May Challenge Intro | Chunkie Mini Album | Photo Tutorial

Happy first day of May and it’s time for a new challenge.  Ingrid here once again.

Our challenge for this month is all about Handmade Flowers. This is a fun challenge! So, crafters out there, ready-set-go and happy creating handmade flowers. Scroll down to the last part of this post for this month’s challenge guidelines.

Today I won’t be sharing my project life pages but I’ll be sharing my chunkie mini album from our quick vacation to the Philippines. This is a chunkie 4×6 album full of photos, less papers and embellishment, and some journaling.

Here’s my DT kit for this month:

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I also used some embellishment from my past DT kits:

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And gathered some of our travel ephemera and postcards that I intended to use (although I wasn’t able to use all of it).

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Cut the cardstocks to 4×6 sizes.

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Printed our vacation photos. Close to 100 photos. Most of the photos I made into collage, some single photos and others full spreads.

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For this mini album, I started with the covers. I cut 2 4×6 chipboards, covered them using the Jollibee paper bag, covered the insides with patterned cardstock, and punched 2 holes on the side. Then added a title “Travelogue” on the front cover. Decided to use the Jollibee paper bag for the covers since it’s our quick vacation to Philippines where Jollibee originated.

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Here are my foundation pages in chronological order without the photos and embellishment yet. I usually do this step first before I add the photos. I arrange my cardstocks and at the same time inserting scratch papers with numbers according to the order of my photos. Once I finalize the arangement of the photos, the cardstocks, the ephemera, and the postcards, I add the covers and it’s ready for embellishing.

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Here’s my first page. I used a tag as my opening page with a hand drawn postcard I bought a few months ago.

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One of the ephemera I always keep/gather during our travels were the boarding pass tickets. Glassine paper bags are nice way to use for these boarding passes. I also added a collage of photos as our starting point for our trip, Dubai Airport.

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For this mini album, I added some postcards I bought at the airport where we had our connecting flight and from our destination (2 Singapore postcards & 1 Davao). These postcards will serve as a divider for the photos. As for this page, it’s from Singapore. It was just a couple of hours layover and not much to document. Just took a few shot at the Changi Airport while looking for our boarding gate for our connecting flight to Davao, Philippines. I also added another Singapore postcard towards the last part of the mini album since we had a 20-hour layover there before our connecting flight back to Dubai.

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This is the first highlight of our quick vacation, my eldest son’s elementary graduation. I added his name “Markus” using the chipboard alpha from my kit. I also punched some tabs using scrap cardstocks and stapled them on those special moments/highlights as well as to the postcards. I love using these tabs on my minis. I don’t think I have any scrapbook albums without adding tabs.

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Throughout my mini album I also added some photos, stamped the dates and wrote some journaling just to note what the photo was about. If you can add more/longer journaling that would be better. I embellished the cardstock here with the cute metal brad from my DT kit. I also did the same to other cardstock throughout my mini album.

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This is also another hightlght of our vacation, our little fishing adventure. Added a little tag with the “love you” from my past DT kit. That cardboard on the left was a backing board from the sticker (I forgot which one) and thought I could find it useful someday so I kept it. Now I used it for this mini album. I just added a strip of washi tape on both sides on the edge part. I intend to write something on that number 3 (number 3 representing my boys), something personal but I’m lost with words at the moment. So I left it that way for now.

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Some of the ephemera that I had gathered during our vacation I directly inserted between the pages just like the green felt doily below (it was part of the package my bestfriend sent me).

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Here, I used the sentiment stickers from my past DT kit. These becomes my bullet journaling of the moments I wanted to remember.

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Another highlight, our swimming adventure. I added foam thickers from my past DT kit again, “here we go”. I also incorporated the plastic sheet with the veneer tag on both sides with a postcard “best day ever” from my postcard collection.

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At the back of the postcard I added  a little bit long journaling about our swimming day. On the right page I adhered the loosed tiles (more ephemera) I got from the swimming pool on a plastic sheet using a mounting tape.

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And this is one of my favorite photo during our vacation. Even if we were against the light I still love this photo. There are photos worth the full spread layout. The photo as a full spread itself will just do even without the sentiment sticker but I added it anyways. Once in a while add some photo spreads on your albums to highlight those very special moments either in full color or black-&-white.

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Here’s a video clip showing all the pages of my chunkie mini album.

 (Credit: Video created using Windows Movie maker & music used was “Picturebook” by dave Depper from WMM Free Music Archive)

Always remember that there’s no right or wrong way to do a mini album. It’s all up to you. And there are a lot of workshops, online classes and inspiration around to help you through.

Pardon my lonnggg post and I hope I got you inspired for your next mini album. Thank you for reading this until the end.


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Amy tangerine Yes, Please Thoughtful 12×12″ patterend paper

Studio calico Essentials Geo Tags Natural

Pink Paislee hello Sunshine Stormy Weather 12×12″ patterned paper

Frecked Fawn Heart Arrow Washi Tape

Bella Rouge Double-sided cardstock 12×12″ Diamond

Studio Calico Seven paper Clara Bouble-sided cardstock – Butterflies/4 colors

Crate Paper Craft Market Double-sided cardstock 12×12 Studio

Dear Lizzy Polka Dot Party Warm Welcome 12×12 patterned paper

[email protected]! Life Documented Self-adhesive Bradz 23/pkg

Studio Calico Wanderlust Stamped Thickers

Sharpie Fine Point Writing Pens 2/pkg-black

American Crafts Amy Tan Finders Keepers Thickers Stickers 5. 5″X11″ 2/Pkg – Today Phrases/White Foam

A Cherry On Top Glassine Flat Bags

We R Memory Keepers 6×12 Stickers Wildflower

[email protected]! Carpe Diem Word Label stickers

Kelly Purkey Stamp & Cuts – Documented

White cardstock



Date stamp

Window Plastic sheet

Paper trimmer

Card ring

Craft knife

Single-hole punch

Tab punch

Circle punch

Double-sided tape

Mounting tape

Black ink pad

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To enter this month’s challenge, here are the guidelines:

  1. Create any project as the theme is “Handmade Flowers“
  2. Upload your entry at our Member Gallery and link us up in this thread in the forum “May 2016 Challenge – ‘Handmade Flowers’.
  3. All entries are due by 31st May, 2016.
  4. Challenge winner will receive a prize pack worth AED50.


  1. A winner will be announced only if we have THREE new submissions.
  2. All projects submitted for the challenge must be NEW and created AFTER the challenge went live.