I used a Stampin' Up paper pack that I've had in my stash for awhile now. It was perfect...and I love all the different papers. The ribbons are also from my stash (some are Stampin' Up, some are just from the local Dollar Store). And of course I had to use some border punches. I think these ones are called "Arch Lattice" by Martha Stewart and "Daisy" by Fiskars.
So here's a look through the mini album. I'll more than likely add more embellishments once I add my photos...but I think you'll get the general feel of the album.
This is the front. It's still missing the title and the photo...
The first fold opens upward:
There are two pockets along the side that holds the two photo mats. The mats themselves are double sided...so there will be a total of four different photos.
On to the second "page"...
this tag and photo mat are stuck down...so no removing...
but then you flip up the right side...to find two more photo mats.
Moving on to page 3...
This is the most "hand's on" page. It has three different pockets that hold either tags or photo mats.
First off...there's a big photo mat in a pocket on top of the left page. This mat is double-sided...so there will be two big photos.
Then there's obviously the two tags in the front of the left page. The tags have space for a photo in the back...which I'll probably end up turning around. So my photos will be shown...with journaling on the back. But I figured with no photos to display yet...I'd show the "journaling" side of the tags.
Finally, there's a two-sided photo mat in a pocket on the right page as well. Space for two different photos.
And when you close the book...this is the back view.
Have I inspired you to try one of these for yourself? Here's the link to a great tutorial. It's not complicated at all...and it's made from a basic 12x12 sheet of paper (cardstock or printed -- though I'd suggest you go with a two-sided thicker paper 'cause then you have the background papers already there...and just have to add the tags and the embellishments.) But that's all up to you. :) Enjoy! :)