Monday, October 6, 2014

Halloween Mini Accordion Album

Hi all! I hope you're not getting tired of my Halloween projects, because I have another one for you! This time it's a little mini album that I think you're going to love.

I created this project for this month's challenge from Inspiration Emporium. By taking Eileen Hull's Mini Album die and turning it sideways, I created a portfolio. And here's the fun part...

I added envelopes to create accordion pockets that hold tags. Perfect for scrapbooking your Halloween memories!

Here's how it came together:

  1. I started with envelopes from Walmart that measured 4 3/4" x 6 1/2". I sealed them and then cut 1 3/4" off of one edge.
  2. Next, I mixed some Brushed Corduroy Distress ink with water and misted the envelopes. The new Distress Stain sprays would be perfect for this, but I don't have them yet. :(
  3. When the envelopes were dry I added a strip of Scor-tape to the top back of each envelope.
  4. I cut Ranger's #10 tags down to 5" so that they would fit into the envelopes. I added various trims to the top and decorated them with paper from My Mind's Eye.
  5. To create the album cover, I adhered more paper from MME to a piece of cream mat board and die cut it with Eileen's Mini Album die. I decorated the front with dies from Eileen and coordinating papers.
  6. For the spine of the book, I scored a 4 3/4" x 3" piece of black cardstock every 1/4" and then folded it accordion style.
  7. Next, I added Scor-tape to hold the envelopes in place and adhered the spine to the book. (If I did this again I would adhere the pages to the spine first - this was a learning experience!)
  8. Finally, I adhered the envelopes to the spine and then to each other.
To give the accordion part a more finished look, I added Tim Holtz's Tissue Tape to the edges. To create the closures, I used the album die to cut two closure pieces from Grungeboard, I painted them black and then added brads. Velcro dots secure them to the album cover.

I love that this little album can sit up on its own and be a decor piece, as well as an album. I hope you're inspired to make one of your own. It would make an adorable Christmas album as well!

All the supplies I used can be found at Sizzix and Inspiration Emporium via the links below. Remember, at IE you can use my coupon code - stamptramp - to save 10% on your order.


  1. OMG... love it ( of course I think I love everything you make) ! This is just so very creative... so fun. love the colors and ALL the small details !!

  2. Nope, not getting tired of your Halloween projects. Keep um coming. Love how this all came together. Such a great addition to the Halloween decor.

  3. Wow Shelly, this is absolutely fantastic, I love what you have done with Eileen's album die - very clever and super creative. I could never tire of seeing Halloween makes! Anne x

  4. It's awesome, Shelly!

    I LOVE all your Halloween projects! :)

    Claudia x

  5. Gorgeous Shelly, I adore your mini album my address is.......(only kidding lol). Love the papers and I love the fastenings too. Gorgeous piece and very creative x

  6. I love this book!!!! I can see this for other seasons/occasions very easily!!!! LOVE IT!

  7. I absolutely love this idea and, of course, had to order that mini-album die! :) I love everything you make, Shelly!

  8. SO very very beautiful.
    Hugs Astrid

  9. Such a clever design! Must try this Shelly. Thanks for sharing. Jenny x

  10. Great design! I love how to turned it!
    How fun to make one for Christmas!
    Great job Shelly!

  11. Love this piece of work Shelly... cute and so practical for those special Halloween keepsake pictures... Love it ... Love, Light and peace... Bonnie

  12. Tired of your projects? I think NOT....Love your mini! TFS girl :D

  13. I always enjoy your minies!!! This one is one of my favorites ^.^

  14. Ive always wanted to try the accordion style art, this give me lots of inspiration

  15. Oh wow this is so dinky and clever Shelly! Wonderful detailing as always - love how you threaded the ribbon thru the idealogy on the front! Thanks for sharing. Nicola x


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