Make This: The Easiest Photo-a-Day Album

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Simple Mini Scrapbook Album using Project Life Cards - Campfire Chic

Once upon a time, I got the idea in my head that documenting one month in photos would be a cool thing to do. It was probably after several failed attempts to do Project 365 (taking at least 1 photo a day for a year) or the lackluster results of my Day in the Life attempts.

Don’t get me wrong, I’ve done this before…I like to take 1 Instax photo a day as part of my December Daily™ project each year…but this mini-goal seemed different. It needed to be less about a giant project and more of a personal challenge to take at least 1 photo a day for an entire month.

In May 2014, I took at least 1 photo every day. 

I used the Collect app (available for iOS and Android devices, don’t worry! Thanks, Kiki for pointing out that it isn’t available for Android — I’ll try to find another app that works similarly! If anybody has a suggestion, please sure!) to not only organize my photos but to also remind me to take a photo each day — there is an in-app feature that will send a push notification once a day as a reminder to take a photo. Why the Collect app? Why not one of the dozens of other apps that will help me organize my photos? I chose the Collect app because I knew I could easily order 3×4 photographic prints from Persnickety Prints.

I’m all about easy.

Simple Mini-Album with Photos

For the album, I used:

  • 4 3×4 Project Life® cards with rounded corners. Of those, I made sure 1 card had a calendar
  • 31 3×4 Collect app prints from Persnickety Prints on photographic matte paper (I did not round the corners)
  • Crop-o-dile to punch the holes
  • 2 1-inch silver binder rings
  • Embellishments + adhesive

To create your simple album:

  1. Download the Collect app to your phone and start organizing your photos. Select the designs you would like for your images. Save.
  2. Upload your images to your Persnickety Prints order and follow their directions to order 3×4 prints. Complete order.
  3. Select 4 3×4 Project Life® cards — 1 will act as the front cover, 1 should be a calendar or journaling space for the inside cover, and 2 more for the back inside cover and the back cover.
  4. Adhere the cards for the front cover and the insider cover together using dry adhesive, like a tape runner. Adhere the cards for the back inside cover and the back cover together as well. Set aside.
  5. Decide where you would like the holes for your album to line up and use the crop-o-dile to punch holes into the front cover, where desired. Line up the remaining photos and back cover to replicate the holes.
  6. Guide the open binder rings through the holes and close the rings to hold the album together.
  7. Use embellishments to decorate different pages of your newly created mini-album!

Mini Album Using Collecg App

Additional ideas for this quick mini-album:

  • Mount each photo on cardstock to give each page a little more oomph
  • Use a journaling pen (or even a fine-tip Sharpie) to add extra journaling or doodles to different photos
  • Put the holes for the binder rings at the top of the album so you flip the photos up like a steno-pad instead of opening the pages like a book
  • Create an album like this to document an entire summer or long vacation

I love how easy this album was to put together and am thinking that this may be a good way to work with my December Daily™ album this year…

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  • Kristin | My Life as a Teacup July 23, 2014, 5:31 am

    This is genius. That is all.

  • Kiki July 23, 2014, 6:04 am

    lovely album and idea :) tfs
    a question: where do you get the collect app for android? I don’t think it excist because I’ve been looking for it everywhere!

    • kam July 23, 2014, 8:09 am

      Oh crap, I thought I saw it said “and Android” but I must’ve been looking elsewhere. Thanks for catching that, I’ll try to find an alternative!

  • Kellie Winnell July 23, 2014, 5:37 pm

    Oh I absolutely love, love this idea!

    • Kam August 2, 2014, 4:13 pm

      Thanks, Kellie — I only JUST found out that I could add multiple photos to the same day on the Collect app so I think I may use this option for Week in the Life with Ali Edwards this fall…have you done that project before?

  • Judy July 23, 2014, 7:58 pm

    I love this! I can do it. I will do it.

    • Kam August 2, 2014, 4:13 pm

      Yes! Yes! Yes!

  • Angelica @ July 24, 2014, 7:04 pm

    That’s such a cute way of putting that all together. Love it!

    • Kam August 2, 2014, 4:14 pm

      Thanks, Angelica :) Also, your dog is adorable!

  • Sabine September 24, 2014, 3:53 am

    this idea is perfect. I just started to document my 365 challenge (#365craftingtime) with the Collect app and this would be the perfect way, to make a minialbum from it. Thanks for the inspiration :)

    • Kam September 25, 2014, 11:36 pm

      I saw that the Collect app just had a big update! I’m hoping to document our “Fall” (October – November) using the app and making another mini-album :)


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