Wednesday, July 13, 2011

My First Mini-Album

My husband and I took a short overnight trip for our anniversary this past weekend.  We went to Peddler's Village in Lahaska, PA.  It's a quaint shopping village with unique stores, restaurants, and an Inn.  We had been there once before last October, and really liked it there, so we went back.  After we had returned from that trip last fall, I knew I wanted to preserve the memories we had made with the many photos we took.  I had been wanting to make a mini-album for some time and this was the perfect reason to do it.  I had just gotten my Cricut Expression back then, but hardly had any experience with it.  Since I already owned a Sizzix BigKick, I decided to get a die that was an "Album Cover and Page" to make a mini-album. 
This die was perfect.  I liked the shape of it, and it punched 3 holes down the left side on each cut.  So all I had to do was put 2 diecut pieces of cardstock together with adhesive, and voila, a two-sided page.  Then I added my pictures and embellishments. The size of each page is 3" H x 4-1/4"L.  Now remember, I made this mini-album last fall, not just now upon our return from our mini-trip!  That would be pretty amazing if I had made an album in one day, now wouldn't it!!  Here's the cover page.
All the patterned papers came from the DCWV Amber Autumn matstack, 4.5x6.5, so not much waste of paper.  I used textured cardstock for all the solid color pages.  Here's a few more pages.
My husband is on the left and that's me on the right.  Notice all the beautiful flowers.  The landscaping was so beautiful throughout the whole village and so well maintained.  I used butterfly and dragonfly mini-punches to decorate the edges. 
I did some journaling (typed on my computer) and created a pull-out card from behind the picture.  Had a few of these throughout the album. 

The flower shapes were cut using my Cricut and the Accent Essentials cartridge.  I probably only had 4 cartridges then--the ones that came with my original bundle!  The back cover is green to match the front cover, and left un-embellished. 
So that's my first mini-album; in total there were 19 2-sided pages, and 32 pictures!  Glad I could share it with you. Yes, it's simple, I know.  But that was my first one and now I kinda know what I'm doing, so I should be able to improve upon the next one!  Thanks for looking; appreciate all your comments. 


  1. beautiful! I have that die cut and you have inspired me to complete my 4th of July album!
    TFS :)

  2. What a great, great job! I love mini's you can pack so many memories in such a beautiful showcase!!

    I love the journaling tag you can pull out, very clever, more room for pictures!! TFS! Looks like you had a great time.


  3. Wow, you did a fantastic job on your 1st mini:) I love the colors you used and what a great keepsake! Glad you had a good time:)
    Sherrie K

  4. Pat - Great job on your first mini! I am pondering trying my first for a coworker who is having a baby boy in 2 months... Now I'm inspired - Thanks!

  5. WOW, that looks fantastic! I like that the whole project isn't as scary to complete as a scrapbook because of its size (even though it's still a lot of work!). How do you store your mini albums? Do you put them all together on a shelf or in a box?

  6. What an awesome mini album...super cute. You did a great job! ~Shen

  7. Wow Pat! This is amazing and very well done! You would never know this was your first mini-album... :)

  8. So awesome! I love the colors and ribbon. Thanks for sharing!


  9. WOW! Pat great job on your first mini. I have this die and works fantastic! TFS and fabulous.

  10. WOW Pat Great Job!!!!! I love it!! Looks like you had a great time, and the mini is fabulous!!!


  11. I can't believe this is your first is FABULOUS! Wow, I love the colors and the pictures are just amazing! What an awesome project! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and entering my giveaway :)


  12. love it Georgiana sent me....

  13. This is beautiful and has so many bold and fun colors! Looking forward to seeing more of your great creations, I am now a follower. :)

    I would love if you stopped by my craft blog, Made Especially For You.


  14. Such a beautiful mini! Wonderful photos, that is a great die-cut!

    I missed visiting with you!

  15. Pat,
    Great mini album, can not believe this is your first one! Great job, it is fantastic!
    I really need to attempt one.
    Thanks for sharing:)

  16. Hey Pat, I love this album!! You did a great job! You have been very busy lately!! Can't wait to see your entry for my Challenge, Good luck, Karen♥

  17. I have been so busy lately I haven't been able to visit regularly, but today I am going back and looking at all your projects. You have done a fantastic job with your creations. This mini album is superb. I already have a list of projects I want to try, but this one may need to be added.

    Visit when you can to see the sketches I added to my top bar. Something new I wanted to try! What do you think?

    Carson's Creations

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