Happy fall, y’all!
It’s officially fall…You know what that means. Sweater weather is here! That’s fantastic news for those of us who enjoy crocheting and knitting. It’s also a wonderful time of year for scrapbookers to get out our cameras and take some pics of the family at the pumpkin patch or in the forest as the autumn leaves transition from green to golden, orange, red and brown. Cardmakers enjoy making fall-themed DIY greeting cards to send to friends and family.
Pictured above is a fall scrapbook mini album I made using photos from last autumn.
The thing I love most about this project is how affordable it is. I have been spending a small fortune buying Simple Stories Sn@p! binders and 6″x”8″ page protectors to fill them with. Honestly, I love the look of the scrapbooking albums I make using those binders much more than I love the little hand-bound mini albums I’ve been making. What I don’t love is the total cost for the binders, the pages, and all the supplies to fill them with. Don’t get me wrong, I think they are totally worth the money for what you get (and I’ve bought bunches of them!) But binding your own albums is an easy way to save money, so if you’re a crafter with other financial priorities besides just making the prettiest possible craft projects, I think this is an idea you’re likely to love.
Once you’ve made a small upfront investment in buying the craft supplies needed for binding your own mini albums, then it’s just the cost of photos, cardstock, paper, and whatever embellishments you choose to use for your projects. This will allow you more cash left over for things like retirement savings and buying school supplies for your kiddos — which is totally win-win! This affordability is the reason I’ve been making so many hand-bound mini albums lately. I’ll be sharing more of them soon…
If you’d be interested in learning more about how to bind your own mini scrapbook albums similar to this one, you can find a step-by-step tutorial and a supply list HERE. I hope you’ll give it a try! It’s really easy to do, and once you know how to do it, you can use these ideas to make super affordable but truly amazing gifts for all your friends and family members. Not to mention, you can make bunches of these for yourself to use as junk journals, bullet journals, scrapbooks, notebooks, or whatever.
If that’s not the type of craft project you’re interested in working on right now, maybe you’d rather take a look at some other fall craft ideas. I posted a page at my craft website dedicated to fall crafts; the page features a roundup of many fall-themed projects in a variety of craft techniques including crochet, paper crafts and other crafts. If you like to make lovely craft projects, and you aren’t sure what you want to start working on next, that page is a fantastic spot to find ideas. I hope you’ll find it useful.