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'My First Trip to Europe' Paris mini-album

'My first trip to Europe' Paris mini album, by Paperesse.

My niece visited us right after Christmas last year. We spent New Year's in Paris, then out and about around France and Switzerland afterwards. It was her very first trip to Europe.

As I mentioned with this London mini-album, I think it is very important to actually print out some of our photos. She was uploading photos to Facebook during the trip and that's all well and good, but in future years will Facebook still be there? I thought it important she have this special physical souvenir of her trip.

I used two Paris themed mini-kits I found at my favorite discount shop. I believe I paid around €2 a piece. I don't know the manufacturer and I had a doozy of a time even finding a link to share with you, but if you look at No. 6 HERE you'll see the one I used. It's a nice kit, but not much to it. On sale it was fine, but I certainly wouldn't pay the €8.11 price they're showing in the link.

There were thirty four photos I wanted to use, so I added cardstock inserts. Papers are a blend of pieces from the kit and ones from my stash. The same goes for embellishments, sticking with relatively flat ones so it would close. I noted on each photo the date and where it was taken before printing it out. Ribbon and charm decorated ring binders hold it all together. *Crafty Tip* Want to know how to keep ribbon from fraying? Use a little Fray Check brushed on each cut end after you tie them. Here's a sampling of some of the pages:

My favorite way to keep a mini shut is with this type of elastic closure and I plan the front in advance so that the elastic won't damage anything on it. In the bottom right photo above you can see how it looks on the last page of the album. Here's how it looks from behind when closed:

And here's the front closed:

My niece loved it (I sent it to for her birthday)!

I'm linking up with: Mini Albums Makers Challenge #1.


  1. Love the beautiful papers you've used Shani x and what a lovely way of remembering happy times! 😍

  2. PS dont know why Im called Paul Fletcher on here! Im Denise!

  3. I do so agree with you, it is always lovely to look back at real photos, which evoke wonderful memories of a special holiday. Your album is a real beauty, decorated beautifully and I love the elastic closure too. Thanks so much for joining in our first challenge at Mini Album Makers. Anne x

  4. This is awesome!!! I love the pops of color! And, Paris is such a favorite subject of mine...that I adore this mini! I still have not finished my books of my trip in 2007!!! I am happy to see your lovely work, my friend! Thanks for joining our FIRST challenge at Mini Album Makers!

  5. What a great travel album. And I totally agree - print those photos! "Paris is always a good idea." Love the papers, colors chosen and embellishments. Thanks for joining the challenge at Mini Album Makers Challenge blog.

  6. What a fabulous way to document your trip! She will love this! I love that the photos are so large and really the focus of each page. I don't know if I could ever attach elastic and insert an eyelet at the same time. I can barely set an eyelet... But I love the concept! The cover and charm and ribbons are all just beautiful! I'm so thrilled that you shared with our first challenge at Mini Album Makers. Big hugs, Autumn

  7. Stunning work with beautiful details and colours !!!

  8. Beautiful and thoughtful gift. I love mini albums.

  9. Wow, what a wonderful album, I just love the cover, so many beautiful details!! What a great way to keep yur memories! Thank you so much for sharing it with us on the mini album makers challenge blog!

  10. This is awesome! What a great travel album. I love your work. It's such a joy to have you share with us in our first challenge at Mini Album Makers

  11. Shani cet album est tout simplement magnifique!!!! D'autant plus que je vous ai vu à cette occasion, du coup moi aussi j'en garde des souvenirs! Gros bisous à vous et je suis sûre que ta nièce a adoré, c'est un cadeau qui n'a pas de prix!
    Gros bisous

  12. What a wonderful aide-memoire you've created of your fabulous Paris trip - this is a delight. Thanks so much for joining us for the first Mini Album Makers Challenge.
    Alison x


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