Let’s make a Photo Album from scratch, Part 1 – Live with Michele

Today on my ‘Live’ I have decided to make a photo album, from scratch. This will be a 3 part video which I will make over 3 weekly ‘Lives’.

Let’s get started…

There are a a few things to consider when designing and making an album from scratch.

  • What purpose is the album for…
    • are you creating for yourself or as a gift
    • Do you want it to have a theme
  • What size?
    • You can work this out by photo size (make sure you include Matting you may use with the photo)
    • Remember you can trim your photo’s down and use smaller printed photo’s.
  • Will it be a landscape, portrait or Square?
  • No of pages

What do we need to get started…

  • Chipboard- 2-3 mil thick, you don’t want to make it to thick because you need to cut it. But if it’s too thin then it wont stability.
  • Cardstock –
    • You will need at least half to a full pack of cardstock
    • You want to use cardstock that coordinates with the Designer Series Paper you are thinking of using. I like Basic Black or Night of Navy, because anything will go with it and I can change my mind if need be.
    • A4 or 12 x 12″ – This can depend on size of album cover and Page sizes
  • Adhesives
    • Tear’n’tape- I like Stampin’ Up! Tear’n’tape as it easy to use just make sure its a good quality (needs to have good adhesion)
    • Multi Purpose Glue
  • Paper Trimmer
  • Designer Series Paper, and coordinating products – stamps, dies, and embellishments – we will go more into this later.

Size and Measurements (I’m using for my Album)

These measurements maybe slightly different from video

  • Photo size = 4 x 6″ (10 x 15cm)
  • Mat size = 4¼ x 6¼” (10.5 x 15.5cm)
  • Page Size = 4½ x 6½” – Have decided to change with to 6½” to allow tabs on the tags in the page pocket to come past the page.
  • Finished Album Size = 5 x 7″
  • No Pages = 5

Cutting Measurements

  • Cover Front & Back – 5 x 7″ x 2
  • Spine – 3 x5″ – Spine width = ½” between each page hinge plus extra ½”=3″
Cardstock- Basic Black

I like to have 1″ turnings around sides, you need to have good turnings to get a nice finish. As the Album Cover complete is too long for the cardstock I needed to work out where the join are going to go. The join could go down the center of the spin or either side of the spine on the cover. I decided to have 2 joins either side of the spine, this will get covered by Designer Series Paper when I decorate.

Length of the cover is 17″ x 5″ wide.

  • Cover Front & Back – 7 x 7″
  • Spine 6 x 7″ – more than with required for the join coverage re: video
  • Hinge 4¼ x 11½” – score @ 2¼, 2¾, 3¼, 3¾, 4¼, 4¾, 5¼, 5¾, 6¼, 6¾, 7¼, 7¾, 8¼, 8¾, 9¼
  • Inside Cover 4 ½ x 6 ½”

The hinges for the pages are ½” deep and ½” apart…see the video for how this is created.

Please Note – I spaced the cover and spine the width of 2 pieces of chipboard, after looking closely at the bends the cardstock had cracked a little. If doing again I would space them a little more, just so you can get a better fold. I have added a very very small amount of glue with a toothpick. I hope by the time I decorate I can cover this up or so it’s less noticeable.

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Stampin’ Up! products used in today’s Project

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Product List
Basic Black A4 Card Stock
Tear & Tape Adhesive
Paper Trimmer

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