If you are looking for a quick and easy album to make in an afternoon, then this stack a page album is ideal. All you need is some cardstock, patterned paper and you will have this finished in no time at all!
Whilst you can use any papers, etc. to make this album, when I saw the Scrap Artist collection by Kimeric Kreations I knew it would be perfect:
Isn’t it gorgeous? There are so many different papers and embellishments in this. It is a joy to work with!
Other products/tools used
- 12″ x 12″ cardstock. I used Stampin’ Up! Core-dinations cardstock – I started with 3 sheets but only used 2½ sheets to make the album pages;
- Guillotine or paper trimmer for cutting the cardstock. You can always use a craft knife and ruler, or even scissors if you have no craft knife or other tool;
- Distress inks for the edges of the patterned papers and cardstock (this is optional);
- PVA glue, red sticky tape (the extra strong double sided tape) or similar;
- 3D foam pads/dimensionals for layering of elements;
- Bone folder for making sharp creases on the card stock although a ruler could be used as well;
- Ribbon and/or lace to fasten the album; and
- A printer and good quality paper and cardstock for printing out any digital papers and embellishments.
There are several variations of this album freely available on YouTube and Google, I found the measurements for this one on YouTube, but unfortunately cannot remember the artist.
I used two and a half sheets of cardstock, each sheet cut down to 6″ by 12″. It was then a case of scoring along the 12″ side as follows:
- Sheet 1 (cover): score at 4¼”, 5¼”, 9½ and 10½;
- Sheet 2: score at 3″, 7″ and 8″;
- Sheet 3: score at 4″, 4¾” and 8¾”;
- Sheet 4: score at 3½ “, 7½” and 8″; and
- Sheet 5: score at 4″, 4¼” and 8¼”
This is how sheet 1 (the cover) looked after scoring:
You can see the faint pencil measurements I made to keep track of each segment. After cutting and scoring the other four pages, this is how they looked:
Can you see the narrow margin to either the left or right of the middle of each page? I’m afraid they don’t show up too well in the photograph but hopefully you can make them out. These form the spine of the album and fit together as you can see below:
The cover page is at the bottom and then the pages are layered on top with the spines getting progressively smaller.
Each page basically folds inside the one underneath it.
I actually prefer to decorate each page before I stick the pages together. I find it easier to be able to twist and turn the pages as I am adhering the patterned papers. I like to have a slight border around the patterned papers, so I measured each part of each page to find out the sizes necessary and then reduced the length and breadth by ¼”. So, for example, there were several segments that measured 4″ by 6″ so I reduced these to 3¾” by 5¾”. Overall, I needed the following pieces of patterned paper:
- 4 x 5¾ – 4 pieces;
- 3¾ x 5¾ – 16 pieces;
- 3½ x 5¾ – 2 pieces;
- 3¼ x 5¾ – 2 pieces;
- 3 x 5¾ – 2 pieces;
- 2¾ x 5¾ – 2 pieces;
- 1¼ x 5¾ – 2 pieces;
- ¾ x 5¾ – 6 pieces;
- ½ x 5¾ – 2 pieces; and
- ¼ x 5¾ – 4 pieces.
42 pieces in total. However, you don’t actually have to decorate the inside parts of the spines as these get covered by the pages above and below. Only the outside spine and the inner spine on the top page need to be decorated but the above measurements include pieces for each spine.
I then cut out all the patterned pieces to fit the album and attached them to the album pages using paperclips to make sure I had the right numbers and sizes:
Next, I adhered each patterned piece in place using double sided tape and glue:
Remember the cover page (the bottom page)? Well that has a fairly narrow segment on the right hand page which wraps over the front of the album. In order to help the album stay closed, I used magnetic discs which I adhered to the cardstock before adhering the patterned paper on top………well, as you can see from the photograph below, I actually forgot to do this at first so ended up having to remove one piece of paper before inserting the magnetic disc!
This is how one of the pages looked before I put them together into the album, you can see the distress ink added to the edges and, as you can see below, part of the pages! I tend to get carried away using my distress inks and end up sponging everywhere including my fingers so end up with ink all over the place!
As well as printing out the patterned pages from the collection, I also printed out some of the elements (but printed these on heavyweight white cardstock, not paper) and then cut these out to decorate the album with.
I used red sticky tape (it is stronger than the ordinary sticky tape so is much better for holding pages together and this is the completed album:
Here is the back of the album:
Looking down at the album:
On this page, I actually adhered the right hand segment to the middle segment to make a folder and then used some of the left over cardstock to make a tag:
This is a beautiful kit and perfect for an album. I plan to make several more of these (they are rather addictive 😉 ) and I would love to see what you make if you have a go at this. Please do post your albums in the gallery – each album is different and there are so many different ways of decorating each one, they all turn out unique!
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