Thursday, December 14, 2017

Mini Album Tutorial by Astric Maclean - One Sheet Wonder

Hello mini album  friends, thanks for dropping in here during this busy time of year.  I have a quick and easy tutorial for a tiny little mini album to share with you. I have called it One Sheet Wonder, as the whole album can be made from one sheet of 12 by 12 paper/cardstock, plus some scraps of design papers you may have in your stash.

The base of my album was made with a piece of 12 x 12 kraft card and for the decoration and inside pages I used bits of Maja Design Christmas papers.

Below a quick tutorial:

1. Take your sheet of 12 x 12 card and score at 1.5", 6" and 10.5".

2. Turn the sheet by 90 degrees (half turn) and score at 3", 6" and 9".

3. Turn the sheet so the 1.5" scores are on the left and right and cut as shown in the diagram.

4. Now your little book is ready for folding and gluing.

I thought that rather than giving you a longwinded written explanation of how this is done, I would give you a link to a video tutorial by Dawn from Dawn's Inspirations, who shows really clearly how this is done: To see it, just CLICK HERE. The important bit starts at the 25 minute mark.

Here are a few close up photos and a video slideshow of my little book.

I used a Calico Craft Part for my sentiment. The decorative corner bit is from Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts, one of our fabulous sponsors.

I created a belly band to close my little book and also made a little spine around the side for extra stability. This is easy to do - cover the front and back of your book with your chosen papers, then cut an extra strip of about 1.5 inches wide and 4.5 " high (the height your little book will be when folded together). Shore at 1/2" intervals along the short side and fold around your covers - done.

There are little pockets on each of the inside pages, created by folding up along the 1.5 inch score lines as you will see if you watch the video tutorial. I made little tags to go inside, but of course you could equally well use photos, ephemera or whatever you want.

Below a short video slideshow to show you some further inside pages.

Well, that's it. Hope your holiday preparations are going well, and hopefully you will have a chance to play along in our challenge this month, - we always love to see what you create!

Thank you for your visit here today and happy crafting and creating.


  1. Absolutely gorgeous Astrid! I just adore one page mini books and this is a beauty. Thank you for such wonderful inspiration - your Christmas papers are gorgeous x

  2. That looks stunning! I love the idea of those little pockets for tags and I was looking for something just like that! How is that for serendipity? Thanks for the link to the folding instructions!

  3. Pure holiday charm Astrid! Thank you & Happy Holidays!

  4. What a lovely little winter book Astrid! LOVE the papers you used with the vintage images and wonderful colors! thanks for sharing how to create this sweet book! Julia xx

  5. It's completely delightful, Astrid - and lovely to have the video to see all the details of the tags and pages. A great tutorial full of tips and tricks, and thanks for the link for the folding too - I agree it's often much easier just watching than reading instructions! Gorgeous papers, and a wonderful little last minute gift.
    Alison x

  6. What a wonderful album Astrid! I cannot wait to make one of these myself. I love your vintage papers and beautiful pages. Such a treasure! Hugs, Autumn

  7. awesome I will try this method soon !

  8. FABULOUS !!!! We must make one next time we are having a craft day xx

    TFS and hugs Annie

  9. I so wish I had time on my hands to make one of these, a real pleasure to look both inside and out. Full of treasured Vintage style Tags. This would make a delightful gift indeed Astrid.
    Warm Hugs Tracey xx

  10. Amazing mini album! I loved learning how you created it and was surprised that you had only used one sheet of paper. The pretty pockets are great to keep those beautiful tags safe - perfect 😁. Thanks for the inspiration and wishing you a Happy December! J 😊

  11. This is fabulous Astrid! I just love these albums and so appreciate the tutorial for it!
    Hugs,Jackie xx

  12. What a wonderful little album and so clever! Thank you for the tutorial! xxx

  13. Every page is filled with delight, and I love that sweet snowman on the cover! The added spine, the chipboard pieces and belly band make for one amazing tiny book! Thank you for your tutorial and the link; I am dying to give this a try!

  14. I adore this vintage Christmas mini!!! Love love love!