Welcome to the second challenge of Stamp-a-Faire! For a full list of events and challenges, click HERE.
Up now is a Mini Book Challenge! Mini books are such fun. I love gathering supplies and photos and just sitting to create! This mini book was created using the Card Base-ics #2 die.
For the front cover, I used Fabulous Frames diecuts and the sentiment from the Stamp-a-Faire exclusive set, Natural Beauties.
Did you know that a wallet size photo (2 1/2" x 3 1/2") fits perfectly in the tabs of the Card Base-ics dies? I love happy finds like that! I often get photos printed in the wallet size -- they are the perfect size for sharing with friends and family. I usually end up with a bunch of leftovers, so this is the perfect project to use some of those up. If your favorite photo developer doesn't offer wallet size, you can use a photo editing program to lay out 4 wallet size photos on a 5x7 canvas and order them that way and just trim them apart.
For the pages of my album, I diecut the Card Base-ics from Stamper's Select White cardstock and thin chipboard. I adhered the cardstock to the chipboard when I had the pages stamped and embellished. I stuck with white because I knew I wanted to add lots of color with my stamping and bits of patterned paper. I always thinkg mini albums can seem a bit overwhelming when you're starting out, but if you come up with a basic layout that you can use for each page, the task is a little less daunting. My plan was to start with plain white cardstock and add stamping as well as a strip of colorful paper across the center of each page. I selected 4 or 5 different patterned papers and did the cutting ahead of time.
I also diecut a bunch of labels and frames from those same patterned papers that I could use on my pages. I also pulled stamp sets that have great sentiments to use on my pages. Some of my favorites are Simply You, We Go Together, All About You, Fabulous Frames, Modern Wood Mats, Mini Scrapbook Series: Journaling Circle, Movers & Shakers, and The Sweet Life....just to name a few! :-)
Doing the prep work ahead of time made it possible for me to just sit and create. This album was really fun to put together! Once my pages were finished, I simply punched three holes down the side of each and held them together with some 7 Gypsies binder rings.
This album format would be great to give as a gift as well! You could easily decorate the album and the tabs make it easy for the recipient to add their own photos. I was thinking it would also be really fun for school photos. You could make the album with a page for each school year and add your child's wallet-sized school photo each year! Lots of possibilities!
Thanks so much for stopping by! To see lots of other mini book ideas, be sure to visit Nichole's blog! There is also a challenge with an Inlinkz list where you can enter your own mini album -- details are on Nichole's blog as well!