Thursday, June 30, 2016

Family Mini Album with RRR

Hello, ribbon-loving friends!  I'm sharing a project for Really Reasonable Ribbon today; and as you may already know about me, I absolutely love making mini albums out of paper bags.  They're easy to make, a great way to showcase family photos on your coffee table, and they make great little gifts.  This one was created  with the theme FAMILY in mind, and I used lots of great trims from Really Reasonable Ribbon.  The cover of my album includes a felt flower I cut using a Die-Namics die, and I embellished it with Natural Burlap String, and a length of Baker's Twine Diva Palos Verde Green Stripe.  I also tucked in a 30 mm Green Paper Mulberry Leave.  All the patterned papers, stickers, chipboard, etc. used on this project are from Crate Paper's Farmhouse collection.
First, I covered all my paper bags/pages with patterned papers and embellished each page with coordinating stickers, stitching, journalling spots, etc.  It was so much fun adding in some of my favorite RRR twines. There are a total of seven pages in this album, so please bear with me in this long post.  The photo below shows you page 2 which doesn't have any trims at all.  I just left a big photo space.
Below is Page 3, and it includes a journalling chipboard piece that's tied with Natural Burlap String and Cotton Candy Baker's Twine.  This page has room for a small photo, some journalling, and of course the pocket underneath it where extra photos can be stored.
And is Page 4 (below) which has a journalling tab, a journalling spot with a Melissa Frances rub-on, some patterned papers, stitching, and a photo mat.  This page doesn't have any trims, and is one of the (smaller) envelope pages.
Next, I'm sharing Page 5 of my mini album.  There are several pages on the inside of my album that are smaller than the cover because I purposely used two smaller sized Lunch Bag Kraft Open End Envelopes.  Each little envelope has a flap so that you can tuck photos, journalling, etc. inside as keepsakes.
I'm sharing (above) a close-up of this page to show you the sweet bow I made on the flap of this envelope.  I used my hole punch to create a place to add some trims.  I used two lengths of the beautiful Blueberry Baker's Twine (this color reminds me of a denim color.....super cute!), and a length of Solid Red Baker's Twine, as well as a small torn piece of the 2 1/2" Cotton Blend Ribbon.
Next, you will see Page 6 (above) which also has a small snippet (scrap) of the 2 1/2" Cotton Blend Ribbon.  Really Reasonable Ribbon has so many great trims in every different width, fabric, textures, design, color, etc.  You're always sure to find the PERFECT trim for any project.  What not treat yourself today and stock of on some of the basics (i.e. Natural Burlap String and Baker's Twine) in your craft room.  You're sure to LOVE everything RRR has to offer.
Above is Page 7 of the mini album (the last inside page) and it also has no trims.  It includes a 3-D family embellishment from the Farmhouse line.  I included lots of great patterned paper scraps that I machine stitched together.
Finally, above you will see the back cover of my mini album.  I often leave these blank, but I decorated it this time (just a bit), and I included a "documented by" sticker so that the giver who puts it together for their family can document their name and the date.  Before I run off, I wanted to mention that I used my Zutter binding machine to bind this mini album.  Around the rings of the binding, I used some fabric strips, some of the 2 1/2" Cotton Blend Ribbon, and some Noble Peacock Seam Binding.
We also hope that you will stop back by the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog often for more inspiration.  And don't forget that there is always a FUN CHALLENGE taking place where you can play along to showcase your ribbon and trim-adored projects.

I'm linking my album to these fun challenges:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Simon Says "Anything Goes"

Little Scrap Pieces - Saturday Linky Party

Sweet Stamps Blog:  June Challenge - Anything But a Card - I stamped in black ink on the cover of this album (Blessings - So Much To Be Thankful For) and also on the inside pages here and there.  Stamping is always the perfect touch.

Thanks for visiting, and we sure hope to see you again soon.

Bless you,


  1. Oh how Pretty Karen... Beautiful book!

    Theresa's Crafty Creations

  2. This is a great album! Very nice! Thanks for joining us for Anything Goes week on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog!

  3. What a cute album, I love the colors and variety of elements you added. Thank you for joining our blog challenge at