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Create a Mini Album with Binder Rings

 

American Crafts Lovely Day OBX Mini by Carson Riutta Full

One of the things I love best about creating mini-albums, is figuring out how to mechanically make them work with the supplies I have.  For this mini I knew I wanted to use my small binder rings to keep it all together, and then I decided it would be fun to make it stand on its own, just like a small desktop calendar.  I love this format, as I can keep the album on display and flip the page on a daily basis! 

American Crafts Lovely Day OBX Mini by Carson Riutta All

To begin I created each page by mounting a 4×6 photo onto a 5×7 piece of coordinating paper from the Dear Lizzy Lovely Day Collection.  This collection is so colorful and modern.  I just love the way it complements my photos and takes the whole album to the next level of saturation.

American Crafts Lovely Day OBX Mini by Carson Riutta Fox

Once I had all my pages prepared, eight in all, I decorated them each with the stunning embellishments from the Lovely Day collection.  I adore the Chipboard accents and phrases and almost used the whole two sheets for this one project.  I couldn’t help myself and peppered in a few embellishments from the Amy Tangerine On a Whim collection as well as the Shimelle Little by Little collection.

American Crafts Lovely Day OBX Mini by Carson Riutta Hey

Once my pages were complete, I sandwiched two hang tags in between two back to back pages and adhered them well with my strongest adhesive.  I then stacked all my pages in order and used my binder rings to assemble the album. 

American Crafts Lovely Day OBX Mini by Carson Riutta Love

The bones of the album were complete at this point, but I wanted there to be more cute, more interest, more going on,  so I cut apart the beautiful large hangtags from the Dear Lizzy, Tag You’re It 12×12 paper, and journaled on the back, slipping them in between the pages, and attaching them with the binder rings. 

American Crafts Lovely Day OBX Mini by Carson Riutta Beach

To finish off the album I hung a few of the die cut accents from the rings and created a stand to keep the album sturdy while on display.  The stand is simply a 7×12 piece of paper down the middle at 6 inches and on either side of that at 5 inches. I then folded the paper like a “w” and then adhered two small hangtags at the top to incorporate the stand at the end of the album. 

American Crafts Lovely Day OBX Mini by Carson Riutta Last

I absolutely love this little reminder of our most recent beach vacation.  With minimal hardware I have an album that can stand sturdy while on display but fold flat when it’s time to store it away.  I hope you’ll check out the Lovely Day collection and perhaps make a sweet little mini of your own.

Happy Crafting!

Carson

Supplies:  Dear Lizzy Lovely Day 12×12 Tag You’re It  (376946), Dear Lizzy Lovely Day 12×12 Paper Sunny Day (376949), Dear Lizzy Lovely Day 12×12 Paper Pretty Posies (376933), Dear Lizzy Lovely Day 12×12 Paper Amour (376930), Dear Lizzy Lovely Day 12×12 Paper You’re So Cool (376943), Dear Lizzy Lovely Day 12×12 Paper Diamonds Forever (376939), Dear Lizzy Lovely Day 12×12 Paper Up and Away (376936), Dear Lizzy Lovely Day Accents and Phrase Stickers (376952), Dear Lizzy Lovely Day Layered Stickers (376953), Dear Lizzy Lovely Day Die Cut Shapes (376960), Dear Lizzy Lovely Day Chipboard Phrase Stickers Lovely (376956), Dear Lizzy Lovely Day Adhesive Tickets (376955), Dear Lizzy Lovely Day Chipboard Letter Stickers Bonjour (376957), Amy Tangerine On a Whim Chipboard Phrase Stickers LOL (378746), Shimelle Little by Little Stickers (378358 & 378359)