Monday, February 28, 2011

Five Must-Make Mini-Albums Series- How We Met

First up on the Five Must-Make Mini-Album series is the "How We Met" mini-album.

I decided to record the story of how my husband and I met and the journey we've been on together since in an 8"x 8" album that I presented to him one Valentine's Day.

I got the idea because I always wondered about how my grandparents had met, what they were doing in their lives when they met, what things happened along the way, etc.  I love romantic things like that and wanted to record my own romance (G rated, of course, for those worried...).

To get started, I chose a red 8" x 8" album from Colorbok and gathered up various related papers in cream, red, pink, black and patterned.  I had various "love" type embellishments that I used along the way.  I had collected these in a 12"x12" Iris case just to prepare for this album.

Tip #1:  Collect all your papers and embellishments together in a 12"x12" Iris case...that way you have all your materials together.

Tip #2: Consider making a timeline by year, showing where you lived, or other significant events as they occurred.

Here are my pages:











Do you have an album like this?  Are you thinking about making one?

Check back tomorrow for another Must-Make Mini-Album; it's stellar!

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84 comments:

  1. great idea! I wish I had things like this for my grandparents. I am always telling my mom to write down the stories as she remembers them.

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  2. Thanks Joy! I made one of these years ago for my dh as an anniversary gift. Cant wait to see the others. Hope you are having a great time on the cruise!
    Esigmon at cox dot net

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  3. Just beautiful. Awesome idea. I get so busy doing kids albums I never have a chance to do one for hubby & me. The 8x8 size is perfect!
    Thanks for sharing
    Susan

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  4. Your mini album is great....nice to put the words down so it is always remembered.
    smiles...Tammy

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  5. Oh my goodness, this would be the perfect gift for my husband and family. Thanks for the idea I can't wait to get started :)

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  6. This is beautiful! Hugs! Dina

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  7. What a great keepsake, thank you for sharing it with us.

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  8. Wonderful idea for generations to come!

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  9. What a wonderful gift! A perfect Valentine's Day present.

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  10. Great idea! I have a continious album of just my husband & I. I love it because its a great reminded of all the years and events we have shared together. TFS

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  11. What a great idea, I love it!! My hubby and I had a very eventful few years right after we got married-so this would be perfect to preserve those memmories!

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  12. I really love this idea! Brings back sweet memories of the past 27 years I have been married. We met when he delivered the paper to the wrong house after we moved in. Think this will be a fun one to do for my hubby!!! Thank You for the inspiration! Susan Haley

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  13. What a cute idea. I'm not sure I'd remember all the details as we met 14 years ago. I'll have to work on a book like this vs our wedding album. Thanks for sharing!

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  14. Aww, this is so sweet! I just did an album for my sweetie last week. I didn't do "how we met" but included lots of pictures of us together over the past 8 years (tomorrow is the 8th anniversary of our first date!). I used music as the theme and included titles and words to songs. I can't wait to give it to him!

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  15. What a super idea. Easier in small bites . . . good philosophy!

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  16. Wonderful idea and project to look back on!

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  17. awww.. I really like this. i have started one.... does this count?? LOL I agree.. i recently found out about my grandparents a few things.. I need to write those down....
    parkernana5@ cox.net

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  18. Fantastic album and such a great idea. I also wonder about my parents and grandparents and how they met. I'm going to start one for my hubby (journaling and planning) at the Texas Stampede.

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  19. That is so beautiful Joy. What a great gift for your hubby and the generations to come in your family. Thank you for the inspiration, I'm going to make one now too!

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  20. This is such a wonderful idea. I should start one for my children about how their father and I met, even though we divorced after 20 years.

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  21. Awww!! That is so sweet, he must have loved it. How great to reminisce every so often. Thanks for the idea.
    Gloria

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  22. What a great idea! I have one from 1974! Let me assure you it isn't even close to this one! Pieces of paper stuck in a magnetic book! :( I just might try to recreate one for our August anniversary.

