Part of why I craft is because there is a particular joy in making something for someone else. I love seeing the excitement on the recipient’s face when I tell them that it was handmade — it makes doing selfless tasks like this uplifting and in some ways inspirational, even if I’m the one doing the making.
This is a little 8″x8″ album I put together as a gift for a very dear friend to be able to document their son’s first year. I used a Pioneer album but added a 2″ extension post to accommodate the additional pages, SEI paper, some alphabet stickers, and some random metal embellishments. The photo mats are cut at 4.25″ x 6.25″ so that they can simply place a 4″x6″ photo and not have to worry about cropping, but some pages have room for smaller photos to be added if they wish. Also left some blank space for journaling.
I found it very helpful to use the paper from one company, and in this case the SEI paper all came from one particular collection so that all of the colors coordinate easily (love how there is a pattern on one side of each sheet and a solid color on the other). I used some cardstock I had on hand for some of the backgrounds in addition to the some of the solid color paper.
What’s great about these smaller sized albums is that it’s a good size to leave out on a coffee table as a little brag book, and you don’t have to worry about trying to put together larger pages with more content if you went with a 12″x12″ album. It’s also a great way to get your feet wet with scrapbooking to see if it’s something you want to really delve into. Or if you’re someone like me who fell out of scrapbooking, it’s a nice way to ease back into the craft without feeling too overwhelmed.
I can’t wait to see what it will look like once they add the photos in. To see the month-by-month layouts, click here.
Now go be crafty!