Monday, May 20, 2013

24/7 mini album (for BBTB2) warning-pic heavy!

There is such a fun challenge for you this week at BBTB2-it's called Pass It On-Celebrate the Joy of Giving.  You can use ANY cricut cut to make something new to "pass on" to someone else to spread some joy.  The design team has some wonderful projects to inspire you over at BBTB2 and I hope you'll make something and link up to share with us.

I've had such fun making a little mini album with overlapping pocket pages (each has a pull out for more pics) of the kid's school year to give them, to remind them of all the good times this year.  I was trying to make it have a bulletin board feel (inspired by the cork board paper) and I wanted the photos to feel kind of like an Instagram or Polaroid- they are a 2x3 size.   I used my cricut to do most of the titles and added some embellishments.

I made my mini using a tutorial from Ginger of My Sister's Scrapper.  It's available on YouTube:
I used some recycled chipboard (cereal boxes!) for my covers and the paper/stickers are from the Simple Stories 24/7 collection. Each of the 6 pockets holds a pull out with both sides available for pictures, so this mini holds LOTS of pics!  It has a magnet closure for the front and on the little back pocket.   I will admit this took me several nights to make and put together, but it was enormously fun!  My kids LOVED it and asked me to make more!  Now on to the pictures of the album (warning-there are a lot and I think I got them slightly out of order).

the cover (there is a hidden magnet closure under the flap)

Here's the first page with the front covers opened up (the yellow zigzag paper is page 2).  There are 3 pages attached on each side:  Page 1 is attached on the left, Page 2 on the right, etc. and they overlap.  Each page has an insert in the pocket with 2 sides for more pics. 

 I squeezed a LOT of pics into this little 6 page album!  They are in the following pics.

Page 6 insert-ready for some May pictures

Bottom of album with magnet flap closed for more pics

Flap opened-spot for more pics on the polka dot mat

Plaintain Schoolbook-font
Locker Talk-apple
Doodlecharms-spider, Christmas tree
Sports Mania-football
CM Cheerful Seasons-friends
Mickey and Friends-Mickey head

Paper-Simple Stories 24/7 collection
brown chalk ink
Stampin Up scallop border punch
Tim Holtz metal corners

Whew!  Lot of pics, I know!  It's much easier to see how it all goes together on a video, which is why I included the link to Ginger's video showing her finished album.  It was a SUPER fun little project!   This challenge is the perfect excuse to make that card or mini or little set of notes for someone, so jump in and join us with a project at BBTB2.

I'm also going to link this to the Cut It Up challenge this week to make a mini!


  1. OMGosh Michelle this mini turned out so great!!! I love Ginger's tutorials and planned on making this mini next! lol We must have been on the same wave length since I made a mini from Ginger's tutorials too!! Now I can't wait to get started on this one! I hope mine turns out a great as your did!! Hugs!

  2. Oh my stinkin goodness Michelle....what better way to brighten a loved ones day then with a FABULOUS handmade mini album filled with wonderful memories!!!
    Your album turned out amazing.....worth all the time!!! Great job!!!


  3. Wow what a fab mini Michelle! This would have taken me way more than a few nights!
    Jayne x

  4. Wow this was a lot of work! It paid off though because it is absolutely fantastic!!

  5. I agree, this sure looks like alot of work. What a wonderful keepsake for your kids! Fabulous project!

  6. What an adorable project!!!!!! Sp many cute folds and ideas. Love the paper and all the details.

  7. This is a terrific mini. Lots of love went into this. Your kids will treasure them.

  8. Great mini-- I was really pleased to see the whole thing I thought i was just going to see a 2 page layout!!! what a wonderful surprise for me and a great project-- you rocked this one
    DIANA L.


  9. Ps I'm your newest follower.

  10. Oh my goodness!! What wonderful memories you have on those pages!!! Love the cuts, colors and great photos!! :)

  11. wow fantastic mini. awesome memory book for your kids :)

  12. Oh My Gosh - this mini album is fantastic! I cannot believe the work and detail you put into this! I love every page, month, folder, etc. Outstanding! Love the cover too!!!

  13. Super job! I love your mini. Can't believe how much you crammed into it. Each page looks great!
    Thanks so much for linking it to Cut it Up Challenge Blog!

  14. A Fabulous & fun mini!!
    AMAZING job!
    Thanks for joining us at Cut it Up Challenges.
    Have a wonderful day,
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  15. Oh wow Michelle what a fabulous mini and such a great take on the challenge! Such a lot of work but so worth it for the precious memories. Thanks to you and Brenda I've been watching Ginger's video's all afternoon! I really want to try making one of these mini's

  16. Awesome mini ablum! Love all the layers and details and that cork paper is perfect for the inside covers. Thanks for joining us at Cut it Up Challenges. ~Tami

  17. Wow what a fabulous project!! Just beautiful. Thanks for crafting with us at cut it up!