Nature Tag Mini Scrapbook Album

Posted by Roxanne O'Brien
Today, I have a mini album that is all about the nature photos along with beautiful patterned papers, rustic elements for the cover, and little details throughout.

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Supplies Used

  • Graphic 45 Large Tag Album
  • We R Memory Keepers, 3x4 Journal Cards, Daily DIY
  • My Favorite Things Die-Namics, Cute Cameras 2
  • Lawn Fawn, Stitched Labels Dies
  • Studio Calico Stamper
  • Lawn Fawn Fall Leaves Wood Veneer
  • Technique Tuesday Die, Say It Happy
  • Patterned Papers: Bella Boulevard, American Crafts Dear Lizzy, My Mind's Eye & Others
  • Distress Ink, Tea Dye
  • Distress Ink, Pumice Stone
  • Distress Ink, Spiced Marmalade
  • Distress Ink, Scattered Straw
  • Versafine, Onyx Black
  • Pebbles Mini ABC Stickers
  • Pink Paislee, Sentiment Series Stickers
  • Crate Paper Layered Borders, Close Knit
  • Kaiser Craft, Alpha Chipboard #2
  • American Crafts Bits, Decorative Tags
  • Advantus Tim Holtz Ideaology Sanding Grip

Gather all your supplies. I typically will choose my papers first, and then start going through my stash for items that are fun, fit the theme of the album/photos, and coordinate them with my papers.

Much like my other tutorial, I resize my images in an InDesign document, export as JPEGs and upload to my favorite retailer to have them printed. These are 5"x7" prints that I had printed. The larger photos trim down to 3.5"x5" and the smaller photos trimmed down measure 2.5"x3.5". This is a great way to get more photos per print, keeping your print costs down! I simply trimmed all the photos down at one time and set them aside.

I wanted to start off by designing the front and back cover for my album. Lay your pages out together to determine your front and back cover. I say this because your back cover will need to be the back of the album, so it's going to be the opposite side that your front cover will be. The grommets have a front and back look to them. Trust me, it's easy to get this step overlooked! Ask me how I know...hint, I have done this many times before.

For the front cover, I trimmed my paper down to slightly larger than the tag size. I wanted to be able to trim the corners to match the already rounded corner of the tag. I chose to stop the paper right where it's rounded closest to the grommet. This way, the kraft color peeks through, and it's much easier than having to cover the grommet and trim around it. Gives a much neater finished look and the ease of inserting the jump ring as well.

I did the same for the back cover as well.

*TIP: To make the edges smooth, I used my Tim Holtz sanding grip to gently sand all the edges.

Now, it's time to cover all the interior pages with my patterned paper! I laid out my papers next to each other to see which coordinated left to right to be sure they looked nice together.

The fun part - adding my photos to the album! I decided where in the album I wanted my photos to appear, simply laying them out on the pages BEFORE I glue anything down. This allows you to visualize how your album will look when completed and then you have the ease of moving things around if you'd like. Since there are a lot of nature images, the actual order isn't important as if you were making a chronological day of events album.

In this step, I'm going to just adhere my photos to the album pages, and add other elements to each page. I used diecuts, letter sticker, journaling boxes, and other fun elements I had pulled out in the beginning.

There isn't a lot of journaling in this album since it is mostly outdoor images, so it's definitely about the photos! As a photographer, when my family and I go anywhere, I do my best to capture not only us, but our surroundings and small details. It tells a story of our day. And, nature is too beautiful to NOT want to photograph it and remember it!

Happy Crafting!