I’m going to show you how to make an accordion flip scrapbooking album from start to finish. I made this album for my mom as a keepsake of our trip to Tennessee back in December 2020. It came out so cute and I couldn’t wait to give it to her. I hope you get inspired too.
For this project we are going to be using Echo Park’s Farmers Market Collection. If you were subscribed to our monthly subscription box this past July, you have all these pieces and can easily make this project. I also did an unboxing on my Facebook page. In that video, I show each of the papers and embellishments up close. This will give you a better idea of what the various pieces look like and how they coordinate.
You will also need a few items from your stash.
✅ The first thing you’ll need is a crease board. I use the Cutterpillar Crease. If you have a scoring tool on your paper trimmer or another crease board, that should work fine. Use what you have.
✅ You will need a paper trimmer. I used Cutterpillar Pillar’s Crop Paper Trimmer but any paper trimmer will work. Just make sure it can cut 12x12 paper.
✅ Make sure you have a good tape runner - I LOVE my Scrapbook Adhesives E-Z Runner Grand! It’s so easy to use and refill plus comes with a ton of adhesive which you will need for this project.
✅ You’ll need ink and a few acrylic blocks for stamping.
✅ Lastly, the most important item is the photos. I used 3.5x5 photos and cut them down as needed for tags. If you opt not to use tags and pockets, you can print 4x6 photos and place them on directly on mats.
✅ I created a free PDF download guide showing you all the sizes you need, the best way to cut your papers and all the scoring measurements. I based the guide by how I created my album. You may want to alter it a bit depending on how you design your accordion album.
✅ You will need to cut four 8.5"x6.25" solid color pieces. These four pieces with equal 16 pages. One for the front cover, one for back cover and 14 photo and pocket pages. If you want less pages or pockets, you would cut less and adjust your pieces.
✅ I also cut twelve 3"x4” pieces which will be used to create the pockets. I cut 12 because I won’t need pockets for the front and back cover. Here’s a tip, when you create your 4x6 mats, if you cut them in half, that creates the 3"x4” pieces. This is a good tip as you create your cuts and plan your pattern pieces throughout the album.
✅ I cut fourteen 4x6 mats. You will get four mats from a 12x12 paper but you also have to keep in mind the patterns you are going to use. You may or may not use a whole 12x12 paper. You’ll make that determination as you create your album. Also, if you use the PDF download guide, you’ll see how I incorporated my cuts to maximize the use of the collection.
✅ Since I am using tags for my photos, I cut 14 tags. You may want way less tags depending if you decide to repeat what I do.
✅ To hinge the album together, I needed three 1” x 6.25” pieces. *If you make a 12 page album, you will only need two hinges.
For the 8.5”x6.25” pages, you will need to score at the 4.25”
For the 1”x6.25” pieces you will need to score at 0.5”
Scoring makes folding your paper so much easier. I am starting with the 8.5”x6.25” pieces and folding them in half. It’s very important to use a bone folder to press the paper. This allows the paper to lay flat after being folded. It also takes away any fold wrinkles - kind of like an iron does with clothes.
I laid out my pieces and put the colors in the order I wanted. Liquid adhesive works better for this project. It allows better coverage and you have a little wiggle room to match your edges.
Once you have hinged all the pieces, it's time to fold. Fold the album accordion style like a paper fan, starting with the left side and folding to the right. Keep folding until the entire book is one piece.
At this time, I glued my mats down on each page. This is a good time to decide what photos you want on each page and match each pattern if you wish.
The main thing to remember is you are going to apply adhesive to 3 sides, which will be the sides and bottom. This will allow the top to keep the pocket open for the tags. While I was gluing the pocket pieces, I noticed the width of my dry adhesive was too big and not allowing enough opening at the top for the tag. Liquid adhesive is the best choice to use. This will allow a much thinner lining of adhesive which will increase the opening.
To make the tags, I secure my cardstock with a piece of removable adhesive. I find two 1/2” points on mat. With my ruler, I draw a line. I do the same on the other side. If you’d like a larger slant, you can increase your two points. Since this is 3.25” tag, my center point will be just slightly larger than 1.5”. I draw a circle using my ruler. Now that I have my markings, I will trim my corners and use my Crop-a-dile to punch the center hole. If you don't have a Crop-a-dile, you can punch a hole using whatever tools you own. Now I have a template to use for the other pieces. Now if you prefer to trace and cut, there is a free template you can download by clicking here. I adhered my photos on the tags, wrote information on the back of each tag, added eyelets from my stash and finished each one with a piece of ribbon.
I added some ephemera to some of the pockets. I decorated the pocket holding the photo of my parents with an ephemera jar that says "the secret ingredient is always love."
For the next page which looks quite feisty, is my mom telling all of us to step aside while she eats a delicious cinnamon roll. It did smell good that day! For the pocket, I used an ephemera piece showing baking tools, then I decided to use the stamp “Life’s little moments make the best memories.” That stamp is surely appropriate for this page! I thought about stamping directly on the pocket but then I thought a white square would be better. I grabbed a scrap piece of white cardstock and diecut the square and then grabbed my acrylic block and ink. If you had our previous kit with Lawn Fawn, you already have these Pottery Studio cubes I am using. If you don’t, whatever black ink you have will work.
Tip: With new stamps, you need to prime them. I find the best way to do this is stamp on scratch paper a few times until you get a clear crisp image. Also use a piece of inexpensive foam under your paper. It usually takes about 2-3 stamps.
After I stamp my image, I clean it with a baby wipe and this way I can put it back clean and ready for the next use.
I decided to added some ephemera to the ice cream pockets. I really loved "A little sugar makes life sweet" and "Life is short, lick the bowl" — and that’s me there with that ginormous sundae!!! yes y’all I ate the whole thing with no shame!
✅ Last thing I have left to do is all the details to the back of each tag. I always say, journaling doesn’t haven’t to be a novel. Just four different things are crucial, the date, the name of people in the photo, the location, and your handwriting. If you are able to add a story and few extra details, the more the better. Journaling is really meaningful when there’s a sensory experience. If you are going to add more details, use as many descriptive words as possible.
Now the album is finally complete. Other than a few items from my stash such as eyelets, ribbons, everything was made from Echo Park’s Farmers Market Collection. I look forward to seeing you again during the next project!