Create a gorgeous mini with Anya Lunchenko!

Create a gorgeous mini with Anya Lunchenko!

Good morning everyone! Anya here today to share with you a gift album I created for my niece. There’s a number of ways to make these and I wanted to show you how fun and easy creating an album from scratch may actually be. This mini book measures about 5.5×6” and holds about 25 photos.

To create a cover, I used three pieces of heavy cardstock: two pieces measure 5.5×6” and one 5.5×1.25”. I also used a piece of faux leather (I stitched mine from three pieces) measuring about 6.5×14.5”). To make the cover soft, I also added a piece of cotton batting trimmed to about 5.5×13.5” and glued it between cardstock pieces and faux leather.

Using strong tape I attached the leather to the inside of the cover and stitched all around to secure it in place. To decorate the cover, I used a few pieces of patterned paper that were also stitched down and added some flowers, chipboard pieces, enamel dots and brads. Using a scoreboard I created the inside pages for the album by stitching a few folded 5.5×12” pieces of white cardstock to the base, spacing each one 0.25” apart and adhering them inside to the album cover with strong double-sided adhesive.

Now my album is ready to be decorated. This is always the fun part! I used a number of different collections that matched in color to decorate all of my pages.

I also added a few interactive elements inside the album like pockets and folded pages to hold more photos and ephemera. Since my pages are spaced out it lets me add some bulk inside.

For each page, I added a die cut a white frame to hold a photo. To cut those I used the Stitched Rectangle Die Set by Echo Park and a die cutting machine.

Can’t wait to give this mini book to my niece so that it can be filled with precious memories! Happy crafting everyone!

Supplies: Cardstock: Carta Bella; Patterned Paper: Crate Paper, Simple Stories, Heidi Swapp, My Mind’ Eye; Stickers: Simple Stories; Chipboard: Crate Paper, Simple Stories; Brads: Echo Park Paper; Faux Leather: Cricut and other; Silk Flowers: Michaels; Adhesives: Scrapbook Adhesives, Glue Dots, Mono Multi Liquid Glue; Dies: Echo Park, Cheery Lynn; Enamel Dots: Echo Park; pink silk ribbon.

~ Anya Lunchenko



2018-05-21T11:42:30+00:00May 21st, 2018|Design Team Feature, Mini Albums|


  1. Teresa Medeiros May 22, 2018 at 9:18 am

    Wow Anya this is such a beautiful album! I wouldn’t want to give it away! LOL. Simply stunning. I’m really impressed with how the cover came together with the faux leather. It would be awesome to see a step-by-step video on how you created this. 😉

  2. Glenda T May 22, 2018 at 9:39 am

    A sweet mini album and your niece is very fortunate to receive such a beautiful and thoughtful gift. I agree with Teresa about a process video. Thanks for sharing .

  3. Claudia May 22, 2018 at 1:53 pm

    Very beautiful mini album and each page is so individually done. Great job, Anya!

  4. Jeanne Beam May 22, 2018 at 7:59 pm

    Beautiful mini album.
    Thanks for sharing..

  5. Baz May 23, 2018 at 4:23 pm

    Fantastic little album! Agree with Teresa and Glenda with regards to step by step video! Especially with making the soft cover! I’m in awe! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Sylvie May 24, 2018 at 1:34 pm

    So beautiful, thanks for the inspiration :-).

  7. Jane May 25, 2018 at 4:29 pm

    I would love a step by step video also!

  8. Andrea D. La Vigne May 26, 2018 at 5:47 pm

    Gorgeous album, Anya!!! Love the design & the overall look of it. I’m also going to chime in for a step-by-step video! Thanks so much for sharing this. 🙂 ~ Andrea

  9. Jeannine H May 27, 2018 at 4:32 pm

    This is a stunning album.

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