It's National Scrapbooking Month, what have you been making???
Save money and time with this approach to making hodgepodge mini albums by Doris Sander
When you use scraps and product packaging to make a “hodgepodge” mini album you get a charming and inexpensive project for your photos. Add this time-save process and you’ll have a great stash of minis to keep and give away.
I will confess: I was initially a bit intimidated at the thought of making hodgepodge mini-albums. Since then, I’ve developed my own approach to putting them together, and now I am hooked. Here’s what I do:
hodgepodge mini album ingredientsAs you’re acquiring and using product for your other scrapbook pages, be sure to save the chipboard backing from packaging. Keep an eye out, also, for the scraps and little bits that lend themselves to a mini album.
“assembly line” production of hodgepodge mini albumsI’ve found that using this time-save approach is a great way to put together a nice stash of gift albums.
As you’re clearing your workspace, spend five minutes arranging your scraps and papers and into stacks for several mini albums. When you’ve got a spare half-hour, cover fronts and backs of packaging materials with patterned paper. Don’t overthink it, just cover them!
add photos and journaling
When you’ve got another 30 minutes, edit and print photos for your hodgepodge minis. I like printing at 2″x3″ to save thinking time. I usually end up cutting a few down even smaller. Consider printing a couple photos at 4″x6″ then adhering back-to-back to add an extra page. Remember–when you’re making gifts, it saves even more time to print multiples of the same photo and do a second or third album.
Once the photos are mounted, go back through and add titles and journaling. I used label stickers, journaling cards, and letter stickers on the interior so my album would lay flat.
The final half hour is spent prettying up the front. Also look at the right edges of the pages in your mini-album. Since you’ve arranged things to be sequentially smaller as you move up the stack, these are great spots for adhering dimensional embellishments. My mini-albums are still laying totally flat, but they still have all the dimensional bits that I love because they’re carefully placed on page edges.
Use a hole punch to punch out a spot for the book-binding ring on the left side of each page and tie on a pretty bow!