Tutorial Tuesday | Digital Mini Albums (Part 4)

Hello once again, and welcome to another edition of our Tutorial Tuesday series here on The Digital Press blog!

Today I will finally be wrapping up our 4-part series on creating a digital mini album (you can find Part 1 from March 2018 HERE …Part 2 from April 2018 HERE …and Part 3 from May 2018 HERE).

In the first few editions of the series, I shared that mini albums can be handy for…

  • Scrapping a family vacation
  • Creating a special gift for someone
  • Marking a special holiday
  • Documenting a specific family tradition
  • Capturing a sports season
  • Life Events such as adoption, graduation, birthday, wedding, birth, or death

I also shared that I have found there to be four main steps in the process of creating a mini album…

  1. Planning
  2. Organizing
  3. Filling & Finishing
  4. Printing

In Part 1 we looked at the first step: PLANNING; in Part 2 I shared with you 4 different areas in which you could ORGANIZE to make the creation portion more streamlined; in Part 3 we got to do the fun part — FILLING AND FINISHING. Today, we finish it all off by looking at PRINTING.


Step 4: PRINTING

There are a variety of different ways you can go about printing your album (including not printing at all). But before I get into that I want to hit on one very important thing… making sure your pages are print-ready. This will mean different things to different people, depending on how and where you decide to get your pages printed. Therefore, you will want to make sure you look into the specs & requirements before uploading and purchasing your prints.

Specifically, no matter which printing method you choose, you will likely want to leave a little space around the edges; this is known as margin. You want to give the printer a little room for error, so they don’t chop off a title or cut an embellishment in half. To solve this, you can leave a little white space near the edges of your designs… or you can try not to put anything important in the outer 1/4-inch of space around the margin of the page.

Now, as for the where and how of getting your pages printed, there are many options. I polled some of the other creative team members here at The Digital Press to get some ideas on how they like to print their pages… and I’ve outlined what I learned, below. Obviously, this is not an exhaustive list, but it should at least help give you some ideas on how to go about it.


1. DON’T PRINT
You don’t have to print; you can keep it totally Digital and save trees!

I once made a special 50th Anniversary mini album for my grandmother and I loaded the pages onto one of those digital photo frames.  The frame would cycle through the page images, and she loved it!

Creative team member Shannon says, “I made my husband build me a scrapbook showcase website/app so now I mostly keep them online to save trees and space in my house.”

What a brilliant idea! Why have I not thought of this? Now I know what I will be working on this summer for sure!

2. PRINT AT HOME
Many people simply opt to print a home.  You can get a number of decent printers for fairly cheap these days, and many stores selling printers offer guides to help you decide which printer is best for you.  I recently had to buy a new printer and I learned a LOT just by going in to stores and asking questions.  The sales reps are more than willing to talk to you-  just don’t buy anything until you decide what you really want or need!

I will share that if you can do an Ink Tank method, instead of buying a printer that uses cartridges, you will save yourself a LOT of money in the end.  These printers can be a bit more pricey to start with but the ink lasts a LONG time and only costs $20 to refill in most cases.

OR, Color Laser Printers are amazing as the images don’t blur or run in humidity.  They just cost a good amount of money, so be aware of that!

PRO

  • Time friendly as you can print on your own schedule and reprint as needed
  • Make your own paper choices
  • Cost effective if you already own a printer
  • Can buy a printer to exactly fit your specific needs

CON

  • Depends largely on your printer, if you don’t have a good one the images will not look nice and the colors might not be right
  • If using an ink jet, images could run or bleed easily if they get wet – or even if the weather is overly humid
  • Cost of ink if printing large amounts of pages can be prohibitive if using the cartridge system
  • Limited paper size choices

We have a few posts here on the blog that give some tips for printing at home; if this is the option you choose, you might want to take a look HERE and HERE.

3. PRINT ON A BUDGET
For many people, printing on a budget is a must.  We all love the look of high quality printed pages, but we just can’t afford it for every page we make, especially if you are a prolific scrapper.

