In My Studio is a new series highlighting projects I’m working on and will replace the Weekly Recap on Fridays.

We spent last week in northern Michigan, enjoying our third consecutive year renting the same house. It was a much-needed retreat for our family. After eleven months with a wee one in the house, I knew I wanted to keep my memory keeping for this trip super basic and totally doable.

In addition to my Polaroid 2×3 printer, I brought one of my 4×6 mini books, a roll of washi tape, a set of Thickers and some journaling stickers. If I knew there wouldn’t be scissors at my destination, I probably would have toted those along too. With just these items, I was able to complete the majority of my album while on the trip.

I collected memorabilia each day from each family member and then sat down in three sessions to work on the book. I wasn’t feeling well the last day, so the last session was here at home. By limiting my supplies, this mini book project came together so easily. It focuses on the photos and stories, but still has plenty of color and embellishment.

Here’s a video tour of the completed album:

Ready to make a mini? Check out our resource page on mini books.