I finally finished my most recent mini album! As I mentioned earlier, I had gone to Michael’s to pick up some of the goodies from the Nursery Tales Collection by Prima. I got some great deals because I had a 30% off your entire purchase coupon and I also went back on another day to use a 40% off coupon for the paper pack.
Want to see what I bought?
As many of you know, I am expecting a new baby in September, so I was thrilled to see this new collection!! The timing couldn’t have been more perfect too because I wanted to make a mini album just for Gabe and the Nursery Tales Collection worked wonderfully for this project.
Mini Album Idea for Older Siblings
My son Gabe will be turning three just before we expect his new little sibling to be born. We have been trying to prepare him for our new arrival and get him excited about the new addition to our family. I want him to feel like he is a big part of what is going on. Gabe loves books, but I had been having a hard time finding one that I thought was really sending him the right message. Then it hit me, Gabe LOVES to look through all of my mini albums – why not make him his very own mini album about his early days as a newborn? I used photos from Gabe’s first few days to show him what life with a newborn baby is like.
I love this idea because it accomplishes at least three goals:
- Help the sibling learn about everyday life with a newborn by sharing photos of bathing, changing, feeding, sleeping, cuddling and even crying.
- Use photos of the sibling as a baby, so that they can see that they were once a newborn and were cared for in the same ways.
- Give the sibling a special mini album of their very own – Gabe loves his even more than I expected him to!
I used a 5×5 Accordion Album, which also comes with its own keepsake box – too cute :)! Here are some pics of the finished box:
And a close-up one so you can see the adorable mini roses and beautiful flocked paper:
Here’s the front of the album – I love the rub-ons in this collection!
I love the little bunnies too :)!
Now for some pics of the inside of the album – awww, was he really ever that little?
I love that the album has built in pockets and frames – it really is the perfect thing for a preschooler! Plus, you can add extra photos on the backs of the tags.
What a great photo for the last page ;).
Tips and Tricks for Mini Albums for Kids
- I used the distressed look, with rough, inked edges – that way, if the book suffers some wear and tear at the hands of my preschooler, it won’t be as noticeable.
- I attached clear transparency sheets over each of the photos to protect them from little finger prints.
- I made double-sided tags for all of the pockets in the album, making it more interactive and fun for young viewers.
Still with me? How about that giveaway :)! Leave me a comment on this post with your guess about the color scheme of the new baby’s nursery… PINK or BLUE? In a couple of days I will randomly choose somebody from the winning group of answers to receive a special sampling of the Nursery Tales papers and embellishments :)! P.S. If you are a friend or family member who already knows, please keep it our little secret for a few more days, OK? ~xo Jess