Summer Mini Album Board Book

I have so many Project Life supplies that I'm sure I'll never get to them all. I thought a great idea for using some of them would be to put together a mini album of our summer for Austin.

I have to tell you, it was a huge success:

When I handed it to Austin, he sat down and carefully looked through each and every page.

To make the album, I took sheets of medium thickness chipboard and cut them to 5.5"x7.5". I went with chipboard for the pages because I wanted it to hold up to Austin flipping through it. I took the chipboard sheets and covered both sides in Cobalt Edition card stock. I used my ATG gun run along the edges of each sheet, but you could also Mod Podge the paper onto the chipboard. The ATG gun is a strong adhesive so it holds really well.

I lightly sanded along the edges of each page for some softness. For the cover, I made chipboard thickers covered with grid cards. (See here for my tutorial on these). I used the ATG gun to attach them.

Here's a couple of shots from the inside of the album:

For the pages, as you can see, I added photo mats out of the Cobalt card stock, photos cut to 3.5"x5", and some of the Cobalt journaling cards. I went in order of our summer events, starting with the beach trip in June and ending with our day at Storyland. Our trips to NY and Vermont were included, as well as the visit to my mom's cottage, the Patriots Training Camp, and (above) a playdate with a friend. In total there were 22 pages of photos covering the summer.

Finally, to bind it, because it's thick, I ended up using two binder rings. I just punched holes in the chipboard with my Crop-A-Dile Big Bite and inserted the rings. I had originally intended to bind it with my Bind-It-All but I didn't have the right width wire. 

Austin loved it:

As a side note, these photos of Austin (not of the album) were taken using my new Nikon SB400 Speedlight flash. I'm planning on a review post soon comparing the on camera flash with Lightscoop and the Speedlight. I just started using it and already love the light it throws out.


  1. How sweet! I love when my kids flip through my albums and see themselves when they were "little" - they think they're big kids now being 10 and 11, lol

  2. This came out great! And the cobalt paper is so summery!

    Love the pictures of Austin looking through the books.

  3. Great idea on how to use up supplies! I love the pictures of Austin enjoying Mommy's work!

    1. Thanks! I have so many extra cards I need to keep finding other uses!