CK Summer Camp 2012 (Day 3): Mason Jar Mini Album

Hi there CK peeps! I’m Kim Watson, and I hope you’re having a super summer & enjoying CK Summer Camp.

Make Your Own Mason Jar Mini Album

Today, I’m going to show you how to make a super cute mini album in a mason jar, inspired by the awesome mini made by April Massad on page 53 of the July/August 2012 issue of Creating Keepsakes magazine.

My little boy is so in love with this mini album being about his most favourite subject in the world–rock pools–that he even takes it to school with him.

Gather supplies:

  • Mason jar (Mine has a 2 7/16″ neck opening & is 5″ high)
  • Patterned paper
  • Rub-ons
  • Chipboard accents
  • Shells, coral & sand
  • Twine
  • Liquid adhesive
  • Hot glue
  • Serrated scissors


Cut a selection of 41/4″ x 21/4″ rectangles of various patterned papers for your mini. I used a template to make cutting a bit easier. I suggest patterned paper instead of cardstock because it’s thinner.

Stitch the long sides of the pages. Now cut various 21/4″ x 1/2″ gussets to attach the pages together. Fold each in half.

Attach the gussets join your double pages together with strong adhesive. The joined pages will resemble a book now.

Next cut 2 slightly wider gussets to adhere to the outer pages of the book. These will be hot glued to the lid of the jar, so they have to be be wider than the inside ones. My dimensions were 21/4″ x 3/8″ x 7/8″.

Attach the book to the middle of the jar lid using a generous dollop of hot glue.

Using the lid as a template, trace a patterned paper circle & cut it out with serrated scissors. Stitch the edges for some texture. Cut in half & trim each side slightly to allow for the thickness of your book.

Adhere to inside of lid to for a neat finish.

Cut another patterned paper circle for the top of the lid & attach shells & coral to the top. Apply a couple of coats of sealer (such as Mod Podge) to seal & protect them. Finish off with some twine & a hanging label.

I also added dry sea sand & more shells to the bottom of the jar for a real seaside experience.

Here are a few of the inside pages. I kept them simple to keep the mini album as flat as possible. Note: Do not have embellishments sticking off the sides of the pages or the mini won’t be able to fit through the neck of the jar.

I loved creating this clever, tactile project. Each time I see it on the shelf in Max’s room, I am reminded of his passion with the ocean & rock pools at this age. It is a super way to capture all your seaside summer memories in a unique way.

Thanks for stopping by! I hope this has inspired you to make one of your own too.

Make sure to stop by Club CK to get cool tips for smash books, a new twist on mini albums–and another chance to win prizes–today!




Kim Watson, CK Dream Team member



Would you like to win a totally awesome summer camp prize? Leave a comment here letting us know a mini album you created that you absolutely love. You could win this prize package sponsored byAmerican Crafts, Hero Arts, Jillibean Soup, Karen Foster Design, Martha Stewart Crafts, Maya Road, My Mind’s Eye, TPC Studio, We R Memory Keepers, and X-acto.

Comments must be received by Monday, July 30, 2012, at 9:00 a.m. Sorry, we cannot ship prizes internationally. If your entry is chosen and you live outside the United States, you will be offered a year subscription to Creating Keepsakes magazine instead of this prize.

For More Information

Get more ideas for mini albums & mason jars by visiting these links:

Congratulations to our winner!

Irma: I created a mini album for my sister of her kids and it was a hit! I will be trying the mason jar version very soon.

Watch for an email in your inbox with instructions on how to redeem your prize.

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207 Responses to CK Summer Camp 2012 (Day 3): Mason Jar Mini Album

  1. Kathy A says:

    I love Mini Albums. I think the Mason Jar is a real neat idea.

  2. Becky German says:

    I love this idea. I took a class at BPC from Mou Saha about up-cycling where we made jar mini album. I absolutely love the “Finish Line” album I made, also at BPC! Thanks for the article and all the fun stuff at Summer Camp. I didn’t see this link last week, was it posted on the Day 3 page?

  3. Becky Haynes says:

    What fun! I’ll be trying this for sure with my preschool class to remember one of our units this year. I want them to love books of all sorts and this one is great!

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