Accordion Mini Album Tutorial (Echo Park)

Hi Everyone 

Today’s project is a Mini Album I created with the This and That Christmas Collection from Echo Park.  I have also included a step-by-step tutorial showing to create the album.

This Collection has such a variety of prints and embellishments, it is easy to put together small papercraft pieces such as this album. You can see the details of the construction below – but for the front I have used a few stickers and pieces from the Chipboard and Layered Chipboard packs, as well as threading a piece of elastic through the “Remember This Christmas Forever” piece to tie it all together – this slides easily over the top of the album.

This album is created from cardstock or paper and makes a great, economical alternative to buying one. The main face on each page is a 4” x 3” card, all cut from one piece of the Journaling Cards paper. You can see some more detailed shots below – but in most cases I simply added one extra sticker and left plenty of space for little photos, journaling etc.

Mini Album Tutorial

Note: you can add as many pages as you like to this album by repeating the technique described below. To make the number of pages in this album as shown – you will need to start with 5 pieces of paper. In order to have the album open as an accordion with the cover on an outer page – you will always need to use an odd number of pages.
  1. Cut 5 rectangles of paper measuring 7” x 4.5”
  2. Fold them all in half along the long edge, creating 2 pages measuring 3.5” x 4.5”
  3. Line the pages up as shown. Note – you are only going to see the pages facing you, so you can use blank cardstock for the reverse pieces to economize on paper
  4. Begin to glue all sides that touch – take your time and check after each time you glue that you have the album the right way up. I used a double sided adhesive tape runner.
  5. Glue all pieces to give you 3 folded album pages facing you
  6. Create 2 covers from chipboard measuring 5” x 4” and paint or ink the edges
  7. Glue your cover to the outside of the outermost page
  8. Repeat on the other side and your album is complete

You can adjust these measurements to create an album any size you like – just cut the covers approximately ½” longer and wider than your pages to create a border.

Using the journaling cards means that minimal extra decoration is needed.

Projects like this make great Christmas gifts and are of course adaptable year-round.

Please leave a comment or email me with any questions
Lowri :-)
I am linking this project up to these websites here.

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  • Reply Meghan December 18, 2012 at 10:50 PM

    This would be a perfect December Daily for those who don't want to go crazy with pictures and embellishments! Love it!

  • Reply lisa808 December 18, 2012 at 11:34 PM

    I love mini albums. Thanks for the tutorial.

  • Reply Jean December 19, 2012 at 12:20 AM

    Absolutely love this!! MIght have to use this style for my Christmas album!

  • Reply Angel December 19, 2012 at 4:54 AM

    Thanks for the tip. Love your projects!

  • Reply lutingobelin December 19, 2012 at 7:57 AM

    This is a perfect way to use printed papers without double sided design. I have some presents to make and this mini album will be a great idea ! Thank you Lowri. Wishing you happy holidays. xoxo

  • Reply Andrea December 19, 2012 at 2:23 PM

    love this project !

  • Reply Jodi S December 19, 2012 at 7:46 PM

    this is so great! Thanks for the wonderful tutorial- stopping by from clean and scentsible and newly following :)

  • Reply Jimjams December 19, 2012 at 11:45 PM

    Love this mini – super cute with a lovely tutorial – TFS

  • Reply Manu December 20, 2012 at 4:31 AM

    This is a gr8 tutorial…awesome.. just what I needed at this hour..
    but didnt get this point.. "you are only going to see the pages facing you, so you can use blank cardstock for the reverse pieces to economize on paper"
    could you please elaborate??


    • Reply Lowri December 20, 2012 at 4:43 AM

      Hi Manu – can you see on Step 3 there are 3 pieces of paper facing you and 2 holding the album together from the back (orange and pink. Tese 2 pieces at the back can be made from plain cardstock as you will not see them in the album – they just form the backing pages.
      Hope that helps – it is one of those projects you have to just try to understand how it works! You can mock it up using old magazine pages to get the construction right.

  • Reply Deborah Jennings December 28, 2012 at 6:11 PM

    I am thinking that this would be a great thing to make for our cruise in February. Thank you so very much for sharing this with us.

  • Reply Miss Kathy January 4, 2013 at 1:38 PM

    This is a great mini…very doable! Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply Elena Orlova May 30, 2013 at 5:06 AM

    Спасибо за потрясающий мастер класс! Все наглядно и понятно! Попробую обязательно сделать такой альбомчик

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