Fancy making a quick and easy album? Well, maybe not so quick, but definitely fairly easy and relatively straightforward? Look no further than this album then as it is made with just two sheets of 12″ x 12″ cardstock plus patterned papers and embellishments from a digital kit (or even from your stash if you don’t want to go hybrid 🙂 ).
I actually started out by googling albums made with 12 x 12 paper on YouTube, and after watching a couple of videos, this is what I ended up with. I can’t give you a link to the videos I saw as I can’t actually find those now, but hopefully you will be able to follow this tutorial.
The first thing I did was select the kit and with the Digichick birthday celebrations this weekend, what better kit than the latest collaboration from the Digichick designers, Listen to the Music!
There are some amazing papers in this kit – just look at those music ones and I love the artisan style papers and graffiti!
To create a similar album, you will need:
- Two sheets of 12″x12″ cardstock;
- Extra cardstock to make tags;
- Paper to print out the papers and embellishments on. I used photographic paper but you could use a good quality paper;
- Glue/double sided tape and dimensionals/3D foam pads;
- Scoreboard or ruler and bone folder to score the cardstock;
- Craft knife, craft mat and metal ruler (or paper trimmer) plus sharp scissors for the fussy cutting; and
- Additional ribbons, lace, buttons, etc. for decoration.
The first thing to do is select and printout the papers and embellishments you want to use. I printed all mine on A4 photographic paper so ended up with either 4 or 2 different papers on each sheet and then had a couple of sheets of embellishments as well:
Then make the actual album. This is very simple as you just need two sheets of 12″x12″ cardstock. both sheets are scored at 6″ on one side, then rotated and scored at 4″ and 8″ on the other side. The first sheet has one of the panels cut out like this:
The second sheet is cut to the middle score line and I used a 1″ circle punch on the flap as you can see here:
This part of the cardstock is later adhered to the first sheet to make a pocket. The top and bottom parts on the right hand side of this second sheet are cut in by 2″ – I scored each one at the 2″ mark first and then just cut down to the score line. These then get folded over to make pockets to hold tags.
The main trick with this type of album is to really burnish your score lines so that the creases are really crisp and sharp. It makes it easier to fold and is much tidier. You can basically fold these pages together pretty much anyway you fancy (or anyway the card will let you fold 🙂 ). It is easier to have a practice before adhering the two sheets together as you get a feel for how the cardstock will fold together. It is really a case of folding the card up, over, down or across.
To put the album together, it is essential to adhere the two sheets first and this is done at the pocket. You see the part of the second sheet with the semi-circle cut out? Put glue on the bottom, left and right sides of this part of the cardstock and then adhere the first sheet to this:
You can see from the above that I adhered the “pocket” to part of the first sheet. I think in the video I saw, it was adhered to one of the middle panels, but I ended up using one of the other panels as it just folded together more neatly that way.
See what I mean about the glue? Wet glue is actually better to use, I think, since once it is dry, there is no chance of the tag getting stuck in the glue. With double sided tape, it is possible to get the tag in between the edges of the pocket.
Then fold the bottom third of the cardstock up and using the flaps on the right, create two pockets, one on the right and a small one facing the other way on the left (I hope this makes sense). This is a photo of what I mean:
Before I decorated the album, I added some ribbon to the outside:
Then it was a case of cutting the printed papers down to 3¾” x 5¾” and adhering them onto the album. I also added tag holders using the journal cards but just to warn you, photographic paper is kind of slippy/sticky to touch. I therefore adhered the journal cards to black cardstock to make them easier to handle. This had the added benefit of creating photo mats – one side journal card, the other side photo! I also used the journal cards as tag holders too – multi-tasking the journal cards ;).
And here is the completed album:
See the music notes on the black cardstock on the right hand side? The cardstock is actually an extra piece added to the cover page as when the album was completely folded up, the cover page didn’t actually cover the pages underneath….the extra cardstock ensured the cover reached over and around the pages. Fortunately, it all looks like it was created by design (after all, doesn’t everyone have a front cover a couple of inches wider than their back cover page?!!!!) rather than a design flaw. But then, as any good crafter knows, there is no such thing as a mistake, only another amazing opportunity to get creative 😉
The album flips over, under, in, out, and it is a puzzle to fit it all together! Just as you think you have reached the last page, you flip it over to discover another one! I love it and am definitely going to be making more of these 😉
So that you can see the album properly, I actually videoed it. Apologies in advance for the poor lighting, blurriness and colour quality in the video. I did film this in broad daylight, but you would never know it from the colours. The cardstock really is black and not a deep grey/washed out black, and the colours are not tinged with blue as they look in the video. They are bright and vibrant, honest……maybe I didn’t have the settings right on the camera or something, but the photos came out fine….. (sigh!) I’ll get this right one day!
Why not have a go at making one of these albums yourself? They are a joy to make and the finished album looks amazing (clearly modest is my middle name 😉 !!!!). Do please post a picture of your completed album in the gallery – we would all love to see your work!
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
- Fun in the sun album - June 28th, 2016
- Simply Sunday: Quick and easy gift box and cards - April 24th, 2016