Wednesday 9 February 2011
Wednesday Extra - I Love Mini Album
Tip #1: Choose an easy size to work with. My album is essentially 6" x 6", so trimming down papers was simple and fast. I love the look of albums with different size and shape pages, but those fabulous minis will take some extra time.
Tip #2: Make a kit for yourself to work with. I chose the Enchanted line by Dear Lizzy from American Crafts as my base, then added boyish touches with the Hambly bicycle paper and the Teresa Colins star transparency. Having coordinated materials at my finger tips made assembling easy.
Tip #3: Create one page design, then repeat that design with variations for the rest of the pages. My basic design was a 3.5" x 6" piece of patterned paper and a 2.5" x 6" piece of patterned paper with paper tape and ribbon across the seam. I varied the design by making it vertical, changing out which pattern went where, and using different colors of tape and ribbon. I kept my photo placement basically the same, as well as the placement of my embellishments.
Tip #4: Keep the journaling short and sweet. I used my title, I Love You Boys, as my prompt. Each sentence refers to a specific photo and completes the thought: "I love you boys... because I do."
All in all, a mini album is a scrapbooking effort that does take more time than a layout or card, but it doesn't have to be an impossible task to complete. Simplify your process, create with love, and the result will be something meaningful that you treasure for years to come.
Be sure to visit The Studio forum and gallery, where I will be posting more photos of my mini album and answering any questions you may have. Have a wonderful day, and Happy Valentine's Day! Tessa