Today’s How To-sday comes to you from Winter Design Team member Cristine Redmond! This is a super cute mini album, and so easy to make! I loved making these at the ScrapbookSteals retreat last year – and they make a perfect gift too!

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Anyone else super intimidated by mini albums?  I definitely was until I went to the ScrapbookSteals Crop in October.  We created an easy mini album in one of our classes and I decided to make another one to show how truly easy it is to make a cute little album.
Here are the supplies you need:
- 2 pieces of cardboard, cut to 4.25″ x 6″
- one piece of 12×12 plain cardstock or patterned paper
- one ribbon, about 24″ long
- other patterned papers and embellishments

Step 1. Take your 12×12 piece of cardstock or patterned paper and cut it in half.

Step 2. Using a score board or bone folder, make creases ever 3 7/8″ on both halves.  This will give you three big sections and one 1/8″ section.

DIY tutorial to make a handmade mini album

Step 3. Cut four pieces of patterned paper to 4.25″ x 6″.

DIY tutorial to make a handmade mini album

Step 4.Cut the ribbon in half and adhere on one of the cardboard pieces as shown below:

DIY tutorial to make a handmade mini album

Step 5. Once the ribbon is glued down, cover with one of the trimmed patterned papers as shown below:

DIY tutorial to make a handmade mini album

Step 6. Cover the remaining sides of cardboard with the rest of the trimmed patterned paper pieces.  Take the scored cardstock and adhere so that there are six of the 3 7/8″ sides showing.  (Overlap the 1/8″ flap over the other 1/8″ flap to do so.)

DIY tutorial to make a handmade mini album

Step 7. Put adhesive on the back of one of the edges and adhere to the backside of one of the covered cardboard pieces.  (Note:  The cardboard piece with the ribbon attached will be the backside of the album, so this step needs to use the ribbon-less piece.)

Step 8. Do the same as above, attaching the other side of the cardstock accordion to the cardboard with ribbon.

Now you’re all set to decorate your mini album to your heart’s desire!  This is a picture of my completed album, completely opened up:

DIY tutorial to make a handmade mini album

And here are the close-ups:

I hope you find this album to be as easy as I did!  Thanks for stopping by today!

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Cristine, thank you so much for sharing with us today! That was such a great class at the retreat – thank you for sharing it with everyone who couldn’t make it. Just have to say, gorgeous photos and paper collection!

If you have an idea that you would like to share as a How To-sday tutorial, please send your photos and directions to ksharrock@steals.com.

Have a great day and be sure to stop by tomorrow for Mid Week Mojo sketch Jade #8!