Chicago Two Ring Album

A pie chart cleverly splits up how I spent the day in Chicago.
A pie chart cleverly splits up how I spent the day in Chicago.

Chicago: A Big City Adventure

DIY Mini-Album

Front Cover. The front and back covers are made from 4x6 wood, which I painted black and covered with a photo/patterned paper.
Front Cover. The front and back covers are made from 4×6 wood, which I painted black and covered with a photo/patterned paper.

Subject:

My trip to Chicago in July 2012.

Date Made:

September 2012

Construction:

Front and back cover are 4×6 wood peices painted black and covered with photo/patterned paper. The inside of the album is made from cardstock photographs, sheets of patterned paper, envelopes, and other items. They are all bound together with two binding rings. The holes in each page were made with a Crop-a-dile hole punch.

Number of Pages:

A lot. 36 (NOT including front and back cover of binding). I like this style of book because you can add as many pages as you need. If I wanted to make this book bigger, I would just change the size of the binder rings.

Notable Parts:

This is my favorite project of all time. I told the story in chronological order, narrating my trip through photographs, with journaling directly on the photos.

This book is interactive, with hidden tabs, envelopes, and flip pages. They all help to tell the details of the story without being in your face about it.

All the pictures were taken with my iPhone 4s and printed as matte cardstock prints from Persnickety Prints.

Materials Used:

Persnickety Prints cardstock photos, 4×6 wood covers from Zutter, Sharpie Fine Point Markers, Sakura Microperm Pens, Gold Airmail Washi, a lot of stash products, Amy Tangerine Baxter alphas, basically whatever was on my desk at the time.

Scroll down for the entire album.

First page. 3x3 cardstock photo (all photos from Persnickety Prints) with a hand drawn title and airplane paperclip.
First page. 3×3 cardstock photo (all photos from Persnickety Prints) with a hand drawn title and airplane paperclip.
Another cardstock photo. Journaling written directly on the photo with Sakura microperm pen. I used a Studio Calico tag to mark the location on a map.
Another cardstock photo. Journaling written directly on the photo with Sakura microperm pen. I used a Studio Calico tag to mark the location on a map.
Extra journaling, washi, and some stamps on the back of the tag keep the project simple and moving forward. All photos taken with my iPhone 4s.
Extra journaling, washi, and some stamps on the back of the tag keep the project simple and moving forward. All photos taken with my iPhone 4s.
Throughout the album I played around with different handwriting styles, and different journaling pens.
Throughout the album I played around with different handwriting styles, and different journaling pens.
Sharpie silver marker on black and white photos & a picture of the best sushi of all time adhered to the top of a kraft-colored envelope.
Sharpie silver marker on black and white photos & a picture of the best sushi of all time adhered to the top of a kraft-colored envelope.
The back of the envelope holds more pictures; and another die cut tag helps to mark the change in days.
The back of the envelope holds more pictures; and another die cut tag helps to mark the change in days.
A pie chart cleverly splits up how I spent the day in Chicago.
A pie chart cleverly splits up how I spent the day in Chicago.
Photos from Navy Pier. Journaling with a fine point sharpie.
Photos from Navy Pier. Journaling with a fine point sharpie.
More photos from Navy Pier. A little extra embellishing on these.
More photos from Navy Pier. A little extra embellishing on these.
Photos of the city-wide bus tour, and a cool flip-page with lots of architecture photos.
Photos of the city-wide bus tour, and a cool flip-page with lots of architecture photos.
I needed a way to show off all the great architecture photos without bogging the entire album down, so I created a flip-style insert to keep them all on a single page.
I needed a way to show off all the great architecture photos without bogging the entire album down, so I created a flip-style insert to keep them all on a single page.
Simple page in the middle of the album acts as a transition to the next activity.
Simple page in the middle of the album acts as a transition to the next activity.
Photos from the inside and the top of the Sears Tower.
Photos from the inside and the top of the Sears Tower.
More photos of the Sears Tower with a hidden journaling tab.
More photos of the Sears Tower with a hidden journaling tab.
Photos of my walk from the Sears Tower back to Navy Pier
Photos of my walk from the Sears Tower back to Navy Pier
More photos of my walk through Chicago.
More photos of my walk through Chicago.
A quick #selfie as a reminder that I got to experience all this cool stuff.
A quick #selfie as a reminder that I got to experience all this cool stuff.
Photos of the River Boat Cruise.
Photos of the River Boat Cruise.
I added a small bag with a journaling tag to write about the river boat cruise experience and then ended the book with a lovely picture of Chicago at night from the water.
I added a small bag with a journaling tag to write about the river boat cruise experience and then ended the book with a lovely picture of Chicago at night from the water.
Back Cover.
Back Cover.
Written By

As a woman, telling your story is a powerful and radical act. I tell my story with personal photos, colorful paper, and unique memorabilia. This is my platform for teaching modern-day scrapbooking and helping women document their awesome-lady lives.

  • Annie Claxton

    LOVE this album, very cool! I think I saw it in Scrap365? But not all of the detail – it’s really brilliant and inspiring :o) x

    • You did see it in Scrap365! :D Thank you so much!

  • Sasha Farina

    i love this album so much!! great work journaling right on the photos! the whole album is just so precious!

  • Eri Shichita

    You did a very very very good job! Expecially I love your handwriting on photos!

  • I love a good mini book!!! My favorite thing to make and flip through.

    • Me too! They are my absolute favorites.

  • Meghann

    Have to say, this is pure awesomeness. The cover is just fab. Love how you filled it with the photo. Also love how you used the pie chart (never know what to do with those things! I could go on & on!

    • Thanks! It was just sitting there on the table, and I really wanted to use it!

  • mariclaudi

    Lovely!

  • Frances D

    Absolutely beautiful!

  • Janay

    Great idea!!