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2.09.2011

love :: a mini-album

2.09.2011  at 5:00 AM

Love Mini Album | Monika Wright

I often pick up these 6x6 American Crafts mini's when they are on sale or by using my coupon. Good deals can be found during the after-the-holidays clearance sales, too, so keep your eyes open. Who says that you couldn't use this same idea for a birthday. Or an anniverary.

I find that these albums are a great size, quick to assemble and make super gifts for uncles, grandparents, and husbands, too! For the cover, I used letter stickers for the l, v and e and an AC foam embellishment for the letter o.

Things That We Love Mini Album | Monika Wright

The opening page has a hand cut felt heart and the title of my mini. Don't forget to add a date. You think you'll remember. But you won't. At least I don't.

A page for each of us  {all 5 of us!}  and characteristics that describe us. I tend to do this quite a bit, list characteristics that say who we are and what we're about at a specific point in time, but it's a nice time capsule kind of feature to look back on. Even after only a year. Or two, in this case.

Love Mini Album | Monika Wright

Love Mini Album | Monika Wright

Love Mini Album | Monika Wright

I used the same basic layout for each page, similar embellishments and just one color ink. When I do a gift for my husband, I don't mind using sweet, feminine colors,  but when I do - I try to keep the cuteness factor to a minimum.

Love Mini Album | Monika Wright

That photo of me and my boy above is in the swanky dining room/club high atop Turner Field in Atlanta, GA. We were able to catch a game on our drive back from a trip to Destin, FL courtesy of a business associate of Gordon. We were not too far from home plate just a few rows up. Very, very nice.

Love Mini Album | Monika Wright

Love Mini Album | Monika Wright

Love Mini Album | Monika Wright
 On the page above, I used my 2" circle punch and some pop dots to highlight the photo of Victoria at her work table.

Love Mini Album | Monika Wright

A page dedicated to Gordon and I:

Love Mini Album | Monika Wright

 And the closing page, which is a repeat of the opening page layout:

Love Mini Album | Monika Wright

DESIGN TIP:  When putting the album together, I found that I liked it better when I cut my page inserts a little larger than 6x6 so that they didn't slide around and slip out when being handled by the kids. I also used a very heavyweight cardstock {probably 130 lb.} so that I could use one sheet for both the front and back without the hand-drawn border or words showing through to the other side.

JUST CUTE: Victoria asked me to read her this mini-album {on 2.4.11} and after I finished, she said, "I LOVE THIS!" in the most excited voice. And I love her.


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13 comments:

  1. awesome mini! you truly are the queen of minibooks!

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  2. I'm with Victoria, "I love this!" too!

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  3. My goodness...this is fabulous!

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  4. what a great idea Monika. will keep my eye out for those. tfs.

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  5. SO cute! I think I actually have a few of these in my stash. You make me want to quit my job and just stay home and make mini's every day!

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  6. What a great love mini album! It's very cute and i really love this idea!

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  7. What a great, simple way to do a mini album. I love your ideas and so enjoy your blog.

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  8. Gorgeous book! Simple and lovely.

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  9. What a great way to create a snapshot of your life!!

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  10. What a wonderful mini! Full of love and so precious!!
    TFS Monika

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