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Table of Contents

EDITOR’S NOTE: p. 7

1 TRADITIONAL ALBUMS: p. 9

Celebrate the classics of ring-bound, post-bound, and spiral-bound albums with accompanying inspirational layouts.

2 DIGITAL ALBUMS: p. 19

Discover all of the creative options offered by photo book publishers from predesigned templates to personalized digital layouts.

3 POCKET SCRAPBOOKING: p. 37

Explore the latest trend of pocket scrapbooking. Easy, approachable, and stylistic!

4 MINI ALBUMS: p. 59

Open your eyes to a world of premade mini albums of all shapes and sizes.

5 DIY ALBUMS: p. 78

Create a DIY mini album that is all you using paper, binding tools, found items, and natural fibers.

6 SCRAP-JOURNALING: p. 101

Go beyond the photo and embrace the freedom of expression that comes with scrap-journaling.

7 BEYOND THE BOOK: p. 121

Look at unique ways to capture your memories using boxes, canvases, office supplies, and more. ON OUR COVER Wonderful Today by Maggie Holmes for Crate Paper. Supplies: Clipboard, patterned paper, bows, button, chipboard, die cuts, pin, ribbon, and stickers: Crate Paper; Pen: American Crafts; Adhesive: Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L and Tombow; Other: Sequins and staples.

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No. 1

Traditional Albums Celebrate the classic

Welcome to the world of albums! Not only do albums serve as practical storage solutions for your layouts, they can also be unique statements that showcase your themed scrapbooking projects. The most basic and widespread album types are the traditional 12" x 12" or 8½" x 11" sizes; perfect for beginners and enthusiasts alike, traditional never goes out of style. This feature will help you sift through the different variations of a traditional album and decide what approach is right for you.

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Digital Albums Create fabulous albums with a click

Interested in digital scrapbooking but worried you’ll end up with a bunch of files on your computer instead of an album in your hands? Well, you don’t need to worry anymore. With all the options offered by photo book publishers, you can simply drop photos into a predesigned template or fill a book with your own digital layouts. Either way, you’ll end up with an album that was convenient to create, looks great on your shelf, and feels even better in your hands.

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Pocket Scrapbooking Take the intimidation out of albums

Picking pockets takes on a new meaning with the latest trend in scrapbooking. The pocket appeal is easy to understand with scrappers everywhere loving the ease with which they can capture everyday memories. This simplistic approach involves using segmented page protectors in various sizes and gives you the creative freedom to custom design any album and make it as simple or complex as fits your style. This pocket revolution means approachable album projects and a look that you will love.

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by Jennifer Gallacher for Echo Park Paper Co.

happy go lucky

Make a statement using a 12" x 12" album to house your pocket scrapbook. This large size gives you the opportunity to include larger pocket sizes, and is perfect for adding extra embellishments and more 4" x 6" photos.

Happy Go Lucky by Jennifer Gallacher for Echo Park Paper Co. Supplies: Album: We R Memory Keepers; Cardstock, decorative tape, and pen: American Crafts; Patterned paper, journaling spots, page protectors, and stickers: Echo Park Paper Co.; Dots: My Mind’s Eye; Punches: EK Success and Fiskars Americas; Buttons: American Crafts and October Afternoon; Die-cutting machine: Silhouette America; Adhesive: American Crafts; Other: Twine.

Spice up a premade journal card with your own style; add paper strips, die cut sentiments, dots or gems, and buttons for extra dimension. Use a larger pocket format for bold colors as a way to break up colors and accents.

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Mini Albums Open your eyes to the world of premade mini albums.

Unlike traditional albums, minis come in a variety of shapes and sizes that are perfect for any occasion and length. You will love the versatility available to you through acrylic, canvas, cardstock, chipboard, and so many other materials. Prebound and ready to go, you can stick close to the pages in your mini or consider your album the jumping off point for fun alteration. It’s all in here and ready to be explored.

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been there, rode that

by Gretchen McElveen Make a statement with your mini album, and choose a unique design that won’t get lost in the bookshelf shuffle. If you are looking for an album to display, it is best to use a sturdy chipboard album with durable binding that can easily stand up on its own.

