If you take the same winter photos year after year – building a snowman, sledding down the backyard hill, skiing or snowboarding at a resort – you may be beginning to run out of scrapbooking ideas. (How many scrapbook pages do you want titled “Snow Much Fun”?) Perhaps it’s time to shake things up a bit and assemble those photos into a winter mini album. This easy “Let It Snow” scrapbooking album makes use of common scrapbooking supplies and tools.

“Let It Snow” Mini Album

Use this 5″ x 3.25″ album to showcase your best snowy photos of the season, or focus it on a particular winter activity, event, or trip. The front and back covers are cut from thick chipboard; the inner pages are heavy-weight patterned paper. The edges of the covers and the inner pages are brushed with white acrylic paint, carrying the snow theme throughout the album, which is embellished simply with stamping, rub-ons, and stickers. The transparency tabs are an optional enhancement.

Scrapbooking Supplies Needed

  • Thick chipboard for the two covers, 5″ x 3.25″ each
  • Heavyweight patterned scrapbook papers in blue, rust, and gray, plus one winter-theme scrapbook paper
  • Cardstock for matting photos or adding journaling (optional)
  • Clear transparency
  • Printed transparency for tabs (optional)
  • Letter stickers or rub-ons
  • Snowflake and other rub-ons
  • Winter-theme stickers
  • Adhesive
  • White acrylic paint
  • Versamark or other watermark ink
  • Elastic closure or two loose binder rings
  • Ribbon

Scrapbooking Tools Needed

  • Metal ruler
  • Craft knife
  • Paper trimmer
  • Scissors
  • Crop-A-Dile or similar heavy-duty hole punch
  • Paintbrush
  • Burnishing tool
  • Swirly or snowflake stamp
  • Pen or marker

Preparation: Select And Crop Photos And Determine Length For Mini Album

The length of your album will be determined by the number of photos you want to include. Before beginning, gather your photos. Select one photo to feature on the title page (page 1). The photo will be visible through the opening in the front cover and must be at least 4.5″ x 2.75″. Crop the other photos to these sizes:

  • 2″ x 2.5″
  • 2.5″ x 3.25″
  • 4″ x 2.5″

Set aside the largest photo for the first page. Lay out the other photos, one or two to a page, working in two-page spreads. Once the photos have been arranged as desired, count the number of pages you will need.

Directions For Making The “Let It Snow” Mini Album

  1. Draw four lines 0.5″ from the top, bottom, and sides of one piece of chipboard. This will yield a rectangle, 4″ x 2.25″, in the center of the chipboard. Using the metal ruler as a guide, carefully cut out this rectangle with the craft knife. This will be the front cover.
  2. Cut a 5″ x 3.25″ rectangle from the blue paper. Turn it over, line it up with the front cover, and trace the opening. Using the ruler and craft knife, cut out the opening. Repeat with the winter theme paper.
  3. Cut a 5″ x 3.25″ rectangle from a clear transparency. Embellish with snowflake rub-ons. To determine placement, temporarily sandwich together the cover, the transparency, and the title page photo.
  4. Brush white acrylic paint along the inner and outer edges of the front cover and the patterned papers cut in step 2. Set aside to dry.
  5. Cut as many 5″ x 3.25″ pages from the patterned paper as you will need. Brush the edges of each page with white paint, and set aside to dry.
  6. Cut one additional 5″ x 3.25″ rectangle of winter-theme paper for the outside back cover. Glue it to the back cover, and brush the edges with white paint. Set aside to dry.
  7. To assemble the front cover, glue the transparency and the blue cover paper to one side of the chipboard. Using letter stickers or rub-ons, add the album title to the lower right corner. Glue the winter paper to the other side of the chipboard.
  8. Adhere the 4.5″ x 2.75″ photo to the title page, arranging it so that it displays properly through the opening in the cover. Using letter stickers or rub-ons, add the title to the lower right corner of the page so that it is not visible when the album is closed.
  9. Mat the remaining photos, if desired.
  10. Stamp swirls or snowflakes on some pages with watermark ink.
  11. If desired, cut a printed transparency into tabs. Adhere tabs and photos to pages, add journaling, and embellish with rub-ons and stickers.
  12. Arrange the pages in order, and glue every two pages together, back to back, beginning with pages 1 (the title page) and 2 (the left page of the following spread). Glue the last page to the inside back cover.
  13. Assemble the album. Punch two holes in the left edge of the covers and each page, about 1″ from the top and bottom. Bind the album with the elastic closure or binder rings. Embellish with ribbon.

The Bottom Line

Mini albums are a quick, fun project and a welcome change of pace when you’ve run out of scrapbooking ideas for your regular albums. Use your scrapbooking supplies to make this easy winter mini album to showcase your snowy-day photos.vvv