Creative Mini Albums for Wedding Gifts

If you are like me, I am always looking for new and interesting ways to create mini albums. I made several of these a few years ago and when I saw the Storytime line I knew this style would be perfect for what I needed to do. My husband’s cousin is getting married this winter so I thought I would make her a cute little album to display some photos leading up to the marriage. The way this album folds up like a book really matching the feel of this line. Once you see how simple this album is to make you are sure to be making them all the time.

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Products your are going to need:

4- 12×12 pieces of cardstock, 2 in one color and 2 in another (I used Gravestone from the Black Widow line and Snow from the Winter Frost line)

Patterned paper (I used Jack, Goldilocks, Gretel, Little Red Riding Hood, and Rumplestiltskin from the Storytime line)

Extra embellishments for decorating your album (I used Storytime Layered Chipboard, Storytime Embossed Stickers, Storytime Journal and Once Embossed tags)

Ribbon

Scoring tool

Paper Trimmer

Adhesives

Okay let’s get started. First take your base cardstock and cut one at 6 x 12 and 3 at 5 3/4 x 12.

With your second color of cardstock cut one at 5 x 12 and 6 at 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 (You will be need 5 of these).

Now you are going to take the pieces that you cut to 5 3/4×12 and score them at 3inches and 9inches. Fold at the score marks and using the piece scored at 9inches from one sheet and adhere it to one of the pieces at the 3inch score mark.

With this new piece adhere it from the 9inch score to the 3inch score on the last sheet.

Fold the flaps over on both sides and then fold it all in creating your mini album part.

Take your 6×12 sheet and score it at (2 3/4″) – (3″) – (9″) – and (9 1/4″) fold and crease. This will be the start of your cover.

Using your 5 1/2×5 1/2 squares attach this to the front cover flap and attach one to the back side. Repeat on the other side.

On the back side of your mini add adhesive and attach in the center of your crease lines on the 6×12 cardstock.

Score your 5×12 cardstock at 5″ and 8 1/2″ fold and crease. Open up your mini and attach this piece in the middle for your opened center page. If you want to keep it as an accordion fold you can, I chose to adhere the two flaps so that if only opens once. This is entirely up to you.

Now take your ribbon and attach it to the back cover allowing enough on both sides to come across the front and tie in a bow. Using your last 5 1/2x 5 1/2″ square adhere it to the back side covering up the ribbon.

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Your album is almost complete, all you need to do is decorate it and add photos!

Thanks for stopping by,

Carrie

Guest Designer Deborah Johnson

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Hi everyone! My name is Deborah Johnson and I’m so excited to be guest designing for We R Memory Keepers today. The gals over at We R Memory Keepers sent me a sample of their “Storytime” Collection and I’m thrilled to share with you what I’ve created.  I simply could not wait to get my scissors, glue and photos out especially when I pulled out the “Jack” paper.  The clouds and castle in the background were perfect for my girl who was photographed in her volleyball jersey.  The colors of this collection are so perfectly matched which makes it easy to coordinate a layout.

I really wanted to keep my focus on that cute smiling volleyball player while also highlighting the castle in the distance.  I don’t know too many girls who would pass up a chance as an aspiring princess which is certainly true for my girlie.  She was on cloud nine when she hit her first serve over the net!

Here’s the full 12″ x 12″ layout.  I cut down the “Jack” paper to 11″ x 11″ so that I could distress the edges and then stitch it onto my background.  I don’t have a fancy distressing tool so I just use my kraft knife (carefully!)

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I cut a piece of “Hansel”, inked the edges and then placed my photo over it.  I punched triangles out of the coordinating paper “Hansel” and then overlapped them to point the way to her sweet smile.  Then, I added a cute arrow paperclip accent piece from Stampin’ Up!

Looking closer, the cute title “You’re Juuust Right” is adhered with dimensional tape – that’s also how I adhered the “Your Majesty” and pumpkin banners in the lower left-hand corner.

 I did a bit of layering both under the photo and on top of the photo.  Here you can see a sweet humming bird hovering above rosettes that I created.  To make the rosettes, I use a 1″ circle punch, then cut a spiral into the paper and very carefully roll the paper onto itself and finish it off with glue and adhere with a glue dot.  The banner strips here are from “Frog Prince” and are just delightful!!