There are a number of printing options that are simplified and within a price range most people can afford.  From Pharmacies, to Department Stores, and even Office Stores, there are different printing services for different printing needs.

Department Stores: Walmart, Fred Meyer, Target, etc.

PRO

  • You can walk in or take advantage of the online upload capabilities as well as shipping options if needed
  • Have a variety of size options and now have more style options (like canvas)
  • Print photo style so less likely to run or fuzz in humidity
  • Fairly cheap

CON

  • Often very busy
  • Limited paper choices
  • Sizes usually have to be Photo Sizes (though you can print and trim)
  • Can have quality issues if  not printed properly (usually the people printing are not experts), so make sure to check your prints before paying
  • Many locations no longer offer this service so there is no guarantee that the nearest location will have it

Pharmacies: Walgreens, CVS, Rite Aid

These are mostly the same as the Department Stores, however, they are usually less busy and less crowded, so able to offer quicker turnaround times.  They also generally seem to be a little better quality.

Office Stores: Office Max/Depot, Staples

Most office stores offer printing services, but mostly geared towards businesses and office needs. You may be able to find what you are looking for at one of these stores, so don’t be afraid to go in and ask.  I have found the staff at most to be very helpful.

PRO

  • Often less crowded/less busy than photo labs
  • Can laser print (in color) on normal paper or cardstock
  • They can offer a few binding techniques as well if you are wanting a book

CON

  • Each branch differs in what services they offer, so your local office store might NOT be able to laser print in color or bind your pages
  • Many of their services are not archival
  • Limited in page size, style, and paper type

Shipping Stores: FedEX, UPS

I have never printed at one of these locations, but I have had people recommend them for some uses. These locations are usually more restricted.  Some do offer full photo printing (and online you can see more about that) . Many offer only black and white printing, or passport printing, but some do have color laser printing.  If you are in a bind, it is worth looking into.  You never know.

4. PRINT LOCAL
Many people like to support local businesses these days, and getting your pages (or album) printed can be a fun way to learn about your local printing options. You can do a search online, in a local MAP app, ask in local Facebook or neighborhood groups, or even just drive around to get an idea of what local options are available to you.

Often Groupon or other similar companies will have special offers for local Professional Print Shops, and many print shops offer discounts for first time customers.

Types of shops to search for when looking to print locally:

  • Professional Print Shops
  • Local Pharmacies (not chain stores, but locally owned small business ones)
  • Photo Labs
  • Frames and Prints Stores
  • Digital Printers
  • Photography/Camera Shops
  • Photo Finishing Centers
  • Imaging Centers (but not the medical ones 🙂 )

5. PRINT ONLINE
By far the most popular choice among our creative team members seems to be Online Printers.

But that makes sense, seeing that we are an online digital scrap community!

Scrapbook Printers

There are a growing number of these around.   One of the biggest, and most popular ones is Persnickety Prints.  They offer printing of individual pages and full albums.  The company is run by a scrapbooking enthusiast, so she understands the needs of Scrappers and aims to provide both good quality products and good quality service.

You can find them here: www.persnicketyprints.com

Persnickety Prints offers a system where you can buy coupons or points to use at a future date.  (x number of prints for $X)

Creative team member Katherine suggests that you “‘wait for the sales and purchase ‘coupons’ that allow you to print later” as this is cheaper and allows you to save money now.  She also said  “I love their customer service, speed, and the quality of their prints is awesome – really true to color.”

Amie agreed. When asked where she prints she said, “Persnickety prints hands down! Anytime I’ve had an issue their customer service does above & beyond to fix it!”

Photography Printers:

Online Photo Printers have been around for a while.  Some have flourished while others have gone out of business. The nice things about these printers is that they will print an entire bound book for you, often with various options.

Shutterfly, Snapfish, Nations Photo Lab, are just a few of the sites I heard about when I was asking around.

