DIY Halloween Mini Album

Posted by Roxanne O'Brien
Halloween is a great holiday for making & sharing memories! See how to make a mini album that captures the "spirit" of the season.

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October Afternoon, Here & Now Boo Book

American Crafts 3.5x4.5 Notch Banner

American Crafts Library Tags

MAMBI 12x12 Paper Bats & Spiders

Authentique Enchanted Elements

Authentique Tabloids Two-Sided Elements

American Crafts Halloween Stickers

Tim Holtz Alterations Embossing Folder

Darice Tribal Chevron Embossing Folder

Darice Graveyard Scene Embossing Folder

DCWV 6x6 Eek-A-Book Stack

Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Halloween

Lawn Fawn Wood Veneer Leaves (similar to these)

Tim Holtz Ideology Sanding Block

Versafine, Onyx Black

Heidi Swapp Color Shine, Black Velvet

Baker's Twine

Crafter's Companion Black Coffin Cards

Distress Ink: Spiced Marmalade

Distress Ink: Tea Dye

Distress Ink: Festive Berries

Distress Ink: Old Paper

Distress Ink: Pumice Stone

Distress Ink: Scattered Straw

Memento Luxe, Gray Flannel

Wink of Stella, Glitter Clear

Wink of Stella, Glitter Silver

Spica Pen, Pitch Black

Spellbinders Edgeabilities E8-001

First step as I always like to do is to gather supplies. I had a lot of fun searching in my stash for Halloween themed items to use. I wanted to really give this book a lot of texture and use traditional Halloween colors. As you can see that's different than with my other mini albums, there aren't photos in this yet! I am going to actually be using this album for Halloween this year, so I had that in mind while I was creating it. This is a wonderful way to plan ahead and make sure that you get those memories documented in a fun and cute way.

I first decorated the covers for the album. The Boo Book came with 2 chipboard covers, 4 jump rings and this cream and black lined paper. The front of the album is just awesome because it has the word BOO cut out of it! I knew I wanted to put some fun paper behind that to make it stand out. What I did to achieve that look was I cut a small piece of the patterned paper you see behind the lettering and cut that out and set it aside.

I took my paper I wanted to use for the actual front cover and traced the letters B-O-O onto the paper, carefully cut them out with a craft knife and glued that down to the front of the album. I then came in and glued my patterned paper to the inside of the cover making sure it was laid out just where I wanted it so you can read some of the fun Halloween wording through the cut out letters. I then covered the inside of the book with another paper and added a fun subway wording block from the Eek-A-Book stack of paper and dressed that up as well.

After I glued all the papers down, I came back with my sanding block and sanded all the edges. It really helps to make sure your paper is flush with the cover and gives a fun, distressed look that's perfect for this spooky album.

I added some black flicks of my spray mist, stamped the skull and crossbones from the Halloween Tim Holtz set, cut out around that, and added a little cluster of haunted items next to it right above the wording on the cover. I love the way this came out!

Now on to the inside!

For this album, I used some of the paper that came with the album and quite a few of my own sheets of cardstock from my stash. I had a lot of fun making pages different sizes throughout the album for interest, used some library cards and pockets, make a cute little pocket of my own on the one page, and so much more.

Take a look through all the pages for the fun elements and touches I added! You can really have a blast creating the album and then later on after you get your pics taken and edited, you can use different size photos throughout this album! The one pocket I created will accommodate a 4x6 photo, the smaller library pockets will fit some cute reduced photos, or maybe I'll even remember to pull out my little Instax camera to use! Those are a fun size!

I think my favorite page out of this entire album is the inside back cover. I used these creepy coffin cards and I embossed a graveyard scene with one of my embossing folders onto it and snuck in some themed stickers. Love it!

I hope you are inspired to create some mini albums that will be ready for assembly pretty quickly after the theme you go with. Think of these for gifts for the upcoming holidays, or even a birthday gift. Who wouldn't love to get a handmade album that they could just stick in, or glue in, their own photos??

Happy crafting!