Hey Little Magpie Blog

Hello World


I love a mini album and travel albums are my favourite to make. Usually I make them about a particular holiday, but this time I thought I’d combine snapshots of lots of holidays in the same album. So this ‘mini’ album packs a load of holidays and a couple of day trips in, spanning from pre-marriage and pre-kids to family holidays and days out. I decided to use just one travel collection, the new one by My Minds Eye ‘Hello World’. It’s a gorgeous collection of softly coloured vintage style icons and papers, right up my street.


I made the mini album 6×6″ and cut up some 12×12 patterned papers and some cardstock.

 ‘My Travels’       ‘World Map’

 ‘Here & There’     Niche ‘On Trend’ cardstock pack

(I used the ‘On Trend’ cardstock pack rather than the Hello World cardstock pack because I preferred the colours)

I used some chipboard to sandwich between a piece of paper and a piece of cardstock for the front and back covers to make them nice and rigid. I adhered them together with double sided tape around the edges and a good covering of gluestick in the centre of the pieces. I decided where I wanted the book rings to go and punched holes through each cover and inner page with my crop-a-dile. Then I decorated the front and back covers with pieces from the collection and painted around the edges with a light brown acrylic paint to hide the chipboard, paper and cardstock sandwich.


Then came the big task of finding and scanning pre-digital photographs, finding digital holiday photos, making collages and printing them all out. I printed the photos on to semi-gloss photo paper at home rather than glossy photo paper. If I’d had some to hand I would have opted for matt photo paper to reduce the finger prints left on the photos when the album is flicked through, or been more organised and had them printed on matt photo paper by a photo developer!


Once I’d stuck the photos on to the inner pages in my album in date order I went about embellishing it, the fun part! I use Herma repositional adhesive, which means I could lift the photo and move it around on the page easily, so handy. As I mentioned earlier I stuck with the one travel collection which greatly reduced the amount of time deciding what ‘pretties’ to put on my pages. I used the following items from the My Minds Eye ‘Hello World’ travel collection;

Adventure’ 12×12 Chipboard Elements   Adventure’ Decorative Brads

‘All Aboard’ Flairs   ‘All Aboard’ Wood Veneers

‘Beauty’ Rub Ons   ‘Discovery’ Sticky Notes

‘Travel’ Mixed Bag

In addition to these I used some things I had in my stash already; plain luggage tags, American Crafts Inventory tags and some new letter stickers by Simple Stories.

Here’s how it turned out (and don’t worry I’ll not bore you with the whole book!)















Gorgeous collection isn’t it? It can all be found on the website here;

Hello World!

Thanks for coming over, see you next month!



  1. Jackie

    WOW Jo – this is great, and what a fantastic idea of combining different holidays into one album.

      • Aysun

        Rachel L – Saw this on Pinterest, and loved it so much that I had to find it on your blog. But the link was only to the blog not this particular post So it was pinend 32 weeks ago, that was mid March. Rifled through your March posts til I found it. Worth the hunt it’s adorable! And the step by step is great too

  2. Ida Rosberg

    Oh wow! I must do something like this! Perfect project! And sooo perfect to use a whole collection like that! 😀

  3. Julie taylor

    Lovely album Jo. Perfect collection to showcase the memories of your travels

  4. Nancy

    Love how this came together the size is just perfect and work great with the collage photos.

    I think I may need some of this collection for my future travel albums


  5. Natalia

    Finally managed to get onto the PC to comment properly on this album. Oh man, I just love it. I loooove mini albums and making them, but with no space left to display them (except on a rotating basis) I have tried to concentrate more on big album scrapping. But this project reminds me of everything I miss and love about making mini albums – especially when you’re using lots of stuff from the same collection.
    Love the photo collages and how it has all come together – I am sure these memories will be looked at again and again! 😀

  6. Sheena x

    Love the concept for this lovely little book Jo x
    I think I NEED to make one 🙂