Apple Orchard Memories

Many of our early fall traditions have come and gone this year, but I still have a lot of photos that I want to use to document my family’s memories. It’s Jill Cornell here with you today to share a mini album idea that highlights favorite photos of a fall tradition we love – picking apples at the orchard! My daughters love looking through tiny hand-held mini albums, so I created this “Apple of My Eye” tag mini album with them in mind. (All of the supplies and instructions to make this mini album can be found in the October 2012 issue of Crafts ‘n things.)

 I used a tag album by Maya Road and used the tags as a template to trace onto patterned papers (Farmhouse Collection by Crate Paper), then I either machine-stitched each tag before adhering or traced around the edge with a brown journaling pen.

The design inside the album is very simple. The photos were printed at 2”x3”. I covered the inside cover with a patterned paper that had lines for journaling.

 Each tag has minimal embellishments – a few stickers with sentiments and some chipboard frames, photo corners, etc.

Sometimes, I dressed up the chipboard elements, such as the rhinestones I used here.

And on the final pages, I even used a brad (where I removed the prongs) and a button threaded with twine.

To assemble the album, I hooked it together with the ball chain that was included with the album and tied some tulle at the top for a little texture.

Documenting family memories can be so easy, yet it can seem very overwhelming when looking through photos of an event. The key I try to remember is that I don’t have to use every photo but rather choose the highlights and go from there. For those with older children, they can also be involved in the process by selecting photos and journaling their memories of the event. Before the hustle of the holidays is upon us, take some time to document those fall family memories!

Jill Cornell from Blessed Scrapper (

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