I found a very fun tutorial for making this great "Folding Photo Album." You can find the tutorial here at NiNi. Scrap 'Paradise. It's a French blog but hopefully your computer will translate it. I don't do metric very well so I did measure in inches and I will share my findings with you. You can actually make it as big or as small as you wish, it's up to you.
My album measures 5-1/8" x 5-1/8" x 3/4"
For the outside piece I a piece of Basic Black card stock 10-3/4" x 5-1/8". The first one I scored at 4", 4-3/4" and 10". The second piece I cut my card stock at 5-1/8" x 3-7/8" and I scored that one at 3/4"
For the inside piece I cut a 8-1/2" x 11" piece of card stock to 10-1/4" and I scored that piece at 5-1/8". I cut a second piece at 5-1/4" x 11". I scored that one at 5-1/8" and at 10".
To assemble my album I used liquid glue. When making albums like this I prefer to use glue because it dries VERY firm so my album actually has some substance to it when I hold it. It has the feeling of a hard "book board" cardboard.
I cut some Island Indigo for my layers. You will have to click on a photo to see that since the base of my album is Basic Black. I chose a "basic" color because I had lots of it and I though it would be easier to build off of it with my layering. I also chose the Watercolor Wonder decorative paper to decorate my album. You can layer and decorate as much as you would like. Personally I thought this was fun but a lot of time invested in it. More than I cared to spend on it, which means I probably won't be making another one anytime soon!
I added layered "frames" and on many of them I only glued 3 edges so it became a pocket for adding more photos or for journaling. I added stamped and punched flowers, tags, tabs and of course pockets. There were no real diagrams on how to do each page so I was on my own. I just kept adding different layouts for the pages and was REALLY glad when I had finished it. I had set it aside to dry but still needed to do the front. You can get some fun ideas using the pages posted on the link.
For the front I used the En 'Francais background stamp. I stamped off twice so I could get a softer image so it can be used as a background for a photo or words. I also added a stamped and punched flower to the front.
The album stays closed by some button magnets. I hid them behind a couple of flowers. You can see one of the flowers on the second photo, on the right inside the album. See the little flower? Behind that is a magnet. And on the bottom photo, on the left side you can see a yellow flower. The magnet is hidden behind that. These are very strong magnets and the still "stick" between all that card stock.
Be patient, these take a lot of time to make! I made this for a friend and I'm sure she will find a use for it!
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