VIDEO: Mini Album Flip Through // Easy DIY Gift!

November 19, 2016

Welcome back friends! We're kicking off the reason of the season with this DIY gift idea! The holidays are approaching quickly and if you're going to DIY a lot of the presents under the tree, then you'll want the biggest head start you can get! The simple idea that I am sharing today is similar to the DIY Mini Album Kit I share last year around Christmas except this one is more of a completed gift. 

This mini album is from Basic Grey and it's in the color milk chocolate. This is a waterfall album where the pages are not all the same size, but they have a cascade sort of effect. Making any type of mini album for friends or family is a really great and sentimental/thoughtful gift! I have a full flip through video below, but I will go into some more details and tips about giving a mini album as a gift down below!

Although I named most of the products in the flip through video, I'll also have some links to where you'll be able to purchase those or similar products at the end of this post. Now, I'll discuss the method I used for creating an album for someone else.

My first step was determining a theme for the album. I noticed that I had a lot of photos of my niece playing lacrosse (Lax) and I thought this would be a fitting theme for the mini. This will serve as a gift to her whole family to cherish these memories. A very thoughtful idea that will mean so much and it's something that you love to do! If you're nervous about making your first mini album, don't worry! This was my second ever mini album (I think) and it was super easy and fun! I wanted to keep the front cover simple, but also something that was bold. When I turned to my sticker stash for a title, these large gold letters caught my eye! These beauties are from Target's Spritz brand. I paired the bold and large letters with a whimsical and cursive wood veneer to complete the title. 

As for the inside of the mini album, I decided to keep it super simple. I mainly did a couple paper layers with the photos and then washi tape to add more color without adding dimension. As you might've been able to tell, this mini album does not lay flat. It's actually quite thick. This was due to the fact that I used a lot of wood veneer, chipboard, resin flowers, and more that caused so much dimension. I really enjoy dimension on my projects to add interest, but you don't have to add dimension. Washi tape and die cut pieces can add a lot of interest without having to get a lot of dimension.

One way to get an interesting look without a lot of bulk is to use different textures. In this example here, I used tissue paper, foiled polka dots, glittered pieces, and even the washi tape patterns add extra interest. Since you are making this for someone as a gift, be aware of their favorite colors. If you are unsure about their favorite colors, then maybe experiment with different color schemes on different pages.

I didn't want this mini album to be too photo heavy. I wanted there to be photos, but also the possibility to include fun and motivational spots for my niece to read. There's parts that say be brave and other parts that leave room for journaling. Don't be afraid to add fun interactive elements like pockets and tags that can be used to include more photos.

Treat each set of pages as if it is its own layout. This will help you experiment with new designs without getting stuck in a rut. However, if you're more comfortable sticking to one template, you go girl! This mini album should reflect your hard work and not just stress you out with being unique. As you saw in the flip through video, this minimalistic mini album took me two days to complete. I had an idea in mind and gathered supplies, then ran with it. It was freeing to work on a layout that was not 12x12 for once! I really enjoyed experimenting with a new shape and type of memory keeping and hope you all will try it too.

Lastly, I wanted to mention how freeing this project was. I have never really scrapbooked for anyone else besides myself, so this was a completely different type of experience for me. I think that it was eye opening in a way to try and perceive someone else's preferences when it comes to how they see their photos. I hope that my niece enjoys her present and I hope that you all enjoyed the flip through and tips I gave you! Thanks for stopping by!

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