Showcase Those Photos

Have you ever wanted to create a mini album or brag book to showcase those special sentimental photos without the traditional photo albums and without spending the time it takes to create a mini album?  Well that was me this weekend...I wanted to create something to give as a gift but I needed it to be quick.  After creating those larger mini albums I was definitely tired of mini albums and wanted something easy, and I found it after a few hours of surfing YouTube.

Actually I found two really cute, super easy mini wallet and brag book size mini albums.  The one I am going to share will hold up to 12 photos.  I've added photos to show you how you can create this little brag book to showcase your special moments.  I used the standard 4 x 6 photo but you could cut that down and use a smaller size.  Additionally, you could add a pocket on one of the pages (which I may do later) to add a gift card or a tag to hold the photo.

This is the front of the book.  The designer paper is My Minds Eye Lost and Found Christmas collection.  I had some Stampin Up Bashful Blue card-stock and that was perfect because this particular brand of paper has a heavier weight than most which means it will hold its shape better and longer.

I had to fussy cut the word Merry from the paper because once I cut it to size it wouldn't fit on the front.  The edges were inked using Walnut Stain.

When you open the book to the first page you have two separate sides of the book (a bit like a gatefold) page.

As you can see each page holds a standard 4 x 6 photo that I have inserted in the photo slots I punched in the mat.

The photo corner punch is by Marvy Uchida and I absolutely love it!

Next we fold back both photos to reveal four new photos.  Just think of how you could create these pages into pockets for tags, inserts and other interesting folds.

And yep, there is yet one more fold back to reveal two additional spaces for photos.

This gives you a total of ten photos that you can display all in one easy and compact brag book.  I could see this on a table where everyone could see it and of course start a conversation about its existence.

And lastly, we come to the back of the book where I have simply added my signature block.

Here you can see how big the spine is which adds to the possibility of doing more with this small but very versatile brag book.

I am going to switch out a few photo mats with a couple of pockets with tags where I can add my greeting and maybe a smaller pocket that can hold a gift card to Red Lobster or Olive Garden.

It is my plan to make at least one more of these and maybe another one that is more of a wallet style.  I'll share that style with you as well.

I hope to enter this brag book in the following challenges:

Anything But A Card - Challenge #30 (12/21)
Challenges 4 Everybody - Challenge #35 Anything Goes (12/20)
The Corrosive Challenge - Challenge #189 Anything Goes (12/21)
Penny Black and More - Traditional Christmas Colors (12/30)
One Stitch At A Time - Challenge #194 Anything Goes (01/12)
Dream Valley Challenges - Challenge #72 Christmas (01/10)

Well there you have my showcase for tonight.  If anyone would like to know where to find this tutorial for this brag book just let me know.

Be safe, stay warm and enjoy the blessing of creativity
Hugs ~ Lesia


brenda said...

Such a lovely project and super keepsake, thanks so much for joining in at Penny Black and More challenge.

B x

Sheila H said...

As always, Lesia, you turn the ordinary into the extraordinary! This is wonderful :)

Planetsusie said...

This is a beautiful project Lesia - and you have used some of my favourite papers by MME. I love the quality you get. As for fancy cutting the Merry - well done you!! I think the whole project looks amazing and is such a brilliant keepsake.

Thank you for showing us at OSAAT challenge this month. Lots of luck to you.

Hugs Sue Pxxx DT member

Ingrid Mason said...

What a very special gift - I'm sure that you are right about this book being a talking point, I was certainly intrigued as more photos kept opening up. Good luck in our extended challenge. Ingrid xx ( OSAAT Team )

Karen Petitt said...

Once again another gorgeous mini album/book they are beautiful xx

verybellemakes said...

Such a lovely gift idea to send on to family members and close friends! Thank you for sharing at One Stitch At A Time and good luck in the challenge.

Victoria DT

Love crafts forever said...

Absolutely gorgeous!!! Something to treasure forever.
Thank you so much for playing at One Stitch At A Time.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
DT Nataliya

MagsB said...

Wow, what a fabulous book! The cover is gorgeous, so vintage! This is a lovely memento! Thanks for joining in at Dream Valley!

love Mags B x

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