As promised in yesterdays post, here are some step-by-step instructions so that you to can make your own albums.
To begin with I have cut down a piece of chipboard sheet (that was 30cm * 30cm) so that I had 2 pieces that were 15cm * 23cm and another piece that was 3cm * 15cm. Next you will need 2 pieces of A4 cardstock. I have scored both of these along a short and long side at 1". Next place your 15cm * 23cm chipboard piece on the cardstock, lining it up with the score lines. With a pencil mark where the chipboard edges are on the opposite sides. Score along these lines also. Make an additional score line on the short side that is 1/4" out from the last. Stick down the large chipboard pieces so that they are inside the scored lines of the cardstock. On one of the pieces of cardstock also stick down the small chipboard piece (aligning it with the score lines). Add tape (like in the below pictures), and your 2 pieces of album cover should look like these next pictures.
Next you will need to trim the cardstock off in line with the edge of the small chipboard piece. You will also need to trim the 2 corners off, but make sure to leave a little space between the edge and the cut line so as to cover the thickness of the chipboard. Tape has also been added to the spine piece of chipboard and cardstock (as in the next picture).
With the other piece you will need to cut the corners off in the same manner as before. You will also need to trim about 1cm from the other short side. Your piece should look like this.
Remove the tape from the short side of the chipboard and cardstock, and using a bone folder fold the cardstock over and stick it down. Now do the same for the long sides, but before you stick them down use your bone folder to tuck the corners in so that you have a neat finish. I have gently pushed my bone folder in between the two chipboard pieces to help them fold easily. Your first piece should now look like this.
Using the same process as before do the short side of the other piece. Now you will need to add some tape/glue to the other short side. Carefully line up your first piece with this piece and stick them together. Then continue to fold and stick down the long sides. Your cover should now resemble this.
Now it's time to start decorating your outside cover. For mine I started by using glue to stick some lace down.
I cut down a piece of matching material and used this on the back cover.
Another piece of the material was cut down to 11.5cm * 23cm and was stuck to a piece of the cardstock for additional support. A layer of chipboard was added underneath it (9.5cm * 20.5cm). This was then stuck to the front of the album cover.
Another two pieces of cardstock were cut down to 14.5cm * 25cm and scored at 23cm. These were then stuck to the inside of the album as seen in the next pictures.
To finish it off the rings and binding were added to the spine, and embellishments added to the front cover.
So what do you think? Think you might give it a go?
Until next time,
Thanks for joining me.