Mini Album – I Believe in Family Together at the Beach

This week I thought it would be fun to make an album with pictures from our trip to the beach Memorial Day weekend. I had been meaning to do something with these photos since it was such a great trip and I have so many fond memories from the day.

I had fun using the Cricut cartridge Create a Critter. I would not have normally thought of this cartridge when making a beach album, but several of the shapes were so versatile. They looked perfect in this vintage beach album.

While I was writing the journaling, I thought I would write about what we physically did (play in the sand, make sand castles etc…) but instead I ended up writing more about how I felt when I looked at the pictures and I think that is ok. While so often we get got up in the products and the art of scrapbooking, sometimes we loose sight of the ultimate purpose – to share a story. So remember when you are journaling it is ok to write about other things than what is happening in the photo. You can write about how you felt, the emotional part that you may not get from just looking at the photos. Tell a story… your story.

I hope you enjoy the project and here are the instructions:

1. Cover – Paint the cover of an album with modeling cream and white acrylic heavy body paint to give the cover a textured whitewash distressed look. Add an antiqued tag, monogram letter, flower, and ticket. Add title and tie a ribbon on the left side.

2. Page 1 – Adhere picture to the center. Add journaling below. Tie a ribbon and trinkets on the left side of the page.

3. Page 2 – Adhere picture to the center. Add journaling to the bottom and stamp on the top of the photo. Add embellishments (flower, heart, and washer).

4. Page 3 – Fold over a transparency to make a tab and staple in place. Add a barrette to the photo and adhere to the center of the page. Add journaling to the bottom of the page.

5. Page 4 – Fold the page inward to create a flap. Add a tag to the top and adhere the photo towards the top of the page. Add embellishments (ticket, rubons, and flowers).

6. Inside of Page 4 – I used this hidden area to journal more. I used the stamp accessory from the snail. I cut out the the shape at 2.5″.  Adhered this to the left side of the page and journaled around it.

7. Page 5 – I had used a tag to cut out the shift Accessory of the stamp. I used the negative on this page and journaled on top of it.

8. Page 6 – Add a strip of Tim Holtz tape and adhered the picture on the left hand side. Added embellishments and stamp.

9. Page 7 – Adhere the photo in the upper right hand corner. Add embellishments to the left side of the photo. Cut out the accessory to the octopus and placed on the right side of the photo.  I set it to 4.5″. Add a strip of transparency for a tab. Stamp message and adhered to the page. Add journaling below.

10. Page 8 – Add photo to the center of the page. Adhere embellishments and the whale (layers 1 and 2) to the right hand side. I used the setting 2.75″. Add journaling below photo.

11. Page 9 – Add photo and journaling below. Staple ribbon at the top of the page.

12. Page 10 – Adhere photo and add embellishments. Journal below photo.

Notes: Since my pages were pretty heavy with embellishments I decided to adhere a piece of cardboard in between each page to give it extra durability. I also glued just three sides of the pages together, leaving the top open for tags and more journaling pieces.


Addison Paige

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Modern brag book or mini album?


Hi Everyone,

I’m Maggie,Happy Friday! the weekend is finally here. I remember when my daughter was born, as a proud momma before anyone can ask how she is, I would whip out a little brag book with pics of every facial expression. My little brag book was simple it was pics with a bit of decoupage with dates, and where the pic was taken.

Today with all the beautiful papers and the advent of scrapbooking it’s easy to create a mini album out of a brag book to reminisce a trip or an event.

I chose to highlight a recent trip to Bahamas, the best part is with just a few products it’s easy to createthis mini in less than 15mtes, kewl eh?

Let’s begin!


  1. Hobby Lobby brag book, Prima Say it in Crystals.
  2. Cricut, Cuttlebug machines, Cuttlebug embossing folder European, Life’s a beach, Martha Stewart Cartridge, Coredination cardstock Black Magic, My mind’s eye summer cardstock,fluid chalk.


  1. Cut border from Martha Stewart at 6.25″,ink the edges, cut 5 circles at 1.5″, emboss with cuttlebug folder, ink the edges. Adhere the border to the book, add the circles, add rhinestones to interconnect the circles.
  2. Cut Hibiscus at 2.75″, 1.5″,1″ from Life’s a beach, ink the edges,add stickles to the edges of the petals, add rhinestone to the pestil of the Hibiscus.
  3. Cut 8 4×6 paper from cardstock to pattern paper. Insert your pictures, add journaling.

Voila done!

A Modern mini album using a brag book!

Have a fantastic weekend!


PS You can visit my work at Passionately Artistic

“A Magical Day” – YourStory Mini-Scrapbook

Happy Tuesday people!

I took my niece for her first trip to Disneyland a couple of months ago and thought that she’d like to have a scrapbook about it so she could look back and reminisce about all the fun we had.  I used my Cuttlebug to emboss the covers of the cardstock 5″ x 7″ YourStory album (using the new Brocade Window Embossing Plus folder).  I love how it really dresses it up!  I also used the new Fanciful Labels Embossing Plus folder with my Cuttlebug to make that blue banner under my title.  Even the back cover of the book is embossed!

Inside I just used 5″ x 7″ photos from our trip and used adhesive to mount the back sides together so that they are double sided pages.  Once my pages were prepared I just plopped them all into the cover and inserted the whole thing into my YourStory to “cook”…a couple of minutes later I had a finished book!

Click here to download the the free instructions on how to make this mini-scrapbook.