Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Instax Mini Album D.I.Y.

This weekend I finished Savvy Crafter Project #2 and loved it so much, I thought I would turn it into my first ever D.I.Y. here at A Bird Out of Water! 
'Home' Instax Mini Album
Check it out, it's a mini album, just perfect for Instax Mini Film!  It's super easy and goes quick, and of course since it's a Savvy Crafter Project, I used only suppplies that I already had laying around my craft room! Below is a quick little view of a few supplies I gathered whilst brainstorming...
Instax Mini Album DIY
Instax Mini Album DIY
Supplies Actually Used:
  • vertical plastic badge id holders (mine were 2.55"x3.35" and you'll want to find them that have two punch out holes along top)
  • 1" metal book rings
  • paper trimmer
  • thin cardboard (I used the backing of a pack of scrapbook paper, but a cereal box would also work perfectly)
  • scrapbook paper, fabric or other decorative covering for front/back of album
  • tape runner/ adhesive dots
  • exacto knife
  • sticker letters
  • crop-o-dile and eyelets or small hole punch 
Instax Mini Album DIY
Instax Mini Album DIY
1. Start by cutting your cardboard out using the paper trimmer to desired dimensions. You will need two rectangles big enough to be the front and back covers of your album. I cut mine 2.75"x3.5" to give me just a little bit of breathing room around the plastic badge holders.
Instax Mini Album DIY
2. Next you will need to cut out two rectangles out of desired paper (or whatever material you choose) of the same size as your two cardboard rectangles. I went with two different papers, one for the front and back outside covers, and different paper for the inside. Be sure to test out your inside paper choice to see if you like the Instax photo against it!
Instax Mini Album DIY
3. Using a tape runner I attached my sheets of paper to the cardboard cut outs.
Instax Mini Album DIY
4. Using my Crop-O-Dile (thanks mom!) I put two 3/16" eyelets in one side of each album cover.  If you don't have any type of an eyelet setter don't worry about it, a simple hole punch will do the job, no prob! But be sure either way to measure the correct distance apart for the holes so they line up with the holes in your badge holders!
Instax Mini Album DIY
5. Use the exacto knife (or even just a pencil!) to pop out the pre-cut holes in your badge holders. The badges I bought came in a ten pack and for this album I used 6. As your Instax collection grows, just add more badge holders!
Instax Mini Album DIY
6. Then simply build your album on your rings! You'll want to stack your covers and your badge holders so that the hinge is to the outside/toward back cover for easy viewing!
'Home' Instax Mini Album
7. Next you'll want to personalize your little album! Use embellishments to finish off the front and even the back cover! I wanted this album to be for all the Instax photos of our little house, so using some scrapbooking stickers I spelled out 'HOME'.  Originally I had planned on having more on the front cover, but when I saw how simple and cute this looked, I called it a day!
'Home' Instax Mini Album
8. Last thing to do is insert your pretty Instax photos and your mini album is complete! 

 Check out a few little shots from my 'home' album....
'Home' Instax Mini Album
'Home' Instax Mini Album
'Home' Instax Mini Album
I had so much fun making this mini album, and what's so fantastic about album/journal projects is that they are quick, easy to personalize and a great way to use up supplies you probably already have! I am already thinking of making another one that is nature inspired...better order some more Instax Film!

Please leave a link to a photo in the comments if anybody makes one of their own, I'd love to to see! :)

Hugs,
~the bird

4 comments:

  1. Super cute! I have so many prints hanging about, I need to make one.

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  2. This is awesome! I am going to have to do this.. mine are just sitting in a pile, so sad.

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  3. Love this! I'm linking up to this post in my blog to share with my readers!

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  4. I ended up making one and adding a tutorial with my variations... here's a link:
    http://creativecasey.blogspot.com/2011/05/instax-mini-25-photobook-tutorial.html
    I also included a link to your blog for credit :)

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