Acrylic Frame Mini-Album

I know you have all seen these clear acrylic photo frames:

frameThey are super inexpensive. They don’t always fit into everyone’s decor, but do you know what they are wonderful for? A free standing mini-album!

Family-mini-album-Crafts-UnleashedI am going to show you how easy it is to make a mini-album using an acrylic frame. It is a whimsical way to display your favorite photos.

And just to keep things really easy, I am using SNAP! product. Everything is pre-cut, pre-matched and pre-decorated! Honestly, if you have some photos printed, and a couple of hours, you can throw your own mini-album together.

Supplies needed to make your own acrylic frame mini-album:supply2

Family-mini-album-Crafts-Unleashed-1SNAP! product comes in several themes. There are Baby SNAP! kits, Love SNAP! kits, Everyday and Family; to name a few. I am using the Family theme, but you could certainly switch the theme very easily.

When you open your package of 4×6 SNAP! cards, you will notice that some of the double-sided cards are printed to run horizontally, and some are printed to run vertically. Choose one card to be your title card.

Family-mini-album-Crafts-Unleashed-2I chose this cursive “family” card. I also chose to run my mini-album horizontally. You can also choose vertical if you like.

I used a second 4×6 card, and cut two thin striped strips to decorate the top and bottom of my title card.

Family-mini-album-Crafts-Unleashed-4The SNAP! collection comes with matching sticker sets.

Family-mini-album-Crafts-Unleashed-3I used the stickers to add our last name to the mini-album cover.

Family-mini-album-Crafts-Unleashed-5Easy. Done. :)

Keep in mind that the pages to this mini-album are going to flip upwards.

So you will want to lift the finished page, up, and over- to work on the backside.

Family-mini-album-Crafts-Unleashed-6Family-mini-album-Crafts-Unleashed-7Keep working on your pages. Keep in mind, that even if the 4×6 cards are oriented vertically, they can still be used in a horizontal album. Be creative in positioning your photos! Here, I covered up some writing- and left a strip of writing on the side of my photo. This card was meant to be used vertically, but looks great horizontally too!

Family-mini-album-Crafts-Unleashed-9Here is a card that I utilized the pre-printed area on the card as a photo frame. I simply cut my photo down to fit.

Family-mini-album-Crafts-Unleashed-8There are 24 double sided cards in each SNAP! kit. Continue adding pages to your mini-album as desired.

Family-mini-album-Crafts-Unleashed-10When you have your pages complete, using a ruler, measure in from each edge 1″, and from the top of the page 1/2″. Mark with a pencil.

Family-mini-album-Crafts-Unleashed-11Using a hole punch, punch through each page at your pencil mark.

Family-mini-album-Crafts-Unleashed-12Lay your punched pages on top of the acrylic frame, lining the pages up across the top, and even on each side.

Family-mini-album-Crafts-Unleashed-13Then, using a fine tipped marker, make a small mark through the holes, onto the acrylic frame.

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Family-mini-album-Crafts-Unleashed-15Here is the potentially dangerous and most difficult part of this project.

I tried using a heavy duty hole punch for this, and it cracked the acrylic. The best way to make the holes to attach the album to the frame is by melting the holes using a soldering iron.

Allow your soldering iron to heat up and melt a hole through your acrylic frame at your mark.

Family-mini-album-Crafts-Unleashed-16Take care not to set the soldering gun down on a surface that can melt. Be careful! They heat up quickly, and get very hot!

The soldering tip should be approximately the same size as a standard hole punch. You will be going through two layers of acrylic. It will smoke. This is okay. Just don’t breathe it.

Family-mini-album-Crafts-Unleashed-17After you create both holes, unplug that soldering gun, and put it somewhere safe to cool down.

Select an extra 4×6 card to insert into the frame.

Family-mini-album-Crafts-Unleashed-18Insert 2″ snap rings into the holes.

Family-mini-album-Crafts-Unleashed-19Add all of the mini-album pages to the rings.

Family-mini-album-Crafts-Unleashed-20Snap the rings shut, and tie small lengths of ribbon through the rings as embellishments.

Family-mini-album-Crafts-Unleashed-21Add stickers from the SNAP! sticker kit as desired.

Family-mini-album-Crafts-Unleashed-24Aaaand….you are finished!

Family-mini-album-Crafts-Unleashed-1Your free standing mini-album is ready to display on an end table, shelf, desk- or wherever you would like to add a pop of color and interest!

About Shaunte

Shaunte is a 30-something, chocolate-loving, SAHM from Utah. She has been scrapbooking since 1997, the dreaded era of photos cropped with deco scissors. Since then, her work has evolved into a clean, linear, photo-focused style. Her favorite subjects to scrap are her husband and five kids (never a lack for subject material there).

Comments

  1. Debra Lois says:

    Love this project. Thank you so much for the tutorial! I’m in the middle of making one about my dog and it’s sure to be adorable. :)

  2. Kathleen says:

    For the Family Mini-Album you recommended 2″ rings. In the photo the rings looked much smaller. Do you recommend using 2″ ?

    Thanks!

    • Shaunte says:

      Kathleen- Oh my! I *did* use 1″ rings! Nice catch. 2″ would be fine, and would accommodate more pages, if you are looking to add quite a few. But, yes- 1″ is ideal.

  3. This is just precious! I’m so going to make one.

  4. What a clever idea! Thanks for the tutorial. I can’t wait to try this!

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