Puppy Adoption Mini Album

Posted by Roxanne O'Brien
I created a mini album of when we adopted my beloved puppy, Finn. It's filled with adorable pics of when he was so small and lots of fun little touches to embellish the album, along with the story of how we adopted him!

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  • Heidi Swapp Color Magic Cards
  • Pink Paislee Artisan Chipboard, Hearts
  • Pebbles Mini ABC Stickers
  • Pebbles Journaling and Quote Cards
  • Project Life 6x6, Confetti Edition
  • Jump Ring
  • Maya Road Ledger Transparencies, White
  • Fancy Pants Insta Pack, Summer Sun
  • DCWV Envelope, Vintage Collector
  • Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations Embossing Folder
  • Darice Embossing Folder, Chevron
  • Studio Calico Heydey Sentiments Stamp Set
  • Studio Calico Storytime Numbers Stamp Set
  • Pink Paislee Sentiment Series
  • Tim Holtz Paper Distresser
  • Radiant Neon Ink, Electric Coral
  • Radiant Neon Ink, Electric Yellow
  • Memento Luxe, Morroco Ink
  • Memento, Tuxedo Black Ink
  • My Favorite Things, First Place Ribbon Award DieNamics
  • Distress Ink, Spiced Marmalade
  • Staz-On Midi, Gothic Purple
  • Lawn Fawn, Heart Lawn Cuts
  • Ideology Tiny Attacher Stapler

For this album, I resized my photos using Adobe InDesign and Photoshop to fit 2-up on a 4x6 print. I left a white border all the way around the photos again. I just love the look of that. If you end up needing to trim a photo down smaller, you're able to just cut off the excess white! So that way you get both looks in one album if you choose. The photos trimmed down to 2x3.

Next, I gathered all my supplies. This is so much fun to do - I literally get to "shop" my stash!! I always have a basic idea in mind for what I'd like to achieve in the end, so I start with my patterned paper that will compliment the photos I'm using. This album, I chose to work with mainly the Project Life 6x6 Paper Pad, Confetti Edition. I loved the simple designs and bright colors. It was perfect for my album theme.

After I choose the paper, I go and find embellishments that help tell my story/mood of the images, small touches that will add texture and interest, and just fun pieces. This is a great way to use items you might only have a couple of, or even one, and add that to a page that you want to just add some punch too. Don't forget to look at your stamp sets as well! I used a combination of a bunch of different little touches. Even using a mini stapler to adhere your items adds that textural element!

My best inspiration comes from the mini albums I have pinned on Pinterest. It helps inspire me and think of items in my stash that would coordinate if I'm ever at a loss for what to work with. I don't know about you, but I have a mental inventory of what I have. And if you don't, that's okay! Shop your stash and I'm sure you will find great items you forgot you once had.

I love all the different styles of mini albums out there on Pinterest. For this album, I decided I wanted a totally simple binding method, and a few of my recently pinned albums showed that method, so I went with that. One single jump ring to attach all the pages of varying sizes. Let's face it, it definitely fit into my album theme of having a puppy. NOTHING is perfect in the puppy stage!

The first thing I did for this album was to create the front cover. I used a lot of layers for this and one simple photo that really made me remember the puppyhood we experienced. PUPPY FEET! They're so awkwardly cute! I've never had a puppy (well, he was about 4 months old, so enough of a puppy for me!), so I wanted to be sure I captured all the little things of when he was so small, which of course included his puppy paws. He's really like my third child. Just ask any of my Instagram followers ;) I also chose a simple title for this album which was #Adoption. His story unfolds in the pages within.

Our little Finn's story started off in a darker place, but he's well loved here, with a full belly and bones galore, along with soft couches and fleece blankets to call his own. I am so happy we were able to rescue him :)

Since my jump ring only holds so much, I decided to use this little pocket I found in my stash to tuck in more photos I wanted to incorporate! This is a great way to be able to do that.

TIP: You can also use these pockets to hold other mementos, or if your kiddos draw something you can't part with like if you're traveling and they draw a cute picture on a restaurant menu, cut that out in a cute way with a diecut, and tuck into a pocket like this! That way you can keep it but not take up too much real estate in your album!

We have gotten to the end of Finn's adoption album! I wanted to end it with a perfect sentiment and a little envelope of diecut hearts. I love this dog SO much and I know that he loves us back the same.

TIP: Notice my back cover is a more substantial material. I think the covers should be a bit thicker just to hold up to holding together the album and for storing. I actually used a piece of the Blitsy shipping box from my last order! Cardboard is a great textural element for your albums and projects. I love reusing items like this! It's a rustic and raw feel, but that definitely fit into my album's design.