Scrapbookers take a lot of pictures. It’s an addiction, and it doesn’t matter if you use a digital camera
or a traditional camera- if you’re a scrapbooker, chances are you snap picture after picture, hoping to get that “perfect”
shot. Then, when you sit down to scrapbook your photographs, you probably find it hard to pick and choose which ones to
include on your layout, and you end up making several pages to cover the same event.
One way to make a single scrapbook layout with 10 or more photographs, is to create a mini album within your
scrapbook page. This will allow you to fit more photographs in your albums on fewer pages!
There is no need to purchase the pre designed mini albums (unless you want to), as you can create these interactive
elements with the supplies you have on hand. The easiest way to create your mini album is to first decide exactly how many
photographs you want to incorporate on this single layout. Once you’ve determined the number of photographs you’re using,
arrange your page with one or two photos along one side of a standard 12x12 scrapbook page. You will be placing your mini
album on the other side, so make sure you leave about half the page to attach your mini album.
To create the mini album, you’ll need several sheets of heavy cardstock, a few eyelets, and some kind of twine,
fiber, or ribbon to hold it all together. First, you’ll need to make the “pages” of the mini album. Decide whether you
want to place one photo on each page, or two. If you have 10 or more photographs to include, you should place 2 photos on
each page, one on top of the other. To measure the size of your pages, set your 2 photos down on the cardstock you are using
for the pages, one above the other, and cut around them as if you were matting your photographs. Be sure to leave about 2
inches all the way around your photos.
Cut out as many pages as you’ll need to hold your photographs in the mini album, and 2 additional pages of the same size for
the front and back cover. You can place photos and journaling on both sides of each page if you want to, since once the mini
album is created you will be able to turn the pages within your scrapbook layout and see both sides of each page. Use your
eyelet setter to poke 2 holes along the left hand side of each of your new pages, and insert the eyelet of your choice into
each hole for the front cover of the album. On your pages, adhere your photographs, and add journaling if you wish. The
last page will get glued directly to your scrapbook layout, and holds the entire mini album in place.
Take your twine, ribbon or fiber, and cut two small pieces. Thread one piece through the holes of each of the pages, and
out the cover with the eyelet in place. Tie a loose and pretty knot around the edge of the album for both the top hole and
bottom hole. If you make the knot too tight you won’t be able to turn the pages, so be sure it’s loose enough to allow you
to turn the pages of your mini album.