Sometimes these printers can be a hassle to work with because they are so popular with the masses.  They do offer good quality prints, but again, it is usually restricted to “standard photo sizes” Becuse they are so popular, sometimes things go wrong, orders get confused, or are not quality checked very well.  Never be afraid to contact Customer Service if this happens to you.

Professional Art Printers:

These printers are all about quality, and they are a fun way to explore a new option.  AND, most of them are already archival and fade resistant, since their main market is in printing artwork that is meant to last for years.  The big PLUS here – paper choice.

Art Printers offer the widest range of paper choices and sizes that I have found, so if you are wanting to have something extra special, and don’t mind paying a little extra, this is definitely the choice for you.  This is especially good if you are wanting to print a “Gift Page”

The good news, the prices for Scrapbook sized pages using most papers runs pretty similar to photo printing sites.  The biggest difference is that with Art Printers you can completely customize your size, where scrapbook or photography printers often have size regulations.  So if you are printing a size that is not normal for photo printers, this is your best option!  I have found that getting my 6×8 sized pages printed, most photo shops will not do it – I have to size up to 8×8 or 8×10.  Not so with art printers.

I have used a few art printers to print copies of some of my paintings, and my favorite one so far is Giclee Today.  Their work is high quality, and their customer service has been very helpful.  Their prices are pretty competitive as well, and they offer bulk pricing, so if you are printing a number of sheets of the same size – even if the image is different – your price per page goes down!  The major drawback, they do take a while to complete large orders.  However if that is a problem they also offer RUSH production for a small fee.

Book Printers

I had never thought to look at book printers before, but after talking with another of our creative team members, Robin, I now want to check this one out.

She shares “I love Blurb and always wait for a 40% coupon. I have had 100+ page albums printed and love the quality and the feel of the pages. They have held up very well even with my kids pulling them out over and over.”

Just looking on their site, their books look amazing!  I can already think of a few folders on my computer that would look superb printed through Blurb.

There are loads of other online printers you can look into.

Stationery printers, variety printers, etc.  Feel free to explore our options.

6. LOOK INTERNATIONALLY
If you don’t live in the US and don’t want to pay the crazy shipping prices to print with any of the above, then you are well acquainted with the frustrations of trying to find a place to print your scrapbook pages.

When I lived in Thailand, I made friends with a local family that printed professional portraits.  I asked them if they could print my digital art (including scrapbook pages) and they assured me they could. They did an amazing job of printing my pages, and if I am honest, I miss them!

Creative team member Chloé lives in France and she shares “I have printed albums through the french companies Photobox and Photoweb, always waiting for promotions. There are often good deals around the end of the year/beginning of the new year as they advertise to print last year’s memories.”

Stefanie, who lives in South Africa says “I use a local printer and print out 12×12 for 3 ring albums. This side of the ocean it’s the most cost effective for me. ”

So if printing from a US company is just a no go for you, do a little exploring online – or pop a question in the forum – and lets see if we can find you a place to print your pages.

MY TAKE
So what did I do?

I ordered my final prints from my sister with my Art Printer. I had 23 pages printed on thick Watercolor Paper for about $2.03 a page.  Not too bad, and I know they will look amazing!

However, they have not arrived yet, LOL. In fact, I think they are still being printed.

So I went ahead and had some sample pages without journaling (to protect their privacy) printed at a local print shop.  I already knew I just wanted to print individual pages so that I could use this SNAP album.  My thought was that my sister and her family could easily insert their own additions to the album this way, whereas if I had printed a book it would not work quite as well. This book is for her and her two small children to look at and remember the little girl they lost.  And since it is all digital, I sent her copies of the files as well, so if a page gets worn out, she can simply print another one.

The print shop I used knows me well, and so I was able to proof each print before paying for them, and I really think they did a superb job!  Once I got them home I just inserted them into the Page Protectors that go with the Album and DONE!

I also uploaded all the pages to an online gallery that my family shares, so that my entire family can enjoy the little mini album and its tribute to our sweet Hannah.

