Folded Paper Mini Albums (Tutorial)

Hi Everyone – A quick tutorial to share today to show how to make these folded paper mini albums.



Now I am not going to deny this technique IS a little heavy on the paper use – but if you haven’t had to buy a blank album – then I guess overall it’s no more expensive than any other technique!
I use it as a way to use up paper and odds and ends of collections so I don’t feel guilty! This size book with 8 pages uses the equivalent of 2 whole sheets of paper – which is still probably cheaper than buying an album and covering it in paper!
You could of course make the book from plain cardstock and cut patterned paper to cover each page, which would effectively use half the amount of patterned paper.

  1. Cut 8 pieces of paper  4” x  8”
  2. Fold all the pieces into half , with the side of paper you want showing on the INSIDE
  3. Glue pieces together back to back to create pages
  4. Ensure that the folds are always aligned
  5. When all piece are glued – round corners if desired
  6. Cut piece of paper 8.5” x 4” for cover – round corners on one side
  7. Score cover at 4” and 4¼ ” to create “spine” for book
  8. Glue cover to front of book – do not glue spine
  9. Glue cover to back of book
  10. Trim excess paper and round corners for back of book
I hope this has given you some inspiration to create your own books. It’s a project that comes together in an hour or so and the book pages feel really “solid” in terms of weight – and much easier to stuff in a purse (thinking Grandma brag book!!) than a chipboard or wooden album.
Would love to see what you come up with!
Lowri 🙂
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  • Reply Monika Wright October 15, 2011 at 3:21 AM

    Genius…you always amaze me, Lowri!

  • Reply Lori October 15, 2011 at 10:13 PM

    Love this, thanks for the inspiration and tutorial!!!!

  • Reply Julie Tucker-Wolek October 18, 2011 at 12:56 PM

    AMAZING!! Thanks for sharing how you make them! :):):):):):):):):):):)

  • Reply buglvr2010 October 18, 2011 at 1:28 PM

    This looks like something I could do! Thanks for sharing the tutorial.

  • Reply Jessica October 18, 2011 at 1:32 PM

    Pretty cool! I am definitely going to try this, I've never made my own mini album and this would be fun to try! TFS

  • Reply Screaming Sardine October 18, 2011 at 10:50 PM

    Lowri – how cute! Thanks for sharing how to make these. I've seen them around but never knew how to do them.

    Tracy Screaming Sardine

  • Reply Janet October 22, 2011 at 6:18 AM

    These are great, I love the papers you chose. Thanks for the tutorial. 🙂

  • Reply Robyn Rasmussen October 24, 2011 at 7:20 AM

    This is a darling way to create a book and I'm excited to make one for my husband as a 5 year anniversary gift and one for my sister who is moving to Italy. Much cuter than buying a card! Thanks for the idea and I'll be sure to give you credit with a link when I post the final project on my blog. 🙂
    So glad to have stopped by from Design Dazzle link up!
    -Robyn from http://tipsfromtheheart.blogspot.com
    Ps I would love for you to link up at my Follow me Friday's going on now on my blog.

  • Reply Susan October 29, 2011 at 9:32 PM

    I love this idea. I'm just wondering, what type of glue do you use? Modpodge or something else? Thanks!

    • Reply ScrappyHappy May 31, 2012 at 2:17 AM

      I use sticky runner tape for scrapbooking!

  • Reply Lowri October 29, 2011 at 9:38 PM

    Hi Susan – Thanks for your comment.

    I tend to use double sided adhesive tape or a solvent based glue to these albums.
    You could very easily use Mod-Podge or any other paper glue – I am sure the result would be the same.

    Regards, Lowri

  • Reply Susan October 31, 2011 at 5:34 PM

    Thank you! I'll give it a try!

  • Reply Katie May 11, 2012 at 10:54 PM

    Hey Lowri!!! Thank- You to the stars and back… this is such an easy DIY Scrapbook mini album!! I just made one for my mom for mother's day. I will take some pics and post it up on Pinterest. Anybody can find me by typing "Katelynn Daviduck" into the search bar on Pinterest, and look at the scrapbook board. My creations will be up there ASAP!!

  • Reply Andrea September 28, 2012 at 12:27 PM

    I love this ! thank you !!

  • Reply Penelope Sanchez October 29, 2016 at 8:20 AM

    Nice DIY. I should try this with my daughter who loves collecting photos.

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