Mini Album Round Up & Hop

mini album blog hop
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Hi there and welcome to my site! If this is your first time here I am scrapbooker that teaches you how to get the photos off of your phones and into an album quickly and easily. You might have come from Nubia over at the Papercutting Nerd where she shared her love of mini albums.
I have a special place in my scrapbooking heart for mini albums! They can be used for anything and everything and in this post I am going to take you back to some of the mini albums that I have made in the past. I had this elaborate plan for a new mini album but unfortunately my vacation snuck up on me and I didn’t get a chance to finish my album.
I did manage to create a Cricut cut file for you that you can use in design space to create your own magnificent mini album. You can grab the cut file here. For this mini album I designed it to be 6×6 size. You would need two pieces of chipboard for the front and back of the album if you would like it to be sturdy. The cut file has the pieces for the blank 6×6 pieces of cardstock for the overlays to be on top of but you don’t have to cut them out with the Cricut. Those pieces of paper I suggest you cut them out with your paper trimmer so that you can get more bang for your buck and your aren’t loading your Cricut tons of times in order to get this mini album made. This post does contain affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking through my links.
Now let’s talk about mini albums. The most recent mini album that I made was using the binding technique that My Sisters Scrapper has and just let me tell you this is really my favorite type of mini album to make. They are just so sturdy and I love how you can really decorate them and add tons of pockets on these types of albums. You can see the video for this mini album by clicking here.
CTMH Heart Strings Mini Album

CTMH Heart Strings Mini Album

The next albums that I am going to share with you are these adorable Folio Albums. What I love about these is that they are really perfect for all those Instagram/4×4 photos because I used the 4×4 Flip Flaps in these albums. I created one for Halloween and one for Thanksgiving and thought they were perfect way to document some photos from these holidays.

You can see the video for the Thanksgiving Folio by clicking here and the video for the Halloween Folio video here. 

All three of the albums were made with chipboard for the front, back and spine of the albums. The folio albums also make great gifts because they are so easy to put together and they really don’t take more then a half hour depending on how elaborate you want to get for the front of the album. The album fronts for these folio albums were both made using my Cricut.

Another album that I made using my Cricut was for my mom for Mother’s Day this year and of course I forgot to take a photo of it before I gave it to her. I used my Cinch to bind everything and the Elegant Edges cartridge to create the pages for this album. You can see the walkthrough for this album by clicking here.

Now the last mini album that I am going to share with you was one of my favorite albums from last year. It was my second year doing a Thankful album with Cathy Zielske and I used the We R Memory Keepers 4×4 mini album. I have to admit though that I loved the full 4×4 page protectors but I was not crazy about the 2×2 pockets. When I create a mini album like this again I don’t think I will use the 2×2 pages simply because it was a pain in the booty figuring out which photos I wanted to be that small and then cropping them on the phone and such.

You can see the walk through of this album by clicking here. I purchased Cathy Zielske’s stamp set for this album last year and I can’t wait to see what she puts together for this year.

What is your favorite type of mini album and why do you like them? Let us know in the comments.

Don’t miss out on the other ladies about their love for mini albums! Here is the complete list.

1.   Kelly Jean at  kelsterjean designs
2.  Amanda at Random Sweetness
3.  Nubia at  The Papercutting Nerd
4.  Beth – Scrapping Wonders (You Are Here)
5.  Heather at Heather’s Crafty Heart
7.  Charity at  Scrappin’ Chaos
8.  Mandi at Kraze of MJ
9.  Heather at – Coffee and Pretty Paper
10. Kristin at rukristin papercrafts


Christmas in July Blog Hop & Process Video

christmas in july

Welcome to the blog hop if I am your first stop then you are going to want to check out the other ladies and leave a comment so that you can be entered for your chance to win a free bundle. Make sure you leave a comment on each post to be entered, you can see all the participants in the blog hop at the bottom of this post!

Now lets talk about scrapping those photos that you take with your iPhone all the time. I have been sharing a project life app process video for the past few weeks and if you have missed any of them you can see the first process video by clicking here. This series is going to teach you how to scrap quickly and easily with your phone and how to get a layout done in five to ten minutes which is all the time you have sometimes during the holiday season.

