Last Saturday, May 23, I started and completed a mini album for my inaanak – Jana, daughter of my cousin and maid of honor, Jo-Ann.

I used mostly October Afternoon papers. I purchased the Daydream and Detours paper packs about a year ago and I’ve only used some of the papers. I thought this album would be the perfect project for this adorable paper line.

I decided to make the album 6 x 6 but I cut the papers to 5 13/16 so the inner pages will be slightly smaller than the 6×6 cover page. But then, after cutting everything to that size, I realized it didn’t matter because I decided to use Zutter’s Cover Alls and it’s the coolest thing ever! 😀

Here is a photo of the cover. In the interest of time, I decided to make a very simple cover design with just a bit of embellishments.


For the first time, I used the big sheet of Prima Say It In Crystals bling that I bought several months ago. I just used a few swirls here.

Oh and one other thing I used for the very first time is Zutter’s Perfect Closure. I only bought one so now I have to buy again for future use.

I printed a 5×5 photo of my niece-goddaughter and used it for the 1st page.

The next spread shows Jana at birth held by the OB-Gyne who delivered her by emergency C-section on May 26, 2008. I added a journaling card so my cousin can write sme trivia related to Janna’s birth (e.g. doctor, hospital, etc.).

This one shows the proud dad and the still groggy mom. I used chipboards to say “Love” and MM stickers to say “at first sight”. I added die-cut thought balloons so mom and dad can write their thoughts on how they felt the first time they laid their eyes on baby Jana.

I love those adhesive backed alpha chipboards from Prima.

And I must have a dozen packs of the MM Alpha stickers in al sorts of colors.

This spread shows Jana with mommy.

This is one of my favorites. It shows some sweet moments with dad.

A few solos of Jana. I love that pack of tickets from Tim Holtz. I used it a lot on this mini. And the stamp “LOVED” is from Autumn Leaves.

A few more solos. The base of the page on the right is actually Hambly transparency. The flower and swirls perfectly match the opposite side.

The left page shows the Maya Road scroll chipboard and Prima flowers that match the other side of the transparency.

At a very early age, Jana has shown fascination with Barney. When watching a Barney show, she would stand up on her crib the whole time, in utmost concentration. The right side of this page is another piece of Hambly transparency.

I inserted a journaling card for mom and dad to write their thoughts on Jana’s interest in Barney.

The Uy family – my cousin Jo-Ann, hubby Alfred and 1st baby, Jana.

I used another Tim Holtz ticket here, perfect for Jana’s giggly photos. And look at those chubby feet!

Jana with her doting grandmas and grandpas.

Here is Jana with her cousins. I added chipboard tree and bird from Maya Road to add interest in this page. I painted them with crackle paint for some texture. I thought the chipboards match the paper perfectly.

This page is Jana with her young pals. The boy on the right page (and top left) is actually her cousin Riley who is a year older than she is (just like Jana’s mom and I). The “best friends” sticker is from 3 Bugs In A rug which I’ve had for quite some time now.

This spread is about Jana’s extended family. On the left is Jana with her grandma and grandma’s sister and brother-in-law. I inserted a file folder so mom can jot down notes about Jana’s Lola Uring and Lolo Ped.

On the right side is Jana’s dad’s family. Dad can write on the file folder about being the first niece and grandchild in their family.

Finally, the end! I inserted a note with my birthday greetings to Jana.

I love making minis!!! And it’s so easy to do! I hope my cousin and her hubby like it, and I wish Jana will enjoy looking at it when she grows up.

Written by Alby Laran

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