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Another little project I made back in 2009 for Valentine's Day. If you want to make one for yourself, find similar mini tins {perfect to tuck business cards inside, too} in the shop.

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I made one for Nana {Gordon's Mom}, one for Oma {my Mom} and one for Mommy {me} to carry in our purses. You know how it is when you see someone you've not seen for a while and their first question is, "Do you have pictures of the kids?" Well, you and I, we have our cell phones with at least a few pics on there, right? Our Moms have cell phones, too, but photos of the kids on there? No. At least not ours. And if they did, they wouldn't know how to access them. So, I thought this was a cute spin on a brag album.

I feel pretty safe saying all this because no one in my family reads my blog. And if you do, hey, leave a comment so I know you're out there, okay?

I recycled a Christmas gift card tin, thinking that the colors fit so well with my patterned papers and that the snowflakes didn't look too snowflake-y, even for February. Each kiddo has their own mini-album page and three characteristics unique to them at the time. I included their ages, too, because I'm often at a loss for exactly when a photo was taken. I decorated the insides of the gift tin with more of the coordinating patterned paper, but you wouldn't have to do that. The mini is held together with a simple ball chain, which is a nice contrast to the "cuteness" of the album.

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And the last photo? All the items I make for family, I sign off with "The Wright Stuff" and the year. Yeah, I'm kind of goofy like that.

20 comments

  1. Wonderful!!! Love Your projects

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  2. #2
    since it is small having the pieces already laid out is bettr (for me anyway!)

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  3. I would dearly love one of these to purchase..or two or three!!! What a wonderful neat crafty beautiful idea!!

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  4. Love your site (yes, I lurk), love this project and I would be interested in purchasing a kit that I could put together. I love the inspiration on your site.

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  5. #2. go ahead and place my order - would love one just like that! for me to add pics and words. love love love it!

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  6. I love this, Monika!! What a charming and thoughtful gift, even if it's for myself. I think I will have to try it!

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  7. Absolutely adorable...and 1 & 2 : )

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  8. I have gift tins ordered and will start making the mini's to fit inside so I can list pretty much as soon as the tins arrive. I'll make a variety of patterns for you to choose from...color is the spice of life!

    Thanks all for your super nice comments and all your encouragement, too!

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  9. This is so sweet and simple Monika, and I love the way you sign your creations!
    I rarely buy ready made minis because I'm kind of a control freak, but if I wasn't, I'd certainly purchase one of these. I'd probably want it in the 'you put it together' form so I could customize it and feel like I had a hand in it. So clever and cute!

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  10. WOW, what an absolutely darling idea!!! LOVE this!

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  11. #2 for me. This just might pull me out of my etsy ban. What a cute idea. I would want one for myself, too.

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  12. what a great idea - the tins for valentines day - a couple of years ago I did something similar with tins - (big fan of tins)- it reminds me to do it again this year

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  13. Oh I love this Monika!
    I've made quite a few of them in th epast and they always make great gifts !!

    Thank you ~

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  14. What a wonderful idea, I would go for ready made, so number 2!

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  15. I can't wait for the DIY kits! This is a super project fot the busy working mama's that still love to be crafty but need help with the "time" issue! Thanks for sharing all of your wonderful projects. I love it all! :)

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  16. Adorable! And that would be #2 for me! ;)

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  17. For me, the response is #3, but I am not surprised to see all the #2s. This is just a wonderful idea.

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  18. love this idea...
    I have these tins already...hope you dont mind if I borrow this idea for my girls for valentines day ??

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  19. I love your mini album! So colorful and special! I found you on Pinterest, can you believe it? So many projects..and this is one of my fav's-might have to steal it from you.. ")
    If you have time, please come on over and link up at my party which goes on every weekend..wishing you and your family a wonderful Christmas and most of all a healthy New Year!

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