insta summer fun | my mind's eye

Do you have a stack of Summertime photos that need a home? I did, too, and decided to take those Instagram photos and add them to a mini book. Big surprise, right? I shared this post on the My Mind's Eye blog in September, where I'm a member of the Design Team. Still pinching myself that I get to create and play with so many beautiful papers and gorgeous embellishments.

Here in East Tennessee, our summer vacation has ended and we're entering getting ready for Fall Break. As I was browsing my Instagram feed in the school pick up line, I began to see the story of how my two girls grew closer together this summer and became best friends, not something I want to forget.
You'll notice that my cover does not have a title, instead, I waited to share the subject of this mini album until the reader opens the front cover. Oooh, and see how all those chunky layers are peeking out and begging you to turn the pages?

You could also punch holes with your paper piercer and use twine to bind your album if you don't have a sewing machine handy. 
After trimming my papers to size and arranging them in a way that allowed each layer to peek out and share just a bit of the story on the next page, I used my sewing machine to stitch the binding right down the middle of all the mini album. You can see in the photo above how I scored the cardstock to form the binding area, which allows the mini album to lie a little flatter than if I just scored the cardstock in half.

Let's take a closer look at these fun pages, all created with the On the Sunny Side collection with a selection of stamps and decorative tapes from Indie Chicand The Sweetest Thing.
Here are my pages in order, which will help you when I give you head to the My Mind's Eye blog for a supply list and trimming guidelines make an Insta-Fun Summer mini album yourself!

The second photo on the right shows the stitching right down the center of the mini album.

I received such a warm welcome over at My Mind's Eye. I hope you might be inspired to gather a collection of photos that tell your summer story and begin creating a mini album, too.

NOTE  |  Here's where you can find a detailed supply list as well as specific instructions on what dimensions to trim your cardstock to create a mini book just like this one I created for My Mind's Eye.  Just click on any photo to view a larger image.


  1. you and your mini's. one in the same, i think.
    seems as though lots of fun is being had with mme.


  2. Ooh, what a beautiful mini! I love it!

  3. So adorable, Monika!! Sisters are the best -- I know your girls will treasure this album for years to come! I love how you incorporate the glassine bags into your books. So creative and useful!! :) Two enthusiastic thumbs up, my sweet friend!


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