of a large scrapbook can be daunting if you are new to the
craft. There sits that large album, filled with blank pages.
You will need a theme for the album and a theme for each
page. You will need to add background paper, photos, frames,
journaling, and embellishments. You don’t know where
Even if you aren’t new to scrapbooking,
there are times when a mini scrapbook is just more appropriate
than a large one. A mini scrapbook allows you to start small
and keep-it-simple-sweetie (KISS). You needn’t spend
as much time on a mini scrapbook, since a small page will
hold much less. The KISS point is that, being small, a mini
scrapbook will look cluttered if you get too many items
on a page.
An album as small as 6 x 6 can be used
for a mini scrapbook. The pages are large enough to hold
a photo up to the standard 4 x 6. The extra two can be used
for a note or caption. You need not use a purchased album
for your mini scrapbook. Simply cut regular letter-size
cardstock sheets in half, creating pages that measure five
and a half inches by eight and a half inches. Or purchase
blank cards in that size at an office supply store. When
you are ready to bind your mini scrapbook, purchase cover
stock in colors, and have it spiral bound.
Another good way to make a cardstock mini
scrapbook follows. First, create your mini scrapbook pages,
allowing a one half inch border at one end of each page.
This is where your scrapbook will be bound, so the border
should alternate from page to page. Next, create a cover
for your mini scrapbook, leaving the same border for binding.
At an office supply store, printer, or copy service. Ask
to have your mini scrapbook spiral bound after it is copied.
You will have a choice of spiral binding or comb binding.
They come in colors, so you can coordinate the cover stock
and plastic binding.
Keep your mini scrapbooks clean and strong,
especially those that will be handled by young children.
Instead of having your pages copied double-sided, choose
single-sided copies. Then laminate pages together in pairs,
back to back. Laminate your cover, and bind the mini scrapbook.
Keeping it simple, here are a few themes you may want to
consider for your mini scrapbook.