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.
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!
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.
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.
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