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First Date Anniversary Mini Album

February 14th, 2012 by Avital

Anniversary Album

On February 22 (2012) my husband and I are going to celebrate 11 years of togetherness. We’ve been married 4½ years and have been having fun this entire time. Our love just gets bigger, stronger and deeper.

Beware, this is going to be a long and picture heavy post…

I made the mini board album from scratch. All I did was to take an 11″ by 3″ strip of cardstock and score it every ½”. Then I did an accordion fold on that piece and attached 3″ by 6″ pieces of chipboard to each fold (plus 2 pieces of hard plastic I purchased 3 years ago in Dublin, Ireland… that I added as cover.) To complete the look I wrapped a 3″ by 3″ piece of patterned paper around the spine. That is all…

Layouts and supply:

[As this is a personal project, in essence, I blurred a few details. Sorry.]

mini album layout

This is the cover page. I just used an old K&Company patterned paper (to wrap around the spine), an old Heidi Swapp paper tape and fabric Thickers.

mini album layout

Here I used an old Anna Griffin paper tape (red) and Crate Paper patterned paper from the Portrait collection.

mini album layout

Here I used another Crate Paper’s Portrait patterned paper and my free printables which I used all through this album…

mini album layout

Here I used Basic Grey’s Oxford patterned paper and my new obsession- washi tape by Sweet Bella!!!

mini album layout

Here I also used Basic Grey’s Oxford patterned paper and another one of my free journaling spots and Prima’s tiny alpha letter stickers for the title.

mini album layout

mini album layout

Here is another one of my journaling cards, used as a page. What happened is that I was “printer-happy” and had more photos than pages, so I fixed that with a few extra pages that I attached to the album with the fabulous washi tape. So simple and effective. I also adhered a piece of Crate Paper’s Emma Shoppe’s paper to cover the back of the journaling card.

mini album layout

Here you can see the “tail” of the washi tape I used to adhere the extra page in place and for the layout I used another one of Basic Grey’s Oxford patterned paper with a fabric tape, so old I don’t even know where is it from… I always love to mix up old and new supply. This is my way of using up my stash without missing out on the new-ish collections.

mini album layout

Here I used the beautiful Crate Paper’s Emma Shoppe’s paper and my own printable Valentine’s Card that you might recognize from yesterday…

mini album layout

Yet another one of the gorgeous papers from Crate Paper’s Emma Shoppe’s collection and some Lily Bee Design letter stickers. I love the size and font of these stickers but I’m not nuts about their quality.

mini album layout

My love story with Crate Paper’s Emma Shoppe does not end. I used here yet another paper from this collection as well as some of that ancient fabric tape and Jenni Bowlin letter stickers (these are good quality stickers!)

mini album layout

Here I used Crate Paper’s Neighborhood paper and you can see the rest of the title with the fabulous Jenni Bowlin letter stickers. This is a layout about my husband’s healthy sense of humor. To demonstrate that I collected a few screen prints of the hilarious things he writes when we chat. Such a great memory.

mini album layout

Here I used another Basic Grey’s Oxford paper as well as 7 gypsies washi-ish tape that I also like a lot. It’s great for journaling!

mini album layout

This paper is from Crate Paper’s Neighborhood collection, which is great for journaling. I used that to list my notorious nicknames that although I don’t like any of them, my husband keeps calling me by them. I blurred them for 2 reasons: 1. I don’t like them. 2. I use some of them as passwords ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Here I used Basic Grey’s Life Of The Party paper as well as these Lily Bee letter stickers.

mini album layout

Here I used another paper from Basic Grey’s Life Of The Party collection and some more of these Prima letter stickers as well as two of my own printables. I blurred the journaling here because I listed all the addresses we’ve had during the last 11 years (quite a lot – in 3 different continents).

mini album layout

Here I used some old Making Memories fabric letter stickers and another paper from Basic Grey’s Oxford collection.

mini album layout

Here I used yet another paper from Basic Grey’s Oxford collection [it’s actually the other half of the page I used before…] and some of my freebie journaling spots and a strip of an a-d-o-r-a-b-l-e washi tape.

mini album layout

Here I used another paper from Crate Paper’s Emma’s Shoppe and some old American Crafts letter stickers [=> Remarks in Lax].

mini album layout

Here I used a woodgrain and striped paper from Basic Grey’s Life Of The Party collection and some Basic Grey’s micro letter stickers that are very hard to find at the moment. I also used some old 7 Gypsies word stickers to emphasizes our travels.

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Here I used some more of my free journaling labels and paper from Basic Grey’s Oxford collection.

mini album layout

This one is easy. We travel way too much to get extra embellishments in… The background paper is again form Crate Paper’s Neighborhood collection.

mini album layout

Another easy one… The paper is again from Crate Paper’s Neighborhood collection and the letter stickers are by American Crafts.

mini album layout

mini album layout

Here I added another page as a ‘flap’. To attach it I scored ½” at the end and applied adhesive to the scored part and adhered it to the end of the existing page. I added an old fabric tape to make an ‘handle’ for the flap. The papers I used are from Basic Grey’s Oxford collection and My Mind’s Eye’s Everyday Flair collection. The title was made with Lily Bee’s Harvest letter stickers [5 points if you spot the missing ‘l’].

