How to Make a Mini Album: The Great Outdoors

Posted by Roxanne O'Brien
Learn how to display memories with a beautiful DIY mini album.

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  • Sn@p 4x6 Binder, Yellow
  • Sn@p Photo Booklets
  • Project Life 6x6 Paper Pad, Adventure Edition
  • K&Company 4x6 Chalk It Now Mat Pad
  • Fancy Pants Summer Fun Insta Pack
  • Amy Tangerine Yes, Please 12x12 Paper
  • Hampton Art Flashback/Blackboard 12x12 Paper
  • Heidi Swapp Coloring Cards
  • My Mind's Eye Label Stickers Bluebell Playful
  • My Mind's Eye Tiny Word Stickers Bluebell Bright
  • Bazzill Basics Beach House Stickers
  • Spectrum Aqua Watercolor Cardstock
  • Spellbinders Edgeabilities, Classic Scallop
  • Cosmo Cricket Tiny Type
  • Pigma Micron 03 Black Pen
  • Technique Tuesday Stamp Set Kids Are Cool
  • K&Company AB Lotus Midwest Modern Alphabet Stamp Set
  • Ranger Non-Stick Craft Sheet
  • Memento Tangelo Ink
  • Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
  • Versafine Onyx Black Ink
  • Heidi Swapp Stencil (dots)
  • We R Memory Keepers QuickKutz Nesting Circles
  • Memento Luxe Pistachio Ink
  • Dear Lizzy Warble Stamp Set
  • We R Memory Keepers Teresa Collins Albums Made Easy Journaling Cards Hello Life
  • Distress Ink, Tumbled Glass

First step is to gather all my supplies. I started this particular album off with the mini album I had ordered and I pulled in natural elements, paper that coordinated with a nature feel, and embellishments that made sense to go with the album's theme. You're probably thinking, goodness, she does a LOT of nature photos. I can't help it! I'm telling you, I go outside and I'm truly inspired by all the natural colors and textures I see. And it's just so beautiful. Plus, we are lucky (is that the word I want to use here?!) enough to be able to get a full four seasons here in Illinois, and each season lends itself to a unique beauty. This was the kick off to our summer vacation and we chose a perfectly sunny day to go explore the great outdoors.

My next step was to cover the album's front, back and inside and back inside of the album itself. There is a strip of yellow fabric on the left edge, but to the right of that is a blank canvas! I can't leave that alone. So I started off wanting to make a title for my album. And since it's the outside cover, it needed to be semi-flat. I decided I wanted to pull in some watercolor paper for texture. It's got this beautiful, almost rustic look and feel to it so it compliments a nature album in the best way!

I laid out my craft sheet and got to work on my title. I took a diecut circle out of my watercolor cardstock and taped the stencil over it to the craft sheet. I got out a craft sponge and my Distress Ink in Tumbled Glass and got to work. I just rubbed the ink on in a gentle circular motion fading it away towards the center.

I used some fun papers from the Project Life Adventure Edition paper pad to cover the front of the album. I chose to stamp the title onto the watercolor stenciled circle and cut that off right underneath it. I added a matching twine simple bow to the left so it would pop off the yellow strip on the album. I just think this is simple, fun and keeps with my theme!

Underneath the album, I used one of the sheets that came inside the actual album (the notebook looking paper) and stuck on some fun stickers I had in my stash that went along with what's inside...

Added three enamel dots to the exterior and I'm finished. Love the way this turned out!

And here is the back cover. Again, I used a few of the sheets of paper from the Project Life Adventure Edition paper pack and simply adhered them on. For the text paper shown above, I decided to add a little element to it to dress up the back a bit. I used a scalloped edge die to cut that out. It's totally simple to do and makes it look a bit fancier!

Now it's time to decorate the inside of the front and back covers. (I'll show the back cover later on; I added to it of course after I started this!) I chose a simple splatter cardstock for both the inside front and inside back covers. I used an adorable stamp set I have with some Versafine ink. I used Versafine because it's really dark and gives this amazing stamped look that almost looks like it's been printed on the paper. It covers amazingly well. Again, I added a few enamel dots for some fun and cohesion.

Here is how the album looks when you open it. Fast forward to the pages all ready done and inserted in the binder! The power of the internet, right? ;)

Now we are the best part of the book - the innards. I must thank Garfield for the introduction of the word innards. If anyone knows the Halloween episode, you know what I mean!

I'm going to show you a bunch of images of the interior of the album. All the clear page protectors you see came with the album! You can certainly purchase more refills if you need to, but I used them all and added a couple of my own pages that I just created from cardstock and other fun items and punched them to match!

I wanted to show you a few of the page elements I created a little closer. I just love that childhood font from the stamp set. And it is perfect for the photo of my oldest swinging pretty high on that swing set! Impressive ;)

Little close up of the journaling I included giving the date, location and a little blurb about the contents.

If you're wondering what to insert into the tiny squares on these page protectors, do not hesitate to cut you photo apart! The squares measure roughly 2x2 each, so for the photo, I just trimmed it down to 4x4 and then rounded the corners I wanted to and then trimmed it down to 2x2 giving me four squares to insert. I love the way it looks!

Seriously, I love this kid more than ice cream. He's always doing goofy things, no matter where he is. He's danced in the middle of the crowded deli before. In the middle of lunch when we ate out at Five Guys for an audience. He's definitely my free spirit. Perfect companion to the great outdoors!

I wanted to showcase this page because it's so much fun. If you have a lot of photos to include, this is the perfect way to incorporate more in less space.

I created this page out of a piece of cardstock cut to size, holes drilled and corners rounded. I used the larger of the two that come in the pack of these file folders from Sn@p. They have little clear pages inside of them. I simply trimmed my photos to fit and decorated the outside of the folder and added my own tab element from my stash.

That little file folder held 8 photos!

I decorated the back of the file folder page as well by adding another smaller nature photo and a little journaling card.

Here is what the album looks like from a birds eye view all assembled.

And there you have a complete album for a fun day out in the woods! I hope you're inspired to go take some beautiful nature photos and a walk with your kids/spouse. There is a memorable quote that comes to mind: take nothing but photographs and leave nothing but footprints. Happy trails!