Here’s a tutorial I created at the beginning of January for the SavvynSassy blog.  It was intended as a photo journal, but could easily be used for anything.  🙂 

 I wanted to share with you a little project I’ve been working on and give you all the directions to make your own if you want.  (I drew inspiration from a large year-in-review album by Irma Gabbard in the latest issue of Scrapbooks, Etc.–just made it smaller and changed around a lot of things. )


  •  chipboard album approx 4″x6″(made my own using my Bind-It-All)
  • patterned paper scrap (I used some old American Crafts pp)
  • Alpha stickers (American Crafts)
  • Number chipboard (Heidi Swapp)
  • Brads
  • Crop-a-dile or other good hole punch
  • Acrylic rectangle (I used a page from an ArtBar acrylic mini tag album, but you could probably make your own from packaging material, etc.)
  • Adhesives (I used glue dots, glue sticks, glossy accents)
  • Staples
  • Large button
  • Embroidery floss or thread and a needle
  • Ribbon (of course!)
  • Ricrac (of course!)
  • Label maker and tape

 Step One: Create or purchase a 4×6 chipboard mini album with at least 31 pages. 

Step 2: Create a Ribbon Flower

Simply loop and fold ribbons until you get the amount of “petals” you want.  Then secure with a few stitches or a couple of staples through the center.

Step 3: Peel protective plastic off your acrylic and apply letter stickers to the front, being careful to avoid fingerprints on the back

Step 4: Punch holes through acrylic

Step 5: Line up acrylic holes and mark on the patterned paper where you want them

Step 6: Punch holes in patterned paper and stick brads through both layers

Step 7: Adhere patterned paper to chipboard cover (you may need to use glue dots on the corners)

Step 8: Apply chipboard letters to the project (you will probably need to use a wet adhesive such as diamond glaze or tacky glue)

Step 9: Make “A Photo Journal” label and apply

Step 10: Run stitches through the button and adhere to the ribbon flower

Step 11: Attach ribbon flower to project and add a rirac stem (I like glue dots for this)

Step 12: Tie a small bow and adhere to flower stem

And you’re done!  Now you have a little book to add your photos to. 

This project can easily be adapted for a brag book, a year-in-review album, or just about anything.  Because a 4×6 photo will fill each page, the book goes together incredibly fast.