helpful ideas to add to a passport mini album


passport size mini album

I really do love and enjoy crafting mini albums. There is that little storage problem that making these mini albums creates. But that is for another post as I do have solutions for that.

Today's post is provided to you for the Heidi Swapp Media Team. I continue to enjoy exploring the possibilities of the Storyline Chapters Collection. I had an idea I wanted to try. The inspiration came from wanting to isolate a smaller story in it's own mini album.

Then I had the idea of a passport size mini album. A passport is 3.5 inches wide by 5.5 inches tall. It's not the smallest size mini album I have created. But it is pretty small. I just decided on a few Storyline Chapters pattern papers, cut those papers down to size, and stapled them in the middle. This makes for a very simple and easily bound little book.

Inside this mini album is the story of my day around our town with my son and his fiancée during their short visit. I added the title to the inside cover with alpha stickers from the Storyline Sticker Book. A bit of stamp work finished off that page.

The photos included in this mini album are about 2.5 inches wide.
Each of the pages has a little DIY tab.
And for the most part I stayed with just a few patterns to maintain a bit of cohesion to the over all look of the book.

The format of this little mini is as follows: photo on the right side layered with pattern papers + word or phrase stickers + die cut pattern papers.
The left side is journaling with maybe some stamp work and other embellishment.

One of the things I found my self doing this time was paying better attention to the word or phrase sticker I would find to layer with the photo. These Storyline Chapters stickers would then become a prompt for the journaling. I think I want to explore this more in the future. This was a great way to inspire the journaling portion of the story telling.

Storyline Chapters comes with many tags dispersed throughout the collection. I love the tags. They are great journaling spots. One does not have to respond to the words on the tag for the journaling. I decided not to lock myself into feeling like I had to do that. I just used the space to document and was OK with that.

By following a sketch or theme for these pages, it makes it 'easy' to just simply add in the photo, layers of paper and the embellishments. I find this to be a handy way to get mini albums made. I do not have to recreate the format of each page. I just get to play and add elements and enjoy the process.

With that in mind, my hope, as always, is that you too find inspiration and ideas right here to inspire your next mini album.

What is your favorite way to create a mini album?

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  1. Love love this idea! I really like the mini albums too. Such a fun way to capture a fun day or moment.
    Can I ask how you print your pictures in a smaller format? Do you use an app? Any help would be appreciated!
    Thank You!

  2. Hey, Glenda...I print at home. I just crop photos down to about 3-inches wide. These here may actually be a bit smaller than that. I do this in Photoshop Elements on my computer. I then print on photo paper. I have had a lot of questions about this. I may need to figure a post tutorial.