By Lori Delp
This one page mini album is made from one piece of 8-1/2 by 11 inch paper.
This small treasure is made from one sheet of 8½" x 11" design scrapbook paper. With just a few folds and cuts you will create a sweet little photo journal that will hold enough photos and memories of that new grandbaby or that once-in-a-lifetime adventure, without boring your friends. Here is what you will need to get started.
To begin place your 8½" x 11" sheet of paper on your scoreboard (11" side on the left) and score at 2¾" and 5⅝". Quarter turn your paper (11" side is now on the top) and score at 1¾", 2", 4⅞", 5¼", 8" and also at 8¼".
The top of your book is the portion that has the first measurement, the 1¾" measurement - you will remove the two side sections - the 1¾" section will become the front flap of the album.
As pictured, cut out the thin sections on the left and right side of the center column.
Your paper will now look like this.
Next, cut three sections in half - the upper and lower left sections, and the middle right section. Do not throw these scraps away, you can make journaling cards with them. The half sections fold in to make pockets to tuck your journaling cards or additional small photographs into.
Cut sections "1", "6", and "7" in half.
I like to round my edges, but this a personal choice. I also like to ink my edges to give the project a vintage/aged look, again a personal choice.
Whether I am using plain cardstock or design scrapbook paper, I like to decorate the flaps with coordinating paper. Except for the piece under the front flap, I cut all the pieces 2½" x 2½", you will need seven of these. If you rounded and inked your edges you will want to do the same to these pieces. I only round the corners of one side in order to match the flap of the album. You can see what I mean in the picture below.
When using plain cardstock you will need three additional pieces of 2½" x 2½" squares to decorate under the pockets. To create the pockets, just apply a little bead of glue to the outer edge of the sections cut in half and fold them in, holding them in place until the glue sets. Sometimes I cut a small half circle before gluing, this is up to you.
You will notice your mini album is starting to take shape and should look something like this.
Now flip the album over and attach the rest of the 2½" x 2½" squares - just make sure you apply them to the correct spaces.
By creasing and folding all the flaps in, and then folding from the bottom up you will be able to determine which space is under the front flap. For this space I cut a piece of coordinating paper 2¾"x 2¾". If you like more of a border, us another 2½" x 2½" piece.
Once you have folded your one page mini album you will notice the front flap needs to be secured. You can do this in a variety of ways. A small magnet or Velcro dot, in my opinion, is easy and works really well. I purchase my Velcro dots at Joann Fabrics. My favorite magnets are made by Basic Grey. They are a little harder to come by unless you purchase them online. For this project I used a Velcro dot - it may be difficult to see it in the picture, but it's there and as I said it is easy and works well.
Making small tags and/or journaling cards adds to the charm of this little album. My tags measure 1¾" x 3", 3¼" x 2½", and 2¾" x 2⅞". I have folded, them stamped, and added a button. In my opinion decorating your tags takes the album over the top. Have fun with this, you are only limited by your imagination!
You can also create a pocket on the back of the one page mini album, a cute an additional space to hold a tag, another photo, or both. To do this, measure out a coordinating piece of paper 1" x 2½", ink the edges if desired, then attach it by adding a bead of glue to the left, right, and bottom edges. Hold in place until the glue sets.
To finish the album, decorate the front flap. I added a button to mine, again, you are only limited to by your imagination. Adding stamped images or words to the inside pockets is also a nice touch. A random bow or charm also helps to the finish the project. Just remember it is a "mini" album, too much bulk may cause the album to not close properly, so just be mindful of the limitations.
Whether you fill this one page mini album with your own photos or give it as a gift for the recipient to fill, I'm sure you will agree that this One Page Mini Album is a one page wonder!