Adding just the right amount of sparkle for an aspiring princess, the self-adhering rhinestone trim is from Webster’s Pages was perfect!

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Materials used:  Cardstock, “Jack”, “Hansel”, ink, kraft knife, sewing machine, coordinating embellishments, paperclip from Stampin’ Up! and beaded trim from Webster’s Pages.

That’s it!  I do hope that you are itching to get some of this line (or ALL of it!)

Have a terrific, scrappy-happy day!

Check out my blog to see additional projects using the “Storytime” Collection”

I couldn’t help it…here is a sneak peek of what you will see there.

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Birthday Layout with Cards Included

One common issue for many scrapbookers is how to include birthday cards on their layouts.  The Albums Made Easy photo sleeves are a great solution for this dilemma.  Take a look at my birthday layout below to find out how I was able to include some birthday cards.
For this layout I used two different photo sleeve configurations–a 6×4 landscape photo sleeve configuration for the left side of my page, and for my right side I used a 6×4 with 6×6 configuration so I could fit my cards.

I simply used some 6×6 Simply Spring papers for the 6×6 pockets and rounded the corners with my 1/2″ Corner Chomper.  Then I added Memo 3×4 Albums Made Easy Journaling Cards and adhered the birthday cards to the background papers.  I punched some tabs with the File Tab Punch, added a strip of text, and adhered them to the front edge of the birthday cards with some Tab Stickers.

Then I slid the whole thing into the 6×6 photo sleeve pocket with the back of the card inside the pocket, and the front of the cards outside the pocket so that they can be opened and read when we browse through our album.

Here are a few more details of my layout.

I cut the large number 3 from a 4×6 Memo Textured Cardstock Card using my Cricut machine.  I love using the smaller textured cardstock cards for punching and die cutting–that way I don’t have to cut into a full 12×12 sheet of textured cardstock.

As I’ve mentioned before, I love to cut out bits and pieces from the AME journaling cards to use as accents on my layouts.  That way I can create my own custom journaling cards.

There are so many different Albums Made Easy photo sleeve configurations, that you’re sure to find one that will meet your scrapbooking needs.  Try mixing and matching different configurations to fit your photos and memorabilia.

~Aly

Supplies used:

Albums Made Easy Memo Journaling Cards

Albums Made Easy Memo Textured Cardstock Cards

Albums Made Easy Photo Sleeves

Simply Spring 6×6 paper pad

File Tab Punch

Tab Stickers

Corner Chomper

Storytime Party Hats

Last week I shared some fun Storytime party invites  for a storybook party.  Today I’m sharing a fun and easy kids craft perfect for a storybook/fairytale birthday party–knight and princess crowns!  Whether you’ve got a house full of little girls dressed in ball gowns or future prince charming, these crowns will be a big hit and keep your party guests busy so you can catch your breath for a little while.

When your party guests arrive, you can hand them one of these and lead them to a table full of stickers, gems, and markers where they can decorate their own personalized crown to their hearts content.
Here’s how to make these crowns:
1. Punch 12×12 sheets of paper with the Lucky 8 Punch of your choice, using both the inner and outer punches.

2. Using the rotary trimmer, cut the punched out paper diagonally.

3. Use one half for the front of the crown, and the other half for a mat for the crown front and the head band.  Trim the corner off for the crown mat, and then trim about an inch and a half strip from the longest edge for the head band.

4. Adhere the mat cut from the corner to the crown front and add some letter stickers to spell the child’s name.  Staple the corners of the crown front to the head band.

I hope this idea helps inspire your future birthday party planning.  Creative cheers!

~Aly

Supplies:

Storytime Paper Pack

Lucky 8 Punches

Crafter’s Stapler

Create a Mini Book using the Envelope Punch Board

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Hi. My name is Carissa Wittig and I’m excited to be featured as We R Memory Keepers Guest Designer.

I was so inspired by We R Memory Keepers Storytime Collection. I knew I needed to make a mini album with it. I’m also a big lover of the Envelope Punch Board. I cannot stop making adorable matching envelopes to go with my various size cards. When I started playing around with the Envelope Punch Board, a mini album just sprang to life. And this paper line helps create the sweetest Storytime book mini album.

