Keepsake Photobooks

Like most parents, I have so many adorable kid photos that I’ve never printed. Since I don’t have time to do large-scale scrapbook projects right now, I decided to tackle these little memory books to get back into scrapbooking. I like that they’re small enough to complete in an evening, and the completed books make perfect gifts for family!

Project Yield 
10 photobooks

Step-by-Step Tutorial

Materials
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    Gather your materials and select the fabric you’d like to use for the front and back covers.
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    Cut a 4.25 inch x 11 inch piece of black cardstock. (This will be folded to become the spine of your book.) Then cut ten 4.25 inch squares. These will become the pages of your book.
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    Mark a line 4.25 inches from the right-hand edge of the long piece of cardstock. Use the embossing tool make a score along the line. Make additional scores 0.75 inches apart until you reach the left-hand edge of the cardstock.
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    Accordion fold the paper along the scores.
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    Hot glue a page to each of the accordion folds.
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    Cut a 4.25 inch square out of the chipboard and cover with fabric. Diagonal cuts in the corners will help you get a clean fold.
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    Glue a piece of hemp to the back of the chipboard.
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    Hot glue the fabric cover to the first page of the book. This will sandwich the hemp between the chipboard and the cardstock. Then repeat the process to create the back cover.
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    Dab a little hot glue along the spine of the book and press to glue the accordion fold together.
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    To close the book, tie the cords together.
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    Finally, print photos and add them to the book.