Welcome to Scrappin' Saturday! If you're anything like me, you end up with tons of photos for Halloween -- and, sadly, only a few make it to scrapbook albums. One way to make the most of all your awesome photos -- without having to commit to a 12x12 double-page spread -- is a mini-album.
I haven't made a mini-album yet, but I'm planning to give it a try after finding some super inspiration around the Cricut blogsphere this week. A mini-album makes a great coffee table book or showpiece to stick in your purse. So many times I've been out-and-about and run into friends asking about my son's costume or what our family did for Halloween. Instead of waiting for Facebook to load on the phone, pull out a gorgeous mini-album!
Here's some wonderful inspiration and tutorials:
Mary of CardzTV shows how to make a Halloween mini-album with Tags, Bags, Boxes & More. It has wonderful pull-out tags for journaling, and her Cricut cuts are so stinkin' cute...!! Love the paper choices, too. This album is bound with two binder rings threaded through hole punches. Fun ribbons dress up the binding and add to this adorable book.
Mila of Mila Memories combined CUTE and BLING to craft this "spooktacular" mini-album. It has tons of pockets, pull-outs, and even a mini-within-a-mini! She used October 31st and Happy Hauntings and has an excellent page-by-page description of her project. The binding appears to be done with a binding machine, giving it a very polished and professional look.
If you like shaped minis, Special Craft Mom features a gorgeous pumpkin book she created with Doodlecharms. The pumpkins are actually two cuts of the Border function, held together with a simple brad and folded between each two pumpkins. I love this idea because it's accessible to those of us wanting to give minis a try without investing in binding equipment. What a wonderful idea!
Jackie and Michelle of A Creative Operation show off another neat binding technique with their accordion-fold album. (Check out that neat clip closure!) This method would be a great "gateway" fold for cardmakers to jump to albums. Also utilizing October 31st and Happy Hauntings, these gals make Halloween super-sophisticated. A complete tutorial is featured in a later blog entry.
Well, I'm definitely inspired now -- how 'bout you? Have you made a mini-album for Halloween or another holiday? Please share with us in the comments below -- we'd love to see your creations!
Have a happy, scrappy weekend,