About two years ago I picked up two mini photo albums from a thrift store for about .25 cents each. They were too small for my regular photos but their inlaid metallic designs were just too irresistible to pass up. I held out for the day a stroke of genius would hit me and I would find the perfect use for these pretties. Finally this Christmas my reason arrived; Instax Mini. The moment I snapped my first instax these albums had a new purpose in life as a scrapbook.
I started by pulling out my stacks of patterned paper and picked out sheets of paper I thought complimented the feel of album covers. I then found other objects, like photo corners, glue, stickers, etc. to pile together to create a supply list. The best part of scrap-booking is you can use whatever you have lying around to create it. It doesn't have to be a kit you buy at the local craft store. If all you have is solid colored paper, use your imagination and sketch some patterns out on them to create some visual interest.
Before cutting anything out I had to remove the clear film from all of the pages as they were stained and cracked. I counted the number of pages I had and quickly calculated the amount of supplies I needed.
I decided to create a page template to use instead of measuring each page out individually. I used a heavy card-stock so it had some weight to it. After creating the template it was easy to cut out the remaining pages and glue them into place with ease and speed.
I liked keeping the pages simple and to the point, with writing all in black ink and some silly lines and squiggles in the same ink. The photo corners were also and easy item to use and a nice design element. You can peek into my pages thus far below.
There are about 20 pages in all and I've only filled up half, so the rest of the summer should be a fun way to fill up scrapbook one of two. Book two being reserved to our fall and winter antics. 2012 is looking up. big kiss, bekuh