I knew when we went to Palm Springs & Palm Desert a few weeks ago that I would want to make a minibook of the trip. I wasn't sure how it would come together but figured I'd fall back on my usual stand-by which is a 4x6 horizontal album in a limited color scheme with sewn details. (see : my honeymoon album and spring break album.)
This style is easy for me to work with because it's just limiting enough to be freeing and the main emphasis is on the photos. I started by picking the color scheme.
And that was easy enough. My photos were filled with blues, browns and yellows so I choose papers that had the same colors. I didn't end up using them all but from left to right, the brands are : American Crafts, Jillibean Soup, American Crafts, My Mind's Eye, My Mind's Eye, Echo Park Paper Co, Hambly & Hambly.
I went with a circle theme through the whole album. The theme was repeated in three ways.
- through circle patterned papers.
- using my sewing machine to create circles.
- freehand cutting circle embellishments out of patterned paper and photos.
I also used the same paper bag cardstock for all the text pages and designed the text pages the same way. Fonts shown on the text pages are Bead Chain and GeosansLight.
For this album (and every other mini album I make) I just adhered the backside of the pages together. So whether it was photos, cardstock or patterned paper, it just got stuck together with a roller adhesive. You can see more of my page gluing process in this video (start at the 5min mark).
Something that I did differently in this album than others was include 4x4 photos that were taken with the ShakeIt app on my iPhone. I had these photos printed along with the regular 4x6 photos through scrapbookpictures.com. I tend to use my iPhone for more "in the moment" shots and am glad to get them included. It's something I will definitely be doing more of in future minibooks.
If you are curious about getting digital text in your minibooks refer to the second video in this post. It's the exact same process just a different layout. I hope that will answer any questions, but if you have more, please ask in the comments!