When I saw photos of Mary Kay's Standing Mini Album I asked her if she would be so kind as to do a tutorial for the Making Mini Scrapbooks website. Here is that tutorial:
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I made two albums, one holds 4x6 photos and the other holds 3x5. You can adjust your size and inside pages to fit your needs and just adjust hemp length and cardstock/paper.
Medium weight chipboard 12 x 12 sheets worked best. Our local stores do not carry this – so I ordered online at Amazon. If the chipboard is too “thin” the album will not stand properly.
Hemp - craft hemp, not thick twine (I used our Close to My Heart hemp.)
4 to 6 Buttons per album, – small to medium – large ones will not let the cover “stand”.
A heavy duty punch (I used my Crop-a-dile ).
Various embellishments to decorate your book
1 sheet 12x12 paper per album
1 to 2 sheets of coordinating cardstock –depending on the size you make your album.
TO CREATE THE LARGE STANDING MINI ALBUM:
Cut 2- 5X7 pieces of the CHIPBOARD; 1- 18” piece of hemp; 2 pieces of paper – 8-1/2 width by 6-1/2 long. 6 pieces 4-1/2 by 6/12 cardstock for inside covers and pages.
Once you have cut your papers, you will be covering your album, front and back. I mitered the corners so they were not too bulky when covering with the cardstock. Once this was covered, you will take two of the pieces of cardstock you have cut out and cover your inside front and back covers. This also gives you two more pages for your album.
Once you have completed this you will punch holes at 2-1/2” down on each
side of the front and each side of the back cover for the hemp to go
through. Make sure when punching your holes that you take them “in” far
enough so they will go through your “pages”. What I found worked
easiest was to punch one of the cardstock pages first, then used this as
my template for doing the rest. It was pretty easy to punch through
multiple pages of cardstock at once and then use one piece of the
cardstock on top of the covered chipboard as a template. This worked
really well and helped me line all the holes up properly.
Once you have this done you have two options - you can now put your pictures in your album, or you can assemble your album and add pictures after you see how it stands. What you will do is thread the hemp from the back of the album to the front, making sure it lies flat across the back, then thread through your cardstock pages and then thread through the “back” of the front cover so your hemp dangles down the front.
You will then add your buttons, this is where you have to play a bit
to see if you are happy with the way it stands once the buttons are
pulled tight. It is kind of a trial and error. What I did was add the
buttons, pulled them back a bit, then stood my cover up on top of the
first inside page. If I was happy with where it was, I went and tied a
small knot below the buttons and cut off any excess hemp. When you
close your standing mini album you just pull the hemp tight in the back
(it will dangle in the back at this point) but your book is closed.
TO CREATE THE SMALL STANDING MINI ALBUM:
Cut 2 4x6 PIECES CHIPBOARD FOR COVERS – 4X6;
2 pieces of B&T paper - 7-1/2(width of album) by 5/12 (for length of album)
6 pieces of 3-/12 by 5/12 cardstock for inside cover and pages of album.
16” piece of hemp.
Punch holes at 2 inch down each side for hemp to go through, then proceed as instructed above.