One of my six year old daughter’s favorite things to do is pull down the big basket of mini albums I’ve created, sit on my bed and look through them with me. When I suggested making one with her and all about her, she was so excited! And I was too as it means I have a precious “snapshot” of what she is like right now. And since she is bright, bubbly and happy I couldn’t go past the Hello Sunshine collection for this mini, although you’ll see I’ve used a few bits from other collections also.
I started by creating the cover from a piece chipboard which I covered in patterned paper and embellished. I usually like to have sturdy chipboard as the front and back covers when creating an album like this. The pages inside I vary – some paper/cardstock and some different materials also. I love the look of different shaped pages and bits and pieces peeking out from the sides.
To keep it simple, I used 3×4 Pocket cards as several pages. These pages were the “information” pages and I simple adhered a piece of white cardstock to each, with simple prompts for my daughter to fill out.
She came up with the answers herself (of course) and didn’t want any help with spelling!
I love the clear tags in the ephemera pack and used one as page also, with a recent (crazy) photo of her!
I also thought it would be fun to include a couple of shaker pages and I had a very enthusiastic helper who punched and die cut some small shapes from patterned paper scraps. Then she helped choose some smaller pieces from the ephemera pack and a sprinkle of sequins to go into a small plastic pocket that I then stitched closed.
A couple more fun elements – on the back of the clear tag I printed and adhered a QR code that shows a snippet of one of her favorite TV shows. I also included a canvas page that we misted over a stencil to create a fun background. I then added a strip of photo booth photos I recently found on my phone of my daughter!
And finally, for the last page (on the back cover) I adhered a larger photo of her on her sixth birthday and added a few embellishments.
I should have taken a photo of her face when she first saw the completed album! She was absolutely thrilled! I know I’m going to treasure this mini album in years to come and I can’t wait to make more for her over different ages and also some for my two little boys!