Practicing Creativity

Hybrid altered inexpensive mini-album

Hybrid altered mini-album, by Paperesse.
Mini-album front

I haven't seen one of my aunts in quite a few years. I was talking to her recently on the phone when she reminded me of that fact. She doesn't live near my closest family members so trying to work in a visit to see her when I'm back in the States is problematic.
Inside cover & intro page

She's not real computer savvy – no Skype or email – so the only way she can associate a current face with my voice is through a photo. I promised to send her some. Although, I daresay it isn't without some trepidation that I do so. When I said quite a few years, I mean a really longgggggggg time, so in her mind I look a whole lot younger than I do now. Poor thing, she's likely to get a shock. Dang! I kind of hate to burst her bubble.

Photos on the right, description on the left

I could have just sent her some photos in an envelope, but I wanted to give her something nice to see them in. And, too, if I'm going to all the trouble to print photos out, I want to protect them. I decided on one of my favorite type albums – a hybrid, altered inexpensive mini (I paid €0.79 for this one). By hybrid, I mean a blend of digital design with real, tactile printed papers and even ribbon. Since all our photos anymore are digital, I guess you could argue that any photo album is a hybrid. I like this technique so much I've even done a tutorial on it – How to alter an inexpensive plastic photo album into a one of a kind mini you'll be proud to give as a gift. Click on the link for step by step instructions. This is a great mini if you're mailing it; it's lightweight and flat.

Mini-album back

The paper I've used is retired Tactile Studio Snapshot overlays and free Keep Calm and Take Photos image. I used different paper for the inside front and back covers and made an intro page. If I have only a few photos, I like to accompany each photo with date/place information on the opposite page. A ribbon classes it up and ties it all together.

Here's what the before looks like:

I'm linking up with: Mini-album Makers Challenge May and Simply Create Too #138 – Anything But a Card.


  1. Ce sympa ce mini-album! J'aime comme tu l'as transformé avec des beaux papiers, simple et efficace!!

  2. What a great idea! I have made mini albums before - but what a quick and easy way to give a more 'substantial' gift of the photos! I went back and read your posted tutorial on how to make it - will have to keep an eye open at the Dollar Store for something similar. Thanks for sharing this one Shani!

  3. Lovely gift for your aunt. I don't think she will get a shock seeing the mini album, except by your beauty and thoughtfulness.

  4. Such a smart album to keep your memories safe. Thanks so much for playing along with us at Mini Album Makers.
    Alison x

  5. This is great and what a wonderful gift for your aunt. It was nice to see your lovely face, too! ;) Thanks for sharing with us at Mini Album Makers Challenge!

  6. Such a neat idea! What a precious and thoughtful gift. I always love letting the photos be the star of a page design, and this is truly the way to go! We're thrilled that you shared with us at Mini Album Makers May challenge. Big hugs, Autumn PS. Please make sure to add our challenge badge to your entries to be eligible to win the prize. :)


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