just be you

Let’s all say it together...I love mini-albums! There, doesn’t that feel better?

I’m going to start off with a 4x4 mini I made for my youngest daughter. As I was getting ready to photograph the album, she sat down and started looking through it. Half way through, she excitedly said, “It’s all about me!” A girl after her scrapbooking Mommy’s heart.

I embellished the front of my 4x4 mini, which is a painted canvas cover from Zutter {the Bind-it-All company}, with a “just be you” rub-on from the Jocelyn collection, which I cut it down to a different configuration to fit the cover. The starburst swirl is part of the beaded frill also from the Jocelyn collection. I used my Crop-o-Dile to insert a grommet through which I strung my beaded chain, my Victoria hang tag, and some SEI ribbons.

Her nickname is Spunky, if that tells you anything and I used that description as my starting point, choosing a different characteristic of hers for each page. You can find the font here. All but one of the patterned papers came from the Jocelyn collection 6x6 paper pad. For the inside front cover, I used paper strips left over from cutting the 6x6 papers down to 4x4 to make my own pattern of SEI papers!

Here are a few more pages:

You can create your own descriptive word art labels using your word processing software and then trimming to fit. If you don't have a word processing program, use your letter stamps and spell the word inside a punched shape and adhere that to the page. Worried about ordering 4x4 prints to use for this mini? Don't! Just use your 4x6 photos and trim to 4x4. Ta Da! 

How about using this same idea as a charming gift for grandparents, using one page for each child or family member. Maybe instead of a description, just type their names in the label.

This post was originally featured at SEI, where I was a guest designer.


  1. LOVE it, Monika. What a great tribute to Victoria - like a personality time capsule. I really should do the same for each of mine. GREAT idea, as always!

  2. she is also a mini-you :)

    hey, monika, how do you display your minibooks?

  3. Excellent idea and beautiful mini Monika!!
    TFS ~

  4. So cute!! Love the mini album! I can see why she loves it!


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