How to Make a Mini Book with a Sheet of Cardstock

Posted by Lori Williams
Learn how to create this mini album using one sheet of 12 x 12 card stock as your base.

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I love making mini little books that can be tucked down in your bag, ready to pull out and share those precious moments. This little book is one you make the base out of one 12 x 12 sheet of card stock and then the fun really begins, as you start to decorate. I'm using the Graphic 45 Safari Adventure paper collection for my mini book. I can't wait to fill it with notes and pictures from our trip to Disney World last fall. We stayed at Animal Kingdom Lodge, so the theme will be perfect. I can't wait to show you how to create one of these for yourself and you'll have you're own little brag book.

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  • Graphic 45 Safari Adventure Double-Sided Paper Pad 12" x 12" # BL370597
  • Graphic 45 Safari Adventure Ephemera Cards # BL370631
  • Graphic 45 Safari Adventure Chipboard Die-Cuts - Journaling # BL370614
  • Graphic 45 Double-Sided Paper Pad 8"X8" 24/Pkg-Safari Adventure, 12 Designs/2 Each # BL370596
  • Graphic 45 Safari Adventure - Stickers # GR4501374
  • WorldWin Kraft Cardstock 12"X12" 25/Pkg- BL163615
  • Core'dinations Value Pack 12" x 12" Cardstock - Black Cat Smooth # BL239462
  • Scor-Pal - Eighths Scoring Board #SC108
  • Fiskars Paper Trimmer Bypass 9" Card making # BLFSK9913
  • Fiskars Squeeze Punch Extra Large - Round 'n Round #
  • Acrylic Ruler-3"X18" # BL083128
  • C&C Aunt Lydia's Cotton Size 3 Baker's Twine - Black # BLCNC15912
  • X-Acto Knife #1 Precision With Refill #BLXTO3311
  • Petaloo Botanica Minis - Red # BL383640

Score your base card stock at 2 1/8". If you don't have the score board that has 1/8" measurements you can just adjust your paper and line it up to the 1/8" mark on the edge and then score at the 2 1/4". This is what I did, so either way works.

Next score at the 7 1/8" mark.

Turn your paper and score at the 3 3/4" line.

Then score again at the 4" mark.

Next score at the 8 " and the 8 1/4" mark. Now all of your scoring is done.

Using an X-acto tool cut out the fine lines of the score pieced as shown in the picture.

Cut one of the end top flaps off by 1/2" using a cutting tool.

On the middle flap, draw two straight lines creating a flat triangle and cut the flaps away with scissors.

Fold all of your score lines using the bone folder that came with your Scor-Board and make good creases on each of them.

Cut off the last top flap by 1/4"

On the bottom flap of the end, make a notch out of the middle top with a circle punch.

This shows you all of the different flaps and folds and their tops and notches. Cover each panel with black card stock. I always leave 1/8" -1/4" edge on my black card stock so the kraft paper will peek through and give a finished look.

Continue decorating each of the panels with the patterned paper. You can make pockets, fold out...get creative!!! Be sure to do both sides and also be sure to put the prints going the right direction for when it is all folded and closed up.

Here is a picture of the flap closed, see how the paper is all going in the right direction.

Cut a strip of decorative paper from the collection. Graphic 45 makes this really easy as all their collection will have boarders such as this. You'll want to be sure you use the 12 x 12 paper pad for this as you'll need the length.

Fold the strip around the album while it is closed and create a belly band to hold the mini book closed when not in use. When you wrap the band back around itself, just tack it with some strong glue and cut off any excess band. You can see the band complete in the second picture. It will slide on and off the card to close it.

Add a flower to the band for a finishing touch.

Here are some detailed pictures of the mini book completed. I've tried to capture all the different angles and openings so you can really see how the book works when finished. Have fun with this little project.