I was looking at my backlog of envelopes filled with ephemera and photos from past vacations this weekend and remembered my 2014 One Little Word: Finish. I have a feeling I will be brining it back in 2016 and needed a medium-sized project to get me inspired to kick some butt.
I was messaging my friend at work last week about creating some holiday projects (think: home decor projects) and she told me that she wished that she was craftier. I was already planning on working on a mini-album for our Portland trip this weekend and was inspired by her confession to create an album for her and her husband…an unfinished album that she can journal in and add her own photos if she wishes!
This album is 4ish inches by 5ish inches (I’m not sure where the chipboard came from, but they are the same size) and is a simple mixed-paper album with covered chipboard covers and bound with two small binder rings. It is very similar to my 2011 December Daily® album and the 30 Days of Lists albums I used to sell in my Etsy shop many years ago. It was nice to not use pocket pages and I think I’ll be doing some more small albums like this pretty soon.
I planned out the album using sticky notes so I could keep things in order and coordinate my printing (using my Canon Selphy). I knew I wanted to include some photos without cardstock, I didn’t want all the pages to be the same size, and I wanted to include extra space for her to write whatever she wanted. I pulled double-sided cardstock from my stash and some of the pieces to various monthly kits from Kelly Purkey to put the album together.
I didn’t take many photos while we were in Portland, so I took screencaps of the photos my friend was sharing on her Instagram and printed some of them out. I also included some of the “stuff” I picked up while we were in town — a pass for the MAX, a business card to Pine State Biscuits, half of the photobooth strip we took at ACE Hotel, and an instax photo of the two of us at Cathedral Park.
Because this is a gift, I wanted to keep the embellishments to a minimum to not overwhelm the photos. Another reason to keep the embellishments to a minimum is to (hopefully!) make the project seem approachable so my friend can make her own albums for future trips (we’re thinking of going to Austin, Texas for our 30th birthday! We’re almost-birthday-twins) or to get her excited to start crafting for Thanksgiving and Christmas.
If you plan on making a gift like this for a friend and your pages are not going into protective sleeves, double up on adhesive! I used a ton of dry adhesive (I love using these 3M photo adhesive splits – Amazon affiliate link) when gluing the photos and pieces to the pages. I also went a bit overboard with the glue when putting the cover of the album together so it’s unlikely it will fall apart after my friends flip through it a few times. You want to make a gift that can withstand a few non-scrapbookers thumbing through the pages. I would embellishments like glitter that fall off easily. For the piece of flair on the last photo, I used (wet) dimensional adhesive to make sure it wasn’t budging.
You can see a better view of the cover of this album on Instagram.