DIY Accordion Mini Album Tutorial

I’ve never met a mini album I didn’t like! They are the perfect solution for capturing the memories and photos of a specific event, occasion, holiday, or celebration. They are also a fun way to combine photos from a specific time period or season into a cohesive album, like Stephanie has done here with her Summer memories! Accordion albums are especially easy and quick to create because once you make the base, that part is done and all you have to do is add your photos, words and a few embellishments. Read on for Stephanie’s very easy to follow step by step instructions for creating a darling accordion mini album! Thanks for the fabulous tutorial Stephanie!

Hi there!  Stephanie back today to share a simple and easy summer mini album.  Summer is slowly winding down for most of us and we are starting to get back into the routine of fall and school.

Even though I love fall and a good routine, I’m always reminiscing about summer and all of the fun things we did!  And what better way to enjoy those memories than to create a summer mini album??


Creating an accordion mini album is super easy and uses very little supplies!  It’s the perfect way to use up your stash too!

All you need to get started is one 12×12 piece of patterned paper, a paper trimmer and folder, your photos and scraps!

Step 1: Start by trimming your 12×12 piece of patterned paper into three strips 4″ high (so you will have 3 4×12 pieces of paper).


Step 2: Using a bone folder or scoring tool, score your 4×12 piece of paper every 3 inches.


Step 3: Fold your papers accordion style and adhere the ends together to create a longer accordion album.  I used all three of my strips for my album, but feel free to get creative here and use as few or as many as you would like!



After you’ve adhered the ends together, you will have one long accordion book all ready for your photos and memories!


Step 4: Using your photos, scraps, tags and paper pads, “decorate” each 3×4 section of your accordion album.  The only key here is to try to make sure that your papers and layers stay within the 3×4 inch section.  If you overlap that space, your book may not close properly.


Step 5: Add a fun title onto the front of your book and enjoy!


Making accordion albums is so fun and so easy!  My kids love to create these as well and add in drawings, pictures and stories!  This is the perfect afternoon project!

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Thanks so much for joining me today!  I hope I’ve inspired you to create an accordion album of your own!  Can’t wait to see what you create!

Happy Thursday!


Supplies Used >> Maggie Holmes Confetti Collection / Confetti Embellished Pockets / Confetti Thickers Chipboard Phrases / Confetti Gold Foil Alphabet Book / Confetti Stickers / Confetti Hardware / Confetti 6×6 Paper Pad / Adhesive / Paper Trimmer / Confetti Patterned Paper: Blast, Fete, Garden Party / Confetti 12×12 Paper Pad

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  • Sinead
    September 20, 2015 at 3:40 am

    This is so cute. I’ll have to make one of these little albums now. Although I doubt it will look this lovely, thanks for sharing!

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