Paper Mini Album Tutorial – Perfect for Mother’s Day!

Hi Everyone

Mother’s Day is coming up soon and today I am sharing a tutorial for making a mini album that would be sure to brighten up anybody’s day. Maybe it’s your Mother, a friend who is a Mum or just someone you know who just needs a little boost – Mother’s Day is a GREAT excuse for breaking out the craft supplies!

This mini album looks perfect when presented in a vintage tin! A really economical project – this will only take a single sheet of paper plus a small strip for the cover.

Creating the book is a simple process but you need to be precise with your measuring and cutting.

Following the exact directions below will result in an album measuring 2″ x 2.5″ containing 11 double-sided pages but you can adjust the dimensions of the folds to yield an album of any size.

The starting size paper for this exact album is 10″ x 12″
  1. Score at 2″ intervals along the 12″ long side of the paper
  2. Rotate paper and score at 2.5″ intervals along the 10″ long side of the paper
  3. Fold at score marks to define the creases
  4. Make cuts as shown (details in diagram below)
  5. Begin to fold into pages, alternating pages of the book
  6. Continue folding each page until all are complete
  7. Leaving one page at each end, create album pages by gluing pages together
  8. Continue gluing until all pages are complete
  9. Cut a strip of paper 2.5″ wide
  10. Adhere one end of strip to front of book
  11. Wrap strip around book and glue onto back
  12. Your book is complete!
As with all projects like this – I suggest you practice on scrap paper a couple of times so you can mark lines, make notes and get a feel for how the book folds.

Detailed Cuts Diagram

I keep this little album in my bag – and the tin keeps it well protected from all the other junk that occupies the average mum’s bag (sticky stuff, pens with no lids, chocolate wrappers, half eaten apples etc!) I am sure you know someone who would love one too :-)

Please leave a comment with any questions
Lowri :-)

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  • Reply Jean April 13, 2013 at 12:23 PM

    This is gorgeous!!

  • Reply marylouh April 25, 2013 at 10:04 PM

    I think the twine you used on this book is like the twine you sent me at Christmas in a surprise package because of a comment I made on one of your contests. I want to find more of this twine but so far all I can find is baker's twine. I'm wanting to use it to make a tassel for a graduation cap gift card holder. I want a thicker twine. I've found twine cording but I'm not sure that would be the sam – might be too stiff? Naturally I pulled the tag off the skein you sent and discarded it before I realized I should have kept it so I'd know what I needed to get. Any help you can give me would be appreciated.
    I made two of the little albums last night and plan to teach that as one of my projects for Stampin' Night next week. They are really cute. Thanks for sharing the idea. txmlhl@yahoo.com

    • Reply LowriMcNabb April 26, 2013 at 9:43 AM

      Hi there – the twine I sent at Christmas was actually my own brand – it's really more of a string than a twine and Maya Road have twine cording which is a VERY similar (as in identical from the same factory!!) product :-)
      Should be widely available in the US – let me know if you need help tracking it down… Lowri

    • Reply marylouh April 28, 2013 at 7:52 PM

      thanks for the information. I looked at Maya Road – naturally they are sold out of the color I want. I found the MR on Amazon but not at the big stores (Archivers, Joann, etc). I went surfing and found a We R Memory Keepers twine I (think that's all of the name) and it looks a lot like the Maya Road. I've order some of that from Hobby Lobby. I hope it will get here by Thursday. take care.

    • Reply marylouh May 4, 2013 at 9:15 PM

      FYI I got the We R Memory Keepers twine but it wasn't as thick as what you sent me. It was a little bit thicker than the regular bakers twine though. I'll keep watch for the Maya Road twine. I wanted a black/white. The twine did get here on Thursday but I had already cut the twine you sent me. Bummer.
      Love the metal pieces that you had on your page the other day.

  • Reply Alejandra April 20, 2014 at 9:43 PM

    It´s very pretty!

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