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How to Make a Mini Album From Scratch

Posted by Roxanne O'Brien

Want to share your memories in a themed mini album? Learn how to make your very own from scratch, with full directions from start to finish!

Today I have a handmade mini album that I'll explain the process on how to create the actual album itself out of just cardstock and adhesive. Then I'll take you inside the album to show you how I've created a simple book of our adventures in cherry picking.

SUPPLIES USED:

  • Inkssentials Kraft Cardstock, 8.5x11
  • Corner Rounder Large Punch 10mm
  • Core'Dinations Signature Series Graphic 45, Triumphant Red 12x12 Paper
  • American Crafts, Project Life, Confetti Edition 6x6 Paper Pad
  • Simple Stories 100 Days of Summer Fundamentals Cardstock Stickers
  • Maya Road, Transparencies, White
  • Scenic Route Grafton Labels Cardstock Stickers
  • Pebbles, Inc., 4x6 Journaling Cards, White
  • Pigma Micron Pen #03 .35mm-Black
  • American Crafts, JFK Letter Stickers
  • October Afternoon, Mini Market Letter Stickers, Peppermint
  • Basic Grey, Capture 6x6 Paper Pad
  • Scotch Advanced Tape Glider & Tape-Pink
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To create this album, I wanted to really make my own! When I need some inspiration, I hit Pinterest to see what I've pinned, and what will work for the project I have in mind/in front of me. I had seen this little album and altered the sizes to fit my photos in a better way. The photos are 2"x3" when trimmed down (see my previous blog posts on mini albums to see how I create those smaller sized photos), so this size worked better for me than the original instructions.

Your first step will be to choose 8 sheets of cardstock. You can certainly choose patterned paper or solid color paper and cover them later. I chose kraft, because, really, you cannot go wrong with kraft. Ever! I think it's an actual rule in papercrafting.

So choose your 8 sheets of cardstock and trim them down to 5" tall by 9" wide. After trimming down, you'll score in the center at 4-1/2" and fold them on the score, using a bone folder to get a nice flat fold. This will help you with the next step.

The next step after you've folded all your interior pages is to glue them together. It will start to look like an album! You will glue the back of your first page to the front of your second page and follow suit until you have glued all your pages together. Be sure to line them up the best you can as it will ensure a nice clean look at the end! Also, use a strong adhesive (I suggest a tape runner for ease of application) to be sure your pages do not come apart with handling in the future.

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This is what your pages will look like from the top once they're all glued together.

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Now it's time to make your cover. Again, you can choose a patterned cardstock sheet for the cover, but because I had an idea and photo in mind for the cover, I kept it simple. This entire album is simple!

Grab your cardstock and trim down to 5" tall by 9-1/2" wide. You will then score your sheet at 5" and 4-1/2". This will create a spine for your album. Fold on the scores and then you will want to apply adhesive to the inside of your cover. DO NOT apply glue to the spine of the book. Take your inside pages that you've glued together and start with one side of the book first. Line up the edges and smooth down to adhere the adhesive you've applied. Do the same for the back cover. It will make more sense once you actually do this process!

Trim any excess paper, if needed. I rounded the corners at the end. See the photo below to see what it looks like when it's all glued together. You've just created your own mini album with just paper and glue!

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I'll take you on a tour of the book from cover to cover. The back cover was just left plain, so there isn't a photo for that. Enjoy!

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