When I first became a mom, clear back in 1996, I started a tradition that I am so grateful that I kept up on. I took a picture with all of my kids, on Mother’s Day each year. Some years I was reluctant because I felt fat, or it was really hard to gather five kids and get them all to look in the general direction of the camera. Now that I am an old mom, these pictures are precious to me. I finally figured out an easy way to put all of these photos together. It is a really fun (and kind of nostalgically sad) way to watch my family grow up. I plan on continuing the tradition, and this mini album tutorial in a box format allows me to add pages as I need them.
Keep in mind, this concept does not have to be for a Mother’s Day themed album only. It would be a great way to document a vacation, a wedding, or just about anything. And these wooden boxes are a unique way to showcase, and safeguard a mini album. They look so beautiful stacked on a shelf.
Supplies needed for this mini album tutorial:
- Unfinished Wooden Box ( I chose this size of box because I was working with 4×6 sized photos. You can adjust your box size accordingly.)
- Large Leaf & Flower Punch
- Dark Walnut Stain
- Mod Podge Matte
- Green Cardstock
- Pink Cardstock
- Yellow Cardstock
- White Jewelry Tags (or similar, to add photo dates)
- Plaid Ribbon – Pink/Blue/Yellow
- 4×6 photos in theme of your choice
- Tissue Paper or Napkins
Choose how you would like to finish your wooden box. You can paint it, stain it, or cover it with craft paper. I chose to add tissue paper napkins for a distressed patterned wood look. You can follow the tutorial for this technique here: Vintage Pallet “Love” Heart Decor.
Begin by removing the hardware to the wooden box. This makes it easier for whatever finish you choose.
Allow the box to dry.
Trim 12×12 paper in half.
I chose to keep this album very simple and stuck with one embellishment to keep the focus on the photos, and make this project a really easy one for me.
I printed all of the dates on small tags.
Adhere the album to the bottom of the finished box using a strong adhesive.
My kids are getting older, and the past couple of years, I have had to take my Mother’s Day photo via Skype, as some chicks are leaving the nest.
2014 was a good year. Mother’s Day in Paris. Oui, s’il vous plaît!
And this Mother’s Day, I hope you will consider taking a photo with your kids, and/or the wonderful women you have in your life.
You’ll be glad you did.
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Shaunte is a 30-something, chocolate-loving, SAHM from Utah. She has been scrapbooking since 1997, the dreaded era of photos cropped with deco scissors. Since then, her work has evolved into a clean, linear, photo-focused style. Her favorite subjects to scrap are her husband and five kids (never a lack for subject material there).