It has been a while since I last designed a free template for you guys. Now it’s time to hone my
limited Photoshop and reverse engineering skills and provide you with another free template. This time a template for a mini album case.
This case is perfect for a 3″ by 3″ album, for those important pictures you want to always carry with you in your bag…
I created an album, made out of 3″ by 3″ laminated cards, featuring the early days with Nadav – long before we even thought about getting married
If you feel like making a similar mini-album, or you have some other ideas for this cute little case, then stay tuned and keep on reading.
Tools & Supply
- Mini Album Case Template [Click to download for free]
- Case Lining Template [Click to download for free]
- 8½” by 11″ sheet of cardstock
- 8½” by 11″ sheet of Patterned paper [You can cut a regular 12" by 12" to size...]
- Craft knife
- Cutting mat & ruler
- Strong double-sided tape
- Tape runner
- 1 sheet of 12″ by 12″ cardstock (For 16 3″ by 3″ cards).
- Laminating machine [can be replaced at times of need by an hot iron - but make sure to test run it first]
- Hot laminating pockets
Optional – For the Mini album
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Step by Step Instructions
- Download the templates by clicking on the link at the supply list above and print the case template on cardstock and the lining template on a patterned paper. Make sure the printer’s settings are set to a letter size (8½” by 11″) and to borderless printing. Print on the back side (the smooth side of a textured cardstock and the wrong side of your patterned paper), so the lines won’t show on your finished project.
- Cut along all the solid lines with a craft knife and a ruler. Be careful not to cut any of the dashed lines. Finish off the curved parts with scissors, it’ll make a smoother cut along the curve.
- Score all the dashed lines with a stylus and a ruler.
- Fold all your score lines (You can use a bone folder for that).
- Cut along the solid lines of the lining template. You can use either scissors or a craft knife, whatever
is closeryou feel more comfortable with.
- Score along the dashed lines on the lining template and fold your score lines.
- Adhere your lining to the case template – make sure you are concealing the printer’s lines, which means your positioning is correct. Don’t be shy with your adhesive and apply a generous layer, especially on the edges and the score lines.
- Apply a strong adhesive tape to the small flaps and on the long flaps, on the right side of the template.
- Assemble the case and voila, it’s too easy
Few pointers regarding the mini album -
- Cut your cardstock to 3″ by 3″ squares (1 sheet of cardstock makes 16 squares).
- Adhere your photos and journal on the back.
- Laminate all your squares and cut the excess laminating material off.
- Usually this type of albums gets handled often, not to mention it’s tossing and turning in your bag all the time. The laminating helps to keep the album more durable.
- Use only flat elements on your cards so the lamination goes smoothly.
Different Views on the Project
[You can find all the photos on Flickr]