Smaller sized albums seem to be all the craze right now, and to be honest, I was a little hesitant to try them. I’m not a huge mini album fan … their odd shape and size making them difficult to store and all … and I had the feeling that these half-pint albums would present the same problem. Then BasicGrey asked me if I would put together an album using their NEW Capture line. I decided to give it a go … and I can honestly and whole-heartedly say that I LOOOOOVED every minute of it!
My kids love looking at pages about their birthday parties over the years and I have always wanted to put together a smaller album for each of them with all their parties in one place. I decided to start with Maryn and here is the result. (I wish I would have taken more close-ups of the album before I sent it off … but hopefully, you get the idea. 🙂 )
One thing that made putting this album together such a breeze was the way BasicGrey has configured their Capture albums. The albums include 5 preprinted double-sided tabbed pages, 5 preprinted double-sided cardstock pages, and 8 page protectors in different configurations. (I used THIS ALBUM here.) The preprinted pages make it so easy to start scrapping directly on the inserts and then in the sections where I wanted to include more photos/information, I simply added one of the page protectors.
The second thing that made creating this album so easy was the Waterfall Pack (RSVP). This sweet little number includes die cuts, journaling cards, label stickers, and alphabet stickers … all in one convenient pack! It is AWESOME! And I can’t wait to pick up more of these.
Of course, being a scrappy product lover, I didn’t just stop with using the Waterfall Pack. I also mixed in some Snippets, paper, chipboard letters, and transparencies from a few other lines (Hey You, Hey Girl, etc.). BasicGrey collections cross-pollinate so beautifully, so it was a great way to use up bits from my stash. I even added some plain kraft cardstock die cut words and shapes to round things out a bit.
Here you can see where I added more real estate to the page protector by decorating a piece of folded cardstock. The “Gonna Party” 4 x 6 card is the front of the folded card, then you open it to find two photos inside (the pictures of the hats below).
Thanks for taking a peek at my album! I seriously can’t wait to duplicate this project for the rest of my kids. And the best part is that because this is a three-ring album, I can continue to add birthday pages as my children grow and we celebrate their birthdays each year.
Be sure to stop by the BasicGrey blog this week to see how the other designers’ on the team have used the BasicGrey Capture albums. 🙂