July Tutorial: “Swim” Quick Mini Album

Hi there, Mou here bringing you this month’s tutorial and it is about summer.

Now that my kids both go to school, summer vacation is the only time of the year that I get to stay home with them. Sure, it keeps me busy, but I enjoy this time with them. Most of my time goes into commuting them to their various lessons-karate, piano, swimming… This year, my husband signed the kiddos up for swim lessons at our local YMCA. It’s an 8-day class series for beginners called “Polliwogs”. I needed an easy and quick way of recording their journey through this lesson. I did not have too much time to devote to this project and I wanted to keep it inexpensive as well as easy to carry around.

Album: I started out with a dollar photo album by 3M that holds 36 4”x6” photos.

I chose a few coordinating patterned papers from the Cocoa Daisy July kit “Carnival” and cut them up in 4”x6” pieces to fit inside the photo sleeves.

Another reason for picking an album like this is because the sleeves also serve as pockets for memorabilia, in this case, the schedule, receipt, certificate, etc.

Cover: I chose a double-sided paper for the cover and inserted it into the cover sleeve. To create the title, I attached the chipboard alphabet stickers right on top of the sleeve.

Inside pages: The orange-pink-red patterned papers add an instant touch of brightness and fun feeling to this album especially complementing the blue waters of the pool.

Apart from adding color to the album, the patterned paper inserts also double as journaling spots. Use the ruled paper to journal or draw straight lines with ruler and pencil to keep your writing looking neat. Printing it out is also an easy solution.

Other than using patterned papers, I have also used some cream cardstock to make my stamped image and captions stand out more.

Adding the photos by simply slipping them into the sleeves was super quick.

I wrote directly on the sleeve of a few photos to add more journaling details. I used a fine point Sharpie marker. Any slick surface pen would work well. You can even write directly on the photo if you want. But I liked how the writing sort of floats over the photo when written on the sleeve.

To make the certificates fit inside the sleeves, I scanned them in and resized them to 4”x6” and printed them out.

Now the kids can carry this around, look at the pictures (the sleeves protect the album from the sticky little fingers), show them to their friends and be proud.

I hope you enjoyed this quick, simple and inexpensive project and will give it a try yourself.

It's a Carnival kinda week.
Special Guest Daisy Diva


  1. Erika

    love this! Adorable and sweet!

  2. Linda

    What a great idea

  3. erika_c

    Love your style, as always! Can’t wait to try this with my summer photos.

  4. Jessie F

    Awesome idea and cute album!



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