Papercrafting Ideas: Scrapbooking Summer – A Mini Album
Papercrafting Summer in a pint-sized way!
I love Summer!
And, I love mini albums!
So I thought it would be fun to create a simple Summer mini album to document all of our Summer activities.
A while back Stacy Julian introduced me to the idea of photo album scrapbooks.
A photo album scrapbook is one where you use a simple 4×6 photo album, along with your papercrafting supplies, to create a mini album.
With the pocket scrapbooking trend all the rage, it is even easier to create themed photo album scrapbooks!
I am using a 2-up photo album as the base for my summer mini.
Before I begin creating, I like to gather a few supplies.
I was inspired by the Plus One collection by Amy Tangerine, so I pulled together a collection of bright papers with a few blacks and whites.
I may pull out more papers as I go, but these will get me started.
Creating the Title Page
I loved the sunburst paper titled, interestingly enough, Summer!
Before I started to trim my paper, I measured the pockets to see what size my paper needed to be.
I kept it at six (6) in. wide, but wanted the paper to fill the height of the pocket.
That means I cut the height at just under four and a quarter (4.25) in. high.
I decided to include the paper title in my block.
The word ‘Summer’ is just perfect for the title page of my Summer mini album!
At the top of the spread I created a title block.
First I punched a circle out of a 4×6 card from the Plus One collection.
Then I added the year and a couple of glitter enamel dots as a bit of embellishment.
To make sure the word ‘Summer’ stands out, I added a few more enamel dots.
Love those gold glitter dots!
And there you have the title page for my album.
Notice how I used the full height of the album rather than thinking of the page as two separate pockets.
You will see this repeated throughout my album.
Family Photo Spread
Early in the summer we got some family portraits taken.
I thought those photos would be a good way to start off my Summer mini album because they show us, as a family, right now.
In years to come it will be nice to look back on those photos when flipping through the album.
I wanted to add a bit of pattern paper to the side of my spread.
To do this I grabbed one of my cardboard templates.
Sometimes I get kits that include large shapes with fun edges.
When that happens I always trace the shape onto a piece of cardboard.
That allows me to use the shape again and again – much cheaper and easier than getting a punch in all sizes!
I lined up the two photos and taped the shape onto the edge.
Then, I trimmed between the two photos with a pair of scissors.
Now the shape will line up perfectly in the album.
I love the pop of color that this adds to the spread.
And, it ties in the colors of the word card on the other side.
Four-by-Six (4×6) Project Life-style cards are perfect for albums like this.
I love the title card from Simple Stories – it’s just perfect for my family photo spread!
Family Church Camp
Every Summer my family attends a church camp for all ages that we call Reunion.
For the past two years my husband and I directed the camp.
So, it is a huge part of our Summer, which makes it a necessary topic for my Summer mini album.
For albums like this I typically keep my journaling short and sweet.
I will often use a punch, and some old 3×4 Project Life cards, to create journaling blocks.
It’s a great way to use up old product!
To divide each section of my album, I created a title page followed by several spreads of pictures.
Following this format makes it easy to identify which photos go together.
Another easy way to journal is to add a few label stickers.
Simple, colorful and lots of labels per package.
Sometimes your photo has extra people in it.
It’s easy to use some pattern paper to cover up those “photo bombers.”
I have to admit, I was paying way too much attention to which way the journaling block was facing and not enough attention to which way the text background was facing.
So yeah, it’s upside down.
And no, I’m not going to change it.
I’m not perfect and I don’t mind that showing up in my albums. 🙂
(Note from Steph: I love that the card says “This is what life looks like,” and it’s upside down, just like life can be!)
Once I had the paper where I wanted it, I trimmed off the photo on the other side so the whole block was still only six (6) inches wide.
To balance the spread, I put a label sticker and cut-out heart in the bottom right.
A little bit of black and white goes a long way.
I’ve got two boys and both play baseball.
Between practices and games, we spend a lot of time at the ball fields.
I love the cover page that comes with collection kits.
This Simple Stories A Charmed Life kit had colors that coordinated with my boys’ baseball jerseys.
So, I trimmed down the kit cover page to make the title page for my baseball spread.
What’s a baseball spread without a few baseballs?
Punch a couple of circles and add some red lines to create fun baseball embellishments.
I choose my two favorite photos from the season to use next to the baseball title page.
Aren’t those baseball boys cute?
On the second spread I wanted to pair some 3×4 journaling cards with 3×4 photos.
Because the pockets are 4×6, I needed a way to keep the smaller cards and photos from “traveling.”
I trimmed some typing paper to 4×6 and adhered the journaling card and photo on top.
Every time I posted baseball photos on Instagram, I used the hashtag #welivehere.
I thought it would be fun to add that hashtag to my album as well and it seemed like it would work perfectly with the days-of-the-week card.
I love the black and white with turquoise!
At the Pool
What would summer be without some time at the pool, right?
We have a community pool in our neighborhood and spend a lot of time there.
Between that and swim lessons I know I will have plenty of photos to include in this section.
I wanted to mix some fun blue paper with this bright sunburst washi tape.
The blue is too dark for the washi tape to show up when applied directly on top of it, so I cut a piece of white cardstock and added the washi tape to that.
Now I just need to remember to take my camera to the pool more often.
So far I only have two good photos!
Continuing With My Summer Mini Album
This album is far from finished, but so is Summer.
Some sections I know I still want to add are amusement parks, our vacation and playing outside with friends.
As our Summer fun continues, so will my Summer mini album!
Who’s ready to start papercrafting their Summer?
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