Thursday, September 8, 2011

Fun Accordion Album

Happy Thursday, everyone!! Today is, once again, my day as a designer over at She's a Sassy Lady ! Her blog is full of great tutorials and inspiration so if you've never been there, do check it out! You'll be glad you did!!
Today I made a fun Accordion album!  I hope to do a video of this project in the future but for now I took plenty of pictures. I'm hoping that I can explain myself well enough so you can recreate this project for yourselves!  Here is the finished project, all tied up:

I started with a few basic supplies:

Here are the basic cuts that you need for this album:
2 - 4.5"x4.5" thin chipboard or posterboard squares
3 - 8"x8" kraft paper squares 
2- 6"x6" printed paper squares

Lay each chipboard square in the middle of a printed paper square. Make sure you pay attention to which side of the printed paper you want to show if you're using double-sided paper. Fold in the edges and glue with a strong adhesive.

Take the 3 kraft paper squares score them at 4", then rotate and score again at 4". Do one last score line from corner to corner to make the creases for folding this album up. This picture doesn't show the score lines real well but hopefully you can tell how to do this from the pic showing it folded.

Using Tags, Bags, Boxes and More, cut 6 of the pocket on page 113 using the blackout feature. I cut this pocket at 7.94"H and this was the perfect size for holding the journaling tags that came in this kit! By the way, I wanted to mention how much I like this collection kit from October Afternoon! It is called The Thrift Shop and it is full of great printed papers, card stock stickers and journaling tags! It made it really easy to embellish this little album!  

Now to attach the kraft panels to the cover. Adhere one panel to the back of one of the covers. 

Adhere another kraft panel by attaching it to the other solid square of the previous one. (This is where a video would really come in handy so I could show you exactly how to do this!)

Here is how it looks with 2 panels attached to the cover:

Here is how it should look after attaching your cover to the last kraft panel and adhering that to the other 2 kraft panels. Hopefully, you can see from this pic that to fold it up, you fold the two end panels up and the middle section down to allow it to close properly.

Here it is fully open and decorated with a few close-ups of the detail:

To add the ribbon closure just adhere a strip on the back side that is long enough to wrap around to the front, then put another pocket on over the ribbon.

All done and tied up! I love how this turned out! 

Thanks for stopping by today and please let me know if you have any questions about how this album goes together! I tried to be as clear as I could! Maybe I'll get that video done soon! :-)


Gramjak said...

These are such great instructions! I took a CKC class on this technique once, and the teacher got so confused herself that we were almost hysterical by the time the class was over. Love the Thrift Shop line, too, and hope to purchase it while at Scrapfest next week!

Thanks for sharing!

Sheila aka SassyLady said...

Jen this is just BEAUTIFUL. I love all the places for photos and journaling. What a treasure this will be when filled! Thanks for sharing your talent and this great tutorial with us today at She's A Sassy Lady!

Cricut Couple said...

I saw this one Sassy! How brilliant you are! Love it!!!

JeanneLee said...

Thanks for your sweet comments!

Very pretty accordion album and love this photo of you and new grand baby?