Saturday, June 23, 2012


I was experimenting a couple of weeks ago on how to make a quick little photo album and how I could make one using 1 piece of 8-1/2" x 11" card stock.  I had gotten a new 2" paper punch that made a circle with scalloped edges, and wanted to use it to cut little circle pictures out of some photos of a little trip my sister and I took.  Here's what I did:

Used only 1 piece of 8-1/2" x 11" card stock! 
Out of my one piece of card stock, I cut two 3" by 9" strips.  I scored each strip at 3" and 6" and then accordian-folded each.  I then glued the two strips together, end to end, so I had a long 3" x 15" strip with accordian folds.  Next, I stamped each square with my CTMH A1120 Quick Cards Butterfly stamp, using cocoa ink. I just love that stamp as it looks so vintage!  I also distressed the edges of the strips, and the folds, with my coca ink and a sponge.  Here's how the stamp looks:

You can see the little scalloped circle I cut out of the same card stock with my new punch. I distressed it and printed on it with black ink and adhered it using 3-D foam tape so it would stand up a little bit.

After I had stamped all of the edges of the long strip, I cut nine 2-1/2" by 2-1/2" squares using other SB papers. Unfortunately, these are not CTMH papers as I was just experimenting, but you get the idea. (I wish I had used CTMH papers!)  I also distressed the edges of each little paper square with my cocoa ink. I then glued the squares onto each section of the accordian folded strip.  Next I punched circle pictures out of some of the photos I had of our trip, trying to get close-ups if I could.  I think I printed my photos from my computer to be 3x5's for a good size to punch out.  You'll see on the finished product, that I did some of the stamping with my butterfly stamp OVER the 2-1/2" squares on some of them.  I then glued each little photo on top of the 2-1/2" x 2-1/2" squares.

Add a little bling! I added a little bling to some of the pages by gluing on a little crystal here and there.  To keep the little booklet closed, I made a little slider out of a piece of coordinating paper which was 3/4" by about 6-3/8" and glued it together at one end, after testing that it would slide off and on easily. On top of that, I glued a little embellishment (again not CTMH).   Here is the finished album:

Here's the slider I made with a little crystal in the middle.
Voila! Finished album!  I just love it!

Have fun and hope you can make a little album of your own.  CTMH does have a similar little accordian album already made if you don't want to make your own.  It's My Creations Memory Showcase, Z1195 on pg. 131 of the S/S 2012 Idea Book. 


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