we are 5 | creating keepsakes blog guest post

I have a confession...I’m a bit of a mini book fanatic. Okay, so you already knew that it’s actually my go-to medium for documenting our family’s stories and that I’ll choose a mini book before making a layout most any day. Let me share this project that I was honored, and thrilled, and giddy to share on the Creating Keepsakes magazine blog recently.

I’ve left my embellishments in this mini album to the bare minimum, just letting the papers, photos and words shine, but you could certainly add layers and trinkets and chipboard until your binder rings won’t hold another thing! Somehow, this just seemed right.

After printing off your free mini book page download, decide whether you wish to use 6x4 photos or to trim them to 4x4 as I did. Using the 4x4 photos allowed me to make my album pages have staggered sizes. Each page of the album gets progressively longer and more of the patterned paper shows.

We’re a family of five, hence the “we are 5” title, and each of us has our own page in this mini book describing what our loves were at the time these photos were taken last Easter.

And  now for the cuties in our life:

Yes, that's one of the 4 new baker's twine colors from The Twinery! This shade is Orchid and you're gonna LOVE it for all your Springtime projects. It coordinates perfectly with the papers from Echo Park I've used. See that cute little knot? Let me show you a threading tip on how to get that somewhat thicker baker's twine {yes, The Twinery baker's twine is thick and luscious, not thin and bleh} through a smallish hole.

I've shared this threading trick before and here it is again. Using floral wire, cut a length, fold the wire over and slip your twine through. 

Now you can easily pull your twine through your punched hole with no problem at all.

I felt that the twine on the inside front cover looked out of place, so I cut a scrap into a pennant banner, added a sticker and the letter "W" {for Wright} and now I think it looks like it was meant to be!

I hope you enjoy your mini book page template, which will also be available in the downloads section.


  1. this little album is so cute! Congrats on the "spotlight", much deserved :)

  2. It's amazing!! Congratulations on the spot!!! =)

  3. You are the QUEEN OF MINI ALBUMS in my book! Love them ALL!

  4. I love the instant gratification of mini albums. This one is so simple and it looks fabulous.

  5. I saw your mini book either on facebook or in the magazine and I loved it! minis are my favorite too!

  6. Oh, how cute! Thanks for the download- it's such a great book theme!

  7. Looove it! Mini-book perfection!

  8. So cute!! I love the little hearts that you colored in red on everyone's "loves"

  9. Just wanted to say thank you for the download and the wonderful ideas! I love to do mini albums, but always struggle with the journaling, and this is a wonderful way to do this!! Thank you!

    1. So glad you've found a way to make creating a mini book do-able. Have fun and enjoy the download!

  10. Thank you for the download-love this!

  11. Thank you so much for sharing the download! I also love minis and haven't made one in a while. I think I'm overdue for several!


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