Lowri McNabb shares her tips and tricks for creating a darling file folder mini album. Read through her process below!
There is a scrapbook trend now that is exploring many alternative means of memory keeping. This little album borrows from a few of those trends and makes a great slimline alternative to a traditional mini album, is much smaller than a layout, and you can display it like a card!
I decorated the front with an inked chipboard balloon, carefully backed with an acetate print to give it more dimension. The “Notes” clip I made from chipboard, and it has a magnet on each surface inside. Would you believe the magnet goes through all those layers of paper to hold it together? The magnets are super slim and super strong!
Inside the folder on the left hand side, I have put a small transparent envelope containing a journaling card I made. I simply printed out my journaling onto one of the pieces of paper from the 6x6 pad and cut it down to size. One of my favorite techniques is to print directly onto pattered paper. You just need to cut paper down to a size that will fit in your printer’s manual feed and adjust the settings so the printer knows what size you are printing onto. Practice on some copier paper first cut to size to get it just right!
As always the fabulous selection of Echo Park stickers make decoration a breeze! This collection was so “on-trend” that I had heaps of little bits in my stash that matched perfectly, including this lovely bird washi tape I used on the top and bottom of the album.
On the right hand side is a little flip book with all the photos I wanted to include. I cut rectangles of paper sized 10” x 4”, 8 x 4” and 6” x 4", rounded all the corners and scored them in the middle. I then punched holes equal distances from the center fold, threaded them together with baker's twine and added some pictures. To ensure it stays flat, I used some smaller, super thin magnets to form a closure.
The photos in the album were all taken by my husband on his phone on a dull and rainy day. I have cropped them heavily, added a retro photo effect (using picmonkey – free online here) and cut them out with a simple white border. They are never going to win any photography prizes, but they capture the fun of the day perfectly; and I wouldn’t have it any other way!
I love this mini-album concept, and it’s great for someone who does not do a lot of journaling like me. This Everyday Eclectic collection was perfect to use with its carnival imagery, and you can see it all online here.
Lowri has so many ideas for mini albums. I always feel inspired. Don't you? Be sure to check out the other ideas from our Design Team Experts each Tuesday and Thursday here on our blog!