A DIY Mini Album You will Love

iStock_000004608054XSmallIf you are interested in heritage scrapbooking, then you are most likely interested in keeping memories alive. Oh how I wish I was good at keeping a journal, but I’m not. So, I scrapbook, and blog, and do that sort of thing, and hope that some day, someone in my posterity will be interested in all the work I’ve put in. I think that they will.

I recently ran across an idea that I fell in love with at first sight. I can’t take credit for coming up with the idea on my own, but I can at least take credit for sharing it with you!

Perhaps you and your significant other have some favorite song lyrics you love. You also have some cute pictures that you’d like to display showcasing your own relationship. Why not merge the two into a cute album made out of a CD case? Or, give this album to a Senior couple, like your grandparents, for a wedding anniversary. Include song lyrics from songs that are from their era. Gather photographs of them together and you are ready to go!

First, to make a mini album out of a CD case, you need to find the right one. Have you seen some like this? I’m sure you can find something similar at other music stores, or book stores, but I like this particular one a lot. Super cute, and the window makes it perfect for creating a title page for your album.

Other than the case, some supplies you will need are:

Cute scrapbooking paper

Journaling Tags small enough to fit


A circle cutter for cutting your papers into the perfect circles to fit into each sleeve. I have this one by Martha Stewart Crafts and love it.

To give your album the right flow, include a photo on one sleeve, and then song lyrics on the opposite sleeve. You can use journaling tags to write the song lyrics yourself, or simply type the song lyrics up on your computer and print them. Cut them up and adhere them to your journaling tags, or a cute matte. You don’t need the whole song to make it meaningful, just choose a few lines that might fit with the photo.

Another idea for this would be to take a song from a friend’s wedding, and use the same song throughout the whole album. Break up the lyrics so just a few lines of the song are on each page you turn. Then, put their wedding photos on the opposite pages from the lyrics. This is a fabulous way for them to revisit their wedding and what it was like to dance that first dance!

I love this idea, and can’t wait to make it for a friend, or two. How about you?

Meredith Ethington is the author of this blog. To learn more about Meredith, and her history with Scrapbooking and Genealogy, go here.

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