Hello Pebbles Friends! It’s Leanne here today, sharing a 2018 Mini Album of memories. I have taken this opportunity, as holiday celebrations approach and this time of year becomes overwhelmingly busy, to step back and reflect on the many wonderful memories I have of 2018. I wanted to create a mini album that would also host not just specific details of memories but a more collective and overall study of the year. And I wanted to get these thoughts in order before 2019 hopes and dreams become the next focus.
This mini album is 4″x6″ in size and has been created using the glorious Pebbles Inc Along The Way collection. The fresh colours and abundant ephemera helped to establish all the base pages. One thing about mini albums that I love in particular is the way ephemera, tags and other items edge out between the pages. These tactile pages include sewing, journaling pockets and hidden depths that bring another dimension of joy to my memories.
The beauty of this mini album is also how inclusive it frames the 4″x4″ photos. The pages are not overtly feminine as you would expect with multiple floral patterned papers. Nestled among the patterned papers, photos of my three sons and husband aren’t lost to the world of pretty papers!
2018 Mini Album…
To recreate this mini album start by gathering your supplies. As mentioned, the Along The Way patterned papers is my collection of choice. My photos were printed directly from my family Instagram account which already had a steady source of memories documented from throughout the year. As a side note, at the time of taking the photos of the actual mini album, my journaling has not been filled in. As you look through the pages below, you will clearly see where I have left ample space to document.
Here’s a look at the front cover.
Two layers of patterned paper and one layer of cardstock, gives the cover strength and durability to withstand handling from my family. Stitched together ensures not only the strength of the page but adds an element of dimensional design. The title has been cut using an electronic die-cutting machine and embellishments have been kept to a minimum on the right hand side.
To keep all the pages together, the mini album has been secured with a single jump ring in the top left corner. I have used one 4″x6″ template to keep the hole placement uniform throughout the album. All base pages are trimmed to 4″x6″ with the exception of one. See more details below.
Inside the mini album…
Directly on the inside cover I have adhere a full 4″x6″ photo of my family. Minus me of course, but then someone has to be the photographer!!
The page opposite has been created using Along The Way patterned paper. Patterned paper cut aparts, are realigned to create a simple hidden journaling flap that opens downwards. Each sentiment on the cards is perfectly apt to convey my thoughts. Secure the flap with a score line 2mm from the bottom and then machine stitch below the score line. Machine stitch a paper tab to the side of the flap to help open the hidden element.
The rest of the mini album is relatively straight forward in design. Check out the next few pages including two photos adhered back to back.
Make sure there is plenty of space on some pages to add journaling.
The next image is a recreation of the first page in the mini album. The location of the hidden journaling flap is on the opposite side of the page.
Pages with no photos…
Mini album pages can include embellishments only. Journaling space will document household and day to day happenings or a daily routine.
Towards the back of the mini album, I wanted to created some interest by switching up the size of the pages without it being too noticeable.
This page is trimmed to 4″x9″. Score a fold line at the 6″ mark and adhere a photo overlapping the new 4″x3″ space. Back the photo with another photo or patterned paper of similar size.
To complete the mini album, have some fun with layered dimension using pop dots and the 2″x2″ sentiments.
Adhere another 4″x6″ photo directly to the back cardstock cover of the album and complete with a border of machine stitching.
The beauty of this mini album is its simplicity. I can happily add more pages to the album at will. I hope I have inspired you to jot down your memories of the year before the new one is in full force! Happy Holidays and thanks for visiting the blog today..x