I love finding different uses for templates. After all, we spend good money on them so why not get as much use out of them as possible?!!! I also love making albums, so when I came across Kelleigh’s Seed Packet Card Template, I knew it would be ideal for converting into an album:
It makes a great card in itself, but just wait and see how it looks as an album!!! This project will be in two parts, with the actual making of the album pages here and then making the cover and decorating the album in part 2.
Other products used:
- Card stock or heavy weight paper. Probably over 200 gsm is best as it needs to be fairly solid to carry the weight of the tags and embellishments, but not too thick and heavy otherwise the finished album will be very bulky
- PVA glue or similar
- Bone folder (for making sharp creased on the card stock) although a ruler could be used as well
I started in Photoshop and increased the size of the template so it would fit an A4 sheet of cardstock. I didn’t measure it at all; I just made sure it would fit the card when printed. I then cut this out and used it for my base template. Using this, I cut out six blank seed packet cards. However, I did not, at this stage, fold them up or anything as I wanted to make the pages different.
This is the first page before I started tweaking:
All I did in the above photograph was fold the tabs in. Now I wanted to create a pocket on the left hand side so marked the tab at the half way mark and folded the middle section in half, making sure the tabs were on the inside, not the outside:
As you can see, the tabs extend past the folded up section:
So before I stuck it down, I trimmed each of the tabs on the left from the pencil mark to the outside edge of the card:
I then put glue on the tab to adhere the middle section:
This is the first page completed:
You can see the long tab on the left hand side has been left unchanged. I’ll be using these tabs to attach the album together but I will show you that later! Just make sure that if you make this album, you leave the long tabs alone.
Now for the second page, I actually altered the template slightly so instead of the tabs being on the top and bottom on the left hand side, they were in the middle:
It is very easy to do this as you just draw round the template as before, but instead of drawing around the top and bottom tabs on the left, move the template along the drawn image and draw the tabs in the centre section instead.
It is then a case of folding the tabs over and adhering the adjoining section to it:
The pocket flap is actually on the far right hand side, where the fold is in the middle (if that makes sense!).
For the third page, I cut the bottom and top tabs in half, folded the middle section in half and then adhered the half cut tabs to the middle section as shown below:
This time I put the tabs on the outside, but I’ll be covering the page with patterned paper later so the tabs will be hidden.
For the next page, I just put PVA glue along the edges of the end section as shown by the arrows here:
Then I just folded up the end section onto the middle one to make a pocket:
For the fifth page, I decided to create a drop down pocket. I added PVA glue to the bottom tag of one section:
And then I cut a piece of card stock the same width as the tab and about one and a half times the length of the page:
The bottom of the extra cardstock was then folded up to make another pocket:
I also made a small pocket from the top tab as well (and apologies for the upside down photo!):
This is the finished page:
I ended up making two of these pages with the drop down pocket so I had a total of six pages in all.
Well, that shows the basics of how the album was made. I’ll be back in two weeks to show you how I made the covers and decorated the album. Why don’t you have a go in the meantime, and post your photos in the gallery? I’d love to see what you come up with as this is such an easy template to use and you could create all sorts of different album pages!
Other Articles by Lynn:
- Simply Sunday - quick and easy bookmarks - February 26th, 2017
- Simply Sunday - 2017 desktop calendar - January 1st, 2017
- Simply Sunday: basic album - September 4th, 2016
- Listen to the Music album - August 7th, 2016
- Fun in the sun album - June 28th, 2016