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Creativity Prompt – How To Make A Mini Gate-Album

Friday, September 11th, 2009

Gate Fold Mini-AlbumHow would you like to put together a beautiful mini album – from start to finish – in about an hour?

Sounds good, doesn’t it?

You know what, let me throw in a special feature that will turn your mini album from a beautiful albeit simple board-book into an intricate gate-album that is guaranteed to extract some “oohs and ahs” [I am pretty sure it’s a technical term. Please correct me if I’m wrong].

Are you interested? Yes? Then keep reading.

Oh, wait. Have I mentioned there’s a video tutorial included in the package?

Tools and Supply

How To

[Music with permission is by Josh Woodward from his album “Here Today”]

Step By Step Instructions

  1. Cut all your acetate and chipboard pieces to size and arrange them according to the following chart:
    gate album chart

    The top and bottom acetate (or acrylic) pieces protect your photos. You may leave those pieces out if you wish.

  2. Mark a 1/4″ line – lengthwise – on the respective edges and mark 3 dots on that line – 1 dot in the center and 2 other dots 1″ above and below the center one. Punch these marks with a Crop-A-Dile.

    After you have punched 3 holes on each side on one piece, you may use it to mark the holes on the other pieces and punch them accordingly.

  3. Adhere each photo to the chipboard with a generous application of glue stick. Start with one side, use a brayer to insure strong adhesion, and re-punch the holes before moving on to adhering the photo to the backside.

    You may replace each photo with a 4″ by 6″ sheet of patterned paper or cardstock – whatever works best for your needs.

    If the photo is bigger than the chipboard piece, trim the excess with a sharp craft knife.

    Double check the orientation of each photo, before you adhere it.

  4. Assemble all your layers, following the chart above, and attach together with binding rings.
  5. Embellish!

Gate Fold Album 1 Gate Fold Album 2
Gate Fold Album 3 Gate Fold Album 4


If you have any question, suggestion or remark – don’t hesitate to contact me – either leave a comment here, 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 creations, so don’t be shy and share 🙂