One of the mediums I love to craft with is paper. Paper crafting means different things to different people: handmade cards, books, scrapbooks, making your own paper, decoupage, etc. I started paper crafting in 2000. My first project? Making my own birth announcements when my twins were born. I discovered the world of Stampin Up! (Which my friend Kari is a demonstrator for) and acquired rather quickly an impressive collection of stamps, inks, papers and accessories. One of my favorite paper crafts to complete in a weekend is the small photo album.
This one was made a few years ago for my daughter’s grandmother. Full of photos from her first ballet performance, it was her Grandma’s favorite birthday gift she received that year; and a great gift for the “person who already has everything and is impossible to buy for.”
When I am doing small photo books, I find it is a great craft to use up scraps of different papers and accessories in the same color families as I did in the pink and black themed book above. I kept the pages sets that faced when open the same pattern and outlined all the photos the same way (Black and pink borders and black photo corners), but everything else was a stash basket find. For me, the best part of doing these mini scrapbook albums which range from 4 x 6 to 5 x 7 size, is that they can usually be completed in a weekend. A great idea for hard to buy for people and for holidays.
So this is what I have been doing this past week…staying up way too late, planning crafts to go with lessons (I’m working on our September lesson plans, and since it is our first year doing full-on Waldorf, our first festival to plan for! ) and marking these books with post its throughout to remember my favorites. If you have been thinking of getting a new book or two for your homeschool’s creative side, I highly recommend these three. If you liked this idea, you might also like to make a mini paper bag album!