Leanne | 4"x4" Mini Album...

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Hello Sassy Friends! Welcome to another step by step tutorial for creating fun, little mini albums! Today I am sharing a 4"x4" accordion binding mini, created using the new in store Fancy Pants Good Fellows collection.
If you are a conservative scrapper or on a budget, this type of mini album is perfect for using the 6x6 mini paper pad. The only other supplies needed are a piece of leftover cardstock and few embellishments - die cuts & puffy dot stickers. Even the kraft paper comes from the mini paper pad!

This week I will share the construction phase, while next week I will share the details inside the album.


step 1. Gather supplies and trim two (2) pieces of kraft patterned paper (from the mini paper pad) to 4x4. From the off cuts trim a 2x4 piece. Score a line along the 4" length off the 2x4 off cut at 1/2" on both sides. This piece is the reinforcing for the mini book binding.

step 2. Using a leftover piece of 10x3.5 cardstock (any colour is sufficient as it is hidden) score lines down the 4" length, at 1" intervals.

step 3. Trim ten (10) 4x4 squares from the paper pad. Save the excess 2x4 pieces.

step 4. Starting with the inner pages of the mini, adhere the 4x4 squares back to back, ensuring the peaks of the cardstock accordion are secured between each pair.

step 5. Leave the outside covers until last.

step 6. Adhere the front and back covers to the inner pages of the mini album. Using the scored binding reinforcement we prepared earlier, wrap around the outside covers and adhere.

step 7. Using the excess 2x4 mini paper pad patterned paper that we put aside, score a line down the 4" length middle of each.

step 8. Adhere each piece to the center fold of each page. This is not only decorative but also strengthens the mini album.

step 9. Front Cover: Trim a 3x3 paper piece from the mini paper pad, cut a shape from the middle and stitch around the outside edge.

step 10. Foam mount the 3x3 paper square and adhere to the front cover. Embellish with puffy dots and die cuts from the Good Fellows collection. I've added a small paper clip (Tim Holtz) to help keep the pages closed. Burnishing each score line well, will also prevent the mini from flipping open at this early stage. :)

designer note: I have also used the 4x4 cut apart piece from the Good Fellows So Strong 12x12 patterned paper as pages inside my album. This is only done to show an alternative option to the mini paper pad.

Thanks so much for visiting today. Don't forget to check out this awesome collection in the Sassy Store..x

Sassy Supplies:
Good Fellows 6x6 Paper Pad  Good Fellows Ephemera Die-Cuts Good Fellows Puffy Dot StickersGood Fellows So Strong Paper 12x12

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