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Mini Album: Making the Photos Fit

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!

Mini Album: Making the Photos Fit

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.

Mini Album: Making the Photos Fit

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.

Mini Album: Making the Photos Fit

I simply layered the hearts until I covered the entire cover.

Mini Album: Making the Photos Fit

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.

Mini Album: Making the Photos Fit

Next, I want to share a very clever way to fit all of the photos into this little album.

Mini Album: Making the Photos Fit

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.

Mini Album: Making the Photos Fit

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.

Mini Album: Making the Photos Fit

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.

Mini Album: Making the Photos Fit

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.

Mini Album: Making the Photos Fit

Thanks for stopping by today!

Blog post by: Emily Lanham

May Arts Ribbon Used:

May Arts Ribbon Frayed Flowers

May Arts Ribbon Faux Suede Leaves

May Arts Lace Trim

May Arts Ribbon Crochet Lace Trim

May Arts Silky Crush Ribbon

May Arts Satin Ribbon

Partners in Craft Supplies Used:

Other Supplies Used:

  • Imagine Crafts: Creative Medium
  • Fiskars: Hear Punch, MDF Board

  1. Charlotte Zweigoron

    The pocket with bunches of matted, beribboned photos is terrific!  I will be using this and very soon…  Thanks so much for sharing.

  2. Ava Gavloski

    wonderful work, very creative and i will add this to my bucket list, of course showcasing the best ribbon in the world is truly the best way to go…

  3. erin

    Wow, that's a lot of photos in one space, great job.

  4. Sue D

    Great job on this album.  I like the front covered in hearts.

  5. kathy/NorthCarolina

    This is stunning…and brilliant!  I love the way the stapled ribbons almost look like butterflies.  Thanks for the tip on the MDF ply board, too.

  6. Charlene

    Great idea for the cover, Emily and sooooo pretty!

  7. Angel Chambers

    Very sweet mini album!!!! Totally love how the hearts were used! Awesome!

  8. Aunt Dee

    Adorable mini. Love how you were able to get so many pictures in the album.


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