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Scrapbooking: How to make a variety of scrapbook cards and albums

Updated on February 22, 2014

Pocket card

Pocket card one and two: materials

A pocket card is fun to make as it gives you more space to think creative, both cards have an insert that can also be decorated or that can have a message.
In the images below you can find the instructions in writing of how to fold your cardstock to make the card.

Needed materials

  • Double-sided cardstock of 31 x 31 centimeters (5.1 x 5.1 inches)
  • Double-sided tape or glue roller
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Embellishments (ribbons, buttons, stickers, brads, etc.)


Folding and cutting scheme

Folding and cutting scheme card 2

Pocket card 2 example

Pocket card 1: instructions

  • Take one piece of cardstock and cut 3 cm (1.2 inch) from each of the sides (doesn’t matter which one as all sides are the same), so you end up with a cardstock of 28 x 28 cm (11 inch).
  • Fold the paper twice until you get a cross-type fold en cut two corners of the paper as shown in the example below.
  • Now cut in the fold from the left side of the cardstock to the middle.
  • The piece of cardstock left above needs to be folded to the right using the horizontal (cross) fold.
  • Now fold the below half of the cardstock upwards and fold the left part behind the card. Use double-sided tape here and there so that everything that needs to be fixed in place is fixed in place.

If done correctly, your card will look as the card in the picture above.

Pocket card 2 : instructions

  1. Take a piece of cardstock that has the same measurements as a normal square greeting card and of one of the right-half, cut the above and below cardstock of 1 cm width.
  2. Of the wider half (Left side), fold the above- and below side to the inside of the card (don’t attach it to the other side)Of the left side, cut 2 centimeter (0.8 inches) of the side.
  3. Place the double-sided tape on the left side parts that you folded inside. Now you can fix these to the right half so you will end up with a flap with the right side of the card sticking out.
  4. On the flap/folds that you have just fixed on the cards, cut or punch a half round shape above or below (see example). This round is meant for inserting and removing the card you place inside the flap/fold.
  5. For the inside card you can more or less guess the size, it has to be about the same length and width that the flap/fold has now. Make sure that the colour fits the flap or matches well as part of it can still be seen through the half-round shape.

Making the album

This shows how to place the bags an how to bind the album with rings/punch holes.
This shows how to place the bags an how to bind the album with rings/punch holes.

Paperbag album: the materials

You can make a paper bag album in a rather short time. The decorating of course is what takes the time, but also the fun to make one. The paper bags you can acquire from a delicacy shop or a fruit- and vegetable shop, etc. It doesn’t matter if there is writing on it or an image or brand, as you will decorate it with (cardstock) paper anyway. The other materials you require to make this album is:

  • 3 or 4 paper bags. You can use more, but as you also will decorate the pages, it can then become a too thick album.
  • Perforator or hole punch
  • Eyelets/bookbind rings/string or ribbon where you can bind the album with. The other option is to sew the folds of the booklet to fix the pages together. Then you will need needle and thread.
  • Scrapbook paper and cardstock (for the tags and decorations). Use thinner scrapbook paper to cover the pages of the album as it makes the pages of the album look nicer.

Paper bag album : the instructions

  1. Place the paper bags on each other but alternate. Then firmly fold the paper bags. You will notice that some of the pages will have the openings of the bags. You can choose to turn these into envelope pages or to just use the scrap paper to make it another page of the album.
  2. When you would like to have the envelopes, then just fold the opening to the inside (about 2 cm/0.8 inch long).
  3. Now it is time to choose how you want to fix up the album as there are two choices: the first option is to use needle and thread or a sewing machine to sew the paper bags in the middle. The second choice is to fix 2 or 4 holes on the closed side of the album and fix them with string/ribbons/bookbinder rings, etc.
  4. Note that when using the first option, do the sewing before you fix any scrapbook paper. With the holes on the side of the album it is important to first fix the scrapbook paper to the album pages before placing the holes.
  5. When placing the ribbons/rings/string through the holes, don’t fix them too tight, but leave room, as it makes it easier to flip the pages of your album.

Decorate the album to your liking. If you want you can use some cardstock as tags to place in the envelope pages of the album or use them as decoration.

Envelope inside

Envelope album: the materials

Before you start making this album it is handy to give it a thought what to do with it and what materials you would like to put it in. You can use it for example for tags, coupons, or other small flat items.

The materials you will need are:

  • Envelopes: the size or colour is not important. For the example we have used 5 envelopes of an A5 size.
  • Scissors/knife
  • Double-sided tape
  • Ribbon
  • Pencil
  • Scrapbook paper and-or cardstock
  • Decorations / embellishments of choice

Envelope album: the instructons

  1. Fix double-sided tape on the inside flap of the envelope with 4 of the 5 envelopes. The first envelope does not get the double-sided tape.
  2. Now fixe the below and back side of the other envelope (see example) on one of the flaps. Basically you form a line of envelopes with the inside up.
  3. When all envelopes are done, fold the envelopes in an accordion style. The first envelope stays on top and then fold them one by one so you get a small booklet.

Decorate the booklet as wished using perhaps a ribbon around the outer sides to be able to have a closed album or use it as in the example picture.

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