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Use the instructions on the Envelope Punch Board to cut, score, and fold 4 envelopes to fit a 6×6 card.

  1. Take 2 envelopes side-by-side and open the interior flaps (the left flap of the right envelope and the right flap of the left envelope). Insert the envelopes into each other.

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1. Fold the back flap onto itself.

2. Take another envelope and insert the right flap into the pocket of the binding. This is the front cover.

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3. Then, take the last envelope and insert the left flap into the pocket of the binding. This is the back cover.

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4. To adhere the flaps to create the mini album, always adhere the outer flap down. Then adhere the top flap to the bottom flap. As you page through the mini album, adhere the folding flaps down.

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5. To create the book binding edge, cut a piece of cardstock 6 ¼” long and 2 ½” wide. Score length wise at ¾”, 1”, 1 ½” and 1 ¾”. Crease into a book binding edge; the sides crease under the center.

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Check out my video tutorial to see how this project was created.

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Albums Made Easy Photo Sleeves

What makes the We R Memory Keepers Albums Made Easy Photo Sleeves stand out?  Their unequaled quality and their unique and varied configurations.  Watch the video below to see for yourself.

There are a few more configurations and sizes available than I was able to demonstrate in the video (including the new Instagram photo sleeves).  CLICK HERE to see We R’s full and unbeatable offering of Albums Made Easy Photo Sleeves.

~Aly

 

Guest Designer Michelle Stokes

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Hi everyone, I’m Michelle from Australia. I’m a mum to 1 little lady and generally a pocket page scrapper. I was super excited to have been asked to be a guest designer for We R Memory Keepers, showcasing the Country Livin’ range, but as we live in a large city, I don’t have any photos that match the Country theme. So instead I have drawn inspiration from the products themselves and scrapped some photos of my little girl.

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Every morning when Leila wakes up, the first thing she says (after good morning) is Light ON! So I thought the embossed tag ‘Light on’ would work perfect with the photos I took of her a few weeks back. 

For the base of the layout I’ve used the Reverse side of the Sunday best paper and cut it down to 8.5×11″. I scrap this size more than 12×12 as I find I can fill the page up easier and there’s less empty space.

I then selected 3 photos to use and printed them out at 2×3″ size. I sanded the edges to give them a rough white border. I stuck the photos onto a piece of Corn yellow cardstock (approx 3.1×5.9″) after I had distressed the edges of that with a pair of blunt scissors. The middle photo is popped up on an angle with some foam tape.

To add some more colour and layers under the photos, I cut the ‘heart’ journalling card from the ‘Town paper’ and a 4×6″ piece from the ‘Picnic Table’ paper. I’ve stapled these to the page along the edges once I was happy with the layout. The entire photo mat is stuck down on top of these with foam tape to add some dimension to the page.

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The banners to the right of the photo are strips from the ‘Southern Drawl’ paper which I’ve used as a base for some stamping. The arrow banner is popped up with foam tape.

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I’ve slipped the ‘Light on’ embossed tag plus 2 white paper doilies underneath the layers, and added some of the embossed stickers to finish it all off.

 

I really enjoyed using this range, it was a step outside my usual colour palette but the end result is one I will love for many years to come.

Michelle Stokes

A Month of Celebrations

Welcome to Birthday Month here on the We R blog!  All month long we’ll be sharing birthday inspiration–invite ideas, birthday layouts, birthday decor, birthday craft ideas–so be sure to stop by often.

Let’s kick things off with some easy storytime party invites for a child’s birthday.  Nursery rhymes and fairy tales are a great starting point for planning a unisex child’s party.  These invites are great for both boys and girls, and can be used as a bookmark once the party’s over.

Here’s a close up of the party details:

To create your own, simply grab some Storytime tags and then trim patterned paper blocks to 6 inches long, and slightly slimmer than the width of your tags.  Cut a “v” shape in the ends.

Place your adhesive at the end of the patterned paper and add the tags.  Print the party detail labels, fill them in, cut them out, and add them along with some brads and ribbon to embellish.

Come back next week and I’ll share a kids craft to go with these party invites.  Cheers!

~Aly

Supplies:

Storytime Paper Pack

Ribbon

Brads