Sunday, April 3, 2011

One Sheet Mini Album - 11x17

Greetings Friends,

I pray you are all doing well this Sunday.  This blog will be a quick tutorial on how to make a Mini Scrapbook Album using one sheet of paper.  If you saw the video about this album on YouTube then these pictures and measurements might be a little clearer for you.  So let's get started.  The card stock for this album size comes in a variety of colors and can be found at your local office supply store or purchased online at  Including the shipping charge, this is best place for the best deal on this paper that I have found on the internet.

For this project you will need:
  ~An 11"x17" piece of card stock (at least one sheet to start; you can add more)
  ~1 pair of scissors or a paper cutter
  ~1 hole punch or binding method
  ~2 binding rings
  ~Strong adhesive
  ~Patterned paper and embellishments

Step one:
   With the card stock in front you horizontally, fold the card stock in half and then fold the half in half again on each side until your paper looks like an accordion.  Each block should measure 11" long x 4 1/4" high.


Step two:
   Cut the entire piece in half so that you end up with two pieces that measure L: 5 1/2" x H: 4 1/4".

Step Three:
   Using just one of the center rectangles, apply your favorite, strong, adhesive along one edge and along the peak fold.  I used 1/2" adhesive tape with the ATG but you can use 1/4" adhesive.  If you have the red, terrifically tacky tape that would work well too.  And then fold shut.  {Note: the size tape you use will determine how wide you can make your tags}.

Step Four:
   Along the sealed edge, from the center to the open end, cut a 1/2" gutter.  The gutter is where your binding will go in the next step.  Now cut along the fold line up to the cut that you just made. Your project should now look like this.

Step Five:
   Fold your flaps back down and cut your holes for binding.  Since I don't have a Bind-It-All I used a standard hole punch and some binder rings.

Step Six:
   Add your patterned paper/card stock, pictures, and embellishments.

   You can leave your album as is and use the top fold as a cover or add a piece of chipboard as a cover. The chipboard should measure 5 3/4"L x 4 1/2"H.  If you don't have chipboard, take two pieces of card stock and glue them together.  Once you add your patterned paper these pieces will be really thick like a piece of chipboard.  Don't forget to punch your holes. :D

Step Seven:
  Cut two pieces of card stock, patterned paper, or a combination of both that measures 5"L x 3 1/2"H. Glue the pieces together and this will become your tag.  Embellish your tag to fit your project.  You can use them for journaling spots or for more pictures.

Step Eight:
   Enjoy your mini album!!!  {To add more pages repeat steps 1-7}

I pray that you enjoyed this tutorial and that your crafting would be ever so much fun!  I would love to see what designs that you produce so feel free to email pictures to or post them to the Facebook Fan page: and I will be sure to share them with everyone.

Happy Scrapping! :D

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Pixichick said...

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Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for your tutorial! What a fun idea! Your project turned out great. Momo sent me, too. I am following you and can't wait to see what you create next!

Sandy O said...

Great tutorial. Thank you. I need to start scrapbooking. I am not new to paper crafts, but I find scrapbooking the hardest I have tried. I need to start with my kids baby picture and my daughters wedding (which was 3 1/2 years ago!) I am a bit behind, lol. This mini album will be perfect to get started.

I found you through Mom. She is the sweetest to start this for us. I have found so many great blogs I would have missed!