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Scrapbooking Summer

So fun to have these photos of my friends granddaughter to put in a mini album to celebrate summer. I picked up this fun beach-theme paper by Carta Bella called Beach Day and I couldn't wait to use it.  It coordinates so well with our "Summer Lovin'" scrapbook card collection. Mini albums like this are fun and a wonderful way to capture memories for the future. Fleeting moments from each day are often forgotten, but when we capture simple living, cute smiles and everyday activities, they become as cherished as the big moments.

Summer Mini Scrapbook Album

Summer Mini Scrapbook Album

Summer-themed Mini Scrapbook Album

I love this photo of June - such a character!

I created the album with spots for my friend or June's parents to add their thoughts and stories to complete the scrapbook. Simple reflections from her Grandmother, Mom or Dad will mean so much to her some day.

Summer Scrapbook Album

Summer themed scrapbook album

Scrapbooking Summer

I incorporated the cards on the layouts and even cut some of them up and used pieces as embellishments. I think what I like most about making these little albums is that they become little works of art that decorate words. I think preserving handwriting of those we love is another important thing.

Summer Scrapbook

Scrapbook Mini Album for Summer

One of my favorite elements in this album is the sand and shell pocket I added to a tag that I sewed with embroidery thread. I used the We R Memory Keepers Fuse tool for the first time to create the pocket (...and I stuffed it a little too much but it worked). It's a surprise when you turn the page and see the beach!

Clear Shaker Embellishment

Hope you enjoyed this little book and it inspires you to capture your summer activities in an album, too!

 

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New in the Shop: Hashtag Collection

Hashtags are a part of life these days thanks to social media. New in the Make Today Creative store are these fun, family hashtag-themed digital scrapbooking cards to spice up page layouts, mini albums and craft projects. The Hashtag collection is the perfect set to have on hand to document everyday life events.

The digital collection includes 14 cards that fit pocket scrapbooking systems like Project Life and others. You also get some strip, circle and tag embellishments. The collection comes with individual jpg files for digital scrapbookers as well as a PDF to print on card stock that maximizes paper.

Find this collection in the Make Today Creative store. Be sure to check out our other collections, too!

Hashtag Themed Digital Printable

 

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Making A Stitched Mini Scrapbook Album

A popular way to put together mini albums is using rings. But if you want an album that is more book like, try a hand-sewn method. Today I'm sharing my easy peasy process for making the base of a stitched mini scrapbook album. You can sit down with an idea and be off and running on creating something memorable in less than an hour, like this baby album I created this past week. Trust me, anyone on any skill level can do it.

Scrapbook Mini Album

I begin by choosing the family of papers I want to use, comparing how the colors and patterns look side by side to each other. Making a book demands two-sided paper, and I think planning out how they coordinate and layer in the book is critical to a nice looking album. Mixing patterns and solids is a good idea, too, because it doesn't get too visually busy.

Mini Album Tutorial

Cut the papers to different widths and heights to create an interesting presentation on the inside. (However, if you prefer them to all be the same size, just make the interior pages 1/8" narrower so they sit inside the cover paper). Add envelopes, half sheets or vellum, because it really adds to the texture and beauty of it, making it a truly one-of-a-kind album.

Here's an example of another  baby mini album I did where I added an envelope for memorabilia, ribbons on the edges of the pages and doilies.

Baby Mini Album Idea

Next, consider the half point and score the papers to get a nice fold. Layer the papers in order and clip them together. I use clothespins for this. Use a paper punch to make the holes in the spine and straight stitch with embroidery floss. Done!

Hand Stitched Mini Album Tutorial

It's a simple binding, and it holds up very well. I've used this process for making all kinds of stitched mini scrapbook albums including this one for a newly married couple. This base book is then filled with embellishments and areas for them to add photos and journaling. In minutes you (or the lucky individual you gift this to) has a beautiful memento to celebrate a vacation, wedding, new baby or everyday moment.

Mini Wedding Album

So, get your paper out and start making mini's!

See my travel mini albums or mini made out of an anthropologie catalog, too!

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