With a little planning, this Halloween album is easy to put together and add to year by year. To make it, gather the materials listed below and follow the step-by-step directions provided.
Before You Begin
- Decide what years the album will cover. For my album, I assumed my children would dress up for Halloween through age 14. My oldest child’s first Halloween was in 1999, and my youngest child will turn 14 in 2015, so I used those years for my album.
- Gather your photos. Collect or print photos showing your children’s costumes from Halloweens past. Select two or three photos per year.
Plan the Design
Sketch out two or three double-page layouts for your album, and determine what size the photos will need to be. A 6″ x 6″ album like the one shown here can be made with just two double-page layout designs. (Scroll down to see photos of these layouts; click the photos to enlarge them.)
- Layout design 1 features two photos cropped to 3 1/2″ x 5 1/4″. The photos are placed near the center of the double-page layout, leaving the far left and far right for embellishments.
- Layout design 2 has room for one larger photo (3 1/2″ x 5 1/4″) and two smaller photos (2″ x 3″). The larger photo can be placed on either the left or the right page. The two smaller photos appear side-by-side toward the top or bottom of the opposite page.
Supplies Needed for a Halloween Costume Mini Album
- 6″ x 6″ mini album
- White cardstock
- Letter stickers or diecuts
- Halloween-themed patterned papers
- Halloween-themed stickers, epoxy accents, and other embellishments
- Paper trimmer
- Black acid-free marker or pen
- Small number stamps and black ink (optional)
Directions for a Halloween Costume Mini Album
- Decorate the cover of the album with Halloween paper, stickers, or other embellishments. Add a title with chipboard or letter stickers.
- Design the title page of the album. It can be as simple as a small title and embellishment placed toward the upper right corner of the page. Remember to add the years covered by the album unless they appear on the cover.
- Crop the photos to size, according to the layouts sketched earlier.
- Mat the photos on white cardstock, allowing a 1/8″ border around each photo.
- For each double-page layout, cut two pieces of 6″ x 6″ patterned paper to use as the background. Arrange photos as desired, and embellish with strips of coordinating paper, ribbon, stickers, and epoxy accents.
- Cut a small tab of white cardstock, stamp or write the year on it, and adhere it along the side of one of the photos on each layout.
Tips for Making a Mini Scrapbook Album
- Simplify the process of selecting materials by limited yourself to Halloween product lines from one or two manufacturers. The album shown here uses Halloween products from Reminisce and Harmonie Loisirs Créatifs. Other manufacturers – like Making Memories, We R Memory Keepers, My Minds Eye, and Pink Paislee – also have coordinated Halloween collections.
- To create a sense of unity throughout the album, matte all of the photos similarly. In this album, the photos are matted on white cardstock with a 1/8″ border.
The Bottom Line
This mini scrapbook album featuring your children’s Halloween costumes over the years is sure to become a family favorite.
- This album was originally published in Simple Scrapbooks’ Mini Albums in an Evening.