Friday, June 14, 2019

Flip Pocket Mini Album Tutorial by Anne Redfern

Hello, Anne here, it is my turn to share a tutorial this month here at Mini Album Makers. I have been a long time fan and follower of Anne from Anne's Papercreations, she makes the most stunning albums.  I have had this one bookmarked for a couple of years now and thought it was about time that I tried to create one.  Anne shares all the details on her blog HERE and you will also find details of a video tutorial too.

The finished size of this flip and pocket mini album is 6 inches x 4 inches (approx 15 cm x 10 cm).

To make the cover I took two 6 inch by 4 inch pieces of heavy card and the spine is 6 inches by 1.3/4 inches.  I attached these with strong binding tape, leaving a gap between the spine and the back and front so that the album would fold easily.

I attached the design paper to the front, using Matte Medium, mitered the corners and glued all the edges in place.

Above is the finished front.  I used papers by Stamperia throughout the album.

I finished off the inside of the cover with another piece of design paper.

Next I created the flip and pocket element.  Anne shows this very clearly in her video.  Each piece makes one complete flip and pocket and her design also incorporates the hinge.  I found this so much easier than making a separate hinge.  I am showing these elements in white paper so that it is clearer to see.

NOTE:  Anne's measurements are slightly larger than mine, I did not need to make thicker pocket elements for my album and so my measurements worked well for me.  If you would prefer to have thicker pockets then please follow Anne's measurements.

With the page open, cut across from the 6 inch mark to the middle only and also cut the hinge across from the edge to the first score line at the 6 inch mark.

Fold well on all score lines.  Fold from the right edge as shown in the middle picture above.  Now fold in the middle, away from the flaps and you will end up with one full flip pocket as shown above.

Once the three flip pockets are created, join them together as shown above.  This creates the hinge which will be glued into place inside the cover, using strong double sided tape.  I like to decorate the elements before attaching to the cover but it is your choice at this point.

When the three pockets are glued into place you will have three open pockets at the top and three open pockets at the side of the finished album.

Create the photo mats (you will need three) as shown above.


Cover each of the mats with your chosen paper.  I covered both sides and created one plain mat on each, for journalling on.

Fold the mats ready to place in your album.

To decorate the album I used Stamperia papers and covered all of the flip elements, front and back but excluding the centre openings at the top and side as these will not be visible once the album is closed.

A view from the inside before the mats are tucked inside.

 A view from the top showing the mats tucked into the top pockets. 

A view from the inside showing the mats slipped into the pockets.

I added some black seam binding as a closure, held in place with a piece of design paper, front and back.  The above picture is the back of the album.

Finally, I made some small tags to fit in each of the side pockets. I hope you will check out Anne's (Papercreations) video tutorial HERE.  Thanks so much for your visit, I hope you have a lovely weekend. Hugs, Anne  xxx
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  1. thank you for sharing how you made this work of art Anne, great tutorial and I love the papers you used,hugs kath xxx

  2. Anne, this is such an incredible book, I love the flip aspect of it and always appreciate your super tutorials! The Stamperia papers are gorgeous and you have used them
    To perfection! Thank you for sharing your talents!

  3. This is fabulous , Anne and I love the papers you have chosen to work with . I've always fancied having a go at making one of these flip albums so with such a good tutorial and the link you kindly provided I misght just be brave enough to give it a go .
    TFS x

  4. This is so beautiful, I love the papers. What a fabulous step by step too xx

  5. Anne, what a wonderful tutorial this is, and your book turned out beautifully! I love the papers you've chosen to decorate this and your big stunning bow! You've done a fabulous job explaining this, so much I might want to give it a try! Hugs!

  6. This is absolutely beautiful Anne. Such a clever idea and the tutorial makes it look very easy too.
    Fliss xx

  7. What a fantastic album and brilliant tutorial taking us through the steps. The papers are so gorgeous too. Elegant and intricate book construction as always - lovely!
    Alison x

  8. Gorgeous! I love your flip pocket album Anne and the beautiful Stamperia papers are just perfect for your mini album. Thank you for sharing the tutorial, I must take a look over at Anne’s Paper Creations as it is praise indeed if you are inspired by her work. Hugs Lottie xx

  9. How lovely to have had this bookmarked for so long Anne, it's a super tutorial. You've used the best of papers, one's we find so hard to cut down but how you have embraced and displayed them s beautifully. Leaving the black board really brings out the beauty of that paper design. Love those additional tags that peep out of the pockets and the ribbon that hugs it all together.
    Now I have book marked the video for future reference, it had to be done!! Thanks so much for sharing Anne, a fabulous piece of book Art.
    Creative Hugs Tracey xx

  10. This is an incredible booklet Anne! I love the design with all those lovely pockets and the papers used to decorate it are gorgeous!! I have also loved Anne's Papercreations for a long time although I do not remember coming across this particular journal. Have now bookmarked it for future reference. Your version is absolutely gorgeous!! hugs xx

  11. This is fantastic Anne! Beautifully made and such a gorgeous choice of papers. A great tutorial too, can't wait to have a go ! Toni x

  12. This is amazing, I have been resisting that paperpack & now I am like.... MUST>>>HAVE>>IT. Love love your books my friend!!! Another great tutorial too.

  13. Terrific creation Anne! And I am loving that paper.
    Thank you for sharing! <3

  14. What a super tutorial. So it wasn't a rubber stamp of the bee afterall. No doubt I am sold on the Stamperia papers now and they will have to be one of my next purchases. You are, without a doubt, one of the most accomplished book makers I know.
    Thanks so much for sharing your version - now to see Annes.
    Hugs, Neet xx

  15. Such a beautiful album..and a marvelous tutorial. Thanks, Anne!

  16. Thanks for sharing how too Anne - what a beautiful journal using gorgeous papers and wonderful design! xx Julia

  17. Super, super clever Anne. Those Stamperia papers always do it for me, and used like this they look fantastic! A fabulous tutorial too, Anne's Papercreations are always inspiring and you certainly have done her inspiration justice with the beauty!!

  18. What a clever lady you are! Fabulous tutorial and beautiful work! I might even have a go! Your albums are always stunning Anne! Cx

  19. So spectacular, Annie R.! Your post is so comprehensive! I wonder if you have any idea of how many mini-albums are made thanks to your instruction and inspiration? I warrant it's a lot! As always, no small detail is overlooked and everything is brought together flawlessly!! Hugs, Darnell xxoo

  20. Fantastic tutorial Anne - and what a super album - it looks amazing! Hugs rachel xx

  21. Wow, what a stunning album! I loved seeing how it all cam together and the papers you used are gorgeous, especially the owl one - perfect 😁. Happy and creative wishes! Jo x

  22. Wowza, this is superb Anne!! Thank-you so much for all the details (and to Anne of Paper Creations too, I remember her wonderful blog). Everything you make is uber perfect and professionally done. Absolutely brilliant! Nicola x