“Celebrate Today” Mini-Album | Photo Tutorial by Donna Espiritu

Hello, lovelies! Donna here with a new scrapbooking project but today, instead of a layout, I am sharing a mini-album I created for this month’s theme “Anything Goes”. And since it’s Pretty Paper Studio’s birthday month, my mini-album is all about celebration.

First, let me show you a little bit of the process of how I made my mini-album project for today.  It will be in two parts, first is for the tassel bows and the second part is the mini-album itself.


I have a tool in my kit to make pom-poms. Although I accidentally ended up not making a pom-pom. Instead, I “discovered” these tiny bow-like pom-poms or tassel bows. I used crochet thread because that’s what I have in my stash but you may also use embroidery floss. These resemble the Pinkfresh Studio tassel bow without the glittery strip in the middle.

A couple of things I learned while trying to make these cute tassel bows:

A. Don’t wound the thread too tight or the thread will spread immediately once you cut in the middle. It takes a bit of getting used to but it gets easier once you get the hang of it.

B. You will need lesser if you use embroidery floss and it will turn out fluffier than crochet thread. I’m still happy with how mine turned, they’re too cute!

This can be therapeutic and addicting. I will definitely make more and try out different kinds of thread and colors. See the rainbow colored one? It’s too cute!


As I mentioned, I made a mini-album with the theme “celebration”. Here is a bit of step-by-step of the process:

(1) Because I planned to put my mini-album in my memory-keeping Prima Traveler’s Journal,  I based the size of the mini-album with the standard Prima Traveler’s Journal insert. The size is roughly 11 cm x 21 cm (folded). I cut 5 pcs of patterned papers just around this size.

(2) I made 3 holes in the middle to insert the thread that will hold the papers together. I used some binder clips to hold the papers in place.

(3) I also used some doilies in between for an interesting contrast to the colorful patterned papers.

(4) I grouped the same crochet threads and it made a pretty rainbow of pastel colors as you can see in the image below. (5) Once done with inserting the thread, I used a craft knife to cut the excess edges. A steel ruler plus a steady hand and a couple of binder clips helped while cutting the left edge of the mini-album.

(6) I took advantage of the pretty images from some of the papers in the kit, I fussy cut them to use as embellishments later.

(7 – 10) Since this mini-album will cover most photos I took from January and February, I made some flaps where I can add include all of those photos. I secured one with the fussy cut image adhered with foam tape. Then the other with the same crochet threads I used to tie up the mini-album.

And this is how the mini-album turned out. I kept the front cover simple with just a doily and some stickers.

I attempted to try hand lettering using the Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pen and I admit I need more practice. My hand kept shaking and I can’t keep it steady so the letters turn up wonky most of the time. I used a smooth white bond paper to write some of the words I used here and then fussy cut them. I also wrote directly on some of the photos.

See how cute these tassel bows are! I used the Martha Stewart ribbon bow punch to accentuate the center.

This portion here doesn’t have photos yet because my printer decided to be uncooperative when I was making this mini-album. But I do know which photos will go here.

The rest of mini-album pages.

This is what I call “white space” in a mini-album. 

The Echo Park chipboard stickers fit perfectly with some of the photos in this mini-album.

A spread about me turning 41 this year.

And last but not the least is this spread of our family photos, thoughts about my birthday celebration and just being grateful.

As a last thought, I added the rainbow tassel bow I made earlier as well. It certainly made the cover prettier.

That’s all for today! I really hope you like my mini-album as much as I do.  Would love to hear your thoughts! Thanks for dropping by, happy crafting!

You can also join the Pretty Paper Studio Monthly Challenge through the following easy steps:

1. Create a project with this month’s theme in mind.

2. Upload your project photo to “April 2018 Challenge” Photo Album in the Pretty Paper Studio Facebook Group.

3. All entries are due by April 30, 2018.

4. Challenge winner will receive a prize pack worth AED50.

A winner will be announced only if we have THREE new submissions.