This is my entry to Bookoto’s ‘Show Me The Mini’ challenge.

I really enjoyed making this because I tried so many new things here. I added lots of details and texture. I also made pockets for hidden journaling. I made this mini the weekend after our trip so the details are still very fresh. I can still smell the food and remember the flavors so the story is well-captured in the journaling.

This is the cover. I just love the little stamped car. The arrow was painted with crackle paint and then sprayed with Radiant Rain.

Page 1. I layered 3 flowers over a scalloped circle punched from a patterned paper scrap. I layered papers and embellishments to add interest on the page. The arrow pulls out to reveal the hidden journaling.

The pull-out journaling block

Page 2. This is a relatively flat page. I just used papers, stickers and ribbon to embellish the page. The red sticker is from Collage Press. The journaling is hidden beneath the photo.

Undo the ribbon and open the folder to reveal the journaling.

I love the little details like the stamped ‘explore’ and the rub-on. I layered three flowers and sewed a button at the center for dimension and texture.

The word ‘escape’ was stamped on a piece of chipboard that was painted with crackle paint. I used StazOn to stamp the word. Then I applied rub-ons. The chipboard pulls out to reveal the journaling.

Hidden journaling inserted in a pocket

I used stickers and rub-ons to embellish this page. The little photo of the rolled fajitas is actually a folder that contains the hidden journaling.

Pull out the photo to reveal the journaling

Here I stamped two circular patterns, one smaller than the other. I cut the two circles and layered them. I finished off by adding a button. I added some more stamped elements, stickers and scraps of patterned papers. The tab that says ‘detours’ lifts up to open the folder for the journaling.

The journaling underneath the folder

I added a sheet of Hambly transparency for added interest. I adhered a piece of patterned paper on each side of the tansparency to hide the adhesives. I embellished with layered flowers, and rub-ons.

The other side is embellished with ribbons and rub-ons.

More layered embellishments here – button on a stamped oval pattern on a flower on a scrap of cardstock. I also added a sprinkling of handwritten words.

Here I also used eyelets on top of the stickers and rub-ons. I love those little word stickers! I also layered a stamped circle on a scalloped circle. The journaling is inserted in the pocket.

The pull out journaling

Because of the many photos here I just used minimal embellishments. Just like in the opposite page, the journaling is hidden in the pocket.

Another pullout journaling block

I only used two strips of patterned paper to embellish this page – one stamped, the other was handwritten. I let the photo of the menu do the talking here.

The other side of the page contained the journaling, written inside a folder. I embellished with stickers, layered flowers, stamped words and strips of paper, and my favorite stamped car which I adhered with foam stamp.

The hidden journaling

I love the MM Passport line! I used the papers, stickers, flowers and stamps in this mini album. The Collage Press stickers are also a great match. Here, I also added a chipboard bird on a scalloped circle. It actually pulls out to reveal the journaling.

A closer look at the hidden journaling block

My final journaling is adhered on the inside of the back cover. I used a handwriting font (FG Adrian) in my journaling throughout the album, with a sprinkling of different fonts to highlight some words.

I didn’t win the challenge but the fun I had making this album is already a reward in itself. I just love going through this over and over again. We had such a great time and we’d like to go back for another taste of the Panizza!

And before I forget, I just want to point out that this is the second project I made using my Zutter Bind It All tool. After completing this, I parted with my BIA. I sold it to a friend and ordered a new PINK one! I should have it by December! Can’t wait!

Written by Alby Laran


  1. jonaks November 14, 2008 at 1:32 am Reply

    wow, mukhang punong puno ng story ang mini album mo. its simple yet loaded.

  2. Alby November 9, 2008 at 3:13 am Reply

    Thanks Nina! Iba talaga pag na-scrap agad right after the event kase sinisipag pa ako to squeeze in as much details – the good and the not so good, including the hotel corridor. Medyo madilim kase. 😀 Huy, congrats ha. I want to do a "week in the life of" mini also. Siguro this week, since hubby is away. I can document what it's like to be alone for a week. 😀

  3. Nina November 8, 2008 at 4:07 pm Reply

    Alby! Ang saya-saya nitong mini mo! Pati ba naman corridor nung hotel may kuha! Hehe. Love that you captured all the little bits of your trip at love ko yung all the little hidden journaling spots. Galing. =)


  4. Alby November 7, 2008 at 9:38 am Reply

    Thanks Pia!

    Iba-iba sizes ng photos, maliliit lang talaga. The biggest would be about 3×4. Some are as small as 1.5 x 2.

    Naku I'd be more than happy to help if you need help with travel. 😀

  5. Jeff and Pia November 7, 2008 at 5:23 am Reply

    ang galing galing mo talaga gumawa ng mga mini! love the pics and the combination of all the papers that you've used. anong sizes ng pics mo sis?

    btw, super nakakaengganyo yung trip nyo. sarap i-try! sabi ko nga kay jeff, pag gusto natin magtravel, kay alby tayo magtatanong hehehe!

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