to use Authentique brand paper because the texture is so nice and it doesn’t warp when you glue it down for a mixed media type project.
I simply layered the hearts until I covered the entire cover.
Once I finished the cover, I cut around the edges with a razor knife. Then I added some creative medium (or you can use Mod Podge) to the entire cover. It gives it a nice shimmer and a clear protective shield.
Next, I want to share a very clever way to fit all of the photos into this little album.
I cut and double-matted every photo on cardstock. Then I stapled some ribbons onto the top of each, this way, you can pull them out of the pockets in the album.
I created a double pocket on some of the pages in order to store all of the photos. To do this, you simply need to layer the paper base of the page.
You can also tuck photos to pull out in behind other photos. The ribbon acts as a pull tab and it’s also very decorative and gives a nice frilly feminine look.
This mini album is packed completely full, but I really enjoyed making it and also learned a new way to store all of those memories without having to leave out a single one.
Thanks for stopping by today!
Blog post by: Emily Lanham
May Arts Ribbon Used:
- 393 2.5″ Frayed Flowers
- 390 3/4″ Lace Trim
- 361 5/8″ Crochet Lace
- UK 1.5″ Silky Crush
- XY 1.5″ Satin
Partners in Craft Supplies Used:
- Authentique Paper– Uncommon Collection
Other Supplies Used:
- Imagine Crafts: Creative Medium
- Fiskars: Hear Punch, MDF Board