Saturday, April 26, 2008

More ALBM: Accordion Techniques

For the next pages in your ALBM book we'll be making two accordian booklets to put inside. You can keep the pages closed with a brad and a photo turn. Again (it probably goes without saying by now) cut out the title and ink the edges. I used my Crafter's Workshop template to make the big circle of dots. I used a 7 Gypsies 97% complete stamp for the smaller circles on the Accordian booklets.

Now: to make the booklet, cut a 3.5 inch by 12 inch strip of cardstock. Fold it in half. Crease the fold smooth and tight with a bone folder. Then take the end of the strip and fold it back towards the fold you just made (essentially folding it in half again). You will now have a 4-panel accordian. Glue the bottom panel to your book. Secure with the brad/photo turn combination. TIP: Write on your accordian first. Also, be aware of the direction your accordian opens. In my book, the accordian opens to the outside of my book. This means that they are put in the book in a sort of opposite fashion from each other. Trust me, this will make sense when you are manipulating your own papers. Also, BE VERY AWARE of where your brad is going if you are using double sided papers. You don't want to put a brad through the window of your mode of transportation on the other side.
Questions? Leave a comment and let me know.


jill said...

Great technique to add to a mini!

Thanks for visiting my blog. The butterfly punch is by Martha Stewart at Michaels. That's the only place I've seen them. LMK if you want and can't find one. I'll check my Michaels to see if they have anymore.

Moore Family Blog said...

Hi Dianne,

Thanks for your great project. I'm having a lot of fun doing it. I have to admit though, I'm stumped on answering the question, "choices I didn't make" What in the world would go here? I don't know what choices I didn't make! Do you mean, I didn't go to that college, I didn't take that job, etc? After thinking it over, I may change it to "the choices I wish I'd made" but I don't want it to be a book of regrets with a negative tone. Can you share what you meant by this topic? Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Good idea Dianne! I will be trying that on my next mini album.