10 Minute Mini Photo Album DIY!

Hi Friends!!!! Sorry for the loooooong moment of silence, but lots has been happening at the Thomas household and blogging had to take a backseat for a bit. BUT I am back in full swing and excited about several projects and changes to Repurposeful happening in the very near future!

Today I have a fun, sweet little tutorial to show you how to make a 10 Minute Mini Photo Album!!!!! How fun, right?! I am not exaggerating when I say 10 minute, either! This project is cheap, easy and super versatile! I first made one a few years ago for my mom, gave it to her and then promptly forgot about it! Ha! Recently I house sat for my parents, found it again, remembered how much fun it was, and knew I wanted to share it on here 🙂

Let’s get started!!!

0916161201a

The main “star” product you will need for this project is a fabulous little find – Badge Holders at Dollar Tree! For just $1.07 (including tax) you can make 1-2 of these little albums! I love Dollar Tree and this is just one of many reasons why.

0915161739

Items you will need:

  • Badge Holders (mine were from Dollar Tree)
  • Pictures
  • Scissors
  • Scrap Paper
  • Markers/Pen
  • String, Yarn or Thin Rope
  • 10 minutes   🙂

0915161741a

Step 1: Find your pictures!

I decided to make a little “kid-friendly” mini book for my 15 month old son, Indy, using some of my favorite pictures of us. Some of the pictures I really liked just didn’t quite fit, but the nice thing about this project? You can hold your little clear badge over any picture and see if it will work before cutting into it   🙂

0915161742

Step 2: Make a template!

Grab a few sheets of scrap paper or notecards and cut down a piece of paper to fit in your badge holder!

0915161745_hdr

Step 3: Start cutting out your pictures!

This isn’t an exact science, but I basically held my clear badge over each picture, figuring out what part of the picture I wanted to include, then I plopped down my template and cut around the template!

0915161746

Here is the picture cut out and inserted in the badge holder. LOVELY 🙂

0915161748

Step 4: Figure out your order!

Before you start stuffing all of the little badges, figure out what order you want them to be in. Sometimes it doesn’t matter, but sometimes it does! I tried to put “like” pictures together.

0915161806

Step 5: Stuff ’em!

Here are the front sides of my badges – you can see I added just a tiny bit of embellishment on the first page – my son’s name and a little heart. You can add as much fancy stuff as you want; stickers, blank pages to write down memories, milestones or stories. I wanted mine to be strictly a picture book, so I kept my “fancies” down to a minimum 🙂

0916161135

And here are the back sides of my badges! Almost done!!

0916161136

Step 6: Bind up your book!

This last step is really easy but a little complicated to explain, so I took lots of pictures  🙂 I tried 3-4 different ways of binding this book up and feel free to do it however you want – but this was the best, most solid binding I figured out! First up, you are going to want to punch out all the plastic in the holes of your badges. Then line them all up, how they will be bound together. Finally, grab some string, twine or yarn to bind. I used 3 pieces of turquoise twine cut about 18 inches long.

0916161140a

To string out your binding – loop your string in the middle and pull both ends through the center opening, leaving the loop at the front -see picture below:

0916161142

I shoved a sharpie in that front loop so it wouldn’t pull through, and then pull each respective side up through the circle opening as below:

0916161143a

This is what the back will look like:

0916161143b

This is what the front will look like:

0916161144

Now, the final step! Remove the sharpie and pull the top string through the loop LEFT to RIGHT and pull the bottom string through the loop RIGHT to LEFT. Puuuuuulllllllllll until it forms a nice, little knot!

0916161149

0916161149a

Hooray! You’re done! I double knotted it and then tied a cute little bow with my remaining string! Trim the ends and you have a perfect little mini album!

0916161152a

0916161152b

0916161152c

I also made another little “demo” book to show a little more “fancied-up” version! You can add buttons to your tie (but please don’t if kids will be playing with it), colorful scrapbook paper and all sorts of things! Also, friendly hint: playing cards fit PERFECTLY in the badge holders if you want a quick album without pictures!

0916161159a0916161202

Finally, here is my little goober looking at his book – He loves it and smiles everytime he sees himself or his mommy and daddy! BTW – His first haircut is taking place this weekend! AHHH!!! I will have to share pictures!

0916161207f

Thanks for tuning in, friends! Even though it’s been a bit quiet, check out our Facebook, Pinterest and subscribe to get these posts sent straight to your inbox! Have a mini-tastic, Repurposeful Day! xo- Court

Advertisements

2 thoughts on “10 Minute Mini Photo Album DIY!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s