"This and That" Mini Album PLUS Tutorial (Echo Park)

Hi Everyone

My first official Design Team Post is live at Echo Park - check it out here! For regular readers of my blog you will recognize this technique as one of my all-time favorites, but I have updated my tutorial and this fabulous new This and That Charming Collection really shows it off :-)

I have used the latest This and That Charming Collection to create this simple mini with some recent photos of my family. I have a tutorial below showing how I created it and as you can see from the following picture, the weight of the Echo Park paper is perfect for this kind of technique as you can get a crisp fold without absolutely no paper cracking. 

After I created the base, I then used strips from the Elements and Alpha stickers to decorate the tops and bottoms of my pages – don’t forget to use the negative pieces left over too, or you can cut the wider strips in half to stretch them further. The camera sticker looks great on the cover against the Chevron print of the Border Strips (reverse) paper and this fabulous Snapshots flag from the Elements Stickers.

For each page I cut a simple mat from the Tickets Please paper, glued it at an angle and added my photos on top. I cut the pictures into a Polaroid shape to keep the old style camera feel. Using additional elements and a couple of chipboard pieces, I kept the decoration simple to allow the photos to stand out. There were so many great elements in the collection I was spoiled for choice!


  1. Take a piece of 12”x12” paper and trim off four inches from one side.
  2. Take the 12”x8” piece and fold into 8 equal pieces as shown
  3.  Using a sharp knife – make a cut through the paper from point a to b
  4.  Fold the paper wrong sides together at the remaining intact fold
  5.  Using the folds as a guide create a booklet
  6.  Glue pages together as shown at c, d and e (I used a strong adhesive tape runner) 
  7.  You should have 3 pages of double thickness paper and 2 covers of single thickness
  8.  Cut a 12x4” piece of paper and glue to one side of the book
  9.  Turn book over and crease at the spine of the book firmly before gluing the other side of the cover. This will ensure a neat finish and mean there is enough paper over the spine to allow the book to open freely. To finish, trim off the excess paper from the cover with a sharp knife

Here you can see a couple of other albums I have created using this technique with the older For The Record, Happy Days and Holly Jolly Christmas Collections.

One little hint - If you are trying any technique like this for the first time – I suggest using a scrap piece of paper that you can measure , mark and make adjustments on if necessary – before you cut into your really precious stuff!

Please post a comment with any questions - Lowri :-)

I am linking up this post to these websites here.


  1. Super cute! I should make one of my daughter!

  2. Love your mini album! I soooo need to make one! I would love for you to link up at my party going on now!

    I'm a new follower, too!

  3. What a great idea! I'm going to try that!

  4. What a fabulous mini!!! These could be whipped up pretty quick for the littles ones to decorate too.. like their own mini smash books. Fabulous tutorial!!

  5. I just came across your blog through pinterest & you have the cutest mini albums!! I have been on a mini album kick lately so thank you for all the awesome inspiration!!


  6. This is so cute!! I love it! These mini albums would make great gifts! :)
    I hope you will share this with my "Unveil Your Genius" Link Party!

    Happy Weekend!

  7. This is fabulous Lowri! What a great paper line! Thanks so much for sharing at The Creative Spark. I'll be featuring this today. Happy Sunday!
    Jenn :)

  8. Great tutorial, good pictures. I think I will try to do one like yours. Thanks for sharing!

  9. What a gorgeous mini and a great tutorial, thanks for sharing!

  10. Thanks so much. Love this cut little mini, can't wait to give it a try.

  11. Great tutorial! I would love for you to link up at my linky party via: http://ourdelightfulhome.blogspot.com/2012/03/show-me-what-you-got-linky-party-6.html

    Mrs. Delightful


  13. very pretty and fun! love the colors and format you chose!

    Just found your blog & i'm off to explore more of it - would love to have ya pop over for a visit sometime!


  14. You have so many amazing cute projects. I'd love to know if you would like to come by my blog and offer up a contribution sometime. Your stuff is all so cute and it inspires me to do more.

  15. What a great idea! Thank you for sharing!

  16. So cute! I love making little albums for the grandparents but have never tried it with just one piece of paper. This is a must!! Pinned it.

  17. Wow! I love the design it's cute and edgy at the same time. Perhaps I could use some artsy fartsy on my own file organizer and folders too, I bet it'll be awesome. -Scarlet C.

  18. Just wanted to let you know I love this little DIY and featured it on my blog today. Thanks (:

  19. I'm loving your blog and all the tutorials! Following you on Bloglovin now too!


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