Mini Album Tutorial | “Age of Technology” Paper Collection by Craft O’Clock

Masculine-themed paper with grungy gears, light bulbs, top hats and classic cars… these tools create the PERFECT mini album gift for the special man in your life. Start with the “Age of Technology” paper collection by Craft O’Clock.

“Age of Technology” Paper Collection by Craft O’Clock – 8″ x 12″ (20,3 cm x 30,5 cm);
“Age of Technology” Paper Collection 8 ” x 8″ (20,3 cm x 20,3 cm);
“Age of Technology” Extras to Cut I;
“Age of Technology” Extras to Cut II;
“Age of Technology” Decorative Cards;
Cover #15 (Large) by Craft O’Clock;

6 sheets Kraft cardstock 8-1/2″ x 11″ (21,6 cm x 27,9 cm);
Tim Holtz Tonic 5″ detail scissors;
Tim Holtz Tonic 9″ scissors;
Circle Punch by Stampin’ Up!;
Distress Ink (Black Soot);

Un-Du Adhesive Remover;
Scor tape 1/4″ (.64 cm);
Super Tacky tape roll by Creek Bank Creations 6″ x 27 yards (15,24cm x 24,7 meters);
Xyron 3″ Disposable Sticker Maker;
Mini Glue Dots;
Dimensional Glue Dots;
Mini Magnets by K&J Magnetics, Inc.;

liquid adhesive;
hot glue gun & glue sticks;
white acrylic paint for spatter;
various metal embellishments from my craft stash;
ribbon, hemp twine & metallic cord also from my craft stash.

Check out the full-tutorial video playlist! (click the photo above)

Here’s how to make this album: Start by creating hinge binding with cardstock. Cut the cardstock to 9-1/4″ x 8-5/16″ (or 23 cm x 21 cm).
Score at 2″ (5,08 cm).
Then begin the scoring pattern as follows: 1/4″ (.64 cm) ; 1/2″ (1,27 cm) ; 1/2″ (1,27 cm) .
Repeat this pattern until you can count FIVE 1/4″ marks. You should have two “wings” on each end that measure 2″ (5,08 cm) each.

Add adhesive to the back of the 1/2″ (1,27 cm) areas. Fold the paper so the 1/2″ (1,27 cm) folds stick to each other, leaving the 1/4″ (.64 cm) areas free. This creates the “hinge” binding, so you will have little 1/2″ flaps to hold each page of the album with 1/4″ of space in between each page.

Create the cover using chipboard, cereal box or whatever sturdy cardboard you have. Cut two pieces of chipboard EACH measuring 8-5/16″ x 6-3/8″ (21 cm x 16,2 cm). Cut a third piece of chipboard measuring 8-5/16″ x 1-7/16″ (21 cm x 3,7 cm). I used one of the Craft O’Clock covers and liquid adhesive for the outside cover.

After adhering the chipboard to the cover, adhere the hinge piece flat to the inside. Score and burnish. Add patterned paper over top of the flaps. I also added little quote strips to the inside of the binding. This was mainly to cover up my handwriting, as I hand-wrote the measurements on the binding for the video tutorial, but I really like the way the quotes look inside the binding.

Also, as a side note, my hinge binding did crack on this project and I totally understand why. First of all, I didn’t leave enough allowance between my pieces of chipboard when I adhered them to the cover. Second of all, the brown cardstock I chose was WAY too heavy. It is tempting to think that “heavier is better” when it comes to cardstock, but heavy cardstock plus glue plus chipboard plus cover… that’s too much. So, word to the wise, if you use cardstock for your hinge, stick to about 85# or less and leave enough room for the front and back cover pieces to bend.

Choose pieces of patterned paper for the inside pages. I like the 8″ x 12″ (20,3 cm x 30,5 cm) size double-sided paper collection for creating the pages. Just choose the paper and fold in half.

The “pages” will adhere to the “hinges flaps” whenever you are ready. I like to create my pages all the way through and then adhere them to the album at the very end. Use more of the patterned paper and some solid-colored cardstock to make each page unique and surprising! Finish the look of the pages with fussy-cut elements and cut-aparts from the collection.

Adhere the completed pages using a combination of double-sided tape and liquid glue. It will hold the best. This step takes some time and care, so be ready and stay patient.

Once the pages are in, finish the outside cover with more patterned paper. Add fussy cut embellishments, metal pieces and twine using hot glue and liquid adhesive. You are welcome to watch the complete video tutorial playlist on the Sandpaper Road YouTube channel here:

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