Halloween is only a couple weeks away so it's a great time to make those mini albums now to save the memories for any spooky fun festivities. I created this Halloween Trifold Mini Album using papers and stamps from Piece Craft Love (affiliate links used; thank you!--10% off coupon automatically appears in your cart when you shop with this link).
I loosely followed tutorials I have seen from Polly's Paper Studio on YouTube, modifying the measurements. This album is 4" x 4" x 1" wide. Use 110lb paper to assemble the "bones" of the album and then any weight paper can be layered atop to embellish the pockets and pages.
To assemble my album, you will need a front cover measuring 9" x 4", scoring along the 9" side at 4" and 5". The back cover is 8.75" x 4", scoring along the 8.75" side at 4" and 4.75" The front and back covers are glued together so that the 1" section is on the right of center and the 0.75" section is to the left of center. The very back of the album (center section when laying flat) will have two layers of paper glued together.
To add a flip page to the center panel, cut a piece of 110lb paper 8" x 4", scoring at 4" along the 8" side. Glue this down over the center section. Now the center section (also the back of the book) is 3 layers thick. Now you can mat and embellish your pages!
For all of my layers, I cut black mats 1/8" shorter. So, the 4"x4" sections had black mats cut 3 7/8" x 3 7/8", and two spine pieces measuring 7/8" x 3 7/8" and 5/8" x 3 7/8". The patterned papers where then cut 1/8" shorter than the black mats -- 3.75" x 3.75", 0.75" x 3.75", and 0.5" x 3.75". To create the waterfall panels on the inner right flip-out page, cut 110lb paper 2" x 2.25", scoring at 2" along the 2.25" side. That little flap will be tucked under and glued to the panel as seen above. To mat, cut black paper 1 7/8" x 1 7/8" and patterned paper 1.75" x 1.75" and be sure to cover both sides. I used a paper pad from Pebbles, that is no longer in the shop. But, the a couple of the individual pages are still in the shop singly.
I added a pocket to the inner front cover, cutting my black paper 2.5" tall x 4 7/8", scoring 0.5" from the edge of the two shorter sides and one of the longer sides. Trim the flaps and tuck them AROUND the back of your matted paper then adhere to the page. I filled the pocket with a tag, journaling card, extra photo mat and matted sentiment strips. I stamped, inked and cut the cards using images and sentiments from Stampers Anonymous + Tim Holtz. I paper pieced the pumpkin stamp and only glued along the bottom left corner to create a tuck spot on the right flip out page, seen above. The tag was printed from a digital collection from Gecko Galz.
Be sure to check out the Halloween Section at Piece Craft Love for lots of patterned papers that would be perfect for your own albums! Don't forget, make sure my discount code FROLICKINGFAIRY10 is applied to save you an additional 10% off your order (affiliate links). I will also record a video flip through of the album, explaining the assembly process. Feel free to ask any questions you may have and I will do my best to reply to all comments left here via email (so check those spam folders). xx
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