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Lovely Cute Touchy Feely Mini Album

My friend Lean, whose dog Misty looks very much like my dog Inde, has recently made a beautiful Mini Album of her dog and the place where she takes Misty for a walk.

Cool Place, Cute Mini Album by Lean

You must go take a look at it, I just want to reach out and touch it!  Lots of lovely layering and lace, ribbons, bling, flowers, cool colours… wonderful stuff and it inspires me to kick my butt into ‘making’ some time for my scrapbooking!

Thanks for Sharing Lean!

Word Mini Album Tutorial

Word Mini Album by LouMy fellow scrapper and “Teammie” on UK Scrappers, Lou, has recently made a Word Mini Album and shared how she made it on her blog.  So I thought I would let you know where to find her blog post, so that you can try to make one too.    (Lou’s Blog Post here) 

Word Mini Album by SundayL

I made a Word Album a while ago as a gift for the parents of a newborn (Blog post here).  My letters were made of chipboard and I covered them with patterned paper which I downloaded for free, they were digital scrapbooking papers.  It looked nice in the end but was fiddly… I think Lou’s tutorial is easier! lol

ScrapBuddies Workshop – Mini Back-Pack Scrapbook Album

At a recent ScrapBuddies ‘get together’  I demonstrated how to make this little Back Pack Scrapbook Album and some of the group followed along to make their own.  It’s all of 3 inches wide, and is very cute.

I got the idea from HERE and you will also find the instructions as to how to make one for yourself… quite easy!

Mini Back-Pack Scrapbook Album by SundayL

How to Make a Round Pop-Up Mini Scrapbook Album Video Tutorial

Video Tutorial pop-up Mini Album by SundayLA Video Tutorial for you all.  How to make a Round Pop-Up Mini Album… I won’t write too much because the (just under) 10 minute video is self-explanatory and takes you step-by-step through the simple process of making a lovely mini album.

Thanks to all the people who have already commented on my You Tube Channel… it’s so nice to get feedback!

Pop-Up Round Mini Album Workshop

At the last ScrapBuddies Crop I taught a Workshop about How to Make a Pop-up Round Mini Album.

Here are some of the results from the group…

Pop Up Round Mini Albums Workshop

When I have taken a few more photos of my example, you will get a better feel for what it looks like closed and open, and what sort of thing you could use it for.

I would highly recommend these little ones (which were made from 6×6 inch paper) for keepsake presents, as an extra special greetings card or as a momento, from a Wedding for instance. 

Again, as will all mini albums… it’s a great place to use up the “also ran” pictures (ie by cutting out the small head and shoulders of people, or those “far off” portraits from larger photos.  There were loads of these from the 1970′s, when cameras’ focusing range was a bit dodgy… or was it just my family bought cheap cameras! lol)

Kids Scrapbooking Classes- Paper Bag Albums for Ages 9-11

I took two different classes at Honey’s school… the Juniors… the subject of the earlier post and the seniors, here are their finished Paper Bag Albums.

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I gave the children a general idea of the content of the paper bag album (instead of an envelope album for the juniors) but focused on showing them different techniques each week, rather than the step-by-step page layout I did with the younger children.

It was good to see all the different interpretations, use of colour and design and general technique and there was a wide range of skills in 5 young people.

Although I provided the kits, which included scrapbooking papers and cardstock, the bags and ribbons, they also made good use of magazine pages for images and blocks of colours and this is a great way to provide for children’s scrapbooking.  Use the glossy magazines, as they have whole page size photos which are great for larger areas of colour to use as background papers on small albums, I provided a couple of copies of vogue.

Kids Scrapbooking Classes – Envelope Albums for Ages 4-7

During the Autumn School Term at Honey’s school I held a few 6 week scrapbooking classes/courses for the Juniors (and the seniors, but that’s in another post)…  We made Envelope Scrapbook Albums and here are the pictures.  The children were aged between 4 and 7 and I think they did rather well.  For most of them, this was their first ever scrapbook!

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The blanks for these were very easy to make and I used C5 (take A5 size paper) envelopes from Tesco! 

