An Accordian Chipboard Album, How To

Our great niece is going away to college and I wanted to make an album for her that she could put her memorabilia in.

I had some small embellished paperclips from Michaels (bought them last year) and the colors worked well for her album.

Her school colors are a navy blue and a rusty red color.

I started with white 6 x 6 chipboard and painted the outer edges white.  I marked each chipboard piece at 1″ from the left edge on both sides and added tear tape to the 1″ spot.  I made the same number of 3″ x 6″ white strips out of Recollections 110 lb heavyweight cardstock.  I scored the 3″ length at 1 1/2″.  You will place the backside of the folded 3″ piece on the 1″ line of the 6″ chipboard piece and press into the tear tape.  You take the tear tape lining off of another chipboard piece and lay it on the front of the 3″ paper, again lining it up.  You’ll want to line the chipboard up at this point, as you’ll not be really able to line it up on the tear tape.  Add another 3″ strip to the front of the chipboard you just laid down again, right up to the 1″ mark you made, and add another piece of chipboard.  You won’t want to have any tear tape on the back of the last page or the front of the first page.  The video I watched where I learned how to make this book binding method, was from My Creative Spirit and the video was called “how to bind chipboard pages into a mini album.”  I ran out of time to do the outer part of the binding, so I hope her album stays together, although I did put a lot of tear tape inside to keep the pages in place.
I used some different paper pads Jack Frost paper, Salvage District Paintables from Prima and Recollections Color Splash.  I colored the Paintables and the Prima papers with my watercolors so they matched the colors of her school. .  I used the sentiments from My Creative Times This and That and had some embellishments with words on them that I thought would work already in my stash.
I die cut some random shapes to create pockets from and went online and found all kinds of images with the college’s logo and their mascot and printed them out on Georgia Pacific 110 lb cardstock on my printer.  I used a lot of tear tape and Martha Stewart Glue, Simply Defined glue and Tombow Mono Adhesive to hold things in place.
I used the circle dies from AliExpress to create a large circle on the front of the album with the colors of her school layered under the logo of it.

To create pockets, I cut my paper to 6″ by 3″ and then score three sides at 1/4″ and then snip the corners that overlap with score marks.  I like to put glue and tear tape on pockets to make sure they stay in place.  I added die cut shapes to the tops of some of my pockets to make sure that the pockets wear better and for decoration.

I made spots for her to tuck memorabilia into that were about 2″ wide and 6″ long scored on the 6″ length at 1/4″.  Add tear tape to the scored areas and place them vertically on the page.  I made some much wide to add large sentiments…those were more like 4″ wide.
The file block I use is a nail file that you can buy in most stores that have nail polishes.
I used an AliExpress die that cut small tags, so I cut papers and corner rounded white cardstock to line the blue and red paper.  I took thin white satin ribbon and doubled it over and pushed it through the center hole of the tag with a sharp object (end of scissors) and then pulled the ends of the ribbon through the loop the was created by pulling the ribbon through the hole to create a knot.  I used a little wet glue on the inside of the loop to hold the ribbon in place.
I used a Martha Stewart paper punch that creates photo corners and punched a ton of them in blue and red so she can put photos in her album using the corners to hold them in place.

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