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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Tri-shutter mini album tutorial

I saw this idea in a gallery but when I followed the link it was not a tutorial but it was to buy the albums so I thought...Gee I have done a Tri-shutter card- I can do this! I have changed the dimensions from the card though so I could accommodate larger pictures for the album...you will be able to fit 3-almost 4X6 vertical pictures...you can fit whole pictures but you will no longer have any mat- if you trim just a smidgen off the pic you will still see your pretty papers. You will also be able to fit a "almost" or full size 3X4 horizontal picture.
What you will need is two pieces of the same colored 12X12 Cardstock, and I use three different types of coordinating Patterned paper (You will not need the full 12X12, you will have some left over.) You will also need a variety of embellishments some co-coordinating Cardstock and a ribbon for a closure if you wish or whatever type of closure you choose.
So let's get started! Please bear with me...I'm not one to write a quick sentence :)
I have done a crude draw up template for you to follow along with.

On one piece of 12X12 Cardstock start by cutting in half at the six inch mark. This gives you the two sides (which are indicated on the diagram as the large light blue and the large pink rectangles on the left side of the diagram) Marked cut between Side 1 and side 2 on the diagram
take one of the halves and score it going up the long way at 2, 4, 8 and 10 inches of the 12 inch length. (as indicated on diagram in hot pink)
Now you will cut at 1 1/2 inches from the edge between the 2" score line and the 10 inch score line. (as indicated on diagram in green)
Now the second side is done in the exact same way.
Now you will put these aside and working on the second 12X12 paper you will cut at 6 inches take one of these pieces and cut off a piece 4X6 and that will give you your inside middle (in peach on diagram) with the left over take and score it at 4 1/8th inches(hot pink line) and then cut it off at 6 1/8th inches(in yellow on diagram) this will provide your cover, put the leftover away in your scraps (marked in grey)
On the second 6X12 piece you will again score at 4 1/8th(hot pink) and cut at 6 1/8 inches. This is your second cover....set the two together aside.
Now lets take the two first pieces we set aside and do the folding.
The picture indicates how the folds should be done in each one...I am assuming you have a "good side" or textured side to your cardstock and this is facing towards the camera.

Now you will take the first piece cut from the second piece of Cardstock the Middle inside, apply the glue all over the back of this and you will stick it in between the Side 1 and side 2 on the end piece of side 1 and the first piece of side 2 to join them Make sure to line up the top and bottom and fold in the sides to ensure it is lined up correctly.

Now all you have to do is put on your cover pieces- fold on the score line we created and apply the glue to the backside of the 2 inch piece and attach to the start and end pieces of the album, at the back, making sure to line up the top and bottom and fold to ensure you have it in the right place.


Now you will decorate the book...I have done a few in advance and this will show you the various placements of the papers...but feel free to decorate as you wish and then embellish!


I generally use one paper for the inside covers and the middle inside mats for photos and then I use a different one for the outside covers
On the top small 1 1/2" pieces on the top and bottom I cover with a busier pattern and one more paper for the 2X6 strips and the 2X3 strips just inside the covers...and a plain mat for the 4X3 pieces on either side for smaller pictures. Once you have the base of the mini album put together this will make much more sense to you. (I HOPE! LOL) To do the Patterned papers I take the size of each panel and I take off 1/8th of an inch for each side so the 2X6 piece for instance I cut at 1 6/8 X 5 6/8.
Then you will decorate your cover with a closure you can use a scrap of Cardstock and attach a message or decoration I sandwich my ribbon tie underneath this so I can tie it closed.

You will notice that there may be a slight overlap in the cover "doors" you can either trim this before adding your closure or just close it so the left side is on the top.
I am including the link for the tri shutter card in case it helps you figure out the folds better...because part1 is folded in the same matter as the card (minus the cover) and part two is just folded in the opposite direction...if your Cardstock is not textured you can just do the folds the same and flip it so it goes in the opposite direction.
http://craftiblog.wordpress.com/2009/04/23/2009-04-23-quad-fold-card-sample-tutorial/
I have provided a short video to show you the album in it's entirety. They are a ton of fun to make! ENJOY!
video

50 comments:

  1. Very nice!! Gonna have to try to make one then maybe another! LOL

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  2. Great job Dolly. I think it' a terrific idea.
    I could only watch 35 seconds of the video but I really liked how the Christmas album turned out.

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  3. Thanks very much girls!
    Don't know what's up with the video...it's just showing the photo areas and I think I covered that in the beginning anyway really. :)

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  4. Thank you so much for this! I did not want to buy the album either, but did not have the brains to think this out myself ;o)


    Mvh
    Gunn

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  5. Great that you made this tutorial. I was looking for one. Saw this album also and only for sale.

    So many thanks!!!!

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  6. I just hope my tutorial is followable LOL! Glad to help.

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  7. Gracias por el tutorial. Un abrazo

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  8. Thank you, thank you!! You are so wonderful!! Absolutely love your album and the tutorial is so appreciated!

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  9. I am so glad that my Tutorial is useful to you all. I appreciate all the lovely compliments.
    Thank YOU

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  10. Thank you so much for posting your template. I really wanted to try one of these and didn't want to buy the $33 kit just to get the pattern! You are such a doll for doing this for us! I'll be directing more people to your blog

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  11. I am happy If I am able to help! :)
    Enjoy!!:)

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  12. Hey Dolly this is awesome, thanks for sharing with us all :)

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  13. You're welcome Jacque! Thanks for the compliment and stopping in to see. :)

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  14. Thank you so much for sharing this project and for free to boot! Seems like the trend is to charge for kits or tutorials and it's refreshing and very much appreciated to come across a great tutorial for free :-)

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  15. I was more than happy to share this with everyone and it's such fun to build! I hope you have as much fun as I did putting them together! :)

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  16. Thanks for posting the instructions. This is just a sweet, sweet album!! I'm a bit confused as to the 4 1/8" x 6 1/8" pieces -they are a bit bigger than the part of the card where they are attached. Can you tell me what I'm doing wrong? I'm not good at these things:) Thanks again for sharing these instructions!!

