Making a mini album from card stock is easy and fun. The best part is you only need a trimmer. A score board is helpful, but for this technique you can easily just fold and smooth the creases out with something flat. Making an album from scratch with the basics (what paper crafter does not  have cardstock?) allows you to customize it. Adding extra pages and flaps is easy with this technique. Personally, I like to create the album before the event and  leave space for the pictures to add later.  This is especially true for holidays. By making a mini album from cardstock with themed pattern paper it helps me celebrate what is coming up. Often when I create an album after the holiday it makes me sad because the holiday is over and I just want to move on. That is why for this tutorial I used Christmas paper — since Christmas is coming up. However. you can easily use whatever pattern paper you want and still make a cardstock mini album! I like to order everything from here. They ship fast, have great selection and excellent prices!

Supplies Used For Mini Album

Customize the mini album with specific themed pattern paper.


  1. Gather three pieces of 8.5 by 11white 110 pound card stock
  2. Trim two pieces creating a total of four pieces measuring 5.5 by 8.5 inches.
  3. Trim one piece creating two pieces measuring 4.25 by 11 inches.
  4. Score down the center of each piece.
  5. Line up one horizontal piece and one vertical piece on crease line and adhere with glue.
  6. Adhere another horizontal piece over the vertical piece laid on the other piece of cardstock (it looks like an L backwards).
  7. Fold the Vertical piece down and the horizontal piece over.
  8. Repeat to add more pages and flaps.
  9. Add pattern paper and embellishments to album to personalize it.
  10. If you want to add a ribbon to keep it together do that before adhering pattern paper to cardstock of mini album.


Step Out

To create each insert you will need 2.5 sheets of 8.5 by 11 inch cardstock. A mini album can have as many inserts as you would like it to have. The thicker it is, the wider the spine needs to be. For each insert ad 1/4 inch wide spine by scoring the center crease.

Adhere the vertical piece on top of the horizontal piece on the creases.

Adhere another horizontal piece on top of the first two pieces using the creases to line them up. I lightly added pencil marks to help see them better.

Fold it Up

Fold it up to determine how the mini album will be used.

Once you have your insert complete, fold it up to make sure everything is straight. You can add more inserts alternating between flipping up and flipping down.


Sometimes a picture just does not do is justice. Here is a video on how a few of the inserts fold together to create a mini album.

Decorated Card Stock Mini Album

Once the mini album is assembled, add pattern paper and embellish.

Mini Album Walk Thru

There are a few things you need to keep in mind if you are going to add pictures after you make your mini album. First, add a piece of scrap paper or cheap card stock in places you want to add pictures to later. These pieces do not have to match because you are never going to see them after the pictures are in the album. Or you can trim them 1/4 inch larger and use them as a matte. You can also adhere them with temporary adhesive and remove the place holders when you are ready to add your pictures. The other thing you want to be mindful of is to not adhere anything over the places you want to add your pictures to because your photos will either cover some or all of it. I know this may seem silly to say, but I have had it happen to me more times than I care to admit! One way to avoid this from occurring is to add pop dots to the embellishments and only adhere on the part that is not where the picture is to go. This is a great option because it adds some great dimension   and interest to the album.

Here is a video walk through of this album that will provide a few more hints and tips:


Here are the supplies I used to create this Mini album:


Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!