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Designer Details: Mini Album Style

Hello everyone! Jess here today to show you all the Designer Details I like to add to my mini albums.  Minis are some of my favorite projects both when I already have photos (like today’s) and when I don’t, like for a gift.

I tend to have a “formula” when I create a mini and the details I add all have a purpose.  Many of the rules of design for pages also apply to designing mini albums.

Sunshine Girl Cover_Jess Mutty_Pink Paislee
My cover has a center focus, although really anything goes when it comes to covers! The inner pages of a mini need to be relatively flat in order to allow it to close but the cover allows you some freedom to really layer and add lots of details like I did here.  I started with several base layers of paper, then added a chipboard frame tied with twine, and title vellum and chip alphas. I went for even more dimension by adding the vellum rainbow and popping the sun and flowers up with foam squares to really stand out. And you can’t forget to add detail to the binding rings with some ribbon scraps!

Sunshine Girl Cover detail_Jess Mutty_Pink Paislee
You’ll notice that my formula for inner pages begins with each page base cut to the same size, corner rounded, and lined in dashed black pen for a faux stitching look.  I like my mini’s details to unify design throughout the entire project. I also chose to add a 3 x 4 card to each page, one vertical and one horizontal for every page set.

Sunshine Girl Page1_Jess Mutty_Pink Paislee
Another way to unify your pages is with the photos themselves.  Clearly each mini has a specific theme and the photos should adhere to that, but I also chose to use one color and one black and white photo on each page set.  They are also all 3 x 3 and I’ve matted them with 3.5” square papers that have a stitched border.

Sunshine Girl Page2_Jess Mutty_Pink Paislee
While the colors of the pages all coordinate, each set also has its own subset color scheme and I repeated patterns within it.  It gives the illusion of the two pages being one design spread.

Sunshine Girl Page3_Jess Mutty_Pink Paislee
Although I was being careful with how dimensional my inner pages were I still wanted to add some visual interest with height.  Each page uses dimensional embellishments to add flair and individuality.

Sunshine Girl Page detail_Jess Mutty_Pink Paislee
I hope that gives you some insight into my planning process for mini albums and shows you how the design details factor in from the beginning of the project.  This method of designing albums gives me a starting point every time!

Pink Paislee collections used: Hello Sunshine

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One Response to "Designer Details: Mini Album Style"

  • jean marmo
    May 14, 2014 - 2:12 pm

    HOw absolutely adorable!