mini album layout

Here I used some more papers from Crate Paper’s Portrait collection and Emma’s Shoppe collection as well as some more of Lily bee’s Harvest letter stickers.

mini album layout

Here I used paper from My Mind’s Eye Everyday Flair collection as well as some more of Lily bee’s Harvest letter stickers and some more of Jenni Bowlin’s letter stickers. I also used some old chipboard photo corners and I also secured the page, after manipulating it too much, with some more of my beloved washi tape.

mini album layout

This is the back side of the page above, so you can see the ends of the washi tape. I also used some more of the old American Crafts Remarks letter stickers and the paper is again from Basic Grey’s The Life Of The Party collection (many woodgrain papers in there).

mini album layout

Here I used another paper from My Mind’s Eye Everyday Flair collection. This is a simple page. It’s mostly about the journaling, which you cannot see…

mini album layout

This is the last page of this album, but it represents our wish for many, many more years of love and togetherness. I used Cosmo Cricket’s chipboard letter stickers (that are on clearance…) and a piece of paper from My Mind’s Eye Everyday Flair collection (which is also on sale).

I hope you are not completely bored by now.
However, if you are still in focus, have you noticed that each and every photo is of the two of us together?

Thank you for stopping by!

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24 Comments to “First Date Anniversary Mini Album”

  1. Michelle says:

    This is a beautiful mini Avital! I love all the typography you used- the “seri” “ously?” page is wonderful! LOVE the page with the circle photos and all the white space you included- wonderful book! Pinning it to my “mini book” board!

  2. Awwww….this fabulous mini makes me so happy!
    and it does my heart a lot of good to think you felt like playing with paper and pictures again ๐Ÿ˜‰

    xox

    Hope the two of you are having a very sweet and special Valentine’s day!

  3. argh…where is my head…
    I forgot to say that my parents were married on February 22nd, 1963!!

  4. This mini is such a work of heart with special meaning, secrets, details and encapsulates your life together thus far so beautifully. I’m in awe.

  5. Tina S says:

    This album is so wonderful! Love, love, love!!! It seems like I say that all the time in my comments to you but it’s true. I am inspired to start digging in my stash to make a mini for my honey. Thanks so much for sharing! It made my day.

  6. Clare says:

    This is a fantastic idea and would love to make something similar in the future. Can I ask how long it took you to make it?

    • Avital says:

      Including the album itself and choosing + printing the photos, it took about 8 hours – most of which was picking the photos from 11 year-old archives :)

      • Clare says:

        It must have been great fun looking through the photos. Thank you for the inspiration.

        • Avital says:

          It sure have been great! I was sad that we do not have more photos in general and more photos of the two of us in particular. Thanks for stopping by.

  7. j says:

    thumbs up1

  8. Hagit says:

    ื•ื•ืื•!! ืžืงืกื™ื! ืื”ื‘ืชื™ ืžืื•ื“ ืžืื•ื“ ืืช ื”ืฆื•ืจื” ืฉืœ ื”ืžื™ื ื™, ื•ืืช ื”ืชื•ื›ืŸ! ื›ืžื” ื˜ื™ื•ืœื™ื! ื›ื™ืฃ ืœื›ื! ืœืขื•ื“ ืฉื ื™ื ืจื‘ื•ืช ืฉืœ ืื”ื‘ื” ื•ื™ืฆื™ืจื” :-))

    • Avital says:

      ืชื•ื“ื” ืจื‘ื” :) ื›ืœ ื›ืš ืคืฉื•ื˜ ืœื”ื›ื™ืŸ ืืช ื–ื”, ืคืฉื•ื˜ ืžื“ื‘ื™ืงื™ื ื›ืœ ื“ืฃ ื—ื“ืฉ ืขืœ “ื’ื‘ืขื”” ื‘ืงื™ืคื•ืœ ืืงื•ืจื“ื™ื•ืŸ ื•ืžื“ื‘ื™ืงื™ื ืืช ื”ืงื™ืคื•ืœ ื‘ืฆื“ ื”ืฉื ื™ ืœื™ืฆื™ื‘ื•ืช.

  9. Alichar Smith says:

    HI Avital, thanks for sharing your anniversary album. It is nice to see how you make a mini-album.
    I also want to thank you for the printables you make. I use many of them for things like my journal and even incorporate them in my own mini albums. I don’t post pictures online but if I did, I would be sure to credit you for the printable creations!
    Thanks for your kindness and willingness to share.
    Ali

  10. Veronica says:

    beautiful mini-album!!! You guys are quite the world travelers, I am jealous. :) thanks so much for all the work you do with your printables every week, I have been enjoying them in my layouts.

    • Avital says:

      Thanks! I’m so glad to hear that you love my printables and use the on your l/os. I would love to see photos :)

  11. Rodsy says:

    How did you make the spine?
    very cute book btw! :)

    • Avital says:

      Thanks. I made the mini board album from scratch. All I did was to take an 11โ€ณ by 3โ€ณ strip of cardstock and score it every ยฝโ€. Then I did an accordion fold on that piece and attached 3โ€ณ by 6โ€ณ pieces of chipboard to each fold (plus 2 pieces of hard plastic I purchased 3 years ago in Dublin, Irelandโ€ฆ that I added as cover.) To complete the look I wrapped a 3โ€ณ by 3โ€ณ piece of patterned paper around the spine. That is allโ€ฆ