Mini Scrapbooks & Fried Chicken….

This summer I had the opportunity to visit Savannah. I have always wanted to visit Savannah, and it did not disappoint!

We took a trolley tour of downtown, shopped, & ate at none other than the Lady & Son’s!  (btw, the title comes from a story… no one in my family has really been a “fan” of fried chicken before.. including myself.. until we had it at the Lady & Sons! … so it became our “joke” that we all love it now after our trip!)

I decided to make a “mini” scrapbook of this trip… I’m starting to rethink how I handle scrap booking vacations. I like the idea of mini scrapbooks for trips. Last year I made a shutterfly book of our trip to Europe and LOVE how it turned out (maybe I’ll post that one…).  I think the mini book makes scrapbooking a trip sooooo much easier. There is a definite start and a stop, and you finish with a great sense of accomplishment.

I used some of the techniques I picked up at creative escape… and most if not all of the products are from my monthly Jenni Bowlin scrapbook kit (one of my fav’s!)

For the cover, I used Grunge paper, (it won’t tear, so it’s great for a book cover) I painted it red and then inked it brown. It ended up looking like red leather, in fact when my husband picked it up he wanted to know where I got the leather for the cover.  The rest of the products are Jenni Bowlin, with stamps from Close to My Heart…
*** just a note,  I’m not endorsing any products here… no one sent me anything for free (although I would be open to that LOL!!) this is just stuff I had in my “stash” that I pulled together to make my book.**

Here are the inside pages of the book. To keep little hands from ripping them, I secured each page with 1/4″ eyelets.

on this page are flip flaps from close to my heart, just attached at the side with staples.

this page is made from polka dot felt… I sewed the photo on at the corners.

The book dimension are 6×9.. for this page, I made it 6×12 then took a 6×6 piece, folded it in half and used ribbon to “bind” it into the fold of the larger piece of paper, then attached photos into the “flaps”… a good way to get alot of photos into one page…

also not shown, I typed a whole page with our “story” from the trip and put it at the beginning of the album
Now on to make a mini book of our other trips this summer… San Diego… that one should be fun huh!
Melissa Mortenson is the author of the Polka Dot Chair blog which is in its 7th year of sharing fresh and creative ideas with readers. She is the author of “Project Teen, Handmade Gifts your Teen will Actually Love”. Her first fabric line “Derby Style” debuted in January 2015 through Riley Blake Designs. A mom of 3, she considers herself lucky to be living in Kentucky.


  1. says

    super cute mini album! i love the mini vacation book idea!!! it’s funny, my family visited savannah and being huge paula deen fans we took her trolley tour and ate at the Lady & Sons for dinner. i cracked up at your post because i snapped a photo of my dinner plate too! sadly enough, that was 3 years ago and i have yet to make a scrapbook. i think your mini book was just the inspiration i needed! thanks

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