Tuesday, June 13, 2023

Anniversary Photo Album

I recently attended the Scrapbook Fun Summit online, and one of the presenters gave a tutorial showing how to make a 3 inch by 3 inch mini album with pockets using one 12X12 piece of cardstock and some additional cardstock for the embellishments. I chose purple cardstock as my base for the album and a sheet of coordinating double-sided cardstock to make the inserts and embellishments. The pattern paper is from Graphic 45 and has some darling little elements I cut out to decorate the front and back of the album as well as the pockets. The album has pockets that alternate between top opening and side opening, and it was fun to add little papers/pictures to each pocket. 

I also added some ribbon to tie the album closed, and I followed the tip in the tutorial to adhere the ribbon first using glue tape and then add a piece of cardstock over top of the ribbon on each side of the album to cover where the ribbon is glued down. 

My parents are about to celebrate their 56th anniversary, so when I saw the tutorial for this album, I knew it would be perfect for them! I set about choosing some pictures and sizing them for the album and then decided on placement of all the elements and what to put in all the little pockets. It took most of an afternoon, but I'm really happy with how it turned out, and I can't wait to share it with them this weekend on their anniversary!

Front of the album: 

The first insert (showing the text side first and then the photo on the other side of the insert):

The next set of pictures:

The second insert front and back:

Third insert front and back:

4th insert front and back:

5th insert front and back:

6th insert:

7th insert text side and photo side:

 Challenges I'm entering: 

Word Art Wednesday: ATG (4/5 for the week; 4/10 for the challenge; ends June 21)

Creative Inspiration Challenges: ATG (2/2; ends at the end of the month)

Creative Fingers Challenge Blog: ATG (3/3; ends 6/15/23)

Allsorts challenge blog: ATG (2/3; ends 6/15/23)

613 Avenue Create (avenue613.blogspot.com): ATG with option of Good Old Summertime (ends at the end of the  month)

A Place To Start (hereisaplacetostart.blogspot.com): ATG (ends at the end of the month)

Aud Sentiments Challenge Blog: Fun fold and/or Summer (2/5; ends at the end of the month)


  1. A delightful keepsake, many thanks for sharing with us at Allsorts challenge this week.

    B x

  2. A stunning creation
    Thank you for joining us at Crafty Catz Challenge Blog good luck Ginny DT for Crafty Catz Challenge Blog
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  3. A beautiful and very special album! Thank you so much for sharing at Allsorts.

  4. What a fun project using one sheet of patterned paper and what a meaningful and special gift for the occasion! Love it!
    Thank you so much for joining us this week at Allsorts challenge!
    Ellibelle's Corner

  5. Carrie, this is the perfect gift for your parent's anniversary! I am sure they will cherish it. I will have to remember this one so I can make it for Noah. Thank you for playing with Creative Creases Challenge, and I hope you can join us again soon.
    Debbie, DT
    Secrets To Stamping

    1. Debbie, what a fun project that would be with photos of Noah!

  6. A wonderful album, thanks for sharing at Allsorts.

  7. Carrie, your parents will love this special gift. 56 amazing years. Thank you for sharing with us and thank you for joining us for Creative Creases Challenge #59. Hope to see you again soon.

    1. Thanks so much, Rae! They loved it and put it on their coffee table with some other photo albums they keep out!

  8. This is an awesome keepsake! Lots of skill and love went into this creation! Thanks for hanging out at A Place to Start !
    Chana Malkah, Owner
    Redora Lee Designs , My Blog
    A Place to Start , Owner
    613 Avenue Create , Owner

  9. It's so so lovely! Thanks for sharing at DigiChoosday! Christin