Accordion Fold Out Album – Craft Tutorial

After my parent’s 50th wedding anniversary in March I wanted to create a little picture keepsake of my parent’s wedding for my daughters, especially since Cali was not able to attend  the anniversary party.  And really, having grandparents who have been married for 50 years is pretty special!    So I put together two of these…

wedding album

While in Arizona for spring break I bought some chipboard accordion fold out albums that I thought would be the perfect thing to use for the keepsake.

I found them in Mesa at Mystic Paper.  Unfortunately they don’t have their online shop set up yet but if you are in the Mesa area you may want to pay them a visit.

I’ve looked around online and haven’t been able to find anything similar but did find this online tutorial for making your own accordion foldout card.

The fold out albums I bought are made out of chipboard.

I have had several requests for directions on how to put one together so I thought I would just do a tutorial here on the blog!

Begin by gathering your supplies:  fold out album/card, photos, decorative scrapbook paper, Mod Podge, Tacky Glue, sponge brush, various trims, ribbons, flowers, buttons etc.  I scanned in my parent’s wedding photos and then had them printed in wallet size.  You will end up with four of each picture.

Next, cut  or tear your decorative/scrapbook paper to size.  The albums I used measured 4 x 6.  Some of the pages I covered completely with paper, some I tore the paper slightly smaller than the page size so that the brown chip board showed and I layered the paper on several of the pages.

Put a layer of mod podge on the album page itself, adhere the paper and then put another layer of Mod Podge over the top.  Allow to dry.

anniversary craft

Continue until each page is covered or decorated with paper – I only decorated one side of the book as well as the front page and the back page on the other side but you could decorate both sides of all the pages.  I just didn’t have enough photos to cover both sides.

Each page can be different or do them all the same.

anniversary craft (1)

Allow to dry.  Air bubbles may appear, just use a credit card or spatula to push the air out.  Many of the smaller bubbles will disappear as the Mod Podge dries.

anniversary craft (2)

The Mod Podge will dry clear.  I used the matte finish.  There is also a glossy finish.

anniversary craft (3)

The next step is to add your photos and trims.  I used Tacky Glue to glue down my trims etc. and photo tape for the photographs.

Have fun with whatever you have on hand or pick up some fun trims at the fabric/craft store.  I used some of my paper punches to make hearts.

wedding album (2)

wedding album (1)

I used some vintage ribbon I had on hand to use as a closure on the album.  I just attached it to the middle of the back of the album with glue.

wedding album

For the back page I printed off their name and wedding date on vellum paper and the words I Do.  The vellum will pucker up a lot when you put Mod Podge on it so be gentle or it tears easily.  A lot of the bubbles came out as it dries but not all – I like the crinkly look – it looks vintage!

anniversary book

I can think of all kinds of fun ways to use a accordion fold out album/card – how about you?  A vacation, graduation or how about one for Father’s Day!

Comments

  1. says

    Those wedding pictures are beautiful and you definitely have paid them tribute with such a nice album for your daughter.

    I love reading your blog because whenever I read your blog, I’m reminded of where you live (even though you don’t often mention it) and it reminds me of all our happy memories on vacation. :) We’re heading down to Rockaway Beach on the 29th and we all are looking forward to it! :)

    ~ Sarah

  2. tori says

    did you just do one side of the album…or does the back have pictures also? looks great! I may do this for my son’s graduation next year.

  3. says

    Tori,

    I did decorate the back of the first and last page because when you fold it up they both show. The back of the first page actually becomes the cover when it is folded. Have fun making one for graduation! Love that idea!

  4. Karen says

    Went to Mystic Paper this morning! Love that store. They always have something different so you come away with good ideas. I saw the accordian album there. I think they had one left. Opted not to buy it since I figured I could make one of my own. There are some good places to eat around there too.

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