Having grown up in a home brimming with sewing notions and paintbrushes, Amy has a deep love for all things creative. On any given day, you’ll find her knee-deep in her latest creative endeavor, with projects ranging from sewing and crafts to home decor and kid-friendly ideas. Amy believes that everyone, regardless of skill level or experience, possesses the ability to create something beautiful, and Positively Splendid was born of her passion for helping others harness their innate creative potential.
In Day 6 of our Swell Noel series, Amanda from Serenity Now is here to share a personal photo gift idea sure to make your recipient feel special!
Hi, Positively Splendid readers! Amanda from Serenity Now here. I was so pleased that Amy asked me to stop by and share another project with you. Christmas is just around the corner, and today I’m going to show you how to create a very simple and inexpensive Mini Keyring Photo Album.
The beauty of this gift is that you do not need to be a scrapbooker to put one of these together! Anyone who can print a photo and cut a straight line can complete this project.
These are the supplies you’ll need:
-Wallet Sized Photos
-Scrapbook Papers (double-sided is best)
-Binder Clips from office supply store
-Hole Punch (not pictured)
-Paper Trimmer (optional)
-Rub-ons or Sticker Embellishments (optional)
-Corner Rounder Punch (optional)
This is how you can create your own mini keyring album in just 10 simple steps:
1. Print your photos
You can print wallet-sized (2 x 3) photos at any Kodak kiosk (I use the one at Target) by choosing the Collage and Mini Print options. This will print 4 photos on a 4 x6 sheet. I spent less than $2.00 for 6 sheets. I recommend having 10 to 12 photos to work with.
2. Cut out each photo individually
3. Lay your photos on the scrapbook paper and measure out “mats”
Be sure to leave enough room in the top left corner for a hole punch to go through.
4. (Optional) Use a craft punch or scissors to round the edges of your photos
5. Glue the photos down onto the scrapbook paper mats
You’ll notice I also made a “cover” for my album, using a flower from the scrapbook paper. Too many layers of embellishments can make the laminate tough to adhere, so use them sparingly.
6. Have a local printer laminate your photos
Be sure they leave some space between the album pages when they laminate them. Less than $2.00 at my local shop. Laminating is clearly not the best thing for your pictures, but it helps the album with wear and tear.
7. Cut your album pages out again, being careful to leave a small border of laminate around each one
If you trim too closely to the edge of the paper, the laminate could peel open.
8. Punch a hole in the top left corner of each page
If you made a back cover for your album, be sure to punch through the opposite side.
9. Add your pages to your binder clip and snap closed
10. Embellish the ring with coordinating ribbon
There are so many fun themes to choose from! You could create albums for Holidays, Back to School, Grandparents, Favorite Things, Sisters/Brothers, Pets, Recipes, etc. These are a big hit in our family. I made one with copied heirloom photos for my husband’s grandparents several Christmases ago, and they loved it. Gifts like this are perfect for those hard-to-buy-for folks, or older relatives who don’t really need or want anything.
Grandmas love to carry these in their purses to show off. I keep mine in a little tray on our coffee table with some photo books.
People appreciate the love that goes into a handmade gift!
I hope you’ll stop by and visit me at Serenity Now! I blog about crafts, thrifty home decor, recipes, and life at home. I also host a weekly Weekend Bloggy Reading party for bloggers to showcase their best post of the week. I’d love to meet you.
Thanks for sharing your blog with me today, Amy! Big congrats on that beautiful baby boy!
What a terrific stocking stuffer idea, especially for family members who might live far away! Thanks so much to Amanda for stopping by to share it with us.