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  23. Your album is gorgeous!! What a wonderful theme to be treasured for generations to come!
    I am working on gift box with 10 (very) mini (3 x 3) albums for my niece who is getting married in June. (shhh don't tell her) I hope mine turns out as nice as yours!

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  24. I love this...what a precious treasure this will be! TFS! Can't wait to see what you've got for tomorrow!

    Carol
    aka cyimbugbitten
    bugbitten at hotmail dot com

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  25. great mini album!!!!! and such sweet and precious memories for your children and grandchildren(someday way down the path..LOL) to admire and know that there was friendship and love in this family that bonds this marriage
    This is going to be an exciting week!!!!! hope your having fun on the cruise....

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  26. What a great idea. Wish I had seen this 31 years ago. Now I can't remember all of it. LOL
    I am sure your husband really loved his Valentine gift.

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  27. so cute! great idea....tfs :)

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  28. Love this! We often neglect "adult" scrapbooking ideas in favor of recording important events in our children's lives. I think I will start on for my hubby for next year, or our anniversary. Thanks for sharing! jessio22@yahoo.com

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  29. Wow, how nice! My Boss's wife made one like this for her family & I always wanted to do it. Thanks for the extra ideas. I love the Time line details! I will be scraplifting! P.S. Your colors were my wedding colors, so I really love it! thanks for sharing!

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  30. nice job and what a wonderful story

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  31. What a great idea and gift! I have those special pics, notes, letters, etc. tucked away from when we met till now and this would be the perfect thing to record it all. Love your wedding date (my bday) and my hubby and I got married May 5th, so that I could celebrate longer and get more gifts that way, hee hee! and April was a special month to us when we met as well. TFS :)

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  32. What a nice way to record your journey together, I look forward to seeing more.

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  33. Absolutely breathtaking!! Awesome! TFS
    Mstgane
    Ann

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  34. Great idea...your right I wish I had something like this for my grandparents. Thanks for inspiring us today.
    Roxx.T

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  35. Joy - such a great idea!!! I love that you share your life with us in this way. I will definitely have to put something together for my husband and I from my stash - we'll be married 15 years this May 26th.

    Hope you and Melanie are having a great time on the cruise!!

    TFS

    Kathleen in NJ
    kmurphy614@gmail.com

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  36. I have started an album like this for my husband & I but I have neglected since kids entered the picture. I really need to catch it up. TFS

    kperlic@hotmail.com

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  37. Love the mini album!! Great idea!!

    Carol

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  38. I love the idea of shorter, mini albums. The ones I have done, I've taken more time, as it looks you have, to have additional space to journal.

    Thanks for more tips on these cute albums!

    blessings, Donna
    grandma4five

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  39. Love it! My husband and I have one like it:) Enjoy looking at every year:)

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  40. Beautiful, love the 8 x 8 idea. I have an 8 1/2 x 11 album of our wedding. I love all the papers you used, very pretty.

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  41. What a wonderful Idea, Joy. I hope your hubbie liked his valentine's gift!.

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  42. A lovely album and a doable idea for so many of us...wish I had pictures for my album but pictures of the places would work too!

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  43. How sweet. I like this idea. It seems like something I could actually complete. I still haven't done our wedding album (our 7th anniv is coming up too).

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  44. You reminded me that I made an album like this to give my husband on our first anniversary--52 years ago! It's not nearly as fancy as yours--just letters, photos, and ephemera. I'll have to find it and share it with my grandchildren. About all I remember about it was that he wasn't impressed. I guess he would have rather had a tie.

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  45. Dear Joy,
    Thank you so much for sharing such a personal album. It is a delightful recording of two people falling in love. How LUCKY you are to have found such a wonderful man and he you! I'm sure that your kids and grandkids will LOVE to read it some day and will see it as the treasure it is.

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  46. Great book for memories! Thank-you!!

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  47. What a wonderful idea. I love it!

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  48. This is such a great idea! And so do-able, not so overwhelming!

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  49. When I read yesterday about 'must have mini's" I was looking farward to a few new ideas for albums. But after today's post, I am getting excited. Just after one day and ideas are drifting trough of various mini's to create! Thank you! Looking forward to a great week and many many more ideas.