Well, thank you for going on this little adventure with me for the past few months w/ regard to this series! I have enjoyed learning a bit about myself, my options, and my process… as well as learning a LOT about printing options. I hope you learned something, as well.

If you decided to make a mini album, as well, after following this series… we invite you to share it with us in the gallery (and/or in the forums). I would love to see what you created! Until next time… happy scrapping!


ErinErin is an artsy crafty kind of girl who is currently dabbling in far too many things, but is working hard to enjoy every moment of it, while avoiding the rain, which is difficult due to living in the land of many rains. She is slowly learning to use her smart phone to capture all the fun little bits of life that would otherwise go unremembered in the busy craziness that is raising a family!

Tutorial Tuesday | Digital Mini Albums (Part 3)

It’s time for another edition of our Tutorial Tuesday series here on The Digital Press blog! Today’s post is Part 3 in a series on creating a digital mini album (you can find Part 1, from March 2018, HERE and Part 2, from April 2018 HERE on the blog).

In that first part of the series, I shared that mini albums are handy for…

  • Scrapping a family vacation
  • Creating a special gift for someone
  • Marking a special holiday
  • Documenting a specific family tradition
  • Capturing a sports season
  • Life Events such as adoption, graduation, birthday, wedding, birth, or death

I also shared that I have found there to be four main steps in the process of creating a mini album…

  1. Planning
  2. Organizing
  3. Filling & Finishing
  4. Printing

  In Part 1 we looked at the first step: PLANNING. Part 2 I shared with you 4 different areas you could ORGANIZE to make the creation portion more streamlined.  And TODAY we get to do the fun part  . . .

Step 3: Filling and Finishing

Filling and Finishing is where all the magic happens.  This is where you get to see your pages take shape and fill in all the little details you have been wanting to add.  IT can be daunting, especially if you have a LOT of pictures to use and pages to make (can you say Baby Album??!!)

However, if you have taken care of all the prep-work in Steps 1 & 2 that we talked about, you should have everything right at hand and ready to go.

In reality, there is NO wrong way to do Step 3, as most of it comes down to your own personal scrapping style.  Some people like to completely finish on page, from photo to shadow treatment, before going on to the next.  However, if you are feeling a little overwhelmed, or the project looks daunting, having a plan and batching your work can help break things up for you and make the process go smoother.

In batching, you do a series of activities or jobs that are all similar at the same time.  This creates a work flow that actually saves you time in the end because you are not having to transition from one task to the next, which (in my case) wastes valuable brain activity.  So when I batch the tasks for my mini album, I do a single task all at once for every page in my album.  This is the method I use.

Start with your PHOTOS

You have already organized your photos into folders so why not start there.

In step 2 we created some BASE PAGES, or templates that we will use over and over for our mini album.  Open up some of these and pull your photos onto pages or templates and save them as Page 1, Page 2, etc.  (Or if you would rather, you can give them actual names.)  This will allow you to make sure you have all the pages you need and also show you if you need to condense some pages, “fix” or create a few additional pages to complete your book, or if there are any other problems you did not expect.  Some people like to do this page by page in the same order the mini album will be in once finished, but that is not necessary.

Here is what one of my pages looked like after filling the photos for the page.

Decide on Two Page Spreads

Since you are already working on your photos and numbering pages, go ahead and figure out your page spreads.

Sometimes this will be easy, for example, when you have a number of photos for one event, you will need both pages.  However, other times you only have one photo, and you will need to decide if you want to pair it with another topic/event or perhaps create a journaling or decorative page to go with it instead.  Make sure you keep in mind how many total pages you planned for during this stage.  You don’t want your mini album growing into a novel!

Also, consider diversifying your pages a bit to create interest.  Here I have combined a full page photo with a journaling page, because there is quite a story behind all the events leading up to this photo, and I wanted my sister to have room to tell it.

Paper and Backgrounds

After I have all my photos in and all my pages made up and ready to go, I start adding my background papers.

