Practicing Creativity

Upgrading an Inexpensive Plastic Photo Album

Mini-album front with cover and elastic closure

Although I love creating a prettily embellished mini-album (as this First Trip to Europe one I did for my niece would attest), one of my favorite mini-albums to make is an inexpensive plastic album upgrade. You can find these little 10 cm x 15 cm albums (4" x 6") for almost nothing; this one cost me €0.79 at an outlet shop. With an image processing app, digital paper/embellishments, photo paper, and printer you can take this little album from blah to WOW! Plus, photos are protected, you don't have to worry about embellishments falling off, and since it's flat, it's easy to mail.

I've done a tutorial for another similar album HERE.

Itinerary and title page

To maximize photo capacity, I used digital image processing apps to create a collage template for the inner pages and to digitally decorate same. I also created front and back covers, an inside index of dates/places visited, and title page. I then added an elastic closure, as I thought that more masculine than a ribbon one. 

Inner collage pages

Seattle Cousin visited in October/November 2019 and this mini-album souvenir was sent as a birthday present earlier this year. He loved it! Yeah, it's nice to access cloud photos on all our devices, but there's something to be said for picking up an album and seeing those memories printed out on the page.

Back showing elastic closure eyelets

Ah, the good ole' days when we could all still travel and the worst thing we were afraid of catching was a cold!

Here's a before shot of the album.

Before photo

Supply List
Inexpensive plastic photo album, digital image processing app, digital papers/embellishments, glossy photo paper, eyelets, elastic.

I'm linking up with: Incy Wincy Designs 01/06 – No Cards, Creative Crafting Uncles 15/05 – Anything But a Card (Masculine), and Mini Album Makers Challenge June – Mini Albums. 


  1. Beautiful pimp of your foto book!
    Thanks for playing along with us at our present challenge at Creative Crafting Uncles and good luck. Hope you will join us next challenge again.

    Crafty greetings

    *Owner* Creative Crafting Uncles {#05 – Anything but a card}
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    *DT* Kreativ-Tanten Challenge{#42 – For females in pastel colors}
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  2. So cool! Such a wonderful keepsake. I love the photo collage idea.

  3. What a good idea! So glad you joined us for the Anything But A Card challenge over at Incy Wincy Designs. Hope you join us for our new challenge starting tomorrow!
    Karen C

  4. Great keepsake. Yes, looking at photos online IS NOT the same as flipping through an album.

  5. Fabulous idea and such a beautiful outcome. Thank you for joining us at the Mini Album Makers Challenge. Hugs


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