Experienced crafters have always been inclined to give handmade gifts, but in these difficult financial times even beginner crafters are trying their hand at giving gifts from the heart .
One of the most precious gifts to give or receive at any time is a mini scrapbook or memory album. In the past this might have meant using a smaller, standard scrapbook album and adding some thoughtful photos. But today there are even more interesting and creative ways of giving the gift of memories.
There are an amazing number of mini scrapbooks you can make yourself using standard scrapbooking papers and supplies. For example, imagine making a scrapbook out of paper lunch bags! These are quite popular and extremely adorable. You can include pullouts for additional pictures and tags in the pockets made when making these scrapbooks .
Another fun scrapbook album is the exploding box scrapbook. It looks like a little paper box, complete with a lid. When you take the lid off an adorable little scrapbook with three layers is waiting to be examined.
Or how about a mini scrapbook created out of envelopes? Envelope books are made from envelopes! Or one made out of shipping tags? Or CDs, or CD cases? There are many different ways you can integrate the bones of a book from all of these items.
Another popular mini album is the star book that resembles a star when it is opened up. Or open it the other way and it looks like a flower. And yes, you can add pictures and writing to these too.
The square around, triangular around and circle around books are all really the same, except they come in the obviously different shapes. These albums, when opened up, open into sections or rooms where your photos are displayed.
For the beginner, try a rubber band book or an accordion scrapbook. Both of these are quite easy to create, yet once again when you add your photos and memory journaling they become absolutely wonderful gifts.
For the most experienced crafter, how about a tunnel book? These books are 3-dimensional in nature and quite the attention getters .
There are so many fun album ideas out there including flip books, piano hinge scrapbooks, library pocket scrapbooks, flag albums, Jacob’s ladder books, and on and on. Individuals love the uniqueness of these gifts , and once you include your photos and journaling, well, you just cannot go wrong. There are many free scrapbook tutorials on the internet on making mini albums. Enjoy!