Today we have a treat to help celebrate Earth Day. Emily from Authentique Paper has created a how-to on using toilet paper rolls and creating a beautiful mini album.

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We are all looking for a new way to create a mini album, now you will know how to make your own album out of recycled toilet paper rolls. A few people have even asked  “where’s the toilet paper rolls?” That’s why these make such great gifts… no one will ever know what they are made of and when they find out, they will be surprised

Here’s the little album created with  Authentique’s “Glowing” line.

 

 

Here’s a little step by step on how you can make one for yourself (start saving those tp rolls now, these can be addicting to make.)

First, gather up some supplies. I find that for these, 6×6 is the best to use since the patterns are smaller. You will need at least 4 empty toilet paper rolls, acrylic paint (if you want to paint yours), paint brushes or sponges, embellishments, ribbons, binding rings, and some coordinating cardstock.

Now take your toilet paper rolls and make them flat. You can use your hands, but I find it easier to use a bone folder to crease the edges. Once you’ve done that, you can paint your rolls.

Cut at least 12 pieces of patterned paper, mine are 3.75 x 2 inches, but you might want to measure your rolls first, sometimes they are different in size. For the mats I cut them at 4 x 2.25 inches. After they were cut, I inked the edges of my patterned paper.

Glue your patterned paper to your cardstock mats.

This step is optional, but I like to stitch the ends of my toilet paper rolls once they are dry, just so the little inserts have a little stopper when you stick them in the sides.

Punch 2 holes and add 2 little binding rings.

Add ribbons to your binding rings and then glue down your mats to the album base. Also, use the 4 extras to stick into the little side pockets for hidden photos our journaling.

Now for the fun part… time to embellish!!! If you have any of the matching Authentique Excerpts or Notables, these are great to add throughout the album!

And that’s it! Simple, right?

 

Here are some other samples of toilet paper roll albums that I’ve made with other Authentique papers. The possibilities are endless with these.