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  17. THank u so much for this. I would have gladly paid for the instructions, you are very generous. I am needing something like this for a gift. Thank you again. hug, michelle

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  18. Great I am glad This will help you with your gift!

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  19. Jan...If I'm reading you right..the 4 1/8X 6 1/8 pieces are supposed to fold over the "card" pieces...if you do find them too big once attached you can trim but ...we make them a little larger in the beginning "just in case so if the "doors" are too big open it up and just trim where the doors join as well if they are too long once on you can trim up with the rest of the card...basically you don't want any of the inside of the album showing and sometimes that 1/8 is needed...feel free to trim it off it's it's too much when you are done. I hope that helped answer your question.

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  20. Thanks so very much for posting your tutorial. You are very generous and it is much appreciated.

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  21. I'm so glad this helps some people out! :) That makes me so glad I posted it! :)

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  22. Thank you so much for posting this tutorial free! I too saw it out there on the web for more than I was willing to pay for a pattern. Thanks for taking the time to sit down and figure the math out for us math challenged people!!!

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  23. You are so welcome!! I am so happy this has been so useful to so many! :)

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  24. Hello I'm confused with the template, could you explain me better? Thanks

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  25. I'd love to help you but what specifically is confusing you?

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  26. The first two colors means 1 12x12 page? and the other 3 colors to your right are another 12 x 12? Thanks.

    I Love your idea, I'm planing to do it as a present to my grandma and greatgrandma,when we fly there on summer. Thanks so much

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  27. Okay this is weird...I had a question to which I asked if you would be more specific and your comment, my comment to you and your newest question are no longer showing in my blog!
    I don't know if you deleted your comment and that deleted mine as well ???? SUper confused! At any rate the colors that I show in the beginning are not "colors" persay they are guides to show you the various parts of the book...to make it easier for you in cutting out your papers out of your cardstock in the most economical fashion that I found LOL! So you have your two covers, your two side pieces and the Center panel which holds the two sides ...I use one color for all of my various pieces and then I cover in my PPs which can be varied if you wish.
    I hope that helps you out! I did get your comment and I published it but I don't know why it didn't show so I hope you see my comment and it helps you out.

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  28. Okay...I guess I'm losing it because there is your comment ...right above mine!
    LOL must be close to my bedtime! LOL

    So in short...Yes it is as you described but the Cardstock you use is in the same color.
    They are rather addictive once you wrap your head around the assembly and have one under your belt! I'm sure your Grandparents will love your gift! They look fabulous spread out on a mantle all opened up!

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  29. I am amazed at the generosity of some bloggers! This is an amazing project and I want to thank you for sharing! I just saw another blogger who made a "mini" one that I'm trying to duplicate. It fits inside a square metal tin. Maybe you can come up with a tutorial and share that... (hint, hint). LOL. Thanks again!

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  30. I was happy to share it!! That's a fabulous Idea! I'll work on the smaller version! TFS the idea!

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  31. thanxs so muxh for posting this tutorial.saw a woman wanted 19,95 USD for the tutorial:0 a bit overprized

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  32. You are very welcome!! Yes I originally found one that you had to buy also and once I figured out the making of it I thought I would share...I am amazed at how many people have stopped in to thank me for this tutorial! I was happy to provide it :) I wish I could see all the done ones :( :)

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  33. Thanks so much for your hard work in making this templete. One of my co workers had shown me this album on the site that you had to buy it....and I searched and searched until I found you and your templete instructions. Thanks again for sharing....you are very generous.

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  34. You are very welcome!
    I was happy to share it once I figured it out as I thought they were a super fun project and very great for making as gifts...I'm so glad it made so many people as happy as I was to figure it out! :)

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  35. Thank you so much for your generosity with the template. I searched the internet for a way to make one of these albums and stumbled upon your blog. I'm so glad I did! I can't wait to attempt my first tri-fold album this week!

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  36. Glad you stumbled upon me! Have fun...warning...these can be highly addictive to make! :)

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  37. Thank you so much for the tutorial..
    Made it on the spot... =)

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  38. I'm so glad!! :) They are addictive and they make a great little gift too! ENJOY!

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  39. I made one this week for my friends 40th birthday and she loved it. Thank you for sharing the instructions which are so easy to follow.

    If you'd like to see my card my blog is http://lovestocraft-tracy.blogspot.com/

    Thank you so much for your genrosity.

    Tracy xxx

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  40. I am so happy this little tutorial has been such a help to so many people!! You are more than welcome and I am glad you found the instructions easy to follow Tracy!

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  41. I made one! It turned out awesome! I think I have a pic saved in my computer if you'd like to see it, thank you for the instructions! Much apprecitaed!

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  42. I am so happy you enjoyed it and that it turned out so great!! I love this little album and I'm glad you all did too! :)

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  43. Thank you for this great tutorial!!! I found it and done it! Wonderful ... perhaps you want to have a look? http://petrasart.blogspot.com/2011/05/tri-shutter-album.html

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  44. Thank you for sharing your album! I'm glad you enjoyed the tutorial. Left you some love on your blog! :)

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  45. Thank you for posting a tutorial! I really appreciate it thank you. I was going to try and figure it out but now I dont need to. So thanks again.

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