Here are the supplies you will need:
- two pieces of cardstock that measure 4" x 8"
- two pieces of chipboard or thin cardboard measuring 4" x 4"
- designer paper
- Some Odd Girl Stamps
- "red liner" style tape
First step is to take the two pieces of cardstock that measure 4" x 8" and score each piece at 4".
After scoring, you will notice that I've positioned my kraft cardstock with one score line facing up (mountain style) and the other with the score line facing down (valley style).
Add "red-liner" style tape to one side of the scored pieces of cardstock as you are going to overlap the two 4" x 8" pieces to create one continuous accordion folded mini-album.
You will have three panels on each side of the album. Because this is made with cardstock it will be a little "light" so the addition of the chipboard or thin cardboard cover and back really help to sturdy up the album. In order to hold the album together I have decided to use thick, grosgrain ribbon that is adhered between the back 'cover' and the back of the album. The ribbon then wraps equally around both sides of the album and ties on the front cover.
Once everything was secure and folding nicely, I set to decorating. I pulled out all of my Some Odd Girl stamps using bits and pieces of many sets pairing them with some fabulous 6x6 Authentique papers - Celebrate. I chose this paper pack specifically as this is a mini album for my 6 year old son.
On the cover I've used the bubbly, oval frame from the Sweet Thinkin' Mae set and the sentiment from the Lovey Tobie set.
For the second and third pages I've used Crushin' Gwen and Lovey Tobey sets to compliment the pages. I did end up keeping the pages simple and crisp as I will be adding photos. I didn't want to add 3-D embellishments as I wanted the book to fold nice and flush when it's closed.
I kept the back page, where the ribbon tie is secured, blank as I will be writing a note to my son in this space. In the other two spaces I've used the Nouveau Girls set - Grow and the adorable and sweet digital image Fluffy Love.
This entire project took me about an hour or so to pull together which affords the luxury of being able to make multiples rather quickly to have for so many different occasions, teacher gifts, hostess gifts, etc. It can be a mini-album - with or without photos, an elaborate card if you didn't want to add photos, a mini journal or an inspirational book. It's extremely malleable and adaptable for so many wonderful things!
I hope you have enjoyed my tutorial today! If you have any questions please don't hesitate to pop it into the comments section and I will be sure to write you back!