Flip Frame Mini-album | Photo Tutorial

Hello, I’m Ingrid. Originally from Philippines & currently in Dubai. We’ve made Al Ain our home for 8 years before we finally brought our 2 boys back to Philippines to continue their study there & moved here in Dubai 5 months ago with the husband.

Most of my days are occupied with mini-albums, Project Life, TV series catch-up & house chores, while my nights are occupied with kitchen & wife duties. I’m no photographer but I love taking random photos. Not any more active but when I have extra time, I do Postcrossing (sending/swapping postcards). And I have a personal blog, here & there, that I keep neglecting. Architect by profession but right now undecided whether to work full-time or from home. Yay

Less is more” by Mies van der Rohe is how our little family lives by (as much as possible). But I think this doesn’t apply so much in crafting. HA… A crafter will never have enough of crafting stuff, right? But I always try to apply this approach for my Project Life & mini-albums; more photos, less embellishment & hopefully more journaling.

As I have shared on my IG, I’m happy & privileged to be a part of this team for the first quarter of 2016. I’m looking forward to 4 months of creating & sharing Project Life spreads & mini-albums with you. AND to start my DT journey, here’s my first project, Flip Frame Mini-album using an Ikea Tolsby frame.

My Boys Flip Frame Mini-Album(Note: Please bear with me on this photo tutorial. This will be a bit long.)

Here is my DT kit for this month…step1

And for this project, I used my old Ikea Tolsby frame, 2 card rings, some colored cardstocks which I cut into 3-1/4” x 5” & some photos of my boys.step2

First, I cut the papers to 4”x 6” & 3”x 4” separate journal cards. Then I chose which ones to use for this project. From there, I cut those that were 4”x 6” into 3”x 4” to fit my cardstock bases.step3

Here were my cardstocks as base for my mini-album pages, the journal cards I chose & the photos of my boys.step4

Before I started creating the layout for each page, I punched holes on the cardstocks for the card rings.step5

Then I laid the cardstock bases out on a larger surface so I could have a better look of all my pages. I then grouped the cardstock bases, journal cards & photos together according to how I wanted (there’s no right or wrong approach here). I also needed to trim some of the photos to fit into my mini pages.step6

Here’s the fun part, I embellished. I always tend to do the inside pages first. And since I embellish less, I was intimidated at first as to what embellishment to use. My DT kit was full of pretty embellishment; I wanted to use them all up. Remember, there’s no wrong or right, more or less way to do this. It’s all up to you. Just let your creativity flow. Using my tab punch & an unused piece of paper from my DT kit, I added a tab, attached a word/phrase sentiment sticker & then stapled it on the side of my page. And since the alphas were tiny, I used a tweezers to hold the alpha stickers & attached them first on the plastic ruler. This served as guide before I fixed them to my page.step7a

I embellished the cover page after I was done with the inside pages & just before I added journaling. And just like the above photo (and some of my inside pages), I added a tab, a word/phrase sentiment & stapled it on the side of my cover. Here I made a layer of embellishment on top of the journal card.step7b

From the diecut paper, I cut up 4-3”x 4” journal cards. I used 2 as backgrounds for my boys’ photos while the other 2 I used for journaling. Shown below was the 1 of the 2 cards I used for journaling. Before I fixed it to the cardstock base, I added 2 strips of the washi paper tape underneath the cut part exposing the pattern/print of the washi paper tape. I did this method to the other 3 diecut journal cards using the other different patterns/prints.step7c

I also cut up 2 more journal cards from the diecut paper (camera & heart) but did not attach them on a cardstock base. I wanted them to be an overlay for the 2 photos of my boys together. I stapled 2 attachers, 1 for each hole. (I used my Studio Calico attacher craft die & a piece of paper from my DT kit.)step8a

Another option for the attacher, you can cut up a piece of cardstock of your choice to 3”x 1” & then staple, glue or tape it on the top part of the diecut paper. And using the cardstock base as a guide, punch 2 holes for the card rings.step8b

After I finished embellishing all the pages, I went back into each page again & checked if I wanted to add more embellishment, or missed out on something & wrote my journaling which is my weakest point in scrapbooking. So, this part took time for me to finish. I stamped the dates when the photos were taken & because I had a cute weather clear stamps on my DT kit, I even stamped the weather when I started this mini-album on my intro page (it was raining & gloomy). step9

After which, I laid them out on the larger surface again, this time in chronological order.step10a

As soon as I was satisfied with everything, I gathered my mini-album together, inserted the card rings and attached it to the frame.step11

There you go, a flip mini-album using an Ikea frame. Here’s a quick video showing the pages.

(Credit: Video created using Windows Movie maker & music used “Toy Piano Trader by Adam Selzer” from WMM Free Music Archive)

Thanks for dropping by. I hope you enjoyed my project tutorial for this month AND scroll down for this month’s challenge guidelines & notes.


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Amy tangerine Finders Keepers Specialty Cardstock 12”x12” – Diecut Scout

Bella Rouge Double-sided cardstock 12”x12” – Bella Rouge

Echo Park Paper Photo Freedom Vol.1 Your Smile 12”x12” Patterned paper

StazOn Midi Ink pad Ganache

Waffle Flower Crafts Clear Stamps 2”x3” Planner Add-on: Weather 1

Simple Stories Carpe Diem Washi Paper tape 3”x4” sheets

Simple Stories Carpe Diem Word Label Stickers 4”x6”

Wildflower Stickers 6”x12” – Alpha, Words & Icons

American Crafts Amy Tan Finders Keepers Diecuts – Cardstock & Acetate Shapes with foil

Ikea Tolsby frame

Card rings

Colored cardstocks

Paper Trimmer

Craft knife


Single-hole Punch

Double-sided tape

Mounting tape

Writing pens 05 & 03


Date stamper


Tab punch

Craft attacher die

Small ruler

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For this month’s challenge, here are the guidelines:

  1. Create a project with “Let’s Party” as a theme.
  2. Upload your entry at our Member Gallery and link us up in this thread in the forum “January 2016 challenge – ‘Let’s Party!’”.
  3. All entries are due by January 31, 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.

Happy creating…