“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 12×4” 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 🙂

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  • Reply The Mama Monster March 13, 2012 at 4:50 PM


  • Reply Ms C and Miss E March 13, 2012 at 6:42 PM

    Super cute! I should make one of my daughter!

  • Reply Jill ~ Jillify It March 14, 2012 at 2:36 AM

    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!

  • Reply Kate Vickers March 14, 2012 at 4:07 AM

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

  • Reply Leah Crowe March 15, 2012 at 2:13 PM

    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!!

  • Reply Linda Jordan March 17, 2012 at 4:16 AM

    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!!


  • Reply Taylor March 17, 2012 at 6:49 PM

    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!

  • Reply Laura March 18, 2012 at 1:31 AM

    love these!!!!

  • Reply Jenn Lifford March 18, 2012 at 10:40 PM

    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 🙂

  • Reply ScrapBazaar March 19, 2012 at 1:49 AM

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

  • Reply Michelle March 19, 2012 at 9:28 PM

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

  • Reply marymac March 19, 2012 at 10:39 PM

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

  • Reply Ellen March 21, 2012 at 3:21 AM

    fab tutorial! tfs

  • Reply Our Delightful Home March 21, 2012 at 12:57 PM

    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

  • Reply JulieChats March 24, 2012 at 2:55 AM

    LOVE the tutorial! Great job!

  • Reply Jen-CraftOManiac March 24, 2012 at 5:14 PM


  • Reply {northern cottage} March 26, 2012 at 1:52 PM

    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!


  • Reply Bee Burg April 2, 2012 at 11:54 PM

    Love it! 😀

  • Reply Monika Wright June 27, 2012 at 11:57 PM

    Super little mini, Lowri!

  • Reply bloggin_momma July 14, 2012 at 6:00 PM

    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.

  • Reply Michelle July 24, 2012 at 9:38 AM

    What a great idea! Thank you for sharing!

  • Reply Eva {Tales of the Scotts} December 31, 2012 at 1:57 AM

    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.

  • Reply Scarlett Carroll May 9, 2013 at 1:57 PM

    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.

  • Reply jshaffe8 November 8, 2013 at 4:07 AM

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

  • Reply Lalia Harris July 30, 2014 at 8:58 PM

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

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