Thursday, January 6, 2011

Lowri - Mini Album Tutorial

Hi Everyone

I did a mini-album tutorial on my blog today and I thought I would come and share it here too!  I am sure heaps of you will have seen this before online and I did show it at the Artfull Crafts opening in December - but here is my take on it!

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Mini Album Tutorial
  1. Take a piece of 12”x12” paper
  2. Trim off four inches from one side, leaving 1 piece 12”x8” and 1 piece 12”x4”
  3. Take the 12”x8” piece and fold in half lengthways and widthways
  4. Fold up the two shorter sides to meet in the middle, making 8 segments all 3”x4”
  5. Using a sharp knife – make a cut as shown through the paper
  6. Fold the paper at the remaining intact fold and using the folds as a guide create a book!
  7. Glue pages together as shown at a, b and c to create 3 pages of double thickness paper and 2 covers of single thickness
  8. Take your remaining 12x4” piece and glue to one side of the book
  9. Turn book over and crease at the spine of the book firmly before gluing the other side of the cover. This will ensure a neat finish and mean there is enough paper over the spine to allow the book to open freely
  10. Trim off the excess paper from the cover with a sharp knife
  11. Your book is complete and ready to decorate
  12. IDEAS – you can round the corners, or before gluing the centre pages together, cut out a shape using a die cutting machine or punch and place acetate between the pages for a window.
Whenever I try a project like this for the first time, I use scrap paper so I can mark up right sides, wrong sides, measurements etc. I can play around with it and experiment without ruining any really nice paper!

Here is one I did last year with the wonderful Hippy Girl Collection and one with Cosmo Cricket's Earth Love collection

Liz is away on her fabulous holiday still, so if you have a go at making one of these - take a pic and email it to and we will feature it on the blog! Make sure to include your blog address if you have one so we can share that too!

Happy crafting - Lowri :-)


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  2. Great Lowri! I love this album and I needed a reminder of how to do it! Thanks also for offering to post others contributions while I sun myself up in Nelson! :-) Liz

  3. Lowri, love your mini albums you create! How cool with the tutorial too :)