Through the Years Mini Birthday Album

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Article Courtesy of by Tiffany Roberts

If you are like me you take a lot of birthday photos, and once you get them printed you seem to have more photos than you really need to scrap the event! I've come up with a simple mini album that will highlight multiple years of birthday parties, and use up some of those extra birthday photos! It's a great way to see your children grow at a quick glance.


  • Dollar Store D-Ring photo album
  • 3-4 sheets of coordinating patterned papers (Die Cuts With a View)
  • ribbons (Offray and May Arts)
  • mini charm, pin, and frame (Making Memories)
  • strong adhesive (Xyron)
  • computer font (Times New Roman, Microsoft)


To start my album, I used an inexpensive two-ring, binder-style photo album from my local Dollar Store. I like the binder-style albums best because you can add or subtract pages if you need to, and you have more space for bulky embellishments.

The first step is to use a strong adhesive to cover the front, back and inside areas with coordinating patterned papers. I chose to use papers by Die Cuts With a View with a specific birthday theme. Using a Xyron adhesive is probably your best option. I used my Xyron 900 to make sure I had good adhesion to the cover of the album. A strong spray adhesive would also work well for this project.


Tip: When covering your front and back covers, trim paper with a one inch overlap on the bottom and sides. Trim the corners of the paper off to reduce bulk, and wrap your edges to the inside cover. Then cover the insides, also covering the wrapped edges.

The next step is to embellish the front of your album. I added ribbons, a small charm, and a small metal frame. The ribbon serves two purposes; the first is decorative and the second is functional. Since I didn't want to worry about trying to cover the spine, I butted my patterned paper up to the black spine area. The ribbon covers that seam where the paper and spine meet. I used the same technique to cover the back spine area without tying the knot in the center.

The third step is to add a dedication and create a contents page. My book includes chapters for each of my children, so I can include all of their birthdays in the same album. I chose to type my journaling, but you can use stamps, alphabet stickers, or hand journaling for a more personal touch.


The last step is to fill in each page protector with a small layout. You can pre-make the pages so the supplies you use all match, or you can choose to customize each page for the photos from that particular birthday. I chose to use the same basic elements and embellishments (bright papers, journaling on small tags, ribbons, and pen detailing) to pre-make the pages for continuity in my album.


So now you really can have your cake and eat it too, or at least a photograph of your cake! Just imagine how fun it will be to see the progression through the years at each birthday party.


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