Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Smile, My Friend!

WARNING! This is a picture heavy post. :)

Last year (wow, that sounds so long ago), one of my best friends asked me to send her a picture of my family to her for her birthday. She even mailed me a little acrylic frame to put it in. Well, the frame broke during shipping, and I've been trying to think of something better to send her than just one picture. It's taken me this long to have just the right idea to inspire me. I'm hoping she forgot about the request so that when she receives my surprise package in the mail, she will be happy! Don't you think surprises are fun?! I love surprises!!

I decided to make her a mini album.

See, my friend is handicap and has limited movement. She doesn't travel far from home and loves to watch our travels from South Carolina to Georgia to Texas to Alaska and everywhere in-between. She says she feels like she's right there with us. And every time we pass the "WELCOME TO MISSISSIPPI" sign, we have to snap a picture and post it on Facebook for her. I guess you could say it's sort of a private joke. I can't even remember how many times we've passed through Mississippi on our travels.

Here are lots of pictures and the journaling I made for her mini album. I know the pictures are not the greatest quality, but I used my scanner instead of the camera. I tried taking pictures with the camera, but the lighting wasn't right and it wouldn't focus or stay open to the right page, etc.  Try to look beyond the quality of the photos, and feel the love that went into this.

Some things you need to know before looking at the pictures....
  1. CREATE A CRITTER Sunshine cut @ 3/4".
  2. HELLO KITTY GREETINGS Strawberry cut @ 2" and 2 1/2".
  3. PLANTIN SCHOOL BOOK Grass cut @ 1 1/2" and trimmed to fit width.
  4. Pictures are all inserted into a horizontal badge pocket (got at Walmart). There is also some pattern cardstock between the front and back photo in each badge.
  5. Cropadile used for hole punching.
  6. 1" binding rings from Office Depot.
  7. Covers 4 1/8" x 3 5/8". Three pieces of cardstock with pattern paper adhered all together for thicker front and back covers.
  8. Pages in-between photos are gray cardstock cut @ 3 3/4" x 3 3/8".
  9. Sentiment stamps on front cover by Mary's CARDZ TV STAMPS "Encouraging Thoughts" set.

Here's the mini album pages and journaling...

Project #62 of this year
Front cover


I love the thickness and sturdiness of this mini album book! The cardstock and thick laminate badge holders just add to how sturdy this is.

My custom stamp on the back (MY FAVORITE STAMP IN THE WHOLE WORLD) is from PSA Essentials.com. Check them out!

Have a happy day, everyone! Thank you so much for stopping by.
Smiles :) Janis


  1. Love the idea of using badge holders for a mini album. You are so creative, my friend!

    ~ JD ~

  2. That is so cute. Very Creative. I'm sure your friend is going to love it.


  3. Love your mini album Janis!
    Great idea using the badge holders, it looks great!

  4. Love your mini ablum. What a clever way to use badge holders.


  5. Your friend is going to love this! What a great idea!

  6. Using badge holders is a great idea. Very nice.
    Rae Ann O.

  7. This is awesome!!! I so love all of the pictures and all of your journaling. She is gonna love her album!!! :)

  8. I am the luckiest person in the world to have you as my friend. I absolutely love my little mini. I keep it in my pocket and it goes everywhere that I go. You and your family are very dear to me. Big hug!

  9. What a great gift Janis. I am sure she loves it!

  10. This is such a loving gift. Thanks for sharing!


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