DIY a Mini Selfie Scrapbook with Paint Chips

Hello amazing Messians! Kristin here (sometimes better known as rukristin: Feminist Scrapbooker around the web) and today I’m going to teach you how to make my favorite type of mini scrapbook album. By combining selfies and some paint chips/swatches (from the hardware store) we are going to create a quick and simple DIY Mini Selfie Scrapbook.

I am a huge fan of selfies, The act of taking it gives you a great way to document who you are at a specific moment in time, and in a specific place. A quick snap of the camera can tell so much of a story. I take weekly selfies as part of my Thursday3 Selfie Challenge, and so I always have extra selfies around to make awesome mini scrapbooks with.

This DIY mini scrapbook could not be simpler. All you need is a few photos, some big paint chips (or your favorite papers), a hole punch, two binder rings, and your favorite adhesive. I literally have made hundreds of these albums and I cannot wait to show you how to make your own. I think you’ll get just as addicted. A selfie mini album is a window into who, where and why you were, a shortcut to valuing and telling your authentic stories.

So, if you know me, you’ll know that I love selfies as an expression of feminist empowerment. If you don’t know me, Hi! I’m rukristin, and I love selfies as a message of feminist empowerment. I think that by taking control of your image and the pictures that you take of yourself that you can tell the most amazing stories of your life.

By using selfies, and the memories of place and time they conjure up, you can even limit the amount of journaling that you insert. Not all of your stories need to be told through explicit journaling. Sometimes it can be fun to just make tiny scrapbooks filled with pictures, paper, and embellishments — that can be story enough.

If any of this sounds intimidating, that’s OK! Maybe you’re not a selfie person right now. But I genuinely believe that selfies are one of the most powerful memory keeping tools you have. I talk and write about them a lot, but that’s because learning to tell your authentic, personal story is my whole thing. Selfies, and crucially those that you print/get printed, ensure that you have a tangible document of yourself.

Here’s a video with three DIY mini scrapbooks that I’ve created previously to give you a look at how simple, but powerful these books can be:

Grab your favorite papers, pick out some embellishments, and in a single art session, you’ve made a DIY scrapbook.

The following tutorial is for my favorite style of these DIY mini scrapbook albums: the two ring binder album.

My album is 4 inches by 4 inches and is made with paint chips from the hardware store. You can change the size of your album/inside pages if you need to. Everything in this album is the same size (so easy right).

Supplies

  • 2 1.5” binder rings
  • 2 4×4 pieces of chipboard
  • 2 4×4 sheets of paper for covers
  • 2 4×4 sheets of paper for inside covers
  • 5-8 4×4 photos
  • 5-8 paint chips (or patterned paper)

Tools 

  • Hole Punch
  • Tape Runner (or your favorite adhesive)

In the video below I’ll walk you through step-by-step as I create a two-ring binder album to share a few of my favorite selfies.

This type of DIY mini scrapbook album is so easy to replicate, you can use this format time and time again for whatever topics suit you!

Like I was saying earlier, one of the coolest things about these mini albums is that you don’t even need much in terms of words. The album itself is the story.

To complete this album, I added a few stickers and chipboard embellishments. The video below is a flip through of the final album with the embellished pages.

I kept my completed album pretty simple. I love taking a bunch of my Thursday3 photos and putting them in a quick album. But this can also be a great opportunity to decorate those pages with whatever feels right to you; minimalist, maximalist or anything in between.

Taking selfies is one of my favorite empowerment tools. I love printing out my weekly selfies and putting them into these DIY mini scrapbooks. They are a great way to feel super creative, tell a story, and make a tiny project that feels awesome. It is a super simple project to make, and a technique that you can repeat over and over again to make an entire DIY mini scrapbook album in under 30 minutes.

Action Steps

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Grab your favorite selfies and pick up some paint chips next time you’re at the hardware store (or start today with your favorite patterned papers) and you can make your own DIY mini scrapbook album.

Kristin Tweedale

Kristin is a feminist scrapbooker, writer, and podcaster living in East Lansing, Michigan. Originally from the NYC suburbs, you’ll often find her perfecting her pizza recipe, or checking on the heirloom tomatoes in the garden. You can listen to her every Monday morning on the Crafty Ass Female podcast, or let her drop into your inbox with her rukristin’s love notes newsletter with hot tips on being a badass creative soul.

10 Comments

  1. Alyssa Rothwell

    This looks like fun! It is very interesting how you talk about selfies and I honestly never thought of them as being empowering…I don’t think I’ll look at a selfie the same way again haha I really like this, thank you!

    Reply
    • Kristin

      Yay Alyssa! You are so welcome!! They are so empowering!! You get to take all the power back and keep and delete and filter and do anything you want with your image. I’m so glad that you enjoyed this <3 <3

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  2. Debbie Bamberger

    I just made one! Unfortunately I can’t post it because it is about a work situation that is sensitive. But thanks for the tutorial!

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  3. Julia Bethmann

    I can’t wait to try this Kristin!

    Reply
    • Kristin

      Julia! I can’t wait to see what you make with it <3

      Reply
  4. Vanessa Oliver-lloyd

    I love this Kristin! You could even match the colors to your mood or to the season. So simple and impactful.

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    • Kristin

      V! YESS!! Now you have me wanting to go back to the store and get some whites and greys and muted blues for a winter one!

      Reply
  5. Jacinta McAvoy

    Thanks Kristin. What a fun project. Love it’s adaptability for so many different themes.

    Reply

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