Never made a mini album before or looking for a simple but handmade gift that's a bit different? Then this folio with a base made from one full piece of A4 card may be just the thing!
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Fiskars SureCut A4 Paper Trimmer
Fiskars TripleTrack Cut and Score Blades 2 Pack
Circle Craft Punch 2 Inches
Tacky Glue 60ml
Round Up Corner Craft Punch 2.5cm
Pink Paislee Whimsical 12 x 12 Inches Paper Pad 36 Sheets
Pink Paislee Whimsical Enamel Dots 72 Pieces
Pink Paislee Butterfly Charms 6 Pack
Pink Paislee Whimsical Cardstock Stickers 87 Pieces
Pink Paislee Whimsical Stickers 256 Pieces
White Card A4 100 Pack
Assorted Embroidery Floss 8m 100 Pack
Start by cutting out and scoring your white card. You will need the following sizes –
a) One piece of A4 card – score at 2 inches, 2 ¼ inches, 7 ½ inches, 7 ¾ inches on the LONG side
b) 5 inches x 3 ½ inches. Score on the 5-inch side at ½ inch and at 4 ½ inches and on the 3 ½ inch side at ½ an inch
c) Take another piece of A4 card and cut across so you have two pieces at 4 ½ inches x 8 ¼ inch pieces (this is the width of an A4 sheet). Score at ½ and ¾ of an inch on both pieces.
d) Cut two pieces at 3 inches x 5 1/8 inches and score at ½ and ¾ inch on the 3-inch side on both pieces
e) Photo mats – I cut 1 x 4 ½ x 3 ¼ inches; 7 ½ x 3 ¼ inches; 3 ¼ x 4 ¾ inches; 2 ¼ x 3 ¼ inches; 4 ¾ x 7 inches which I scored at 3 ½ inches on the 7-inch side; 7 inches x 7 ¾ inches which I scored at 3 ½ inches on the 7-inch side.
Folding the papers on the score lines as shown and glue the four rounded edge pieces to the back middle of the book between the middle two score lines on the A4 piece (at 2 ¼ and 7 ½ inches), the two longer to the left and right and the two shorter top and bottom.
Take the 5 x 3 ½” piece and mitre the corners and fold the flaps backwards to form a pocket. Glue to the inside right-hand flap of your base folio.
Your base folio is now complete – time to decorate! To make the closure cut three lengths of embroidery thread – about 2 ½ feet of each colour should do. Tie them together with knots at regular intervals and towards one end include three of the butterfly charms. Glue underneath your backing paper as in the photo.
Why not cut your own Polaroid-style frames to enhance your layered embellishments? Use up scraps of blank card – quick and easy and very versatile!
Decorate the rest of the book – be as creative as you like!
I made two types, one folded like cards and one plain. Decorate with your photos and layered embellishment clusters as shown. I used my large 2” circle punch to make an aperture in the front of each of the folded mats.
Here are some suggestions for decoration.
The completed mini album
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