Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Tutorial: Mini Accordion Album

Make a beautiful mini accordion album with this tutorial from Holly. These would make beautiful gifts, or have them laid on your coffee table for people to look through when they visit.

Crafter's Companion Supplies:

Other Supplies: Binder clips (optional) Assorted items for decorating

Chipboard – 2 pieces cut 7” x 5” (album cover and back Patterned paper – 4 pieces cut 7” x 5” (front, back and inside covers)

Cardstock – 2 pieces cut 7” x 4 1/2” (to contain accordion front and back)
Cardstock – 1 piece cut 5” x 4 1/2” (accordion piece)
Cardstock – 10 pieces cut 6 1/4” x 4 1/4” (inside photo mounts)
Cardstock – 1 piece cut 12” x 1 1/2” (belly band)


Step 1: Adhere patterned paper to front and back for album (do not cover inside of chipboard yet!) Set aside to dry. It's best to sandwich the pieces together with clips so that they do not warp.

Step 2: Score the 2 pieces of cardstock measuring 7” x 4 1/2” at 1/2” along the 7” side. Set aside.

Step 3: Score the 5” x 4 1/2” piece every 1/2” along the 5” side. Take the two 7” x 4 1/2” pieces and lay flat with the scored ends toward each other. Bend the scored ends up. Apply adhesive to the inside of the score.

With the 5” x 4 1/2” piece positioned with the scored ends down, adhere to the two pieces, sandwiching the accordion piece between. Clamp the accordion piece together and let dry.

Step 4: Adhere photos to photo mounts (or mats). Set aside to dry.

Step 5: Lay front and back chipboard pieces unfinished side up and end to end. Adhere the accordion sandwich to them by butting the edge to the edge of the chipboard. Repeat on the other side.

Step 6: Finish the inside covers of the chipboard with patterned paper, covering the accordion flaps.

Step 7: Begin adhering pictures to the accordion. Place one picture on either side of each “mountain” fold. You will get 10 pictures into the slots. Photos that are back to back can be adhered together by placing a small amount of adhesive inside the top where they meet. This keeps them from curling.

Step 8:  Create a belly band using the 12” x 1 1/2” piece. Score the piece at 3”, 3 5/8”, 8 5/8” and 9 1/4”. Adhere at the overlap and decorate as you like. 

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