Skipping Town + Album Tutorial

It's March and I am skipping town tomorrow to head to St. George with my mom and some of my sisters. I can't even begin to tell you how excited I am! I'm leaving my sweet children with Jordan while I'm away. He'll do great with the kids. I don't know what it will be like without having two children attached to me all the time, but I can hardly wait to find out.

Before I head out of town, I thought I would post my little album tutorial on our trip to Cornbelly's last fall. This was a fun project for me. I created it for Scrap Again as one of my March designer projects. So.... Here we go!

“Cornbelly's” Album Tutorial 
For those who want to follow my lead and make a mini like this, it is really quite simple. Here is what you’ll need:
  • 3 sheets coordinating 12”x12” patterned paper (I’ll abbreviate this to PP.)
  • 1 Sheet of thick cardstock
  • Photos (I used 8 different photos, all 6”x4”, from a field trip to Cornbelly’s in the Fall of 2010.)
  • Approx. 7-8 journaling spots. If you don’t want to journal as much as I do, then you wont need as many.
  • Embellishments (ribbon, punches, brads, sewing machine, stamps, you get to pick what you use.)
  • 2 binder rings and a hole punch
  • Something for the cover: You could use chipboard/cardboard, or plastic from a packaging of some sort cut to 6”x6”.)
  • Pen + trimmer + adhesive
I encourage you all to use what you have! I didn't buy anything new for this album. It was created completely with things I already had. Here is a look at what I chose to use to create this book:
To get this album started I began by cutting my cardstock & patterned paper (PP) into 6”x6” squares. I laid out the base of the album to be alternating sheets of patterned paper so that each spread would have a piece of PP and a piece of cardstock. (See photo below)
Once I had that all laid out, I got busy with adhering at least one photo to each spread. Since this is a 6”x6” album, you could easily use landscape or portrait oriented shots, or a mixture of both. Here is what the first spread looks like in my book: 
The photo is on the left side of the spread and on the right side I added a journaling spot from Making Memories. If you don’t have anything like this journaling spot you could simply add a piece of lined white cardstock to insert your journaling on. Scrapbooking, to me, is all about the mix of photos + words, so I am very conscious about planning a place for my storytelling. After I had my photo and journaling in place I dressed up the spread with some ribbon and a chipboard element. (FYI: The chipboard elements used throughout this album are by Crate Paper.)

Here is the simple part about this album: If you already have your first spread done, then the rest is easy – just repeat the same concept (photo + journaling then embellish) for each spread. Keeping this design concept similar throughout the whole album gives it a cohesive sense and ties it all together. You will be able to change up each spread with whatever accents/embellishments you plan to use.

As a side note, I did have a spread where I used 2 photos and a smaller journaling tag. I did this because I wanted to include both the photos I had of this particular part of our outing. Here is what this spread looks like:
Notice that I still included a place to tell about the photo. Changing your album up in this way is totally ok. Remember – you get to make the rules. There is no “right” or “wrong” way to document your stories.

Here is quick look at how every page looks in relation to each other. 
And look at that! I now have a simple little mini album that tells all about our adventure to Cornbelly’s.  Like I’ve said before, there is just something about holding the finished project in my hands and reliving the fun of that day. It’s enough to make me want to create hundreds of these little books over my lifetime. Who knows? Maybe I will. ;)


  1. We LOVE your album on Cornbelly's! I'm actually one of the managers at Cornbelly's and I get Google alerts anytime we are mentioned online...which is what led me to your posting.

    If have a moment to email me at, I'd love to ask you a quick question about your beautiful album.