Museum of Ice Cream mini album by Barbara Picinich

Museum of Ice Cream mini album by Barbara Picinich

Hello everyone, Barbara here to share a look at a mini album that I created for our recent trip to the Museum of Ice Cream in San Francisco. I had really high hopes for this event and it totally surpassed all of my expectations. What an amazing experience this was and the photos were so much fun and absolutely needed to be documented. For this project I decided to make my first 3x8” mini album. I knew that I wanted to use several of the cards from the Good Things main kit and papers from the 100% Fun Travelers Notebook kit so the size ended up being the perfect solution.

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One thing that really works for me when I start a mini album project is to plan out as much as I can prior to starting. I like to have a game plan in place so that I know what size I need to crop my photos and what will end up going where. I realized that this album could accommodate photos that were wider than 3" so that meant I could use the Travelers Notebook kit papers and increase the size of my single photos too roughly 4x8.25". That meant I definitely needed more time to plan it all out but it really helped deciding in advance what photos should be large and what should be small. I would much rather spend a little extra time planning than printing photos over and over again to get the right size.

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There were so many great stamp sentiments in this month’s kits so I had plenty of stuff to add to my journaling cards like the 100% Fun from the Travelers Notebook kit as seen below. I also really loved the Mom jean sentiment from the Best Mom Ever stamp set so I was happy to find a spot to add that one in.

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When working with a mini album and a small scale one like this I try really hard to get all of the cards and papers that I love into the album. In some cases cutting and layering the cards is a good way to get lots of textures and patterns into the album and use more than one card in a slot.

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One of the best things about this event was the people that worked it. They were so engaged and really made the event a great one. I always love when Kelly adds word tile stamps to the kits so I made sure to use as many as I could from the Good Times kit to help tell my story.

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Stamping sentiments in the white space of my photos is one of my favorite techniques to do. I used some from the Good times kit on my cotton candy photo and some from the Do Your Thing stamp set. Sometimes a simple stamped sentiment is all you need but sometimes I like to call attention to the stamping like I did on the first photo below with a little strip of paper and a sticker from the 100% Fun Travelers Notebook kit.

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Two of my favorite sheets of paper from the 100% fun kit was the This is my Happy Place and the photo strip. I didn’t want to compete too much with the sentiment of the Happy Place paper so I just used it to add a bit of journaling since this was one of my favorite parts of the event.

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For the photo strip paper I didn’t have 8 photos to add, so I ended up using just four additional shots and then filled the remaining slots with papers and journaling cards. I did all of this digitally using the .pdf file of the paper and turning it into a digital template. I filled some of the slots with embellishments after I printed it out and added in two of the stickers from the 100% fun kit.

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I definitely had a great time working with the 3x8” size so I hope this inspires you to give it a try as well. I know you will love it!

Products Used: Good Things main kit, 100% Fun Travelers Notebook kit, Do Your Thing stamp set, Best Mom Ever stamp set

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