Sunday, July 14, 2013

Making Mini Albums! Fun, Fun, Fun!

Last week at camp we made explosion boxes.  I used the Cricut Cartridge "Mini Albums" to create the templates.  I cut each shape out, traced it with a sharpie and photocopied the pages on cardstock.  The kids went bananas over this project and their albums/ boxes were amazing!  They used stickers, embellishments and drawings to decorate their pages with all kinds of colorful, happy, playful themes.

You don't have to own a Cricut to make this super cool project. 
to download a template created by 

Since I had the cartridge out, I decided to play with some of the projects.  What a fun cartridge!!  I have had a blast these last few days creating my own explosion box, two accordion albums and a really, really nice book.  I took a ton of notes so I can share what I learned plus offer tips and tricks to use the cartridge successfully.  There is no reason for you to waste paper like I did learning how the sizes work and what kind of paper/ cardstock to use.  I will share these findings later this week once I've written everything up.  For now, here is a little eye candy to show you what you can do with this cartridge.


KaBoom!  (It exploded)
There are 32 pages (front and back) to decorate.
This box is 3.75" in width when it is assembled.
It is almost 12" wide when open.

These accordion albums fit into into darling albums.
This project is 6.5" and the album is in a vertical orientation.
This project is 4.5" and the album is in a horizontal orientation.

I had no idea how stinkin cute this project would turn out!
I love how the album includes envelope pages!


  1. So in love with the mini book cart.. Great fun you are having.

    1. I didn't realize it was so cool! I love it! Now I'm trying to find pictures to go with the album which is backwards, I know.

  2. Thank you so much for sharing this and all your other super projects. I have this cartridge and you have inspired me to get it out and use it, although I don't expect my project to be as good as yours! Keep on crafting and showing us, I so look forward to reading your blog here in the UK. Thank you.

    1. Thank you Margaret - I am sure your project will be as good as, probably better than mine! The cartridge did all the heavy lifting on these projects. All I did was kind paper collections I hadn't used and put them on the sticky mat. I am delighted to hear that you enjoy my blog. It means so much to me to hear that.