Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Instax Mini 25 Photobook Tutorial

Happy Tuesday everyone! I hope that you had a lovely holiday weekend and were able to find some time to consider our service men and women. I was able to find a little time to work on a fun project to house all of my photos that I've taken using my new Instax Mini 25 - see related post... I definitely followed the directions pretty closely from this site to create the photobook, but I also switched it up just a bit to make it more "mine." So, I thought I would share my process and the finished product with my readers... Here we go...

Step 1: Gather Materials

Here is a list of the products I used and a link if the item was something that I recently purchased:
Step 2: Trim the Paper & Cardboard

Once I decided on the paper that I was going to use for the project, I chose to trim it out at 4.5 inches x 3.25 inches, to ensure that the badge holders were completely covered by the cover.

Step 3: Adhere the paper to the cardboard
Simply, adhere the paper to the front and backsides of the cardboard. I ended up running a line of adhesive dots along the short sides of the paper.
Here is a look at what the front and back of the cover after the paper was adhered...

Step 4: Sew the front and back cover
I decided to go ahead and sew a line at the top and the bottom of both the front and back cover. Not only does this add a little aesthetic appeal, but it also ensures that the paper that we added will continue to stay on the cardboard.
Of course, as a scrapbooker, one of my favorite parts of the project is to decorate the project! I had these really great Hambly Screen print rub ons that I used for the project and they corresponded great with the Studio Calico paper... here's a look at the back inside cover just before I rubbed on the screen print...
And after...
Here's a look at the front cover - don't you just love that old school polaroid rub-on?!? It worked great to use on the cover of this project, since the photos that will be in the book are instant too!
Here's a look at the inside of both the front and back covers...
Step 6: Punch holes and add eyelets
I used the badge holders as a template and marked on the cover where the hole needed to be punched. Because my cardboard was relatively thin, I was able to punch the holes in both the front and back covers at the same time.
Here's a shot of the cover after adding the eyelits and title....
Step 7: Add the rings and fill it up!
Next comes the best part... simply add in the rings and start adding pages. Because one package of Instax mini 25 cartridges includes 20 pictures, I went ahead and added 10 badge holders. This allowed me to put a picture on each side...perfect!
And here is the finished project! Love it!
I loved making this project! It was fun and easy and I was able to complete it in one 1 hour sitting. I would definitely recommend this project for someone who is looking for a fun way to house their Instax Mini photos!

Have a great day everyone!

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Connie said...

really cute~so adorable!!!

scrappysue said...

oh what a cute cute idea! i might try that one day! i hope badge holders are easy to come by over here! how'd you find my blog? jsut curious :)

Live a Life EXTRAordinary said...

Cute mini Casey! Love the Hambly rub-ons you added. I love my Instax too and made a little mini of 12 Things My Son Loves @ 12 (he just turned 13 last weekend-sheesh!) for Freehand Scraps March kit. Instant fun and gratification! Thanks for stopping by my blog...always enjoy your visits! :)

Gabi said...

Great job Casey; it's brilliant!
-Gabi from Savannah, TX

Avital said...

I love that project. This is so cool!

LG said...

thanks for the tutorial, this is amazing

Anso said...

What a cute album :)

And thanks for taking time to leave a comment on you blog with your Instax opinions. Really appreciated :)