    Carol
    clworkman4 at gmail dot com

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  50. What a wonderful album! I love the whole idea of it. TFS

    Cathy
    cathyhartle at gmail dot com

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  51. This is just lovely, Joy!! I would love to make something like this for my son and daughter-in-law for their 20th anniversary. I have been following you and Melanie for over a year now and I really enjoy seeing all of your projects. Looking forward admiring to the rest of your minis.

    I just started my own blog about a week ago and would love for you to drop by if you get a chance.

    Anne
    anniebeescraftroom.blogspot.com

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  52. Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful idea. I have all of my *love* notes saved from hubby and going to make a mini album with them. Have a great evening.

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  53. Wonderful memories!

    patpionkeathotmaildotcom

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  54. You did such a great job with this album! The layouts are so pretty, but still show off all the hard work you put into writing your history. I made one for my hubs awhile ago...Maybe it's time for round 2? :)

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  55. I need to do something like this. This is wonderful. I'd also like to do an album with pics of my parents and input from my mother. That would be sweet to pass on to my children. Thanks for the idea.

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  56. Wow what an amazing idea. Such great memories to hand down.

    Janette P
    platts2011@hotmail.com

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  57. Love it! I have a bunch of pictures from when my husband and I were very young before we met each other, and had no idea how to start an album with these. After seeing this, I now know exactly what I want to do. Thanks so much! This is going to be a fun project to work on! jlkordes at gmail dot com

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  58. what a wonderful story to share. I love albums like this. I so need to do this. Hope your having a great time.

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  59. I have always wanted to do one of these! I now feel inspired to!

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  60. Great idea! I've always wanted to do this, but have never actually followed through...maybe now I will!

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  61. Love it! Just finishing up a wedding/how we met album and love sharing the stories with our kids!

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  62. This is such a great idea! Your album is beautiful!

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  63. What a precious wonderful idea. Thanks for the tip to gather your supplies and pictures together in one box. That is a big part of doing an albumn anyway and having it all together like this you could pull it out and work on it so much easier.

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  64. Sweet idea! All my kids know is that my husband/their dad met at work. So much more to our story than that! Thanks for sharing your love story with us.

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  65. What a great keepsake for my kids! Oh and a great reminder for my husband as well, thanks and I can't wait for the other 4 projects!!

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  66. What a fantastic idea. I think I'll definitely add pages like this to our family album. Whether or not I make a separate album is up in the air, but journalling is so very important.

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  67. Wow we both got married on the same date in Florida only 2 hours away. We got married in Orlando and you in Tampa. Seems like we both found perfect men for us. Loved seeing your album. I need the motivation to make more albums :)

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  68. So very cool! Thanks for sharing this idea. I've been thinking of doing this type album for awhile & just haven't gotten going. Now I'm inspired!!
    Theresa Erwin

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  69. How wonderful of you to make this!! I always think of doing something like this for my DH but just never do... now I'm inspired!

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  70. Love the album! What a fantastic idea! It is something I need to do also!

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  71. This is one of my favorite kinds of albums. It makes a great anniversary gift too! :)

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  72. You're my HERO ! THanks for the Sweetest idea
    Romy35

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  73. thanks for the great inspiration. I need to find all those stories my mom and dad wrote down for me.

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  74. Joy, So far both of your mini albums have inspired me. I can't wait to see the rest and figure out which I should start on first. Thanks. Hope you are having a great cruise.

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  75. How romantic and thoughtful!! What better way to spend a wonderful evening together with your loved one looking at memories of those special moments. This album will be cherished for years to come

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  76. This is precious. Mine is not a mini album, but it chronicles our online dating and even includes our profile pages from MSN's dating site.

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  77. What a great album and a lovely way to hold onto family history too.
    Kim xXx

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  78. Great ideas and tips. I will have to get started on these ideas.

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  79. What a great idea! I may have to do this for my husband sometime.

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  80. Great idea and album.
    mmlmn @polarcomm.com

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  81. Your ideas are always so inspiring! I'll have to start working on my hubby's for NEXT Valentine's Day!

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