Take a peek at this simple and easy to make mini-album I created as a gift for a Japanese exchange student that stayed at our house.
Koyata was only here with us for a week, and we really enjoyed our time with him. I wanted him to have something tangible to take home as a souvenir, and what would be better than a mini photo album?
Watch the video and then check out at all of the pages in the book!
Here’s a page by page look into the album.
At the end of the post I’ll share tips for creating your own simple mini-album gift.
Tips to create a SIMPLE mini-album gift.
Here’s the tricks I used to keep this album as simple as possible!
1. Select the right album. You’ll notice that this album is a regular photo album with 2 photos on each page. I was able to grab this from Walmart and I didn’t need anything unusual. I liked that this album had space for a photo in the front, so I used that to add a Canadian flag stamp as this book was for our Japanese exchange student.
2. Use short cuts. I added extra information and embellishment by using pocket cards. I would have used pre-made pocket cards to make this album WAY FASTER if I had some that fit with my Canadian theme. As it was, I kept it very simple.
3. Pick a colour theme. Once I decided that this album would be black, white and red I didn’t have to worry about hunting around for extra embellishments.
4. Limit your choices. You’ll notice in this album the only embellishments are stamps, and even then I only used black or red ink, and there’s no patterned paper! (shocking, I know!) I pulled out a few Canadian themed stamp sets, a couple of Halloween ones, and chose two alpha sets, a larger one and a smaller one. That’s it. By limiting my choices it was easy to find something that worked, instead of trying to find the ‘perfect’ embellishment.
5. Work on a time limit. I HAD to have this album ready by the time our student was leaving, so I didn’t have a long time to agonize over how I was going to get it done! Having a time limit really made me focus on what I needed to do.
I hope you will be inspired to create a quick mini album as a gift. If you’ve made a gift album feel free to share your best tips in the comments!
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