Family Snapshots Mini Album

Monday, October 7, 2019

I am so excited to show you this new mini album as a guest designer for Cocoa Vanilla Studio with the beautiful Unforgettable collection!
First, here is a flip through of the album so you can see it in action:

I have been super inspired by Amber's handmade mini albums lately so I created the first part of the cover based on her tutorial and then made hinges for the pages and photos to stick to. On the cover I decorated it with a "family" foam sticker, "snapshots" sticker, butterfly button, a few enamel dots, and half of a round floral sticker.
One of the patterned papers in the Unforgettable collection has blocks of 3x4" cards so I trimmed those out and turned them into page pockets. First I placed the cards back-to-back and then made a notch with a circle punch at the top. Then I used a sewing machine to machine stitch around the left, bottom, and right sides to complete the pockets.
 Another patterned paper in the Unforgettable collection is filled with blocks of different patterns so I turned those into tags to tuck into each pocket and machine stitched around the tag edges to create texture.
 I snapped a loose leaf binder ring through an eyelet that I attached through the album edge and then looped on four paper tassels from the collection for a charm.
The design is basic: one pocket page followed by a photo page, repeat six times for 12 pages. I adhered two 3x4" photos back-to-back for every other page. I used photos from our annual family photoshoot taken by the talented Jennifer Simmons of Everleigh Portraits. We had them taken in downtown Denver in front of some super colorful buildings which just so happen to match this collection to a "T"! It was meant to be.
 Here is the opening page with a few die cuts, button, and enamel dots.
And here are all the inside pages which I decorated with supplies from Unforgettable.
 I added a sticker or die cut to the tags that pull out of each pocket, but they could also be used to add additional photos and journaling! I may go back and do just that. I have lots more photos from our session that I want to highlight.
Here are a couple more photos of the finished book:
 I hope you are inspired to pick up the Unforgettable collection by Cocoa Vanilla Studio and create layouts, cards, and other projects with it! It's a beautiful line!
SUPPLIES: Patterned paper, stickers, die cuts, enamel dots, tassels, buttons: Unforgettable collection by Cocoa Vanilla Studio


  1. This is absolutely GORGEOUS! LOVING the colors, the journal bits and I think my fave photo is the one of the kids where the side of the foreheads are leaning into each other ... yep! That one is my fave!!! This is just WOW!!!!!

  2. I loved looking again. It's pretty darn cute and amazing. I'm a new fan of Cocoa Vanilla and I'm hoping Treasured Memories will carry it soon too. No kidding, your family photos go perfectly with this collection :D Kismet !

  3. Looks fabulous! Love
    the papers and design.
    Can you tell me how the
    pocket and pages are held
    in the binder? Thank you.
    Carla from Utah


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