I keep a close eye out for scrapbook paper sales at Michael's. As soon as I see that their 50-pack black 11 x 8.5 cardstocks are on sale for 4 for $10, I'm off to get about 12 packs! I use these for mini albums such as the one below.
The album is made out of 6 pages, plus 1 cardstock for each pocket page, for photo mats. Not bad, I only use about 15 sheets of cardstock including the ones I used for pockets and little booklets and tags. Of course, I could make about 3 half-sheet photo mats for each pocket and I think they will still fit.
For this album I used patterned paper by Colorbok which I bought at Walmart for $5.00 a stack. The first pocket serves as the front cover. Front cover is not decorated yet as I still don't know what this album will be all about.
The flap covering the inner front cover is a sheet of cardstock scored n the middle. half of it is in the pocket and the other half is what you see.
Below is what's under the flap. Small pockets with tags in them add interest to a page.
Not all pages have been decorated with anything. I really find it difficult to decorate a page without knowing which photos I will be adhering on them.
All patterned papers and journaling tags I used in this mini are leftovers from a previous project. Even the O'wires I used are leftovers which I just cut into pairs so I can make use of them.
The back cover is also a pocket page. Can't wait to get this mini decorated!