Tutorial – Mini Album Cover

You Will Need:

Chipboard –

2 pieces measuring 8 ½” x 6 ½”

1 piece measuring 8 ½” x 3 ½”

Tyvek –

1 piece measuring 8 ¼” x 7”

Cover Cardstock –

2 pieces measuring 10 ½” x 9 ½” 2 pieces measuring 8 3/8” x 6 3/8”

Hinge System –

Cardstock 1 piece measuring 9 ½” x 8 ¼” (score every ½”)

1 piece measuring 8 ¼” x 6 ½”

Base Pages –

Cardstock 6 pieces measuring 8 ¼” x 6 1/8”

If you would like the written instructions for this tutorial, please refer to the steps below the video.  The number in parenthesis refers to the time stamp in the video demonstrating that step.

Step 1 – (00:20)

Cut your 3 pieces of chipboard and 1 piece of Tyvek (measurements above).


Step 2 – (00:55)

Attach the 8 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ piece to the center of the Tyvek using Scor-tape.


Step 3 – (01:28)

Using a double thickness of scrap chipboard as a spacer, attach the two 8 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ pieces of chipboard on either side of the first one.


Step 4 – (01:53)

Cover the back side of your chipboard with Scor-tape.


Step 5 – (02:12)

Get your 2 pieces of cardstock measuring 10 1/2″ x 9 1/2″.  Using a small piece of tape to hold them together, place them on your table side by side with the 9 1/2″ side on the top and bottom.  The entire piece should measure 19 x 10 1/2″.


Step 6 – (02:30)

Remove the backing on the Scor-tape from the center piece of the chipboard only.

Close the book and line your binding up in the center of the cardstock.

(03:20) Once that is down, you can remove the remaining Scor-tape backing and attach the front and back piece to the cardstock.

Be sure to pull the sides out so they are stuck in the groove between them and the binding.


Step 7 – (03:33)

Cut all 4 corners of the cardstock about 1/8″ from the chipboard.

Apply Scor-tape to the cardstock surrounding the chipboard.


Step 8 – (03:40)

Using a bone folder, pre-crease your cardstock to fold up to the chipboard.


Step 9 – (04:10)

Remove backing from the Scor-tape on the long sides and fold them over the edges of the chipboard.


Step 10 – (04:16)

Remove backing from the cardstock on the short sides and then fold a small amount of each corner in to cover the corners.  Then fold the small sides over the chipboard.


Step 11 – (04:55)

Take your piece of 9 1/2″ x 8 1/4″ cardstock and score every 1/2 inch on the 9 1/2″ side.

(05:30) Flip it over and put a piece of Scor-tape on every 3rd section, starting with the 3rd section.  You should have tape on the 3rd, 6th, 9th, etc.  These will be your hinges.


Step 12 – (Please refer to video at 05:57 to see a demonstration of this step)

Two score lines will fold forward and one backward.  Try folding the piece first before removing the backing so that if you fold it wrong you can fix it.

This will create a 1/2 inch channel between each page with a 1/2 inch flap on each end of the whole piece.

Cover the back of the hinge piece with Scor-tape.


Step 13 (08:04)

Take the piece of 8 1/4″ x 6 1/2″ cardstock and cover the back of one side with Scor-tape.

The video cut off at this point but take this piece and center it on the binding.  It will also cover some of each of the side pieces (08:59).


Step 14 (09:33)

Now center your hinge piece on top of the piece from the previous step.


Step 15 (09:51)

Take the 2 pieces of 8 3/8″ x 6 /8″ cardstock and use Scor-tape to attach to the inside of the back and front cover pieces.


Step 16 (10:30)

Cut 6 pieces of cardstock measuring 8 1/4″ x 6 1/8″ if you have not already done so.


Step 17 (10:53)

Using 3/8″ Scor-tape, place 1 piece of tape on ONE side only of each hinge, placing it close to the edge.  This will leave a small gap between the Scor-tape and the binding.


Step 18 (11:56)

Place one piece from Step 16 down at a time, holding them straight and attaching them to the hinges.


Step 19 (OPTIONAL) (12:32)

Distress the edges of each page and the outside of the cover if you would like a vintage look for your album.  I use Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress Ink.


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  1. Liisa L. Bjork says:

    Good easy quick tutorial. Easy to follow.

  2. Sharon Gullikson says:

    Thank you for showing us. I have have made on before, and need help!

    1. ASC by Crystal says:

      You’re welcome Sharon! You are welcome to email with any questions you may have <3

  3. This is truly useful, thanks.

  4. Thanks, it’s very informative

  5. Thank you for the wonderful post

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