I just sealed them up, sliced a thin slither off one end of each envelope and then put 3 of them together, punched holes, bit of string and there you have a nice blank canvas which includes 3 pockets for the children to enjoy decorating. 

The theme for these was “This is Me” and each double page spread was about them in some way, their bedroom, their family, what they like, etc.  The idea was that they would add photographs (or drawings) when they got home and so they were given white rectangles to take the place of the photographs in the meantime.  I did take a photograph of the group and gave them little printouts of it at the following session so that they had at least 1 “real” photograph in their mini scrapbook albums.

It was great to see how different all the little creative minds were and how they worked… whether they neatly laid out their papers and embellishments, or whether they just slapped stuff on willy-nilly! 

I learnt a lot, very quickly!  The first thing was not to give them much choice in materials, as they can’t cope with that… and the second thing was to keep it very simple and show them something quickly and then just let them do their own thing really.

Especially in scrapbooking… there are no rules only techniques to learn!

I have taken children’s workshops before, but not as young as these children (I had taught 7-11 year olds).  Also in my previous workshops the children were given small kits and the whole thing was made in a single two hour session.  These sessions were weekly half hour sessions!

Still both groups of younger children really enjoyed themselves!

Mini Album Page Planner – Newsletter Subscriber Freebie

In the January issue of the SimplyScrapbookingNow.com Newsletter I promised and Free Download (as usual) of a Page Planner for Mini Scrapbook Albums.  For those already signed up to the newsletter, I have just sent the link for the free download, if you would like it too, then sign up and the latest newsletter that you will get instant access to will give you a link to all the freebies, past and present.

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The picture illustrates a printed sheet of the planner which I have used to sketch out the pages and ideas for content of the paper bag book you can see underneath.

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The sheet is already set out with a box for front and back covers (at the top left) and then 5 more double page layouts, with the pages numbered.

This is great for using when you want to create a whole album about something, such as I have here with a mini scrapbook album about our holiday (which was my daughter’s first one ever aged 2 and a half).

Of course this sheet could easily be used for any size album, from something 3×3″ to 12×12″.

Mini Scrapbook Album with mixed sized pages

Way back in December (seems ages ago now!) I attended a local Scrapbooking crop and as it was the Christmas crop, the host provided a kit for a mini album, and here is my end result!

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It’s a “gate fold” mini album and it was great fun to make.

gate-opening-mini-album-02 by SundayL

I particularly like the random nature of the pages being half page horizontal and some half page vertical. (Click on the pictures below to enlarge)

gate-opening-mini-album-03 by SundayL

Here are some of the other pages, left blank for either my pictures or I may give this as a gift to someone.

gate-opening-mini-album-04 by SundayL

 The kit included a sheet of panels with various shapes (such as the brack shapes) – great for scrapbooking mini albums.

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 Sadly, the sheet was double sided so I had to choose carefully what to use where!

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The host of the crop has a huge range of punches, including really intricate border punches and I just “have” to use them for something – if you know what I mean?!  So I used one for a pale border on top of the brown card, which you can see above.

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You can get a better idea of the different pages by looking at the mini album from above. 

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The hinges/spines, on each side, are just made from fold card in to concertina and adhering the pages to it.

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 The front is fastened with a magnet siliconed to the underside of the large brown flower and another placed under the ribbon on the other cover.  They are small but quite powerful little magnets.  Unfortunately, Tracey, the host couldn’t remember from where she sourced them.

I should have taken a photo of everyone’s creations together as we all made slightly different looking albums from the same kit, which I always find fascinating.  I have to admit to copying Tracey’s example pretty closely, as I enjoyed the easy process of copying rather than working from scratch.

Mini Pocket Album Video Tutorial

Scrapbook Video by SundayLIn a previous video I showed you how you can quickly make double sided paper by stamping the back of a single sided piece.

Well in this video I show you how to make a mini pocket scrapbook album using the paper from the demo.

These mini albums make great little gifts for people, just add some tags and a little bit of ribbon and you’re good to go!

mini pocket album montageOr add them to a scrapbook page to “pack in” the extra little photos, journaling and other memorabilia.