I also highly suggest that you grab the get it all done holiday checklist to help you get ready for the holidays, I don’t know about you but those last two weeks before Christmas seem to fly by! All you have to do is click here to get the free checklist so that you can start getting ready for the holidays.

So are you ready for this weeks process video with the project life app so that you can get your photos scrapped quickly and easily. That is the name of the game right? To get your photos scrapped so that you can enjoy them and preserve your memories. This weeks video is sharing how to incorporate Phonto and Snapbook into your project life layouts.

I want to share with you that there are millions of apps available in the app store and before you know you it, you can get overwhelmed and never get a photo scrapped because you have so many choices. For this very reason I don’t use a ton of apps to get my layouts completed in the project life app. I use a few apps all the time and more often than not I only use the project life app to complete a layout.

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Project life app layout made using Phonto

I will share with you that the Snapbook is cool but I don’t use it often. I do use the Phonto app a ton because I can add my own embellishments to photos and I can add my own fonts to the app. I think Phonto is a great way to add titles or journaling directly onto your photos before you put them in the project life app and lets not forget that the app is free.

There are 14 other amazing Christmas products to get you ready for the holidays, NOW! 😀  There is a large variety of different classes, patterns, scrapbooking products, calendars and more! You can grab the bundle by clicking here and get ready for the holidays!

How would you like to win one of the bundles? Just leave me a comment below telling me how you scrap your phone photos. A winner will be chosen at random from all the comments left on participating blogs’ posts. Comments will close at 9:00 PM EST on July 10th. That’s today, so don’t wait!!

1. SB Bundles Blog – Blog Hop Time!

2. Melissa Shanhun – Your December Solution

3. Cara Vincens – Send those Christmas cards this year 

4. Alison Day – Pocket Page December Daily 

5. Jen Funk Weber – Creative Christmas in July 

6. Beth Soler – Scrap those phone photos quickly and easily (you are here)

7. Lisa Harris – The Christmas in July Bundle Blog Hop


Heartstrings Mini Album

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close to my heart mini albumI love mini albums and I wanted to make something to use up the Heartstrings paper and PML cards that I have sitting around my scrap area. I came up with this great idea to make a mini album for the Listers Gotta List July challenge and I love the way it turned out.

I grabbed the idea for the album from My Sisters Scrapper and I went to work creating this little mini album. The first thing I did was create the base and then I covered everything with some of the Heartstrings paper and inked all the edges with some Distress Ink (Victorian Velvet). Then I went to work on making the pockets for the album which I then also covered with paper. After all the pockets were made I added a PML card to the back and front of each pocket. I figured that this would be the area that I write my lists on.

Lastly I broke out the computer and Design Space so that I could create the inserts for my pockets. I used the Elegant Edges cartridge which I love using for mini albums and created 6 different inserts using the Heartstrings paper. Now I know you have heard me talk about how much I love my Cricut Explore before but have I told you how much I love the Cricut app?! I managed to create my page inserts on my phone while the baby was taking a nap and then cut them a little bit later in the day. The iPad app has been out for a while now but for me the iPhone app makes my life a whole lot easier because I often find myself in situations where there is a child sleeping on me.

Design Space plus my iPhone, iPad or my computer truly make it so much easier for me to get my 15 minutes of creative time in every day. I know that if I am able to create a cut file and save it to my phone then I am able to cut out my images quickly and easily and actually use my crafty time to get crafty.

With Design Space, you can start designing from scratch on your computer, iPhone® or iPad®, or you can use a pre-designed, Make It Now™ project. These ready-to-make projects are created by professional artists and include everything from home décor to fashion to paper crafting, and even a variety of FREE projects.

If you want to use one of Cricut’s 50K+ images, you can try them out in the Design Space to see which will look best in your project before you commit to purchasing it.

Really the possibilities are endless with my Cricut Explore, Design Space and my iPhone. Just check out this little walk through of my mini album and see how cute and adorable it is.

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