Today I've got a cute and easy mini album that you can make to showcase
photos of your kids in their costumes through the years.
The reason this album is so simple is because we're going to make one divider for each year.
Then every year, you'll just have to punch holes on the edges of your photos
and add them under the appropriate year's divider.
You can either make five divider pages which will show five year's worth of photos
or ten divider pages which will showcase ten year's worth of photos.
Doesn't that sound do-able?
To make an album like this, you'll need:
a set of A-Z card guides (you'll use 5-10)
2 office rings (mine are 1 1/2")
variety of Halloween pattern papers
Optional: stickers and distressing ink
For the cover, place a piece of pattern paper measuring 5"x 4" just under the tab.
Above that, adhere a strip of pattern paper measuring 5 1/4"x 3/4".
This should extend over the bottom part of the tab.
Flip the card over and trim around the excess paper on the tab.
Place the title along the bottom edge of the pattern paper.
I used a sticker that said, "Halloween." Then I added a square of pattern paper
and stamped the rest of my title on it: "through the years."
On each divider, we'll be using one or two pieces of pattern paper- I used all different papers.
If you only have a few, alternate them.
Optional: I added a few stickers here and there. Feel free to do the same.
I also inked around the edges of the divider cards and all the papers.
With the next card, trim a piece of pattern paper to 3 1/2"x 8".
Tear the right edge off, then adhere it along the left edge of the page.
Place two stickers in the lower right side.
Trim a strip of pattern paper to 2"x 8" and adhere it along the left edge.
Trim another piece of pattern paper to 3 1/2"x 3 1/2"
and adhere it about 1" from the top of the divider card.
Cut a piece of pattern paper to 3 1/4"x 8" and adhere it along the left edge.
Then trim three small pieces that measure 2 1/4"x 1".
Adhere them stacked above one another centered between the top and the bottom of the page.
For the next card, trim a piece of pattern paper to 5"x 5".
Place it at the top of the card.
Then trim a strip to 1 1/4"x 5" and place it below the first piece.
If you'd like, place a sticker in the lower left corner.
If you're making a five year album, stop right here.
You now have your album ready to add photos.
You can skip over the next five steps and go to the photos at the end.
For the next divider card, trim a strip of pattern paper or cardstock to 1" x 8"
and adhere it about 1/4" from the left edge.
Then cut a piece of pattern paper to 4 1/4" x 5 1/4" and adhere it about two inches
from the top of the card.
If you'd like, you can add a sticker to the lower right corner.
This page is the easiest one yet.
Just trim a piece of paper to 4"x 7" and place it in the center of the page.
If you'd like, add a sticker in the lower right corner.
Trim two pieces of paper- the first to 3 1/4"x 8"
and the second to 1 1/4"x 8" and adhere them next to one another.
If you'd like, place a sticker overlapping the two pieces at the top.
Trim a piece of paper to 3 1/2"x 6" and cut a notch out of the bottom.
Adhere this about 1/4" from the top and left side.
Trim a second piece of paper measuring 3"x 1 1/2" and place it so it overlaps the first piece.
If you'd like, place a sticker in the lower right corner of the page.
And last, but not least, you'll need a piece of pattern paper measuring 4 1/2" x 8"
and tear the right edge. Adhere it to the left side.
If you'd like, place 1-3 stickers in the upper right corner.
Now, you'll want to punch holes in your pages.
I measured 2" down from the top and 2" up from the bottom for my spacing.
That way vertical 4"x 6" photos will fit in this album.
Bind the pages with two office rings.
The nice thing about using these rings in an album is that you can add as much as you like without running out of room.
I thought I'd show you the first few pages of the completed album.
You'll want to write the year on each tab, then place photos behind that divider page.
There's also room on the left (the backside of the page divider) for you to add
a piece of paper with some journaling.
I suggest adding highlights of that year's Halloween-funny stories or details on how you celebrated.
I already have a Halloween Through the Years album, which you can see here,
so I think I'll be giving this to a friend who has toddlers so she can start her own keepsake.
It is such a joy to look back at photos taken throughout the years as my boys celebrated Halloween.
I know you'll enjoy having one of your kids, too.
Thanks so much for stoping by and God bless.
Oh come, let us sing to the Lord!
Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation.