Scrapbooking can be a fabulous way to relive special memories with family and friends, but sometimes you just don’t want to go through hassle of making an elaborate album. That’s where mini albums come in. These quick and easy scrapbooking projects can usually be completed in one sitting and are the perfect way to showcase your favorite photos.
Mini Keyring Album
This album is made using the pre-cut cards from one of We R Memory Keepers Albums Made Easy kits. If you have leftover cards from your Project Life scrapbook, this is a fabulous way to make sure nothing goes to waste. Visit Polka Dot Chair to learn more.
Paint Chip Album
If you recently completed a redecorating project, put all those paint chips to good use by turning them into a cute little mini scrapbook. This project is very similar to the mini keyring album, although the yarn tassels give it more of a whimsical feel. Learn more at Maggie Holmes Design.
Playing Card Album
A playing card scrapbook is another excellent way to make use of recycled materials in your scrapbooking. It makes a wonderful DIY Valentine’s Day gift for your special someone, but you could adapt the project to fit a non-romantic theme if desired. Head over to 52 Reasons I Love You for a very detailed tutorial.
Who says scrapbook pages need to be squares or rectangles? Take inspiration from Think Pink and Mint and make your mini album using tiny hearts cut from your favorite patterned papers. Stitching around the edges of the pages adds texture without bulk. (Don’t like hearts? Try using stars instead!)
Paper Bag Album
Using paper bags to construct your scrapbook albums gives you lots of hidden pockets for stashing notes, ticket stubs, and other memorabilia. You can customize the size of your album so it’s perfect for your project. Tater Tots and Jello has the details.
You can make this clever mini scrapbook album by gluing together a series of colored envelopes. Use cardstock or chipboard to construct the decorative cover. Gathering Beauty shows you how.
Coin Envelope Scrapbook
The small size of coin envelopes makes them perfect for mini albums. This simple project from Roosterhead Designs uses coin envelopes held together with a binder ring to hold decorated picture tags.
One Sheet Wonder
This diminutive album uses a single sheet of 12 x12 cardstock for its foundation. Head over to Paper Craft Scissors for the complete project tutorial.
This mini brag book is perfect for stashing in your purse you can whip out your favorite pictures at a moment’s notice. Head over to The Olde Saltbox for additional information and a link to the video tutorial.
Last but not least is an itty bitty scrapbook inside an old pocket watch. This is the perfect DIY gift for the mother or grandmother who wants an easy way to show off pictures of her little ones. Crafts Unleashed has the full tutorial.