how I build my minis (with photos).

Monday, February 17, 2014

On Saturday, I shared another mini album for our Just Two Midwest Girls scrap challenge.  (You can see the full album here).  Since I've been making a bunch lately, I thought I would share my process with you.  I create mini albums with and without photos, so here is my process of creating minis with photos.

1.  When I am working with photos, my albums always start with the photos.  I look at the colors, the patterns, and the textures.  I put the photos in order of how I might want them to go in the album.

2. Next, I choose my album.  I decide on an album based on what will fit all my photos, the sizes of my photos, and the story.

3. Then I choose my products.  I try to match up colors and patterns in my photos.  Most of the time, I try to use a kit since all of the papers and embellishments already match.  Or I will build a kit using my own stash.

4.  Next I cut all my papers down to size (if not already done) and put them in order of how I might want them to go in the album.  Of course, I usually do tons of rearranging as I build my album.

5. Then I match my photos with the papers I want them to go on.  This usually will result in yet more rearranging.

 6.  Now I will prep my pages.  When you take them out of the album, try to keep them in order so you remember what order they go in when you put it back together.

7. It's nice to prep your pages in advance, if you can, so you have less to do later.  I have been enjoying this technique lately: painting pages.  You can also spray mist or stamp them.

8. Try to keep your photos in order to when prepping your pages so you know what order they go in.  (Because if you're like me, it'll take you 10 minutes to remember how the story goes...)

9.  And my favorite part: build and embellish!!!

I hope this inspires you to create a mini album!  If you already create minis, what is your process?  Please share in the comments below!

Kelster Jean

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  1. What a nice tutorial. We love putting together little fun things like this. Loving how yours turned out! Thanks for sharing! Xo, M&K at

  2. Great tutorial! Hi Kelly! I have nominated your for the Liebster Blog Award! More info on my blog at


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