I wait to add papers because I often end up switching some pages around during the above two steps.  Adding the papers now makes sure that my double page spreads still compliment each other, and I don’t have to waste time switching out papers that no longer work well together because of page moves.

Elements

Once the backgrounds are settled I go to town adding my elements.

As mentioned in Step 2, I try to stick to a certain set of elements that I have already chosen as this creates cohesion and balance in my mini album.  Also, I don’t want to add too many elements, as this will be a smaller than normal book and can easlily get cluttered, but I do want enough to highlght my photos and rerally tell my story.

If you like to tweak your shadows you can also go ahead do that here, or you can wait to the very end if you prefer.

Journaling

Don’t forget to add your journaling.

It can be as simple as names and dates, or as detailed as whole page stories.  If you have already written and compiled your journaling you can simply copy and paste it in.  If you still need to write your journaling, let your own journaling style shine through here.  If you run out of ideas – look through the blog.  There have been some amazing inspiration and tutorial posts about journaling that can give you some ideas.

Finishing Touches

And finally add your finishing touches.

Maybe you like to tweak your shadows, or create a cover or dedication.  Any of those little things that really FINISH off your mini album should be done now.  Take time to flip through your pages in order and make sure they flow.  Look for events, or pages that got left out, or maybe pages that don’t fit.  See if there are certain elements you should repeat in a few more places to really bring everything together.

Once you have done all that, you are almost finished.  All that is left if to make sure it is print ready and have those pages printed out.  We will talk about that next month.

In the meantime, happy scrapping, and keep an eye out for our final installment – PRINTING!!

See you next time!


ErinErin is an artsy crafty kind of girl who is currently dabbling in far too many things, but is working hard to enjoy every moment of it, while avoiding the rain, which is difficult due to living in the land of many rains. She is slowly learning to use her smart phone to capture all the fun little bits of life that would otherwise go unremembered in the busy craziness that is raising a family!

Tutorial Tuesday | Digital Mini Albums (Part 1)

 

If you have ever looked at the beautiful mini-albums that our hybrid creative team members make for gifts or holidays, and thought, “I want to do that!” …but then your brain kicks in and reminds you that you live in a teeny, tiny apartment with 5 other people and not enough room for a dining room table (No? That’s just me then? OK, well)…

…I would like to propose a solution: a fully digital mini album! It’s perfect for those of us who love the idea of creating a cute little mini-album, but who are lacking in space, tools, supplies, or even simply the “courage to tackle hybrid or paper scrapping”!

If you search for “mini album” here on The Digital Press blog, you will be rewarded with a bunch of articles that are all full of fantastic ideas and inspiration. Here are just a few examples of the gorgeous mini-albums I found…

Mini-albums are handy for all sorts of things:

  • Creating a separate album for a family vacation
  • Creating a special gift for someone
  • Documenting a special holiday
  • Documenting a specific family tradition
  • Capturing a sports season or extra-curricular event
  • Documenting major life events such as adoption, graduation, birthday, wedding, birth, or death

You could create a mini album for just about anything you want to… but they are especially helpful when you want to highlight a certain event, or create a gift using your crazy awesome scrapbooking skills. 🙂

Technically, you could simply throw together a bunch of pages and call it a mini-album… but if you look at most of the examples in the link I posted, above, you’ll likely notice that mini-albums usually have a consistent flow. That sort of cohesion does not just come together on its own… but instead, it takes a little bit of thought and planning.

After thinking about my own album creation process, I broke it down into the following steps:

  1. Planning
  2. Organizing
  3. Filling & Finishing
  4. Printing

These are not hard and fast rules, mind you… but I have found that they help me to get through the process quicker and end up with a final product that I love!

Over the course of several tutorial posts here on the blog throughout the coming weeks, I will walk you through each of the above steps for creating a digital mini-album. Today, we are looking specifically at the first step — planning.


Step 1: Planning

I have found planning to be the most important step in the process of creating a mini-album. It sets the stage for everything that comes later, gives you a definite direction, and makes the actual production of the album go like clockwork. For me, this is key to actually completing the project — something which, I admit, I often struggle with otherwise.

