How To Make A Mini Chipboard Album
Sometimes a mini chipboard album is just the thing to revive your scrapbooking mojo. They are fun to make and are a small enough project to finish in an evening or two. It also makes a cute gift to give to someone.
2 pieces of 12 x 12 medium weight chipboard
Cardstock to match
Measure and cut the chipboard into 6 x 6 inch squares. It may take several passes of the paper trimmer to cut through the chipboard but it will eventually cut through it. There should be 8 chipboard squares so counting both sides the mini album will have a total of 16 pages.
Cut the patterned paper into 6 inch squares too. Use a permanent adhesive to glue the paper onto the chipboard squares. Sometimes no matter how perfectly you measure, the paper still will not line up just right on the chipboard. There is an easy fix for that. Simply ink the edges of the chipboard to hide any mistakes. Just take a stamp pad and rub along the edges of the chipboard.
Choose cardstock that matches the pattern paper and cut it into 4 x 4 squares. Ink the edges if desired and glue it to the chipboard page. When placing the cardstock on the pages, keep in mind that you will be punching holes to bind the album together so do not place it near the margin of the chipboard page. As you work to finish the album, flip the pages in the order they go to keep them in the correct order.
Add scrapbooking embellishments such as stickers and brads or stamp images on the pages. You can add pictures to the album as you work or leave it blank if you are giving it as a gift.
Once all the pages are done, punch holes to bind the album together. If you have a binding machine, use that to finish the album. If not, just use a hole punch and binder rings. Once the holes are punched in the first page, use that page on the rest of the pages as a guide to mark where the holes should be punched. Line up the holes and slip the binder rings through the holes. Use matching ribbon and tie it on the binder rings to decorate and dress up the album.
Your album is now ready to be used or given as a gift. A mini chipboard album is the perfect size to show off your pictures and a good project to show off your scrapbooking talent.