Making a Concertina Album | Skye Creates | Skillshare

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6 Lessons (43m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Tools and Supplies

    • 3. Cutting the Pieces

    • 4. Making the Cover

    • 5. Making the Inside pages

    • 6. Finishing the Album

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Though it looks complicated, this is an easy project that makes a wonderful gift. Decorate it with photographs, quotes, poetry or love letters for Valentine's Day.  

I'll show you how to make this cute album through every step of the way. Though if you are confident working with paper then you can skip the cutting the paper video and go ahead and cut the materials as follows:
- 2 pieces of the heavy card: 11 x 11cm
- 3 pieces of the medium card: 21 x 21cm
- 10 pieces of the regular paper: 9.5 x 9.5cm and cut
six of these in half diagonally to make 12 triangles
(12 triangles and 4 squares in total).



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Skye Creates

Editor, artist, writer, crafter


I live in a small town in rural New Zealand and work as a freelance editor, writer and digital photo restorer from home.

My passion is arts and crafts and I have taught on Skillshare under the name 'Skye Creates' since 2018. In June 2021 I decided to rebrand myself as 'One Crafty Zebra' and focus on my YouTube channel so that I can reach a broader audience and write craft books instead of video courses.

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1. Introduction: In this workshop, I'll show you how to make these very simple, but very lovely paper and cardboard albums. Albums don't have traditional pages, but open up to a concertina effect. This is a blank one. Here. I've got one that I've decorated with various photographs and stickers. And these are all things that have from my childhood and my teens, My favorite memories and then those folded back like that. Or you can do like this one and make a album of poetry. Will you favorite poems? This would make a great gift for a Valentine's day. Make it ingredient yellow Iraqi read, and whites. Or make it in white and silver for a wedding gift or baby, first year's Book is, the options are endless. It's really a lovely little project for decorating. I make them a lot. 2. Tools and Supplies: Let's have a look at the tools and supplies that you'll need for this project. Firstly, let's have a look at the tools. We're going to use double-sided tape instead of glue. Just find this is much easier to work with it. It doesn't need to dry. It dries instantly. And it's much easier to, to use scissors. Craft knife, a ruler for the craft, not pencil. And something. You can use a year's flat ruler or something, flat popsicle stick or paper score like this one to smooth all the folds and a cutting board. Then for our actual materials, you're going to need two pieces of thick card. I'll show you how to cut them to size in a minute. But to start with, for your cover, the cover of the album, you'll need a thick card. This is around 100 to 2 thousand GSM. So it doesn't bend very easily that this will make the cover. Then some very thin paper, such as wrapping paper, could even use fabric if you want. This is going to be covering the earth card for the inside part of the album. And this should be around 300. At the most, maybe two hundred and twenty, two hundred and fifty GSM. And then for the paper, by fall inside, if you want to use poetry or you put poetry and your album, you might want to print your poetry first before you cut. Now with this one, since I wanted to poetry to be printed on it, I printed them out first. And room, of course, we'll also need the ribbon. 3. Cutting the Pieces: We'll get started by cutting the card for the cover. The cover needs to be 11 by 11 centimeters. So I'm going to start with the first piece. And I'm just going to measure. And with this project, you will need a certain amount of accuracy, especially with the inner pages. Because if they choose small or they're cut skew, they won't work so well. It is important to be accurate. Just cut that now. Caught it'll take a few cuts to it. Discussed a few times. I've done. Oops. That's the first piece, 11 by 11. And I'll just repeat the process and cut the next piece. I've cut my to cover pieces and now I'm going to cut the interior COD. So for that I need three pieces. They need to be 2121 centimeters now. 21 Now since I've got three layers here, I'm gonna take this very slowly settle on a rig. That part now. This way as well. Perfect. Since this is A4 sheet paper that's already 21 centimeters across. So I've now got my square root, 21 by 21. Perfect. So now I'm going to cut the paper. And for this, I need full squares and 12 triangles. So that means I need ten squares, six of which I will cut into triangles. And these needs benign