Mini Vacation Albums

Show off your vacation photos in a fun mini album. Even though the album is small in size, you can still pack in the memories using these creative ideas.

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    • Die-Cut Album Pages

      Design by Robyn Werlich

      Robyn die-cut scalloped circles from chipboard, a variety of colored cardstock, and even photos to create this mini album. By layering the papers and photos on the cardstock, she created sturdy pages that she bound together with a metal ring.

      Editor's Tip: Create your book assembly-line style by stamping, embossing, stitching, and embellishing pages before attaching them to chipboard. Once assembled in the order you want, punch a hole through each at the same spot and attach with a metal ring.

       

      SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Font: Uncle Charles by Autumn Leaves. Rub-ons: Creative Cafe by Creative Imaginations. Flowers: Hero Arts, Prima Marketing, Inc. Gems, stamps, embossing powder: Hero Arts. Ink: VersaMark by Tsukineko. Punch: EK Success. Dies, die-cutting tools: QuicKutz (small tag die), Sizzix (scalloped circle, letters).

    • Center Your Subjects

      Design by Robyn Werlich

      For the photo pages inside her album, Robyn chose shots where her subjects were centered, then converted the photos to black-and-white and added titles to empty spots on the photos.

      Editor's Tip: To prep photos for die-cutting, crop them into a square just slightly larger than the die. Place the photos over the die, making sure all parts of the design are covered, then cut.

       

      SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Font: Uncle Charles by Autumn Leaves. Rub-ons: Creative Cafe by Creative Imaginations. Flowers: Hero Arts, Prima Marketing, Inc. Gems, stamps, embossing powder: Hero Arts. Ink: VersaMark by Tsukineko. Punch: EK Success. Dies, die-cutting tools: QuicKutz (small tag die), Sizzix (scalloped circle, letters).

    • Add Artistic Journaling

      Design by Robyn Werlich

      Robyn included a few pages of decorative journaling. Simple typography is accompanied by flower and gem embellishments, stitching, and stamping.

      Editor's Tip: Any shape that has a large surface is a good shape for a die-cut mini album. Plain chipboard can be found at crafts stores, plus you can experiment with a variety of media like felt, metal, cork, or white chipboard.

       

      SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Font: Uncle Charles by Autumn Leaves. Rub-ons: Creative Cafe by Creative Imaginations. Flowers: Hero Arts, Prima Marketing, Inc. Gems, stamps, embossing powder: Hero Arts. Ink: VersaMark by Tsukineko. Punch: EK Success. Dies, die-cutting tools: QuicKutz (small tag die), Sizzix (scalloped circle, letters).

    • Make an Album in Advance

      Design by Vicki Boutin

      When Vicki spied this premade car-shape chipboard album, she knew it would be the perfect way to show off the photos from an upcoming summer road trip. She embellished the album in advance of her vacation, so she could simply add her photos and journaling to fit in the blank spaces once the trip was over.

       

      SOURCES: Album: Maya Road. Patterned paper, rub-ons: Cloud 9 Design. Stickers: American Crafts. Chipboard accents: Heidi Swapp (letters), Imagination Project (circles). Stamps: Gel-a-tins (stars), Technique Tuesday ("summer"). Brads: Making Memories. Metal accents: Nunn Design.

    • Leave Room for Journaling and Photos

      Design by Vicki Boutin

      On the chipboard pages inside her car-shape album, Vicki saved spots for her kids' journaling and photos from the trip by using subtle patterned paper backgrounds. Upon their return from the trip, she placed the photos in the assembled album so friends and family could enjoy the highlights right away.

       

      SOURCES: Album: Maya Road. Patterned paper, rub-ons: Cloud 9 Design. Stickers: American Crafts. Chipboard accents: Heidi Swapp (letters), Imagination Project (circles). Stamps: Gel-a-tins (stars), Technique Tuesday ("summer"). Brads: Making Memories. Metal accents: Nunn Design.

    • Choose a Shaped Album to tell Your Story

      Design by Leah Fung

      Leah envisioned this airplane-shape album as the perfect canvas for recording her family's trip to Hawaii and her children's excitement about flying over the ocean.

       

      SOURCES: Album: Maya Road. Font: Arial. Eyelets, brads: Making Memories. Ball chain: Artchix Studio. Flowers: Prima Marketing. Punch: We R Memory Keepers. Digital elements: Paislee Press (patterned papers). Software: Adobe Photoshop Elements 5.0, Scrapbook Factory Deluxe.

    • Make Sure the Album Suits Your Needs

      Design by Leah Fung

      Leah was drawn to this mini album not only because of its playful shape, but also because she liked its size. With enough pages to include vacation highlights, its small size made it a project she could finish in a day.

       

      SOURCES: Album: Maya Road. Font: Arial. Eyelets, brads: Making Memories. Ball chain: Artchix Studio. Flowers: Prima Marketing. Punch: We R Memory Keepers. Digital elements: Paislee Press (patterned papers). Software: Adobe Photoshop Elements 5.0, Scrapbook Factory Deluxe.

    • Add Your own Touches

      Design by Leah Fung

      On each chipboard page, Leah adhered patterned paper trimmed to the shape of the album, then removed the excess paper with a nail-buffing block.

       

      SOURCES: Album: Maya Road. Font: Arial. Eyelets, brads: Making Memories. Ball chain: Artchix Studio. Flowers: Prima Marketing. Punch: We R Memory Keepers. Digital elements: Paislee Press (patterned papers). Software: Adobe Photoshop Elements 5.0, Scrapbook Factory Deluxe.

