Thursday, September 25, 2014

Mini Tag Punch Album Tutorial w/ Cynthia

Good morning, Cynthia here with Ink a Doodle Creations.  Today I want to share this cute little tag punch album my club ladies made last month.  A few of you may have seen this idea around already.  Its not my original idea, but I love it cause its super easy to make and could be used in so many different ways.  I'm thinking for grandparents, uncle or aunts who don't live close, school pictures, or a cute baby brag book.  Its small enough to fit nicely in a handbag to show off those photos you love to share.  So lets get started.....

Here is the cute Halloween themed one we made for club.  We used Freaky Friends and the Motley Monsters DSP.

Start with a piece of cardstock in your choice of color and cut it to 8-1/4" x 8-1/4".
Score on one side at 4-1/8". 
Rotate cardstock and score two more lines, 2-3/4" and 5-1/2".
I hope you can see the colors ok in my picture.  I couldn't get rid of the shadow.  Where you see red (place redline adhesive here). Where you see a blue dotted line (cut) and where you see a solid black line (score).  Go ahead and use a bone folder and crease those lines good and fold up.
DO NOT REMOVE THE REDLINE UNTIL YOU ARE SURE YOU ARE READY TO ADHERE DOWN!  Fold it in half on the 4-1/8" line so that the redline in on the outside.  This shows it folded in half already.
Now it doesn't matter which side you start with, but in this photo, I folder the right side over.  At this point you can remove just this side of the redline and adhere it down.  Make sure everything is straight.
Now remove the left sides redline and fold it under.  You are creating a mountain valley fold.
Once you have both sides glued down, you will see that it opens like a book now and you have two pockets.  I used 1-3/8" circle punch and punch each pocket half way to make a pocket tab.
Cut two pieces of cardstock to measure: 2" x 4".  These will be the pocket inserts where you can decorate and do your journaling on.
This is what it looks like when the tags are inserted. 
If you want your album to tie shut like I have mine, cut a piece of ribbon to about 16-18" and wrap around and tie shut.  The front piece of ribbon slides under the frame so its not going anywhere.  Depending how you decorate yours, you may want to secure the ribbon to the back or front with some adhesive.

I hope you have enjoyed my project for today.  I hope it INKspires you to go create one on your own.  Have fun and keep creating!

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  1. Great project Cynthia, I love it! Would be a perfect gift for family far away!

  2. This is such a CUTE idea! You rock Cynthia!!!

  3. Very creative!! Looks like a fun book to make!