Planning allows you to decide ahead of time what you want the finished album to look like, and ensure that there is consistency and cohesion throughout the pages.  I encourage you to pull out some paper, or make a document on your phone or computer, to jot down your planning notes.  That way you can look back at it later, or make adjustments if needed.

CHOOSE YOUR SUBJECT

Decide what your album is going to feature before you even start.

Back in the days when I paper scrapped on a regular basis, I always made mini-albums of our vacations. This was mostly because the kids (including the kid in me) loved to look back on those short moments in time that seemed so perfect. Other times I have made special “I LOVE YOU” books for a relative, or special teacher. And when we adopted our middle child I made a special album just for her that walked through the entire process.  She loves it and thumbs through it regularly.

Your subject matter can be anything you like. For myself, and for the purposes of this blog series, though… I am going to be making a very specific kind of mini-album. Last fall, my youngest sister lost her baby girl in a still birth. It was heart-wrenching and difficult, but she very much wanted to take pictures and remember everything she could about her little angel. So one sister took pictures, and over the last few months my youngest sister has curated the ones she wants and asked me to make them into a book: a mini-album that celebrates the short life of her youngest daughter. How could I say no?

CHOOSE A SIZE/ORIENTATION FOR YOUR ALBUM

Depending on your chosen topic, decide which type of album would be best.

You can print your pages at home, at a local print shop, or have them printed as a complete book using an online print service. There really are a multitude of choices here. One thing to note, though… a mini-album is just that — mini (in size) — so it should be smaller in size than a “Year in the Life”-type book, etc. (both in dimension, and in number of pages).

Things to consider when choosing your album size and style:

  1. How do you plan on printing it? If using a print shop, or online book print service, what are the requirements?
  2. What size restrictions do you have? For instance, do you have the ability to print “9 inches wide” (etc.)?
  3. What is the orientation of most of your photos? Are they mixed, or are they primarily landscape/portrait?
  4. Do you have a lot of journaling to include? The smaller the page size, the more difficult it may be to read lengthy journaling.
  5. Will you use digital templates to help you achieve a layout style you like?
  6. If this is a gift album, what are the storage capabilities of the recipient? (i.e. do they have room to store your gift?)
  7. What do you LIKE?

In my mind, templates are one of the biggest benefits to doing a digital album, and The Digital Press offers a wide variety of templates from which to choose. Templates that are geared specifically to album-making can be found HERE.

Here are just a few examples of album-based template packs that I have enjoyed working with in the past…

Working with an album template pack is especially helpful in constructing a mini-album because these template bundles usually contain a variety of templates in a similar style… and thus, they already work well together.

The use of templates does not have to completely dictate your page size, however. If you look on the blog HERE you can read a number of articles containing tips for transforming your templates to fit into different-sized pages.

For myself… I plan to print my pages separately at a local print shop and then put them in a SNAP album using plastic pocket pages. This will allow my sister to add additional items to the album as she sees fit. To do this, my pages will need to be sized at 6″ x 8″. I decided to use The Great Escape by Anita Designs to give my album pages some consistency — and also to allow me to quickly pull the pages together…

This set offers a lot of variety… from full photo pages, to full-page journaling spots. I will, however, need to re-format them a bit to work in the binder I chose for the printed album. I will show you how I did that in PART 2 of this tutorial series (the ORGANIZE portion of the series)!

DEFINE YOUR COLOR SCHEME

Color plays a huge role in our lives. It is a well-documented fact that certain colors are linked to specific emotions. While this is somewhat cultural, there are several universal connections as well. For instance, bright colorful patterns are usually connected to playfulness and energy, while blues and greys tend to have a more calming effect.

If you are unsure what color scheme works for you, you can always browse Pinterest or do a Google search to get ideas (for instance, you could search “Winter Colors” or “Ski Vacation Colors” to get ideas for a ski trip mini-album). The Digital Press blog also has some fun information about color, if you want to learn more.

