Ship to Shore Easy Mini Album Project Share

Photoplay Ship to Shore Easy Mini Album Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Photoplay Ship to Shore Easy Mini Album Project Share with Tips for Make & Take Tuesday

Hello, Friends!  It’s Make & Take Tuesday, and I have a really fun Photoplay Ship to Shore Mini Album Project  Share for you.  This is wedding week, and I have a bunch of little loose ends to tie up before the big day.  So I didn’t have time to create a details tutorial for you.  But I will share lots of tips in the video.  Honestly, this cute little mini album is so easy to make, I think you’ll be able to figure it out from the project share video and the tips.

Card Base Mini Album: How it Happened

In the process of re-organizing a few things in the studio, I ran across a huge stash of multi-colored 5 1/2″ square card bases.  I vaguely remember buying them in bulk at a super reduced clearance sale years ago.  But when they arrived, I discovered they were super flimsy…maybe 45# weight…and not suitable for supporting the heavily layered and embellished cards that I make.

Over the years, I’ve moved them here and there, contemplated tossing them, given them to the grandgirls to play with and thought to myself, “some day, I’ll know just what to do with you.”  Well, this is that day!  Lo and behold, they work perfectly for a quick and easy mini album base!

Shipshape Stacked Card Base Mini Album

Look how cute it turned out!  And when I say easy to make, I am not joking.  Here’s how I assembled the album base.

  • First, locate a stack of unloved card bases.  Mine all matched, but mix and match would work too.  They should all be the same size, however.
  • Cut one of the card bases into 1″ wide strips.
  • Next, score each 1″ x 5 1/2″ strip in half from top to bottom.  Now you will have a whole stack of 1/2″ wide hinges or gussets.
  • Now adhere each gusset to the back side of each card base.  My fold was on the LEFT, so I glued the folded edge of my hinge/gusset against the left hand edge of each card.
  • Then, glue the back side of each hinge/gusset to the front of the  next card base, also on the left.
  • Continue until you have as many “pages” as you desire for your album.
  • Now cut liners for each page.  Since my album is 5 1/2″ square, I cut 5 3/8″ liners.  The liners will cover up the hinges!
Hidden Pocket Pages

The hidden pocket pages are equally easy to make.

  • Before you glue down your designer paper liner, create gussets or hinges for the sides and bottom of the album base.  These are identical to the hinges you cut to join the card bases together, but just cut them a little shorter. I cut mine 1″ x 5 1/4″.
  • Once your gussets are in place, adhere your paper liner to the gussets, forming a lovely pocket.
  • Create the pull out page for the pocket by cutting the 5 1/2″ card base down to 5″ x 5″.

Quick and Easy Pocket Pages and Tip-In Pages

To make the pocket pages, simply fold the right hand side of a page back 2″ and crease.  Add gussets to the top and bottom of the page and voila!  Instant pocket!

Create a tip-in page by cutting your designer paper wider than the base page.  Because I wanted a 3 1/2″ flap , I cut my paper 3 1/2″ wider than the base page.  Then score at 5 3/8″ and fold.  Easy peasy!

Waterfall Pages

The back side of the “short” pocket pages are sized perfectly for waterfall features.  So as you can see, even though this album is on the small side, there’s lots of room for 4×4 photos, journaling and photo booth sized pics.

Photoplay Ship to Shore Easy Mini Album Project Share with Tips on YouTube

If you’d like to join me for a sight-seeing tour of this new Photoplay Paper collection and a walk through of the mini album with tips, please enjoy this Ship to Shore Easy Mini Album on my YouTube channel.

Even though I’m traveling this week, I’ll be back on Thursday with a quick and easy card-making tutorial for Throwback Thursday!

You’ll find a linked supply list below this post.  Thanks for stopping by!

Now go get your craft on!




10 thoughts on “Ship to Shore Easy Mini Album Project Share

  1. Isabel Gonzalez

    Oh, wow! Wedding this week, already?!!! That was fast!!! I’m sure you’re very excited! This is a beautiful mini album, Kathy!!! I love the cover! Have fun and don’t stress!!! Love you, my sweet friend!!! Blessings to your daughter and fiancé!!

  2. Susan Steele

    Oh dear Kathy …I am so excited for you and your family! Weddings are so special and especially for a daughter …I’d be giddy with excitement too …and am for you!!! Have loads of fun and also much love and happiness to the bride and groom! And thanks so much for taking the time to create this cute little mini album. It’s always great to figure out how to use up those extra paper products! Big hugs and safe travels! Suzy Q

  3. Helen

    Ohhh I do like that anchor on the book cover, it sets the scene indeed with the tropical papers. This book is a super way to use light weight cardstock. I need to watch the video again to take it all in. Best wishes for the weekend.

  4. Rebecca Nicklin

    Yet another wonderful little album for us novices to try…so versatile. Will be thinking of you and your family this weekend….relax and enjoy every moment!

  5. Laura Clark

    You included so many wonderful elements in this album! It is very inspiring. Thanks for sharing your ideas and tips. Safe travels!!!

  6. MaryH

    Kathy, this is (as always) a lovely project full of lovely colors, a special theme, great layouts and very inventive pockets, waterfalls and lovely embellishments. What’s not to adore. I still cannot stop thinking about the Elegant Gift Box project – how spectacular and you made 82, that hopefully includes one for you and Dale. My wish is that your daughter and your family have a day full of happiness and love!

  7. Cheryl Wells

    I love all the bright, summer colors in this album – simply adorable, Kathy!! Thank you for sharing!!

  8. Gena Krannig

    Kathy, what a fabulous mini album! So glad you had a revelation on how to use your card bases. After living in Galveston for so long I love everything sea themed. Especially lighthouses. The paper colors in this collection are so vibrant and pretty and I think I spy a pina colada or two. Praying for safe travels for you! Thank you for sharing! Hugs!

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