    • Make a Postcard Album

      Design by Rhonna Farrer

      On a working vacation, Rhonna didn't have time to snap photos. Instead, she collected postcards and memorabilia along the way, jotting down thoughts on the backs of the postcards when she had time. Back home, she assembled a vintage-feel album, fashioning a montage cover using keepsakes, masking tape, photos, and layers of clear sticker paper printed with digital images. Inside, she enclosed her collection of postcards and attached them to the cover with a jump ring.

      Editor's Tip: Find free postcards from the hotel concierge, bars, and travel and visitors bureaus. Include the date on each card, and mention names of places and people encountered along the way.

       

      SOURCES: Patterned paper: Autumn Leaves (blue), Prima (pink). Rub-ons: Autumn Leaves, Hambly Studios. Felt flowers, ribbon: American Crafts. Brad: KI Memories. Stickers: Mustard Moon (title). Clear sticker paper: Avery Dennison. Digital elements: Rhonna Farrer for Two Peas in a Bucket (crown and swirls brushes, vintage labels, "Beautiful" brush). Software: Adobe Photoshop CS2.

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      Journal on the Go

      Design by Rhonna Farrer

      Writing on the fly in cafes or on the train, Rhonna documented her memories on postcards featuring iconic images of Paris. Upon her return home, she embellished a manila folder cut in half for a cover, and enclosed her collection of postcards inside, attaching them to the cover with a jump ring.

      Editor's Tip: Enclose additional memorabilia and keepsakes such as tickets, receipts, and labels in a clear photo sleeve that can be secured with the ring-bound postcards.

       

      SOURCES: Patterned paper: Autumn Leaves (blue), Prima (pink). Rub-ons: Autumn Leaves, Hambly Studios. Felt flowers, ribbon: American Crafts. Brad: KI Memories. Stickers: Mustard Moon (title). Clear sticker paper: Avery Dennison. Digital elements: Rhonna Farrer for Two Peas in a Bucket (crown and swirls brushes, vintage labels, "Beautiful" brush). Software: Adobe Photoshop CS2.

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      Your Ring-Bound Summer Album

      Design by Erin Roe

      Erin brought the sun and surf from a summer beach trip to a ring-bound album, featuring a patterned paper-clad chipboard sun on the cover and ribbon ties to hold the album closed.

       

      SOURCES Album, envelopes: Hot Off the Press. Patterned paper: Cloud 9 Design (solid blue, orange dots), Scenic Route Paper Co. (all other). Font: Well Behaved by Two Peas in a Bucket. Stickers: Heidi Grace Designs (numbers), Cloud 9 Design (dots). Rub-ons: Making Memories. Metal accents, ribbon: Flair Designs. Chipboard: Junkitz. Circle punch, crimper, paper-tearing ruler: Fiskars.

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      Create an Eye-Catching intro Page

      Design by Erin Roe

      The opening page of Erin's album sets the tone of fun in the sun right away and documents the setting for her summer vacation. Brightly colored patterned papers, graduating sizes of brads, ribbon, and a metal accent invite you to turn the page.

      Editor's Tip: Hide the ends of ribbon ties by enclosing them inside decorative elements. Erin covered hers with large chipboard circles that she cut in half and embellished with patterned paper.

       

      SOURCES: Album, envelopes: Hot Off the Press. Patterned paper: Cloud 9 Design (solid blue, orange dots), Scenic Route Paper Co. (all other). Font: Well Behaved by Two Peas in a Bucket. Stickers: Heidi Grace Designs (numbers), Cloud 9 Design (dots). Rub-ons: Making Memories. Metal accents, ribbon: Flair Designs. Chipboard: Junkitz. Circle punch, crimper, paper-tearing ruler: Fiskars.

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      Customize Your Pages

      Design by Erin Roe

      The handy 4x7" binder-style album allowed Erin to easily turn cropped 5x7" prints into full-size album pages. Opposite her photo pages, she placed embellished envelopes that serve as homes for journaling tags.

      Editor's Tip: Add short ribbon lengths to the tops of the journaling tags. They not only serve as easy-to-grab pulls, but they also add color to the album even when it's closed.

       

      SOURCES: Album, envelopes: Hot Off the Press. Patterned paper: Cloud 9 Design (solid blue, orange dots), Scenic Route Paper Co. (all other). Font: Well Behaved by Two Peas in a Bucket. Stickers: Heidi Grace Designs (numbers), Cloud 9 Design (dots). Rub-ons: Making Memories. Metal accents, ribbon: Flair Designs. Chipboard: Junkitz. Circle punch, crimper, paper-tearing ruler: Fiskars.

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      Punch it Up

      Design by Erin Roe

      On each spread inside her album, Erin used a repeating motif that she created by layering punched circles and a metal embellishment. By maintaining the structure, but varying the color and embellishments on each page, the album maintains a cohesive look.

       

      SOURCES: Album, envelopes: Hot Off the Press. Patterned paper: Cloud 9 Design (solid blue, orange dots), Scenic Route Paper Co. (all other). Font: Well Behaved by Two Peas in a Bucket. Stickers: Heidi Grace Designs (numbers), Cloud 9 Design (dots). Rub-ons: Making Memories. Metal accents, ribbon: Flair Designs. Chipboard: Junkitz. Circle punch, crimper, paper-tearing ruler: Fiskars.

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