1st Day of School Mini Album by Stefanie Ried

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Hello and welcome to a new mini album from me Stefanie Ried with the beautiful Whimsical collection! My daughter started school in September. In Germany the first school day is celebrated with the whole family. My daughter was very excited that day. Every child gets a school bag from the parents filled with things for school and candy. I made the school bag together with my daughter.
Because this first school day was something very special for my daughter, I made a mini album for her. She gets this as a present from me. That's why the mini should be very colorful. It really has become that, haha. It would be almost too much for me, but it is perfect for this occasion. And she likes it colorful.

I found the idea for this album in a bookstore. There was a mini book that could be opened with 3D pages. I thought it was so great that I bought the book. It served as a template for my album.

I didn't want to make the album too small, otherwise I wouldn't have been able to add lots of stickers and embellishments. The size of the album is 4.5" square.

First I tried to build the album with paper scraps. It wasn't that easy and it took me quite awhile. I would have liked to have filmed the process but unfortunately my tripod broke during the shooting. I absolutely want to make the album again and then will definitely create a video.

There are a total of 5 double pages included. Each consists of 3 papers. On one paper is the photo. On the other two papers I cut out a frame. First I glued the photo and then tacked the 3 papers together. That's how the basic framework stands. These pages are then decorated. I also hung 2 pages in the middle so it looks even more interesting.

For the book cover I used cardstock and fabric. Additionally, two magnets are glued on each book cover. Because the album is opened and through the magnets on the book cover, the album remains open. I think that my daughter will put the album in her room. You can also tie the book cover together with a ribbon. As you can see, I used a lot of StickersEphemera Die CutsChipboard Thickers, and Chipboard Stickers. The motifs are perfect for a school day. I love these sweet things.

I hope you enjoyed my album! I wish you a good start into the new year and thank you very much for everything!

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  1. This is GORGEOUS! LOVING the shape and the photos!!!

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  3. This is too stinking cute!! Thinking of using this for 4th of July pictures! Thanks for sharing ;)


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