and the heart by 9.5 light before I'm going to put my papers. And mach 9.5 first I'm gonna cut a strip. Perfect. So I've now got two strips that are 9.5. Now do the same to make the second strip. Okay. So that's now four strips. And now I'm going to mark it this way. 9.5 to 3456789. Okay. Give me some extra ones, but that's good. It's always good to have more than you actually need. To start at this end. This way. I've now got my square. So I need four squares, 234, and I need 12 triangles. So let me take six of these, 33 and I've got some leftovers in case I make a mistake. So let's put that to the side. And then what I'm gonna do with these three at a time, just match them up. Mostly. Say with this one tried to be as accurate as you can because at a site problems later on, end to end. Now. So that's six pieces cut now will start putting it together in the next section. 4. Making the Cover: We'll start by covering the cover. Over here. I have origami paper, conveniently already square shaped and it's very thin and lightweight, which makes it perfect for covering the album cover. And I'm going to use double-sided tape to glue it down with taking my paper. Turn it over. Take double-sided tape. Why this.h file using your prof knife helps picking up the edge of the double-sided tape. And then I'm going to fold the paper to secure it. That's the corner. I'm just going to cut away. Split of a triangle. Just to take away some of the paper. Before I fall. Hopes to take the vacuum side as well. Sticky exists in the corner. Target in a little bit. And remove the backing paper folder. That's one covered doubleAll. So I'll just repeat that now with the second cover. I've now finished my two covers. I've covered them in paper and they're ready to guard. And I've decided the orientation that I want and have them this way up, top, bottom, top, bottom. And one will be the front, one would be the back, the covers. And now I need a piece of rebut. Just going to cut it. So I've cut my ribbon. And if you've got satin ribbon like this, you'll notice that the ends do Frey, and there is a trick to do to stop this happening. So I'll show you how to do that now. So I'm just going to trim that. And then taking a match just quickly past the end of the ribbon. Not through the flame, but just close enough and you'll see that it melts the end. And that will stop it from frame. So now if I have cut my ribbon and I've sealed the ends, I'm now going to apply. Now the ribbon goes onto the back cover. So if you're covers are different for the front and the back. But your front one aside for now and it's the back cover that we're going to be using. Make sure you have decided where your top and bottom it's going to be. Otherwise you're gonna put the roadmap in the wrong place. So I've decided that's gonna be my top, that's gonna be the bottom. Turn it over that way. And my ribbon is gonna go across here. The first one I'm gonna do is I'm going to lay down some double-sided tape in the middle of the chord. Structure. Os X doesn't have to be 100% in the middle, but close enough. Okay. So now I'll just take the backing off. Okay. Now taking my ribbon and take the ribbon folded in half. And then this midpoint, No, I'm going to place ever here. So my midpoint then. And now I'm going to lay it and secure it in place with the double-sided tape. Like sorry, give it a good run. So that is the ribbon done. So that will ultimately work like that. So your two end points should be more or less to give. Okay. So that is the cover complete, will now move ahead to the interior pages. 5. Making the Inside pages: Now we'll make a start on the inside of the album. For this part will only pay per scorer. And the three sheets of medium cod start with the first one. Unless you've got a glossy side on one side and the Met side on the other. It doesn't really matter which side of the card you face up or down will stop with this. So with the first step, I'm going to fold in half horizontally. And easy way to make sure that you're folds are 0s properly lined up, is to match the core, the corners, and the age. And then from that, once the ages are matched up, they impressed down. That way you'll make sure your paper doesn't move. And then taking your paper script score, just Smiths that fold down. Open it up. And I'm going to fold again in half. Cone. It's cooler outside. Okay. So I've paid off, folded my paper in half twice. And as you can see, the folds of four are facing outwards. So my COD is facing this. Now I'm going to turn it upside down or facedown. So now I've got the peaks of the false facing towards me. And from here, I am now going to fold the card in half again, but diagonally. So I'm going to match this corner to that corner there. Again, hope the corners down, and then move back this way. So trying to make sure and make sure that you can go, you go