Second up in my Five Must Make Mini-Album series is the album "America, Land that I Love".
I started this album with the idea of recording the different places I had visited in the U.S., including photos of the various homes I have lived in, as well as some of my more memorable vacations. I have been to almost all of the states (4 left - Iowa, North Dakota, Montana and Hawaii) and they are not all shown because the album expanded quite quickly.
To do this album, I started collecting photos of the homes I had lived in over the years, including real estate brochures from when we bought and sold homes.
Tip#1: What to do if you don't have photos of a place...
I also looked for photos representing the area on the internet. For instance, I grew up in Miami and there are some spectacular, free photos available of Miami. Just be sure that it is ok to use photos you find on the internet. I found some on the stock x.chng site that were labelled free and they were fantastic!
I also used one brand of paper for this album, Club Scrap. I used papers from many different Club Scrap kits.
Tip #2: Limiting yourself to one brand of paper/paper line or one club kit is an easy way to minimize choice overload or "the search for the exact right paper" that likes to stop our progress dead in its tracks. I highly recommend this method for easy mini-album scrapping.
What I love about this album is that all my homes are in one place. All my favorite vacations in the U.S. are in one place. Since I used an 8" x 8" size, my kids can easily look through it. The 12" x 12" can be awkward and overwhelming.
Check out some pages below:
Ok, so it's a thick album...
Our first house:
Here is a pocket page where I made very large tags and covered them with photos. It's another way to get more photos into the book.
My favorite view of the backyard and bird feeder at our house in Colorado:
Love this Texas page!
Visit to the Atlanta Olympics in 1996 - we saw the women's final tennis match...
St. Louis Zoo:
What do you think? Inspired to make one of these? Let me know!
Be sure to check back tomorrow when I showcase my "best received" and "most loved" mini-album!
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