Mini Album Gift

We gave this to my father-in-law for Father's Day this year.
This is a great grandma/grandpa gift that you could use for their birthdays too!
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I made him this little mini album 7 years ago, and he LOVED it.  And for the last few years, he has reminded me how much he loves his photo gifts.  He even dropped a hint that he could use an updated one.  Yes, my scrapbooking has been slacking in recent years, but I decided to dust off some paper.
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The last book was a store bought accordion album/card thing.
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But this time I made my own mini album with:
1 piece of 12x12 patterned paper (cut in half)
3 pieces of 12x12 cardstock (each cut in quarters)

First I made the binding by gluing my 2 pieces of 12x6 cardstock together to make one long piece that is 6 inches tall.  Then I accordion folded it every 1.5 inches.  I find a bone folder makes the folds extra crisp.  You can trim off any excess, depending on how many pages you are going to want.
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Then I glue in my pieces of 6x6 cardstock.
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You will end up gluing the cardstock to each other.
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When you are at this point, you have all of your pages in, and from the inside you can't see the binding.
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Now you need to glue your binding flat.
I put glue in each fold and then put it under a heavy stack of books overnight.
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My kids came up with their reasons, "why they love grandpa" and I found some pictures to represent that.
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Really not much embellishing, a little paper and chipboard numbers and photo corners.
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And there you have a mini album that is easy enough to do with your kids.
It takes a little time, but I'm always glad when I make the effort to give a sentimental gift.
My father-in-law loved it!
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I wish I could give a source to where I got this idea.  I actually remember doing something to this effect in a church camp as a teen.  These ideas just get recycled you know!

I'm thinking I can recycle this idea into:
vacation albums
birthday gifts
baby's first year mini album
and teacher gifts!

I can't wait for you to see all of the scrapbooking that Kathryn has been up to!
It is blowing my mind!

3 comments:

  1. These albums are fabulous! What a wonderful way to preserve memories for any loved one. Great job, Ashleigh.

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  2. WOW! This is soo incredibly thoughtful!! I love that the kids came up with the reasons themselves and you helped with pictures

    Awww :)

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