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Saturday, October 29, 2011

Scrappin' Saturday - Halloween Mini Albums

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,
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  1. What wonderful mini's and a great, informative post, Jessica! Thanks so much for the shout out! Happy Halloween, my friend!
    Boo to you!

  2. I Love these mini albums!!! I really want to create more minis... I haven't done one for about a year. But I do remember of an album that I made and forgot to add it to my blog, It was from another wonderful blogger with a great tutorial... I'll find it :)

  3. Adorable mini....I absolutely love to make mini albums.....tfs

  4. I've made several minis, most for gifts, but some for me. They are so fun to make! Two are posted on my blog:



  5. Oh, Thank you for showing my album in your post. What an honor!!! I am glad you enjoyed it!

  6. Thank you so much for featuring my mini album on your blog!! I have a detailed video that I am posting on you tube right now. Should be up by mid afternoon!!



  7. I love Mini Albums!! I think a mini can tell a whole story, they are great for holidays such as Halloween.
    I went to a family party Friday and I was so excited I can home and worked on a mini all evening. Here is the result:

    Hope you enjoy it!

  8. Jessica, great job on this post. Lots of inspiration. I have tons of pictures I need to use this way. TFS


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