The Ultimate Mini Scrapbook Tutorial!

A mini scrapbook is a quick and easy way to showcase a few special photos and mementos in a creative way, rather than just the standard brag book.

Mini scrapbooks make great gifts and can be made for most any occasion.  Although there are all sorts of mini scrapbooks, one of the most popular types is the accordion scrapbook.  This ultimate mini scrapbook tutorial will provide you with step by step instructions on how to create a very special mini album.

For this particular mini scrapbook tutorial, we will be creating a 3 in. x 4 in. album containing 10 layouts.

Supplies Needed For Your Mini Scrapbook Tutorial:

  • 1 12 x 12 sheet of cardstock (whatever color you choose)

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  • 1 package of message stickers or a 12 x 12 sheet of journal cards
  • 1 chipboard
  • cardstock and scrapbook paper scraps
  • 2 ft long piece of ribbon
  • photos
  • adhesive tape
  • liquid glue
  • paper cutter
  • scissors
  • shape punch
  • embellishments

Step 1.  Cut, Score and Fold Cardstock.

The first step in our mini scrapbook tutorial is to create accordion folded pages.

With the use of a paper cutter, cut your 12 x 12 sheet of cardstock into three equal strips.  Score and fold each strip into four equal sections.  Each section should measure 3 in. x 4 in.

Step 2.  Attach Folded Cardstock.

Use adhesive tape to attach the sections as follows.  After each strip has been folded, attach the first section of the second strip to the last section of the first strip, by overlapping the sections.

Attach the first section of the third strip to the last section of the second strip.  This will make one continuous accordion fold.  Please note that glue from a glue stick can dry over time and liquid glue can seep through the cardstock.  Thus, adhesive tape works best.

Step 3.  Design Front and Back Cover.

The next step of our mini scrapbook tutorial is to design the outside of the album.  Measure and cut the chipboard so that it forms a quarter inch border around the folded cardstock.  You will need to cut two pieces.  Using scrap cardstock or scrapbooking paper, design the front and back cover.  Keep the back cover simple by just adding a piece of cardstock or paper.  For the front cover, along with adding paper, give dimension to the cover, such as adding buttons, a metal charm or a die cut with the title of the album on it.

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Step 4.  Plan Layouts.

Now for the really fun part of our mini scrapbook tutorial, you’re ready to plan the layout for each of the ten sections.

Unfold the cardstock and decide where you want to place photos, message stickers, journal cards, embellishments and other small tokens.  Using a shape punch, you can create a special matting for a photo or you can use a piece of cardstock and make a miniature card out of it.  Punch the shape into the front of the card and place a message inside of the card.  With mini scrapbooks, it’s not necessary to add a background to each section.  Most likely your photos, message stickers and journal cards will fill up a section.

If you have a special token, such as a foreign coin or a charm, create a clear pocket for one of the sections and place the item in it.

This particular mini scrapbook is designed to use just one side of the cardstock.  The scrapbook will fold easier and not be as bulky.  Other mini scrapbooks are designed to use both sides of the cardstock.

Step 5.  Assemble the Mini Scrapbook.

The final step of our mini scrapbook tutorial is assembling the album.  Begin by centering your two foot piece of ribbon in the middle of the back cover.  Secure with adhesive tape or liquid glue.  Then tape the last section of the folded cardstock to the back cover.  Tape the first section of the cardstock to the front cover.   Wrap the ribbon around the album and tie it into a bow.

The accordion style mini scrapbook is just one of the many ways to create a small album.  Here are some other clever ideas:

  • Purchase a mini photo album (brag book) and scrapbook each page.
  • Cut cardstock into equal sizes (i.e. 4 x 4 squares) and attach the pages with ribbon or twine.
  • Purchase colored unlined index cards.  Make a front and back cover out of chipboard.  Assemble the album with metal rings.
  • Experiment with your accordion folds and create a fun design of your own.
  • Instead of making a cover, use a small tin box to house the pages.

The next time you have a few free minutes, put this mini scrapbook tutorial to use.  The beauty of creating a mini album is that it doesn’t take a lot of time and can be done in one setting or whenever you have a few minutes to work on it.  Whether you give the album as a gift, or keep it for yourself, your mini album will certainly be a cherished one!

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