A few months ago (or was it last summer?!) I purchased a mini album kit from Shop Evalicious. I've been a fan or her work and her products for a while so when she had a big sale I stocked up.
I'll be the first to admit that I didn't use the kit as intended, as a He Said / She Said mini album documenting a relationship. I also didn't follow all of the directions in the tutorial that came with the kit. BUT, I did follow a few of the different techniques and I made the album using almost exclusively the items in the kit which was really fun.
I decided to use the kit to document an annual tradition that my daughter and I have had for years, which is to attend the Walk for Animals hosted by the Animal Humane Society. My daughter is an animal lover through and through . . . and I'm a supportive mom that sometimes, kinda likes a few dogs, IF THEY DON'T LICK. I didn't have a ton of photos from the walk this year, but wanted to make an album to highlight the photos and to tell the story.
The kit came with a tutorial in the form of a .pdf that was several pages long. The instructions were very detailed and I think would be incredibly helpful for someone that is just getting started scrapbooking or someone that wanted to just follow along and not come up with their own design. I think that's one of the real benefits of buying a kit and can be a great way to introduce someone to the hobby.
Here's a look at the cover I made for the album. Everything here (except the photo) came from the kit. The base is a piece of chipboard covered in dictionary paper, and the photo is matted with a piece of WOOD VENEER. I loved working with the veneer and love the look, so that's something I plan to use in future projects. To make the title block I printed the title (except "the") on a piece of typing paper and then used a bit of adhesive to place the title block paper right on top of the "practice" paper. I ran it through my printer again and it worked perfectly. I used a black pen to handwrite "the".
This page is the intro page for the album and features one of the techniques from the tutorial. For this page I used ModPodge to adhere a piece of TISSUE PAPER to a piece of chipboard. The tissue paper gives the page an interesting look and texture which was kind of fun. On this page I did use a few things from my stash rather than the kit. The word block is from Amy Tangerine and the ribbon is a piece I had on hand that was a good color match for the items in the kit (there wasn't a long enough piece of ribbon in the kit to go all the way around the chipboard). The button embellishment, a signature Shop Evalicious item, is from the kit.
Here's a look at the back side of the previous page. This page is purely decorative with no photos or journaling. One of my FAVORITE THINGS about working on this project was the fact I didn't put tons of thought into things or agonize over each decisions as I am prone to do. I was in a creative mood and I just went with it, which was all kinds of fun.
This page is one of my favorites simply because I know how HAPPY and EXCITED Sidney (my daughter's dog) was to be out on an adventure. On the day of the Pet Walk there are a number of Park-N-Rides set up and animals are welcome to ride the bus. This was NOT Sidney's first rodeo Pet Walk and she knew just how to sit and behave on the bus. The tab on the left side of the page was part of the kit. Per the instructions I added some white paint on the edge so that I could write on the tab.
I may add in another page of journaling to tell the complete story of the Pet Walk and the number of times we've attended. Since the album is held together with binder rings I can easily add another page, which is one of the things I love about albums like this.
So, that's it! I completed this album in an afternoon and it was TONS of fun. I loved the colors of the kit and I appreciated having a jumping off point so that I could just focus on putting the album together.
If you'd like to try your hand at a mini album I have several listed in my shop and they are all ON SALE for 20% off right now. If there's a certain topic or type of album you think I should add to my shop feel free to leave a note in the comments.