Hello there, scrapbooking friends. Do you have any travel photos to scrapbook? As we near the end of summer, it’s time to take those vacation photos and get them in albums!
This is Liz Qualman from Little Yellow Bicycle. We are so happy to share a great travel mini album using The Escape collection and we have a few simple tips we think you will love to incorporate into a future project of your own. Let’s take a look.
DIY Magnetic Mini Album Clasp
A Trip to Remember mini album by Renée Foss and Liz Qualman for Little Yellow Bicycle.
The first tip is to attach magnets to overlapping elements of a project to create a special closure. As you can see from the photo above, the chipboard airplane overlaps both sides of the cover, although it’s only adhered to the left side. By adding one magnet to the nose of the airplane and one to the right cover, we created a homemade clasp that makes it easy to open the album or keep it closed.
Cluster Themed Elements
We also used a variety of The Escape embellishments to create a fun cluster of travel elements on the cover. That darling little red suitcase is a felt sticker , while the airplane, green suitcase, and title tag are chipboard shapes. Mixed together, they represent the essentials of traveling.
Balance Left and Right
This is a fun album, because the left and right sides are different sizes. These unevenly sized pages add visual interest and offer opportunities for a variety of looks. Here we added one of our “skinny” Tear-Out Ticket journal tags, which was just the right size for the left side of the book. We typed the list on a typewriter and then checked them off with a simple black marker.
Add Embellishments to Spice Up Journaling Blocks
For the right page shown here, we had tons of journaling, so we decided to break up the writing by adding a few visual elements. As you can see, we added some of our Favorite Pieces cardstock stickers to the page and then flowed the text around them for a more brochure-like appeal. A typewriter makes the process easy, although it’s also possible (with a bit of planning) to create the same effect with a printer.
Control Text Placement with a Typewriter
In order to get this look, add the stickers to the page where you want them to appear before adding the text. Check for balance and symmetry to keep the eyes moving around the page. Make sure the stickers are firmly in place and then remove the page from the album. Roll the page through the typewriter and type around the embellishments. If you’re not familiar with your typewriter, you may want to practice first on a few sheets of scrap paper before tackling the real deal.
Use 6″ x 6″ Pads for Color Blocking
For the pages with photos, we used our 6″ x 6″ patterned paper pad from The Escape collection and cut the papers into blocks so that they would cover the entire page spread with a solid strip along the bottom edge. This photo reminded us of one of the sentiments in the Fresh Verse stickers about “secret destinations.” Don’t you think a phone booth is a great place to sneak away for a cell phone conversation instead of where everyone else can hear it?
Spread Photos Across Both Pages
Continue to add blocks of patterned paper to the mini album to create backgrounds for the pages. This one has some fun overlapping elements that still allow the pages to easily be opened for closer scrutiny.
Win The Escape Collection
We would love to send one lucky person some of our The Escape collection to document your own travels. We welcome all submissions, international included. To enter, leave a comment here telling us whether you took a vacation (or staycation!) this summer, and if so, how you plan to scrapbook your photos. Comments must be received by Monday, August 27, at 9:00 am (MDT).
We hope that you can create some wonderful memories and incorporate some of our tips. Thank you so much for taking a peek at our project today!
Congratulations to our winner!
Julie Bonomo says: Great mini! I love to make them too……your Fresh Print Traveler got me hooked (made a mini and another 8″x8″ album as gifts) and over the years loved Zinnia, Pack your Bags and looking at Splash for the boys fishing week mini. We head out on a bike trip in Spain so am planning an album for that. Thank you!
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