Been There, Rode That by Gretchen McElveen. Supplies: Album: Prima; Patterned paper: American Crafts, Bella Blvd, Creative Memories, Fancy Pants Designs, and Webster’s Pages; Decorative tape and stickers: Bella Blvd; Stamp: Fancy Pants Designs; Ink: Hampton Art; Chipboard: Advantus; Flair: A Flair for Buttons; Adhesive and punches: Creative Memories; Fonts: Arial and Courier New; Other: Pen.

You spend a lot of time on your album pages, so look for a setup that allows you to see your pages at a glance. Don’t limit yourself to a horizontal format, choose an album with a different point of view and let your creativity take over.

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DIY Albums Create an album that fits you

Have the perfect mini album in mind but can’t find it anywhere? These days it’s all about making your own album using a variety of materials and creating the perfect fit for your project. Learn how to use patterned paper, binding tools, found items, natural fibers, and hand stitching to create a DIY album that is all you. In a few simple steps you will be on your way to crafting any album that fits your fancy.

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MY GIRLS

by Stacy Cohen Talk about mini! This DIY album is created using chipboard journaling spots and measures 2" x 3". This pocket-sized expression of love is perfect for a year-by-year glance at how your children have grown or a quick read to slip into your special someone’s jacket on the way to work.

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Chipboard journaling spots

My Girls by Stacy Cohen. Supplies: Patterned paper, chipboard, owers, and stickers: Prima; Canvas: Ranger Industries; Rhinestones: Darice and Prima; Ink: Clearsnap; Font: Arial; Adhesive: Beacon Adhesives and Ranger Industries; Other: O-rings.

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Scrap-journaling Explore your self-expression

People often think of albums as being a clean and crisp way to display scrapbooking projects, but more than anything an album should be a self-expression. While traditional and mini albums may limit you to certain styles and ideas, a scrap-journal begs you to take chances with your creativity, embrace free expression of your photos and journaling, and put many rules on the back burner. Find a way to best express yourself through these diverse scrap-journaling ideas.

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Lists and fun facts

by Kim Watson Choose a favorite (or antique) chapter book for your larger scrap-journaling projects. Remove about 1/3 of the pages randomly throughout the book. Adhere pages together in groups of three to create a cardstock-like surface. Add gesso, spray ink, and paint to personalize your journal. Lists & Fun Facts by Kim Watson. Supplies: Patterned paper and tags: American Crafts; Gesso: Golden; Stickers: American Crafts, Fancy Pants Designs, and Lily Bee Design; Decorative tape: Bella Blvd, Close To My Heart, EK Success, and Queen & Co.; Stamps: Close To My Heart and Cocoa Daisy; Ink: Close To My Heart and Prima; Stencils: The Crafter’s Workshop; Spray ink: Heidi Swapp; Pen: Zig; Adhesive: Elmer’s and Tombow; Other: Book, paint, and thread.

A great way to jot down ideas within your journal is to put your thoughts into list format. Whether you are making note of your goals for the month or creating a words-of-wisdom keepsake for your children, choose a variety of listbased journaling prompts.

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Beyond the Book Explore out of the album possibilities

Albums are fabulous, but every once in a while you need to break free of the book and express yourself through different mediums. Instead of using a traditional or mini album, use boxes, canvases, office supplies, and more to capture your memories. Display these great conversation pieces around your home, in your workspace, or create non-traditional albums as a gift. Find tips and unique products in this feature and try your hand at your own beyond the book album.

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by Jing-Jing Nickel

BAKE ½ cup of laughter, 1 pinch of drama, and 1 quart of love is the perfect recipe for an album all about your family, so what better place to store your memories than in a recipe box. Use this album medium to document favorite family recipes, vacations, or create one for each child and display them in his or her bedroom.

Bake by Jing-Jing Nickel. Supplies: Recipe box: ArtMinds; Cardstock, ink, and stamp: Close To My Heart; Patterned paper: Advantus and October Afternoon; Stickers: Advantus and My Mind’s Eye; Chipboard: Advantus; Fabric tape: Studio Calico; Brads: BasicGrey; Baker’s twine: Doodlebug Design; Die-cutting machines: Provo Craft and Silhouette America; Font: Typenoksidi; Adhesive: Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L and Xyron.

Use a die-cutting machine to create recipe cards that coordinate with your theme or color palette. Great for Instagramsized photos, these cards are the perfect size to tell your story on a mini layout.

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