Hi friends! Last February we took a family vacation to the Bahamas. I took quite a few photos and I wanted a way to showcase them as well as keep all of the souvenirs we picked up while we were there.
I have not made a mini book in ages! I always liked them but they would become so tattered with the kids pulling them on and off the bookshelf to look at them and the reason I scrapbook is so the kids can see pictures of their memories so I did not want to spend time making books they couldn’t enjoy. Since the album fits in a keepsake box it will protect it as it is pulled on and off the shelf as well as hold other odds and ends that don’t fit in the album. Win win! Watch the video to see how I made this and learn my scrapbooking mini album tips!
The beautiful Keepsake Box and Album template I used to make my project is from JenofEve Designs. Use coupon code LINDSAY20 to take 20% off your entire purchase through July 31, 2017 JenofEve Designs has a detailed instructional video on assembling the book and box and while you’re at it consider subscribing to her YouTube channel for tons of free tutorials!
- Large Keepsake Box and Album Template Bundle
- Craft knife with a sharp blade
- Cutting mat
- Metal Edge Ruler
- Bone folder
- Scoring board (optional but recommended)
- Strong double-sided tape (like scor-tape/Sookwang)
- Mat board, chipboard or doubled up cereal boxes (for box and album cover)
- Decorative scrapbook papers (or use the paper provided)
- Computer and printer (for printing templates and instructions)
- Embellishments to match the theme of you album
- Photos and ephemera
- Thick wet glue or hot glue for lumpy embellishments
- Paint, ink, stamps etc. (optional)
1. Store the templates for the box and album in their own page protectors so you don’t get them mixed up and you can use them again later without having to reprint. I was able to slip each page protector with the templates and the printed instructions in a job ticket holder but you could easily store them in a binder too!
2. To save tracing time you can print the templates directly on your decorative paper as well!
3. Keep a shallow basket of box handy to store all of the supplies for this project, that way it will be a snap to clean up between sessions and your project supplies will be on hand the next time you go to create!
4. Use strong adhesive for the construction of the box and album.
5. Add flaps and pockets as you go to accommodate the photos and ephemera you want to use.
6. Store extra keepsakes relating to your album in the keepsake box.
7. If you want to save time and photo paper (and you print at home) select the photos you want to use in multiples of 4 and choose 4 photos on a page. It will give you 3.5″x5″ prints which I think works great on an album of this size. You can print in this fashion right from the Windows picture viewer saving time and effort too.
8. Mix it up! The K & Co paper and flip-flop buttons were new but the graphic 45 paper, stamps and other embellishments were moldy oldies! You can make older supplies look fresh when you mix it with something new. Make scrapbook kits from supplies you already own!
I hope this project inspires you to preserve your vacation memories! I want to thank JenofEve Designs for sponsoring this video and til next time happy crafting!