Paris' Pick: 8

Why am I so addicted to mini albums? Theyre fast, easy and fun to make! Theyre fast because theyre smallI dont need to spend time thinking about my layout because each page perfectly fits one or two photos, a small amount of journaling and some key embellishments. Hot Off The Press makes it easytheyve coordinated everything for me, which means I dont need to spend time rummaging through my collection of scrapbooking supplies to find something that looks great. Theyre fun because theyre versatile! Make a travel-themed album that covers one great vacation, or split it up into lots of smaller trips. Or keep a different book for each member of your family, each holiday or each year. Mini albums also make sweet personalized gifts. Try creating a Holiday Traditions or Family Recipes album for your children, or a book that documents your friendship with your best friend to give to her on her next birthday!

I cant get enough of the albums and the coordinating paper and cardstock packs. There are currently 9 different themes to choose from like Christmas, Birthday, Vacation and Wedding, so youre sure to have the right supplies no matter what the occasion. Each theme is also versatilethe paper packs and cardstock contain every color you might want to use to decorate an album page, not just the obvious (yes, the Christmas papers and cardstock do contain red and green color schemes, but also shades of tan and soft blues and purples!).

The paper packs are wonderful! Each set includes 38 sheets of patterned and solid papers plus tons of artwork and alphabet tiles, each sized perfectly for the 8x8 format (which makes them great for cards and sarabinders too!). The cardstock packs are all made to coordinate with the colors in the paper packs and are perfect for photo and journaling mats, or use them as background papers on their own. The front of the albums are fun to personalize with album accents and other embellishments, and theyre post bound so you can continue to add more pages as needed.

My current obsession is the set of Friendship-themed mini album supplies. All of the colors and patterns are so fresh and fun to use. I recently created an album for my best friend for her 40th birthday and, even though I didnt have a lot of time to spend on the album, it came together so easily. I was so pleased with how it turned out and my friend absolutely loved it and was so touched by the time and personal thought that went into itso touched it even made her cry!