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Accordion Photo Album


  • 1 sheet of 18-by-24-inch watercolor paper
  • Ruler
  • Bone folder
  • Utility knife
  • Twin Tack double-sided tape
  • Mat board
  • Decorative paper
  • Grosgrain ribbon
  • Fabric glue
  • Photo corners
  • Scissors
  • Marker
  • Sponge


  1. Step 1

    To create the pages, turn the watercolor paper so it's horizontal, and measure and mark every 7 inches on both long sides. Using the ruler as a guide, score lines connecting the marks. Fold the paper accordion-style along the scored lines. Cut off the remaining length of paper, leaving a 1/2-inch-wide tab.

  2. Step 2

    Turn the folded paper so it's horizontal, and measure and mark every 5 inches. Using the ruler as a guide, cut the paper into 5-inch-wide strips, yielding three sections.

  3. Step 3

    To assemble the sections, cut a strip of Twin Tack, and adhere it to a tab. Join the tab to a nontab end of another section, making sure that the folding pattern is continuous. Repeat with the third section to make a nine-page album.

  4. Step 4

    To create the front and back covers, cut two pieces of mat board about 1/8 inch larger all around than the album pages. Cut two pieces of decorative paper about 1 inch larger all around than the album pages. Back the decorative paper with Twin Tack, peel off the protective backing, and adhere it to the mat board. Use a utility knife to trim excess paper.

  5. Step 5

    Back the front cover with Twin Tack, peel off the protective backing, and center the accordion pages on the mat board. Press with bone folder to secure. Repeat for the back cover.

  6. Step 6

    To make a ribbon slip to tie around the album, wrap a piece of grosgrain ribbon around the book to find the length you need; make it a little loose so it's easy to remove once the pictures are in place. Fold in the ends, and use fabric glue to secure them together.

  7. Step 7

    Place photo corners on the photos. Wet the backs of the photo corners with a damp sponge, and press them firmly in place on the page.

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Reviews (3)

  • doris5 12 Jan, 2009

    That's a wonderful idea, my baby had asked me whether it is possible to view her pictures at one go and I am definitely making this as a surprise gift for her. Keep those ideas coming. HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL

  • angie888 1 May, 2008

    just finished making this as a gift. Looks great - thanks for the easy instructions. Instead of putting photos on every page - I alternated and wrote comments on the opposite page to personalize it even more.

  • Jokin 5 Jan, 2008

    I love anything that can be such a unique and personal gift idea! This one can be personalized in so many different ways, by adding different papers and embellishments to suit the personality of the giver or the recepient. Great idea!