DIY Mini Scrapbook Album – Vacay

Aruba mini album

I was inspired to try making my own mini scrapbook album from scratch after watching Heidi Swapp’s tutorial class on It’s a free class & she uses boxed cards to make the base of the album.

I had a few photos printed from my last vacation to Aruba and decided to use those for the album. They are press prints from Persnickety Prints that I had hanging on my Christmas tree last year. The press prints are so nice and sturdy, just love them. I also highly recommend the pearl finish when you have an image that you want to shimmer.

I had this Simple Stories Good Day Sunshine paper pad that I’ve been using for years now. I think it was a freebie from the Stamp & Scrapbook Expo, so it was a big stack with multiple pages of each design. I decided to try to kill it off with this album.

I chose a few papers and cut them down so that the album would be a 6×8 size. I adhered some pages together and used my sewing machine to sew pockets in a few pages (3). Heidi Swapp gives this idea/tip in her 2nd video in the class series. I like the idea of mixing the pages, some with pocket tags, some without.

I cut some chipboard to 6×8 and adhered it all together with Tombo permanent adhesive. For the cover I chose a paper that was 9 inches long so there would be overhang onto the back of the album to cover the spine. The journal card pages worked perfect for that.

Once the base of the album was complete, I loosely outlined where I wanted the photos then proceeded to complete & embellish each page. In total it probably took about 6-7 hours to complete the whole thing. Probably the quickest I’ve ever completed a project like this. Using the one paper pack as a base and sticking to a theme probably helped me focus more and get it done.

Aruba mini album

I used a lot of stash supplies, that “escape” sticker is from 7 Gypsies. Lots of Simple Stories embellishments from their mini “snap” packs and some other beach/paradise collection like “Here We Go”.

Aruba mini album

I love tags, and finally picked up a tag die-cut set at Stamp & Scrapbook Expo last year. It is from Hero Arts, the Infinity Tag set.

Aruba mini album

These papers worked out well because of the way they are color blocked for divided page protectors, it sort of blocks off different parts of the page layouts and also provides embellishment without having to add too much extra.

Aruba mini album

The “pure magic” is from Me & My Big Ideas, the other stickers and washi are Simple Stories Here We Go collection.

Aruba mini album

This fruity paper is from a 6×6 pad – American Crafts Dear Lizzy Happy Place. It was perfect for a visit to the smoothie bowl shack.

Aruba mini album

When I decided to start this album I had no printer ink, so couldn’t print additional photos that way. I did use my Lifeprint mini printer to print out mini photos of the food and snacks from the trip. The strip of paper under “good eats” is inked with Ranger Distress Inks. Again the pattern paper was already designed, so I didn’t have to add anything to it.

Aruba mini album

Aruba mini album

Sunglasses paper from 6×6 pad – American Crafts Dear Lizzy Happy Place. I also started by using the kraft photo corners, then just decided to continue that throughout the album for cohesiveness. The press prints are such a nice quality and I didn’t want to adhere them down.

Aruba mini album

This layout probably took the longest because I was trying to block off the left page to add some small stories. I have a Lifeprint hyperphoto that will take the place of the regular photo on the top part about these swans, fish and a swimming iguana. (Their servers were down at the time ūüė¶ )

The bottom was a visit to a favorite night spot, Bugaloe, with live music & the best grouper ceviche – yum!

For the right side, I added a different paper from Simple Stories Summer Vibes collection. I cut parts off to make the words make sense for the theme.

Aruba mini album

I wanted to include some journaling in the album, some was recorded in Day One app and other in an Instagram post. I put the journaling (which I write a word or two about the different things that happen, places visited or inside joke type stories) on the viewable page. Then I add my more personal take to the pocket tag.

For the page I wanted to put the journaling right on that busy page, so I used the negative from the tag die-cut to ink a space that journaling printed on vellum would show up. I used Ranger Oxide Inks to get a nice layer of ink to cover up the images on the paper. At first I just printed the font in black, but then decided I would like it reversed better. I use apps on my phone to create this journaling and print directly to my Canon printer using their printer app. (Letterglow app, PicStitch app, and Canon Print – learn more about that here) I continued that inking on the right side of the page to outline the photo a bit more.

Aruba mini album

Used my typewriter for this journaling on the tag.

Aruba mini album

This album was fun and surprisingly easy to come together. I’m glad I have a completed project for something I wasn’t even sure I was going to scrap the photos for to begin with.

I highly recommend checking out Heidi’s class and trying a mini album of your own.


No Rules Scrapbook Style

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WRMK albums stored on Ikea Expedit shelf

I have a “no rules” approach to scrapbooking. ¬†Yes, there are many techniques and¬†various ways¬†to scrapbook. ¬†Especially in recent years, ¬†actual brands have emerged that dictate how one can go about scrapbooking their photos and memories.

My style has evolved over the years.  Sometimes it is organic, sometimes it is intended.  Generally, my finished products never look like what I had imagined at the start.  Most of the time I am inspired by photos or stories, sometimes both, and other times neither.  Sometimes I have a new paper line or embellishment that I just want to use on a page.

I started out traditional scrapbooking then segwayed to only digital scrapping for a while. ¬†I got a little bored with the 2d layouts and went back to traditional, but with digital elements incorporated. ¬†I really love hybrid layouts when they work, but for me they tend to take a little longer, so I don’t have as many as I would like. ¬†I am getting better at it as I get more experienced with Photoshop Elements.


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Different sized layouts

I combine¬†divided-pocket page protectors with regular full page layouts. ¬†I mix 12×12 with 8.5×11, and 6×12 sized layouts. ¬†The only “rule” I really have, or habit I’ve created is to¬†store my pages¬†chronologically no matter what type of layout it is. ¬†Unless I make a mini album of some sort. ¬†So I guess I break that rule too!

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Different size layouts

Recently, I am trying to focus on just producing meaningful layouts that include stories I really want to tell. ¬†The thoughts that perk me up first thing in the morning or linger in my mind as I fall asleep. ¬†I use apps to keep track of stories and ideas (that’s a post for another day).

I don’t love my handwriting, but I love handwriting in general, so I try to include handwritten journaling as much as possible. ¬†I like to mix printed font with handwriting and alpha stickers.

I really just love the meshing of all techniques, which makes it feel authentic, like a scrapbook of years past.

What is your approach?  Do you prefer a mix of styles or have a streamlined technique?