Saturday, January 18, 2014

Family Christmas Mini Album- Scrapbook Tutorial

I have to confess my addiction for scrapbooking and paper crafts. It is my favorite hobby and I'm perfectly content gluing pictures and paper together in my little free time. When I want to feel like I got a lot accomplished and actually finished something, I work on mini albums. I wanted to share one with you today! After deciding what I was going to do, it took me about 2-3 hours. 

I always start with a challenge. Right now, I've been trying to work on this large pile of 6 x 6 paper pads. I love buying these because they give you bits of an entire collection but for a much lower cost - and it all goes together! Apparently I've been neglecting them so I want to make sure I use them in all of my upcoming projects. Today, I picked an old Christmas paper pad from My Mind's Eye Lost & Found Collection. 

I used my Canon Selphy to print out pictures at a smaller, 3 x 4 size using an app called Pic Frame on my phone. 

There are a ton of chipboard mini books out there. Here are some examples of different shapes and brands. Most of these were around $1.00 - $3.00. I'm going to be using that Crayola one in the shape of a house.

Most of my Christmas supplies were still out in a bin from when I made the Activity Advent Calendar so I just pulled out some stickers and die cuts from the bin to use on this project. I'm determined to finish this stash up! I also took out scissors, an Xacto knife, strong adhesive, some distressing ink for the edges of the paper, a hole punch, and a nail file. 

First, I ran the adhesive over the chipboard. Then I took a sheet of the 6 x 6 paper and stuck it right on top. I flipped the chipboard over and used the knife to cut all around it. I used to be terrible with the knife but it gets much easier with practice. I used the nail file to file any imperfect edges and the hole punch to punch the hole on the top of the house where the binding clip goes. I then distressed the edges of the paper with ink to give it a complete look. After the papers were on each page, I put pictures and stickers wherever I felt it looked nice. 

Here is my completed project: 

Hope you enjoyed the mini album and take a chance making your own! 


  1. These mini-albums make great gifts, too! I love getting them with pictures of the family as it grows. I get one every Christmas with pictures from the previous year of my one daughter's family. Seeing how they grow over the year and then year to year is wonderful. I bet you could also use some Christmas card pictures you get each year, too....

    1. We get so many of those Christmas Cards, I bet there is a great way to use them in an album where you can store and keep them forever. Great Idea!!