I love mini albums and make them regularly. They are the perfect format for just about any occasion. There’s just no end of what a mini can do. That’s why I like this format for a scrapbook mini album for a friend’s new baby.
Here’s how I approach making a mini album.
A lot of times, a scrapbook mini album evolves from paper in my scrap bin. I personally like my mini albums to include different sized papers. I cut them in a shape, add decorative edges an include ribbons or washi tapes. Many times I sew in envelopes or add pockets where special notes or memorabilia can be stored. The more dimension and variation the better.
When I make a scrapbook mini album to give as a gift, I create structure of the album. It is sewn together and ready for the recipient to add their photos, stories and special elements. This baby mini album is an example of that, with plenty of places to write, add photos and tuck away memorabilia.
I must admit, I am not very traditional when it comes to how I design my projects, particularly ones with a theme. The paper I use, the colors I pick and the embellishments I apply are based on color palettes I like, paper designs with layers of color or pattern, and dimensional elements that add whimsy and personality. I’m not drawn to paper or supplies with baby animals or school buses, for example.
This project blends turquoise and pink (the colors my friend was using in her nursery) with the natural beauty of Kraft. They complement each other so well. The bright, happy Pink Paislee Spring Jubilee collection and its feminine styling spoke to me. Other scrapbook supplies from my stash include Basic Grey Paper Cottage, and My Minds Eye Indie Chic. Corrugated paper and Kraft envelopes are from Michael’s Crafts by Recollections.
This mini album has a variety of treatments to surround the parents photos, notes and mementos. It also has pockets, flaps that flip-up, hand-stitched titles, sewn-in envelopes, feminine motifs and ribbons. It is still girly and fun and has its own personality. Using a variety of design elements including nature, butterflies, music, flowers, patterns, polka dots, birds, lace and textures really enhances its look. There’s also a pocket for Mom and Dad to write a note to their baby to be read later in life. And, an envelope with a journal card to share the story of the day she was born.
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