Halloween Photo Flip Album Tutorial

Crafty Secrets September Linky Challenge and Blog Hop: Halloween Photo Flip Album Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  It’s the first Monday in September and that means it is time for the Crafty Secrets Linky Challenge and Blog Hop.  We have a frightfully fun theme this month: Too Cute to Spook!  You can visit the Crafty Secrets BLOG to see sneak peeks from our Spook-tacular Design Team with links to all their fabulous Halloween projects and tutorials.  If you should choose to play along with us this month, we even have FREE DIGITAL DOWNLOADS for you to use in your projects.  And what’s a Blog Hop without prizes?  One lucky participant is going to win a $25 shopping spree to the Crafty Secrets online store! Sound like fun?  Well, it is!  So let’s get this Blog Hop on the road!

Halloween Photo Flip Album Tutorial

Kathy by Design for Crafty Secrets This is a photo heavy post with a step out tutorial, so you might want to grab a cuppa and a snack before we begin.

This Halloween Photo Flip Album is a design I adapted from my buddy Gloria Stengel’s blog.  Here’s a peeky at the inside:

CS September 2015 Linky 06The album measures 5″ wide, x 8.5″ tall, with a 1″ spine.  It has a side pocket for holding tags or photos and 8  double-sided 4×4 photo mounts.  It’s a great place to store your Halloween party photos and can be adapted for any occasion.

All the papers I used are from the Crafty Secrets Digital Jumbo Vintage Halloween Kit.  This kit is loaded to the gills with amazing papers, ephemera, templates, frames and printable images.  I  use some of the papers in this kit all year long, and I highly recommend it.  I also added in a few little images from the Halloween Vintage Scraps, which are now available in digital format. I also used a few bits and pieces from our Vintage Halloween Images and Journal Notes Booklet.

In addition to the above items, you will also need:

  • Two sheets of medium weight chipboard cut to measure 4.75″ x 8.25″
  • One strip of medium weight chipboard cut to measure 3/4″ x 8.25″
  • Three sheets of 12″ x 12″ black cardstock
  • Art Institute Dries Clear Adhesive OR 1/4″ Scor-Tape or other strong adhesive
  • Foam adhesive
  • Ultra Thick Embossing Powder (UTEE)
  • Versamark Embossing Ink Pad
  • Black soot Stickles
  • Black Satin Ribbon and orange ribbon scraps
  • Petaloo Flower
  • Felt leaves
  • Spellbinder’s Large Standard Circle Die
  • Spellbinder’s Magnificent Circles Die
  • Cajun Craze Cardstock from Stampin’ Up or other dark orange cardstock (two sheets/8.5″ x 11″)
  • Black Soot Distress Ink
  • 1/2″ wide Scor-tape
  • Heat tool
  • 1/2″ corner rounder tool

To begin, you will need to print off the following items from the Jumbo Vintage Halloween Kit.  Print papers at 8.5″ x 11″ unless otherwise noted.

  • Book Covers (print TWO at 5″ x 7″)
  • Black and White Check paper
  • Halloween Talk (Print 8.5x 11 inches in a LANDSCAPE orientation)
  • Halloween Diamonds
  • Orange/Black Diamond  (Print TWO)
  • Black Check
  • Black Damask
  • Black and Orange Stars
  • Green Stripe
  • Halloween Diamonds
  • Orange Script
  • Washi Tape
  • Masquerade (print ONE at 4″ x 4″)
  • Night Scene (print ONE at 4″ x 4″)
  • Orange Music (print ONE at 4″ x 4″)
  • Scor-Pal or other scoring tool
Creating the Halloween Photo Flip Album Base
  • Trim one sheet of black cardstock to measure 12″ wide by 10″ tall.
  • From the long side, score from left to right at 0.5″, 5.5″, 6.5″, 11.5″ .
  • Turn 90 degrees (the 10″ side) and score the top at .75″ and on the bottom at 9.25″
  • Crease all the folds, then trim the corners as seen in the photo below.
  • Tutorial CS Sept Linky 02Glue the pre-cut chipboard pieces onto the back side of your paper, as seen here, being sure to leave a little break on either side of the spine so that your album will open and close with ease.
  • Add glue or Scor-tape along the edges as seen here.

Tutorial CS Sept Linky 03Fold the top and bottom edges of the black cardstock over the top and bottom edges of the chipboard.

Tutorial CS Sept Linky 04Fold the sides in to create a mitered corner.  This is the inside of your book.

  • Tutorial CS Sept Linky 05Trim the Halloween Talk paper to measure 10.5″ x 8″
  • Ink the edges with Black Soot Distress Ink. Center and glue on the inside of your book cover, making sure to crease on either side of the spine.
  • Cut two panels of Orange and Black Diamonds paper to measure 4.5″ x 8″.  Mat onto slightly larger Cajun Craze cardstock, trim and stitch around the edges if desired. One piece is your front cover, and one is your back.  But do not adhere yet!
  • Cut one strip of Orange and Black Diamonds Paper to measure 7/8″ x 8″.  Mat onto slightly larger Cajun Craze cardstock. This is your spine.
  • Add brads to top and bottom of the spine.  Glue onto the spine of your album cover.
  • Cut 24″ of 1″ wide black satin ribbon.
  • Laying your album face up on your work surface, add 1/2″ wide Scor-Tape from side to side at the midway point of your album.  Center the black satin ribbon on this adhesive strip and burnish to secure.  (See photo below)
  • Glue the front and back covers into place.

Tutorial CS Sept Linky 06This is what your album should look like at this point.  Now, to embellish the cover.

