Mini-Album Tutorial

This is a tutorial which helps to explain how I put my cardstock mini albums together. I will first do the tutorial and include some photos of the mini albums made using this technique. All the cardstock used is from DCW or Die Cut with a View. So bear in mind that you need this sort of thickness to make the mini-album robust and of course good quality designer paper to set it off. 

Tutorial on how I put this mini-album together
Take a 12 inch by 12 inch piece of cardstock and measure as indicated.
Score along these lines
Cut as indicated
Make sure that you overshoot
Fold cardstock into half with the cut side facing up
Now fold again on the next score line as indicated. The flap with the cut side sits on top of the folded side.
Time to glue the sides to make the signitures. It will be obvious where to glue.
The clean face of each signiture.
Each signiture has a flap with opportunities for pockets in the right side. It will be able accomodate big tags for 4×6 inch photos.
Score a 6 inch by 12 inch cardstock at 1/2 inch, 1/2 inch, 1/4 inch intervals as indicated. The number of signitures will indicate how many score lines you need to make. Leave space on both sides for attachment to the mini-album.
Glue along each 1/2 inch by 1/2 inch area to form peaks like these. This is made to accomodate 3 signitures.
Of course you could also using spiral binding as another binding system.
The skeleton mini-album attached to the spine. I could have left a bigger margin of cardstock on either side for attachment to the covers. Recommend 2 inch on either side.
View of spine from the side.
Time to now consider adding the designer papers to the mini-album.
I chose the Timeless Memories collection by Prima Marketing.
Signitures taking shape after the designer paper has been added.
With the tag in place in the pocket.
The view from the top.
The view from the front and a robust mini-album taking shape.
Beautiful papers add a finishing touch to this cardstock mini-album.
Time for a coffee break and to reflect on how to add the covers and embellish the mini-album.
Front cover attached after break.
The mini-album completed.
A heritage mini-album.

I hope that you have found this tutorial useful. If you have questions, please ask. I do apologise that I have used different measurements i.e centimeters and inches in this tutorial. I do think in both these measurements. I am now working on another mini-album using a similar technique. It is versatile and you can tailor-make it to suit your needs or resources. I just discovered that as I ran out of kraft cardstock and I did not want to combine different coloured cardstock in the same mini-album. I will share my tip on how you can change the and vary this style and design soon.

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