Things to consider when choosing colors:

  1. What is my subject matter? An album about a trip to the beach will look nice with tropical colors (whereas an album about a funeral… not so much).
  2. Do my photos “need” a certain color? For instance, a mini-album documenting a sports team will need to use that team’s colors.
  3. What colors are in my photos? Or will I potentially use black and white photos?
  4. What emotion/feeling am I trying to convey?
  5. Do these colors look nice together? We don’t want clashing pages in an album.
  6. Is there a certain digital kit you really want to use? What color scheme does it employ?

For my album, I need a little bit of flexibility. My sister requested some girly colors, and the first part of the album will have some happy pregnancy photos… so a more upbeat feel to those pages will be great. But I also want to be able to create a more subdued & calm feel to the end of the book (not dark and brooding, even though the subject matter is sad… but rather, somber and thoughtful).

I realized that Anita’s template pack (the one I linked, above) came with some great colored solid papers, and I thought those colors would work pretty well for what I wanted to do. They play nicely together, but also offer the flexibility I need. Using those colors, I searched through the store and found this additional kit, Mood, also by Anita… which uses similar colors and some word art that will work well for this subject. I can use my color scheme to recolor items that need it, and I can always add more paper/elements from other kits if I decide there is something missing.

DETERMINE SPECIFIC ELEMENTS NEEDED

Thinking about the theme of your album… try to decide if there are specific elements you NEED or WANT to use. This does not mean that you have to plan out every embellishment you will use, but just that you decide on some thematic elements that you can use to connect your pages to the event you are documenting.

For example, if you are documenting a Disney Trip — you would want to include some Disney-inspired elements. Or perhaps you’d use some flip flop stickers and a birthday cake for a pool party-themed mini-album. Planning these things out, ahead of the actual construction of the book, will allow you to be proactive and have all your supplies handy when it is time to create.

You can also go ahead and decide which generic element types you might use. For instance, because my book centers around a baby girl — I will be including lots of flowers, ribbons, and buttons. All generic, but easily associated with baby girls. Notice that the kit I chose to work with, above, already has a lot of these types of elements. I can find additional elements, as well, if needed — but these will be my base for my album.

ASSESS ADDITIONAL PLANNING NEEDS

Feel free to brainstorm other areas that might need fleshing out a bit as well. I realized that my sister might want to add things… like cards she received, or her own handwritten thoughts, or even drawings from her older children. I decided to include a few “blank” pages for these types of additions.


As you can see, it really does not hurt to spend some time planning out your project — as it will actually save you time, later, when you begin working.

The areas listed above are the things I like to plan-out prior to building my mini-albums. Having concrete plans on these topics help me to have a strong idea of where I am going with my project… and those plans also allow me to concentrate more on the creation of the album when that time comes.

Now that we have begin to get everything all planned out… we are well on our way to creating our digital mini-album this spring! Keep a look out for PART 2 of this series — coming here to the blog really soon!


 

ErinErin is an artsy crafty kind of girl who is currently dabbling in far too many things, but is working hard to enjoy every moment of it, while avoiding the rain, which is difficult due to living in the land of many rains. She is slowly learning to use her smart phone to capture all the fun little bits of life that would otherwise go unremembered in the busy craziness that is raising a family!

 

 

Tutorial: Simple Hybrid Mini-Albums

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Hello everyone. Donna here to share a simple and cute mini-album with step-by-step tutorial.

Since Instagram became famous, I noticed most of my photos were cropped in square, ready for IG posting. So, for today, I want to share with you a couple of mini-albums to use for square pictures.

1. First step is to print and cut your chose digital papers/elements to use. Papers size: 4×4 inches, resized to 8×8/6×6. Elements were resized as well.

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2. Adhere papers to cardstock. Approximately, cardstock is 4.5 x 4.5 inches.

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3. Punch two holes as seen in the image. I used my Crop-a-dile to punch several layers simultaneously. I also used a doily on the first page/cover.

