Here is Part Two of the Tutorial to make This Mini Scrap Album (or photo album).
You can find Part One here
By this point you should have done the following:
Prepared your materials and equipment
Cut 10 sheets for the pages
Cut 2 outer covers, 2 card stiffeners, 2 cover linings
Cut a 6" x 12" spine
Marked, scored and folded the spine
Stuck the Back cover together and attached it to the right hand end of the spine
If you have got to this point, you are ready for Part 2. If not, go back to Part 1 and do the bit you missed :-)
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Part 2 - Assemble the Album - Attaching Pages
You should have 10 pages, all the same size.
Sort your pages.
You have 10 double-sided pages. If they are different, or the fronts and backs are different, you will need to sort them into an order that you like. Make sure they are the right way up - you don't want any upside-down figures or animals, for instance (or maybe you do - but it needs to be a concious choice)!
Think also about the pages that face each other and the general "flow" of the book. If you have several pages the same, but the rest are different, do you want all the matching ones together, or spread across the whole book? If you have some pages that are patterned and some plain, do you want to have a plain or less busy page facing each patterned page?
I arranged my pages so that most of the patterned pages are facing a plain, or striped one. This makes it easier on the eye - especially as the designs of my papers are so bright and busy!
Put your pages together, in order, face down, above your back cover/ spine. You will assemble the book from Back to Front, so you need the pages in order from back to front!
Fold the most right-hand "mountain" of the accordian towards the right. Put glue on the left side of it, as shown in the picture. All pages are attached to the "top" of the accordian.
Carefully place the edge of the back page into the gap between the "peaks" of the glued fold and the one to the left of it. Line it up with the top and bottom of the book.
Press the page onto the glued fold, then smooth it down carefully.
This gives you the opportunity to disguise any edges that are not tidy or pretty (photo on right). For instance, my 6" x 6" sheets were all cut from one large 12" sheet of cardstock, which was printed with four different 6" square designs. I could only see one side when cutting and on a couple of sheets I had the remains of the labelling strip from the bottom of the cardstock sheet (the bit with the name of the manufacturer and the design name). I put these edges facing towards the back of the book, so they were covered by the spine strips and did not show. I didn't want to cut them off, as these pages would have been shorter than the rest.
Continue gluing the left side of each fold and carefully lining up the pages, smoothing them down to make sure they are well stuck.
If you flatten out the concertina spine, you will be able to check that your pages are all evenly stuck and will be level at top and bottom.
This photo shows the structure of the book, as it is being put together. You can see that every page is stuck to the "top" of each concertina fold.
Continue until you have stuck down your last piece of paper, which is the first page of the book. You will be left with the 1" tab for the front cover.
The pages should all be even at top and bottom, the concertina spine straight and in-line. If this is not the case, you can make small adjustments now, but if you have taken care to check as you go, there should be no major fixes required.
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Stick the outer part of your Front Cover to the stiffening card, as you did with the back cover.
At this point, you should attach any cover embellishments that would show on the reverse.
I attached a fabric flower, with a button centre. To do this, I pierced two holes in the cover, either side of the button shank, then stitched the button to the cover with strong thread, in a matching colour.
To make sure the button was supported and the thread would not pull through, I fixed it with a small piece of tape (left photo).
To make the flower sit properly on the cover and stop it flapping about, I added a foam pad to the back of each petal (right photo).
Attach all items to the cover before you stick it to the book.
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Finishing the Cover
Apply glue to the 1" tab at the left hand end of your concertina spine.
Fix the reverse side of the cover to the glued tab, lining it up at top and bottom. You may want to leave a tiny margin at the edge, where the cover and spine meet, to make sure the pages do not stick out beyond the front cover of the book.
Smooth the tab down, to make sure it is well stuck with no creases.
Glue the back of the cover lining and carefully line it up on the inside of the cover.
Smooth it down, so that it is well stuck.
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The Book so far
At this point, you have an almost-finished book. In fact, you could leave it like this and use it. However, I prefer to add a fastening to mine. Also, the spine has a tendency to spread out, which gets more pronounced as the book is used. I address this issue by having a wrap-round fastening, which closes both the front edge of the book and the concertina spine, yet allows space for the book to expand as photos and/or embellishments are added inside.
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