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Mini Album Folio by Liling Payne

Mini Album Folio by Liling Payne

Mini Album Folio

Thank you to Janine for giving me the opportunity to be on my first ever Design Team and I’m honoured to present this first project.

I have been crafting for decades, but only  making Memory Albums for the last few years and recently browsing through Pinterest and videos, I saw light weight Folio style Mini Albums, that I thought were perfect to give as gifts or have memories of events that didn’t need a full size photo mini album to showcase.

The papers I chose only come in a pack of 10 x 12”x12” papers so it was a challenge to think of a folio that would only need approximately 10 sheets of patterned paper as most of the albums I make can use a couple of dozen sheets or more.

I took inspiration from a “Scrappin it up” You tube video to make this project which took about a day to make with breaks in between to allow pages to dry, so it would be ideal for a quick and easy gift project or to do as a beginner album.

 Materials from the Mad Scrapper used in this project

Stamperia House of roses 12x12 – 1 pack (10 Sheets)

Stamperia House of roses Die Cuts – 1 Pack

Prima Marketing flowers Item no 636586

Tim Holtz Idea-ology ruler

Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Victorian Velvet


 My own materials were used as follows:

 A3 pearlised cardstock 160gsm (80lb USA)

Pink glue-on foil 

White paper adhesive photo corners

We R Memory Keepers Crop- A – Dile Corner Chomper

Collal Glue

Double sided adhesive tape


Teflon bone folder

Scor-Pal Scoring Board

Fiskars Pro-cision Paper Trimmer

Place 5x7 photo stamp 


Tip: Prepare all your cardstock page pieces, label them with post it stickies then plan your layout based on the pieces. 

This folio album will hold 6x4, 7 x 5 or even 8 x 10 photos that would need to be cropped slightly.

So here we go: 

Cutting and Scoring guide:-

I still prefer cutting in inches, as most photo sizes are still in inches, but I have given CMs in brackets which you could round up or down for simplicity of cutting.

Middle of folio section:

A. 1 x 9.5” x 7.75“    (24.1 cm x 19.6 cm)

B. 1 x 10.5” x 7.75”   (26.6 cm x 19.6 cm), score and burnish on 10.5” side at 0.5” and 10”, apply    double sided tape onto these tabs and attach B to A to make a page.

Right and left sides:

 C. 2 x 9.5” x 7.5” (24.13 cm x 19.6 cm), Score and burnish on 7.5” side at 0.5” and 1” to give a half inch gusset.  Place double sided tape on first half inch area on both sides of the page and taper up to the first score line.  These 2 sides are inserted up to the first fold line, to the pocket A/B page to seal the pocket and create a gatefold page.

Tip:  Run a glue stick over the tape to give you time to insert the side flaps into the pocket page without it sticking straight away, in fact you can do this with all your taped tabs to give you more time for placement.

Left Pocket:

 D. 1 x 5” x 10.5” (12.6 cm x 26.6 cm), Score on 5” side at 0.5 “and on 10.5” side.  Mitre the corners and fold to form a pocket, apply double sided tape.  Attach pocket to left sided flap at the outside edge.

 Left Flap:

 E. 1 x 6” x 8.5” (15.2 cm x 21.6 cm), Score on 6” side, apply double sided tape, use the corner chomper on the outside corners, then centre on the outside edge of the pocket and attach centred on top of the pocket.

 Right Flaps:

 F. 1 x 6.5” x 8.5” (16.5 cm x 21.6 cm), Score on 6.5” side, apply double sided tape and attach to the outside of the right flap page.

G.1 x 5.5” x 9.5”  (14 cm x 24.1 cm), Score on 5.5” side, apply double sided tape and round the outside corners then attach this flap to the centre of the F page attached previously.


 Waterfall flaps:

 H. 8 x 6” x 7.5” (15.2 cm x 19 cm), Score on 6” side at 0.5”.  These waterfall pages will hold 5”x7” photos.

 Tip:  Mat this page before attaching the waterfall flaps

Now the fun part!