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4. Adhere everything as seen in the image. use foam dots/tapes on some of the embellishments for dimension.

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5. I just added some flowers from my stash to decorate the front page/cover.

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This is how it looks like with a pink sheer ribbon tied to one of the metal rings. I used Danielle Engebretson’s REMINISCENT papers and elements

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I also created another one with fewer pages, using YESTERDAY ONCE MORE papers and elements. I just added some stickers, alpha stickers, flowers, stamps and sheer ribbon from my stash.

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That’s it! I hope you liked my project and tutorial. Thanks for dropping by, happy crafting!

Donna

 

About the author: Donna Espiritu is a mom to a little girl who just turned 10 months and wife to a very supportive husband. She is currently living in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia with them. When she is not scrapbooking, she likes to read books/e-books (sci-fi/romantic/time-travel) or watching old episodes of some of her favorite TV shows.

Celebrate summer hybrid mini-album

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Donna here to show you how to make a hybrid mini-album for some of your summer photos

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1. Print and cut papers from your chosen digital kit. I used the paper pack from Kim B Designs’ “Simply The Best”. Since I will be adhering my printed papers on cardstock, I used a 120 gsm photo paper. The size of the square pieces were a little less than 4 inches by 4 inches and the strips were approx. 3inches by 8 inches (I cut them in two before taking this photo).

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2. Cut 1 piece of 4.25 inches by 10.5 inches cardstock, 2 pieces of 4 inches by 8 inches cardstock and score in the middle as seen in the image below.

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3. Punch holes in the middle of these scored cardstocks. I use my compass to do this and a piece of paper scored in the middle as guide where to punch the holes.

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This will ensure holes will be aligned when the pages are assembled.

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4. Use some twine (or in my case, a brown paper twine) and tie around the album. Decorate the front cover. I used a doily, some thickers, handwritten sub-title and an enamel dot. The edges were inked with distress stain.

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Hope this mini-album get you inspired to create one. I would use this with Instagram photos, perfect for it’s square size.

Thanks for dropping by!

Happy crafting,

Donna

 

About the author: Donna Espiritu is a mom to a little girl who just turned 8 months and wife to a very supportive husband. She is currently living in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia with them. When she is not scrapbooking, she likes to read books/e-books (sci-fi/romantic/time-travel) or watching old episodes of some of her favorite TV shows.

Pocket Minibook

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Creating pocket pages with 3×4 cards is definitly not the only way those cute cards can be used. Today I want to show you how I created a minibook using different cards and a few of my favourite photos. One of them is actually the very first picture that was taken of us, so it is very special to me. It’s the top right one. The others are selfies we took during our citytrips in the netherlands and belgium.

So let’s get started! First of all I created two rows with five journaling cards each in photoshop. I have a A3 printer, so I was able to print everything at once, but it is totally fine to create it with a A4 / lettersize paper aswell, you will have more rows then with three cards each.

Next step is to print the cards, without the photos and frames, cut the rows and fold them after each card. You can glue them back to back together, but leave the first and second card like they are for now. Your book should now look like the right picture below.

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Now you get some ribbon, I like to use snug hug seam binding ribbon for minibooks, and cut it to one long and one shorter piece. The long one should go 2-3 times around the minibook. Glue both of them between the first and the second card, as you can see in the left picture below. The picture on the right shows you what the finish book will look like.  When the ribbon is in place and looks like you want it, glue card one and two together and you are done with the base for your minibook!

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I printed the frames on the same paper as the cards and used my selphy for printing the photos, so they are printed on photopaper. I also added some wood veneer to my finished book. The next pictures show you what my finish book looks like in detail. I really love how it turned out!

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Thanks for reading and see you next time!


Anika About the Author:  Anika is part of the hybrid team here at thedigitalpress.com. She loves to travel and use the photos her boyfriend takes (thanks for that!) to scrapbook. Digital, paper and hybrid. When she is not scrapping, she is most likely playing a computer game or in a city searching for a geocache.