School Mini Albums for Busy Moms

Its Augusttime to sharpen pencils, shop for school supplies and prepare for the crisp autumn months ahead. Now is also the time for savvy retailers to stock up on back to school supplies for moms! Tis the season for school albumsand your customers who are busy moms will appreciate a little help selecting supplies and coordinating a book.

Take a cue from busy mom LeNae Gerig, who created an adorable themed bookand shares her advice with other scrappers.

By LeNae Gerig

LeNaes Tips for Busy Moms:

  • Make an album with just highlights of a period of years, or focus on each year individually.
  • Always work chronologically, that way you can really see your child grow and the progression of their work.
  • You dont have to have photos on each page, you can use notes from the teacher, report cards, awards and samples of your childs work. Scan, reduce the size and print on a color printer to fit an 8x8 album.


LeNaes Pages:
Page 1: Because the first page of the album is a single, use it as an intro page with photo and journaling about the first day of school. A cute cut-out along the edge of the photo adds a journaling spot; the silk flower gives style.

Pages 2&3: Start the school year off right with a coordinating spread featuring the class group shot and a single photo of the child. Striped paper acts as a background on the left side, with stripes continuing onto the right page for a totally coordinated look. LeNae added a simple border of textured blue and lime green cardstock with cut-out embellishments in the center and buttons on either end. The facing page features a vertical border made of alphabet tiles and a paper envelope cut-out.

Pages 4&5: Step into fall with a double-page spread celebrating the early days of autumn. A trip to the pumpkin patch is on one side; Thanksgiving is on the other. Coordinating leaf patterned papers create corner borders on each page; leaf brads add accents.

Page 6&7: Fun striped paper and patterned overlays make this double-page spread perfect for any occasion, but especially capturing special events like Grandparents Day and a childs special certificate of achievement. Turn the paper with the paper border at the bottom. Clear overlays are placed on top of the background paper, the matted photo is placed on top and decorated brads create a border on the bottom and side of the page.

Love LeNaes layout? Why not tie these ideas into a class or demo with the help of our Webisode? Let Paulette and Sara take you through the album, page by page, then play the Webisode at your next class or cropand have plenty of product in stock for inspired students. Check out our Webisodes by visiting here.