Choose whatever patterned paper you like.  I like to lay them out on each page and flap to see what will match or go well together before I make any cuts.  The following size mats will give you an eighth of an inch border.

If you like the look, then ink the pages with whatever colour you prefer. However in this instance I have chosen not to ink the pages but inked the edges of the mats with the Tim Holtz distress in in Victorian velvet instead of my usual brown or black as I wanted a softer look edge to go with the lovely Stamperia pages.

These mat sizes are for a 1/8” border but you can adjust if you like a wider border around your patterned paper mats:

A. 9.25” x 7.25” (front middle section and base of waterfall page so mat this first)

B. 9.25” x 7.25” (back of middle section)

C. 9.25” x 6.25”, cut front and back pieces.  Mat half inch gusset with 3/8th inch strip if desired or leave blank

D. 9.25” x 4.25” pocket mat.  Mat the inside page of the pocket with a 9.25” x 2.5” piece

E .8.25” x 5.25” cut front and back pieces, use the corner chomper on the outside corners

F. 9.25” x 4.75” cut front and back pieces

G. 8.25” x 5.75”, cut front and back pieces, use the corner chomper on the outside corners


Once all the pages are matted, then you can decide where to add embellishments if desired or where you might place photo mats or journaling cards.  In this project I have used the lovely die cuts that go with the Stamperia papers and also added some photos into insertion points.

I also decided to make a pocket for the back of the folio to hold any extra photos or journaling so

Cut a piece of cardstock at 3.5” x 8.5”, score at 0.5 on 3.5” side then 0.5” and 8” on 8.5” side

Taper the corners, apply double sided tape and attach to the bottom of the back page

The mat size is 2.75” x 7.75”

For the front page, I decided to follow inspiration from JenofEve Designs on You tube, she makes such beautiful covers for all her pdf album templates which are available from her Etsy Shop and she has playlists for all the albums she makes.

 For this section, you can see I’ve foiled some adhesive photo corners which I had previously inked up with Tim Holtz Distress ink in vintage photo


 I cut a 7.5” x 5” piece of cardstock and ran over the outside edges with a glue stick as if I were inking the edges, then I burnished the pink foil over the glued edges to give me a distressed foil effect.  I then added 3 magnets, but mine were small and I thought with all the layers it might not stay put, so if you can get away with 2 larger ones, do so.  I cut a piece of spare patterned paper to a 7” x 5” photo size and attached it to cover the magnets and also a piece of cardstock to act like a photo, but you could add a real photo instead.

I embellished with the Prima Flowers that I glued to a triangular piece of acetate so that they could act as photo corners.  These were a perfect match for the Stamperia paper as well as some of the Stamperia Die Cuts and here’s how it looks finished:


I hope this inspires you to try making a folio album and you can completely change the look of it depending on what type of papers you use, e.g. masculine, geometric, seasonal etc.

Happy Crafting


Sept 2020

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Louise CRosbie - September 27, 2020

And now I want a Full day class to learn how to make one. Soon as we get back to normal. (Could be a while lol).

Patricia Coutts - September 25, 2020

Well done Liling. Beautiful work. Will have to commission you. P❤️

DIane Young - September 25, 2020

I have been honoured to be given one of these by Liling and they are even nicer in real time. Such beautiful artwork and fantastic imagination to produce the Mini Album Folio. You are a truly Talented lady xx

Carrie Dos Santos - September 25, 2020

Beautiful job on this folio! I love how soft and delicate it is, and how you combined the different pattern together. And there are tons of spots for memory keeping. It looks so professional, and the instructions are easy to follow. I want to make my own now!!

DIane Kirkham - September 25, 2020

Stunning! Looks totally professional, love it 😊
What an amazing talent (and patience!) you have xx

Victoria Cañal - September 25, 2020

That’s amazing, are you selling them? They look so pretty, let me know I’ll be your agent, besos

June Way - September 25, 2020

Simply beautiful

Janette Boyd - September 24, 2020

Looks fantastic . Well done Liling ♥️

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