Creating the Halloween Photo Flip Album Cover Embellishment
  • Ink the edges of one of the 5″ x 7″ book covers with Black Soot Distress Ink and mat on to slightly larger black cardstock.
  • Fussy cut the medallion from the other book cover.  Use a Spellbinder’s Circle die to cut the pumpkin center from the middle of the medallion.
  • Tap the fussy cut medallion and the die cut circle with Versamark ink.  Sprinkle with UTEE and heat emboss.  Repeat to create an epoxy finish on both items.
  • Use the Spellbinder’s Magnificent Circles Die to create a medallion backing for the die cut circle. Glue together, and add a brad to the center if you desire. I coated the black medallion with Black Soot Stickles.
  • Place the epoxy medallion over the matted book cover using foam adhesive to secure.
  • Place a double layer of foam adhesive on the back of the circle piece and glue in place.
  • Create a black satin bow and use a glue gun to secure to the right hand side of the book cover.  Add a flower on top.

CS September 2015 Linky 03The cover design will look like this.

CS September 2015 Linky 04And here is what the cover looks like from the back.  Spook-tacular!

Creating the inside of the album

To create the side pocket:

  • Cut a 5″ x 6″ rectangle from black cardstock
  • Measure 1.5″ from the left hand top edge and make a mark.
  • From the right hand bottom edge, measure up 2.5″ and make a mark.
  • Use a ruler to draw a diagonal line between these two marks and trim off the resulting corner piece.
  • Cut a 4.25″ x 5.25″ rectangle from the Halloween Diamonds Paper.  Trim the corner as you did above.  Mat onto the black cardstock.
  • Score 1/2 inch along the left side and the bottom.
  • Crease and miter the corners.
  • Glue the flap on the left and the flap on the bottom into the left hand page of your album.
  • Decorate the pocket as desired and fill with tags that are cut from the Halloween Vintage Scraps.

pocket page

CS September 2015 Linky 07Creating the Flip Album Pages

Create a base for your flip album as follows:

  • Cut a 4″ x 7 3/4″ panel of black cardstock and cover with a slightly smaller piece of the Halloween Diamonds paper.  Center this and glue down on the left hand side of the page. This is where you will mount your flip pages.


  • 8 squares of black cardstock to measure 4″ wide by 4.5″ tall
  • Score the top of each square 1/2″ from the top to form a 4″ square
  • Round the two bottom corners of each square with a 1/2″ corner rounder tool
  • Cut 16 squares from designer paper to measure 3 7/8″ .
  • Round the bottom corners
  • Ink the edges with Black Soot.
  • Glue onto the fronts and backs of the black rectangles, being sure that the patterns are right side up.
Assembling the flip pages:
  • CS September 2015 Linky 08Stack all the pages in order on your desk so that the 1/2″ fold line is folded behind each square.
  • Pick up your first page, and starting at the very top, apply glue to the scored and folded tab.
  • Line it up straight, and glue down so that it forms a “hinge” .  See the photo above.
  • Take the next page, and lining the “hinge” up at the bottom edge of the previous hinge, glue into place. Do not overlap the edge of the previous hinge, or your pages won’t flip open properly.
  • Continue until all 8 squares are glued down as shown.

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To create a journaling pocket, cut a postcard from the Halloween Vintage scraps and glue down the side and bottom edges, leaving the top edge open.  Insert a journaling tag from the Halloween Image booklet into the pocket.

CS September 2015 Linky 11Add little tags or word phrases to decorate your photo mount pages.

CS September 2015 Linky 12You can also decorate with small printed images from the Vintage Scraps.

CS September 2015 Linky 13I cut strips of washi tape paper  to cover the black hinges in my album, but that is not required.

CS September 2015 Linky 14Mix and match your patterns to keep things interesting.

CS September 2015 Linky 15The final page shows the Halloween Diamond paper from the  4″ x 8″ panel.  Neat and tidy!

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Well, if you are still with me, give yourself a pat on the back!  That was a long tutorial, I know…but I think you will have loads of fun building this little flip album.

Now, go visit the rest of the girls on the hop:

Kathy Clement, DT Leader  (You are here)
Darlene Pavlick
Diane Hover
Ginny Nemchak
Melody Clement
Michele Kovack
Sheila Rumney
Teresa Horner

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Thanks for hopping by!



21 thoughts on “Halloween Photo Flip Album Tutorial

  1. KT Fit Kitty

    Wow, this is absolutely gorgeous! I love all the beautiful Halloween images and papers you used. Thank you for the tutorial – I am bookmarking this – I would love to make one! Thank you for the inspiration!

  2. Sandy

    Kathy your flip album is amazing! I can’t get over all the wonderful details you added and how great our images look and how you used them! Bravo!

  3. Mary Nelson

    This is so cute !!! I love the papers and how you used them for your flip album. Thank you for sharing with us.

  4. Amber Milone

    This is absolutely amazing Kathy! This must have taken forever! I really love all the different Halloween patterned papers and ephemera you used and it’s even better that it is all digital so you can print it out as much as you want. This is truly a work of art!

  5. Pattie Jns

    Hi Kathy, WOW! what a wonderful tutorial,I will keep this. so many idea can come from your lovely creation and instructions. thanks soo sooo much. …have a good day.

  6. jenscull

    Thank you for the time and effort you put into your post, not to mention putting together this lovely album! I hope to finally play along in the challenge this month. 🙂 the products at Crafty Secrets have always been some of my very faves.

    have a great day! 🙂

  7. Carol

    Wonderful tutorial Kathy. You really are so good at showing and telling everything including all the small details. Fabulous flip flop book. Thanks for inspiration. X

  8. Judy B

    Cute mini album Kathy. Thanks for the great tutorial on this project. Maybe if I can get ambitious and find the time I’ll try one. Your projects are wonderful!

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