Easy Travel Mini Album

Making mini albums can be a small-scale way to scrap events, trips, or memories that deserve a little extra attention. I recently completed a mini album about a trip I took to England last spring, and while working on it discovered five tips that I wanted to share today.

1. Keep it simple. I wanted a pretty album, but one that I could make quickly. So I covered a Maya Road 6×6″ Binder Book and with Studio Calico paper and Fab Rips.

2. Keep the cover flat. I wanted to add a title to my cover, but was worried that over time any dimensional elements I added would fall off or become damaged. The London circle trimmed from a sheet of patterned paper was the perfect solution.

3. Think beyond paper. To give the binding a finished looked, I covered it with several strips of adhesive-backed fabric. Since they have a little more give to them than paper, I didn’t have to worry about tearing. You can get a similar look by covering fabric with iron-on adhesive and adding it to the cover (as Maria did on her December Daily album).

4. Create a template for each page. The same basic design is used on all of the inside pages of the album. Cover the chipboard with a piece of patterned paper, then add a 1″ strip of another pattern along the side.

5. Hide the journaling. Since the design didn’t leave much room for journaling, I hid my journaling underneath the photos. This was easy to do—just score a line 1/2″ from the top of a piece of cardstock that is approximately the same size as your photo, fold, and adhere the photo to the 1/2″ fold. Adhere the cardstock piece to the album page, then write your journaling.

Here are the rest of the spreads in my album. As you can see, the overall design is the same from page to page.

What are your best tips for making mini albums?

SOURCES Album: Maya Road. Patterned paper: October Afternoon (brown, yellow), Studio Calico (green, words, airplanes, travel). Fabric stickers: Studio Calico. Punch: Crop-a-Dile by We R Memory Keepers. Pen: Faber-Castell. Design: Brittany Hopkins.

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  1. i love the colors and sizes of your pictures. your make the pictures so important and the papers did the rest. thanks for sharing. i am trying to decide on whether i can actually discipline myself to start and finish a december memory album that has really caught on this year. i am studying all the ideas out there, and your album is going to be a big help because of its simplicity and dramatic effect.