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Creativity Prompt #29 – Make A Star Album

December 12th, 2008 by Avital

Star Album

The star album has a strong “WOW” factor as it opens, but it is actually very simple to make one. The secret is in the graduating width of the partitions. For a step by step instructions on how to make this album, keep on reading:


  • 4 sheets of 12″ by 12″ cardstock.
  • 8 sheets of 12″ by 12″ patterned paper (or 16 sheets of 8½” by 11″ pp).
  • Tape runner.
  • Double sided tape.
  • 2 pieces of ribbon, 12″ each.


  • Paper trimmer.
  • Bone folder.

Step by Step Instructions –

  1. Cut the star’s partitions, as follows:
    • 8 pieces of 6″ by 12″ cardstock (just cut your cardstock in half).
    • 8 pieces of 6″ by 10″ patterned paper.
    • 8 pieces of 6″ by 8″ patterned paper.

    Cutting the partitions of the album

  2. Fold each piece in half, along its long edge, and burnish well with a bone folder.
    folding the star's partitions>
You should end up with 24 pieces, all having the same height but graduating widths.
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  3. Apply adhesive to the 6″ edges of the patterned papers.
    Applying adhesive
    Then attach the partitions together –
    First, attach the 6″ by 10″ patterned paper to the 6″ by 12″ cardstock.
    Attaching paper to cardstock
    Then attach the 6″ by 8″ patterned paper to the 6″ by 10″ one.
    Attaching paper to paper
    You should end up with this shape –
    Individual star 'leg'
    Now repeat, until you’ve got 8 “legs” for building the star.
  4. After you finish adhering the star’s “legs” – assemble it on your desktop, to make sure everything works well together and to guide you through the next stages.
    Assembling the star's shape
  5. Pick 2 adjacent “legs” randomly (they are going to become the cover of your album) and apply a double sided tape strip along their midsection.
    Attaching the ribbon - step A
    Note that the adhesive’s strip is bulging out of the creased edge – this is done in order to tuck-in the edges of the ribbon for an elegant and more finished looking closure. Just wrap the access adhesive’s strip over the crease and attach the ribbon to it.
    Attaching the ribbon, step b
  6. Next, pick one of the outer “legs” and start attaching each 6″ by 6″ partition to the adjacent one.
    Applying glue to the star's partitions - part aApplying glue to the star's partitions - part b
    This is when assembling the star’s shape in advance is going to come in handy.
  7. Repeat the last stage, until you finish attaching all the star’s partitions to each other. Make sure not to attach the partitions with the ribbon to each other…

A glimpse at the star album while it’s closed:

Star album when closed


If you have any question, suggestion or remark – don’t hesitate to contact me – either leave a comment, use the contact form or start a new thread on the Creativity Prompt Flickr Group!!!

I would also be very happy to see your own star-album creations, so don’t be shy and share 🙂

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3 Comments to “Creativity Prompt #29 – Make A Star Album”

  1. Andrea says:

    Another cool idea. 🙂 I like it a lot!

  2. Rachel says:

    Wow, that is cool! I love things that look super impressive but are easy to make. I’ll be linking.

  3. Michelle Johnson says:

    This is an awesome idea. Thank you so much for sharing. I think with these instruction I could even figure it out. 🙂