Category mini album

Notes from the Sea Mini Album

Today I’m sharing my design team post for The Crafty Scrapper. This month, I made a mini album using Prima’s new French Riviera collection and embellishments from Maya Road.

I started with a Maya Road chipboard album that I painted and inked to get an aged gray-blue color that matches the Prima papers. For the cover I layered various papers – from the Prima collection and from my stash of vintage books.

Erica Hofstetter ~ Zunky Chic ~ Notes from the Sea Mini Album ~ Prima, Maya Road

Here is a close-up of the embellishments – including a compass I made using a Maya Road wood frame charm. I printed a compass image, then distressed it with ink and adhered it to the inside of the charm. I used a Maya Road mini arrow charm and then painted the top piece of the frame with Distress Paint.

EHofstetter_Erica Hofstetter ~ Zunky Chic ~ Notes from the Sea Mini Album ~ Prima, Maya Road_TalesfromSeaMini2

Here is a look at some of the inside pages...

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Deep in the Heart of Texas

Last summer, my parents brought Lily Munchkin to Texas for a fun-filled two week vacation. I captured some of our favorite memories in a mini book that I made for each of us for Christmas. Here are a few of the pages.


I started with a Heart of Texas mini album. Since I only had one album that has six pages, I used the album’s Texas-shaped chipboard as my front and back covers for each mini book, and then cut papers to create the album’s pages.


Since I decided to start creating these albums four days before we were leaving for our Christmas vacation, I decided to keep them simple and not overly embellished.

This is one of my favorite pages because of the memory. Lily Munchkin wanted to go on a picnic for lunch – a “real picnic” with a blanket on the ground...

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This mini album was recently published in the Create: Vintage magazine.

I combined pages from two Melissa Frances chipboard albums I had in my stash, and overly embellished each page to create an old, collected feel for the book.

On the cover, I used old lace trim, a crochet doily, vintage millinery flowers, and other embellishments to set the tone.

On the inside pages, I added old family photos with a little history about each person. This is my mom as a baby.

And my dad:

I found photos of ancestors through distant cousins online and from This was my great-grandfather, whom my father never even met, nor did we know (until last year) that he was buried in my hometown where my family still lives.

Another great-great-grandfather, who served in Civil War...

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Disney Mini Album

We spent Christmas with our families at Disney World. I made a mini album to capture my favorite memories and photos.

Here is the cover, and just a few of the inside pages.

I bought a stack of chipboard albums when they were on sale at Michael’s for about 10 cents, and used one for this album. I used the chipboard pages as “tabs” – one for each park and for the cover and back.

I used primarily Webster’s Pages paper, and filled the book with glitter! I used glittered paper, glittered flowers, glittered Christmas picks…

I added a couple of tags and envelopes here and there.

Even though it was a Christmas celebration, I knew I had a lot of pink and pastel photos, so I used these colors throughout the album.

For this page, I used pieces of glittered Christmas picks to look like ...
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Welcome Babies

Our good friends are expecting their first babies in a few months – twin girls. As they await the girls’ arrival, I prepared them to capture their favorite photos and memories.

I love the new Little Darlings collection from Graphic 45. I used it to make the card and the memory album.

For the card, I also used new Prima paper and flowers, as well as a new Graphic 45 stamp.

Here is the cover of the mini album:

And here is a look at some of the inside pages.
I used a Maya Road binder album as the base and covered the pages with the gorgeous Graphic 45 paper. I also added a few other pages for interest – chipboard shapes and envelopes.
For embellishments, I added vintage lace trims, Prima flowers, and some vintage baby images.
I have a few old baby albums, including one from my...
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