How to make a Custom Project Life Mini Album

Friday, July 5, 2013

I used my PL mini album to make a book for my friend Jamie's going away present. I've been dying to get her into PL (I know she will be fabulous at it!) and this was the perfect opportunity. She loved it!! Apparently she has been wanting to try PL after seeing what I've done with it this year. :)

She's been going through some pretty major changes, and I included pages for each of these topics: selling her house, graduating school, a big graduation party, friends and family she's going to miss, a two-day moving trip across the country, setting up their new apartment, studying for a licensure exam, her hubby is starting school, and she's training and starting a brand new job. I'm exhausted just thinking about it, but she's got it under control. I wanted to make a book for her to document her memories as she goes through this summer of change. The topics are very flexible, and can be changed to suit her needs. Some topics have more than one page, which will allow her to add her own topics or add plenty of pictures!! I used post-it notes for suggestions throughout the book.

I used PL cards from Becky Higgins, the vacation MAMBI cards from Michael's, and custom-made cards. I gave her lots of extra journaling cards  and quote cards so she could mix and match to get the perfect look for her.

I adore this Blush one - I just added alphas to a journaling card.

These were made using paper from Dear Lizzy's 5th & Frolic:

I added an Amy Tangerine 'Yes, Please' sticker to a Blush journaling card:

Alphas, a sequin, and a Studio Calico tag were all I needed to add to this MAMBI card.

I've had this graduation cap sticker for a million years. And I love these Thickers - they look so collegiate to me!

My favorite Thickers of all time :)

Another quick card using a Martha Stewart doily and an Amy Tangerine 'Yes, Please' ephemera.

Since she's new to PL, I also drew little pictures throughout the book to give her ideas for alternatives, such as including Instagram sized photos and 3x4 photos with a journaling card in a 4x6 spot.

Well, there you go! Incidentally, Jamie's taking her big licensure exam today - she's studied until she can't study anymore and she's gonna do great. Let's all keep her in our thoughts and prayers on her big day, ok??

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  1. Wow, what an amzing gift to give to your friend, I bet she was overjoyed! I love the thicker you used for the word 'grad' and all your other 'custom' cards are great too. Brilliant job! x

    1. Thank you Jennifer Grace!! I had so much fun making it for her.

  2. Beautiful gift, I am sure she will want to get into,PL after receiving this :)

  3. absolutely amazing job and gift!

  4. What a sweet gift u are a fabulous friend! And to give her all those post its for directions to help her along as a fantastic idea. Shoot I have that MS punch and why I didn't think to use it in my PL thanks for that inspiration I'll be digging mine out real soon. I guess the minis don't look to bad.

    1. Thanks Tina! :) The minis are kind of fun. I had my doubts at first, but now I really like them.

  5. Such a sweet gift. Love spreading the joy of PL! :)

  6. This turned out great! What a wonderful keepsake gift.

    1. Thanks Susan! It turned out just how I wanted it to.


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