To create this SimplyG45 mini album, you will need an 8x8 Graphic 45 paper pad, 2 each 12x12 Medium Weight Chipboard, 8-10 sheets of black 12x12 Cardstock, Adhesive and other items on the supply list.
To wrap and assemble the cover of your album, seam together with scor-tape two pieces of 12x12 black cardstock.
Cut 2 pieces 8" x 8" and 1 piece 3" x 8" from chipboard; remove tape backing on the cardstock seamed together. Use adhesive to attach chipboard pieces to cardstock as shown. Use 1/4" tape as spacer
Trim the cardstock around the chipboard on all 4 sides to leave about 3/4" - 1" extending past the chipboard cover set.
Remove the tape backing from the 1/4" tape spacers.
Gently fold up the excess cardstock on all four sides, burnish up against the edge of the chipboard.
Miter cut out a square on all four corners of the cardstock as shown in this closeup photo.
Working on one long side first, apply adhesive to the cardstock, fold up and attach to the chipboard. Repeat other long side and then both short sides. Gently burnish in the fold of the spacers.
Once attached, your corners should look like this.
The album cover has been wrapped and assembled.
Select two matching 8x8 papers for the front and back cover of the album. When using an 8x8 G45 paper pad, carefully tear out the paper and trim off the manufacturer strip to have an 8"x8" sheet.
Lay your album cover flat with the folded edges facing down and use adhesive to attach the patterned paper to the front and back as shown.
Once attached your cover should look like this on the front and the back.
Select two 8x8 sheets for the inside front & back of the cover.
Use adhesive to attach these two patterned sheets to the inside of the album as shown.
From patterned paper, cut 1 piece 6" wide x 8" tall. Center and attach over the spine area inside of the album over the cover fold lines & onto the other papers. Gently burnish the cover fold lines.
Once you have burnished the fold lines, your album cover should look like this on the inside.
Cut 1 each 5 1/2" wide x 8" tall from patterned paper. Lay the album cover flat and adhere to the outside spine area as shown. Once attached, gently fold up your album cover.
You may need to GENTLY rock the cover back and forth along the fold lines of the spine until it folds flat like this. Gently burnish inside the fold lines if needed.
You will need to create a hinge for your album. You can use stack the deck or a hidden hinge. Create it from 1 piece of 8x8 patterned paper. You will need 5 hinges as shown. See next step.
To create a hidden hinge for 5 pages like mine, score one 8"x8" piece of patterned paper at 1", 1.5", 2", 2.25", 2.75" 3.25", 3.5", 4", 4.5" 4.75", 5.25", 5.75", 6", 6.5" and 7". Burnish the lines...
You have 10 each 1/2" spaces. On the back side, adhere two joining 1/2" spaces together so you have 5 sections glued together. These are the hinges....
You now have a 1"space, hinge, 1/4" space, hinge, 1/4" space, hinge, 1/4" space, hinge, 1/4" space, hinge, and 1" space. Apply adhesive to the entire back side of the hinge piece....
Adhere the hinge piece into the spine area inside of the album so that the cut edge does not go over the fold section of the cover. The hinges should all be within the spine area.
Select 10 pieces of patterned paper from the 8x8 pad. Trim off the manufacturer strip from each sheet. Each sheet should be 8x8. These will be your album pages.
Apply glue to the front side of the first hinge.
Attach one sheet of the 8x8 patterned paper on to the hinge you've added glue to. Make sure it is lined up straight and keep it about 1/16" off from the bottom edge of the hinge.
Take a second sheet of 8x8 patterned paper. Apply a line of glue along the top & bottom edge. Also add glue to the back of the first hinge and attach this sheet to the back of the first sheet.
Make sure you line up the second sheet to the first sheet. Once attached, you will have a full page pocket on the end of the page. Repeat this step for the remaining four hinges in the album.
Add a small brad to the bottom of the door plate and add the knob. Use a strong glue to attach it to the front cover on the right side of your album as shown. Set aside to dry.
On the left edge of the back cover, set an eyelet centered and about 1/4" from the edge as shown in this photo.
Use a small black pony tail hair band to create a closure for your album.
Thread one end of the band through the eyelet and then loop it though the bigger loop and pull tightly to secure it into the eyelet.
Wrap the larger loop around to the front and hook it over the door knob.
On the open end of your pages and on the front side only, use a tab punch or half of a 1" circle punch to create thumb tabs as shown.
From 12x12 Black Cardstock, cut 5 large photo mats 7.25" x 7.25" and insert one into each page pocket.
Cut a piece of patterned paper 2.75" wide x 8"tall and adhere to the spine on the outside of the album.
Wrap lace, ribbon and twine around the inside of the front cover and tie into a bow on the outside as shown.
Arrange and glue assorted flowers to your cover, add in vintage buttons if desired. Fussy cut out different elements from the patterned paper such as a large fairy, small fairy, flowers and stamps.
Cut out a verse or saying from the paper, glue a piece of chipboard underneath to give it a bit of lift. Glue the large fairy to the cover and glue a chipboard frame over the fairy.
To finish the album pages, glue three sides of some of the ephemera cards to create pockets. Tuck in photo mats and extra cards.
Glue chipboard pieces halfway on the edge of a page and tuck in photo mats. Create a belly band out of scrap paper and glue to the page at the top and bottom, Tuck in extra cards and photo mats.
Cut scraps or extra sheets of patterned paper into 8" lengths to create pockets across the bottom of a couple of the pages. Tuck in extra cards and photo mats.
Glue photo mats to a page and accent with a chipboard tag. Partially glue a post card on another page and tuck a photo mat underneath.
Keep adding chipboard tags and gluing extra cards to create pockets. You can even add a pocket to the inside back cover if desired.
If desired, add a bit of glitter to your elements and fussy cut pieces by brushing them with a clear glitter pen.
You can easily create this album in an hour with no distractions or in an afternoon with several interruptions. Ha, ha.
Thank you so much for following along with my tutorial. I hope I've inspired you to create one or more of these albums. They make great gifts.
The instructions could also be used to create a mini album with a 6x6 paper pad. Just adjust all your measurements accordingly.
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Between these two pages I wrapped a piece of ribbon and tied it into a knot on the inside of the album. I used an envelope on the left from the Tags & Envelopes pack to create a tuck spot.
Again, Thank You and Happy Crafting! ~ Sandy
- G45 Fiarie Dust 8x8 Paper Pad
- G45 Fairie Dust Chipboard Set
- G45 Fairie Dust Ephemera & Journaling Cards Set
- G45 Fairie Dust Sticker Sheet
- G45 Fairie Dust Tags & Pockets
- G45 Metal Door Plate & Knob
- 2 each 12x12 Chipboard, Medium Weight
- 8 - 10 sheets 12x12 Black Cardstock
- 1 each Small Ponytail Hair Elastic, Black
- 1 each Metal Eyelet
- Vintage Buttons (Optional)
- Assorted Silk Flowers
- Decorative Corner Punch and Regular Corner Rounder
- Eyelet Setter & Hole Punch
- Scor-Tape 3/8" or 1/2" and 1/4"
- Glue or favorite adhesives
- 1 inch circle punch or tab punch
- Clear Glitter Brush Pen