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How to Create a Simple Mini-Album Gift

Create a simple mini album giftAre you looking for a unique and meaningful gift idea?

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.

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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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Alice Digital Signature 2013


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  • Wendy 10 November, 2015, 6:33 pm

    i love mini albums – they take the guess work out of things and let things go much faster. Still, I’m in awe that you managed to do this album in less than a weeke!

    • Alice. 10 November, 2015, 7:15 pm

      Thanks Wendy! I actually only spent three evenings working on it. That included printing the photos at home. They weren’t even crazy late nights, surprisingly enough! If I ever see a set of pocket cards that are Canadian themed I might just pick them up to be prepared for the future!

  • Ali 14 November, 2015, 8:27 am

    Awesome job, Alice. I always enjoy seeing how other CTMH gals use our stamps! Wasn’t that one of the Mountie/flag, etc gorgeous? Your student must have LOVED receiving the album– and his family would be thrilled to see it too. 🙂 Great job- I love your posts!!

    • Alice. 16 November, 2015, 10:29 pm

      Thanks! I really enjoyed making this album.

      I have a totally integrated way of scrapbooking that mixes CTMH supplies with everything else! (When I host a class I make sure I use only CTMH supplies so that people can get them, nothing more frustrating than being shown something awesome that I can’t get!)

      I LOVE that they’ve put out so many great Canadian stamp sets, it makes me feel that they truly do care about their Canadian customers, they show it in their actions and by making products that we need and love!