through the middle point as accurately as you can. Take a bit of time just to match up all the corners and some pieces. This way. You've got a cold there and makes constitute default. So I do exactly the same with the altitude pieces. Goes for his second piece again, unless you stick and piece of pie, piece of code. And I'm matching the corners, pressing down and something else. And then in half again with the false pointing, pointing down, I'm now going to turn it upside down so that the faults are pointing upwards. And I'm going to fold it in half. Again, this time diagonally matching the corners and the central point here at P as I can. And I'll just do the third piece and then I'll get back to you. I've now folded my three sheets of cod and now we're going to glue them together. So let's take one of the sheets and with the false face down. Now on both the faults, I'm meaning the horizontal and vertical folds with those facing downwards. So in other words, this is the back, back face up. We're gonna apply double-sided tape to the two squares here. Sorry, let me start. We'll start with, but doing that doesn't have to be absolutely perfect. And if you've got little bits left over like that, put them in the middle. Extra, extra gluing this. So now I've got my blue S8 ready? And now we're going to attach the other pages. One square on this end, one squared on that ain't. So we'll do this slide first. I'm going to use my craft, not just so that I can. Lift the backing of the type of an easier. I've removed my backing and now I'm going to apply my card. And now this one, you want to try and make it as accurate as possible so that the folds all meet up properly. So the easiest way is to try and first match this corner into that corner and then try for those two corners. They do this same procedure for moved on by backing type. And now I'm gonna take my next piece of card and lining up the corners. I'm going to put it into place. And they regard the inside pages are complete now. So we've glued all three pieces of cod together to make our concertina. And now we'll start adding the interior papers. Now for these, I don't mind using a glue stick because some double-sided tape is going to take forever to put them all in. But you can use double-sided tape if you want to. I do recommend using a glue stick rather than a liquid glue just because it'll be easier to drive faster and better. So I'm going to just start gluing those into place. I'm going to start gluing my paper sections onto the card. For this, you can use a glue stick, since double-sided tape will take all time to cut and for pair, but you can certainly use it if you prefer. But I prefer to use a glue stick rather than a liquid glue for this. Now, I'll show you in a good way of using a glue stick. Have some scrap paper available, and a sheet of white clean paper. And I'm going to take my first squared. And now again with your paper, if you've got a right-side up, like you've got poetry printed on there, then you'll be putting your right side down obviously. So right side down. And I'm just going to put some glue on there. And I'm going to do over the edges onto the scrap paper. So I make sure I'm applying the blue very evenly. So don't be shy puddles on the inside. And then taking the glue paper and carefully apply it. Now we want to leave a little bit of a space so that our papers choice card shows up. And then apply it. And then taking your clean piece of paper, lay it over and rub. This way. It just provides a really nice smooth and he surf surface. And just doing it this way just makes a gradient awesome Swedes and also prevents you leaving any marks on the paper. And there we go. So now I'm gonna do whatever triangles sign parses, right side down over the edge, leaving a little bit of space. Okay, I'm going to continue gluing in my pieces. And then I'll come back to you for the last step. 6. Finishing the Album: I've cleared in all my papers on my card and now we're getting ready for the final step. So I'm going to fold this all back together. Reinforced fold, link. So fucking. So our next stage now is to attach our cover pieces. So it doesn't really matter which you use, but just decide for yourself which end is going to be the front and which end is going to be the back because that kind of fits the cover placement. And just going to now apply my tape. So we'll do that first. And I'm going to apply my double-sided tape onto my card. Done before. Again, it doesn't have to be right up to the age just as close as you can make it as good enough. And if you want to reinforce this with a liquid glue, you can do that as well. I just find that sometimes using the double-sided tape is great to help with. It, secures it while the glue, that liquid glue dries. So I'm going to just put double-sided tape down. Okay. So I've attached the double-sided tape to my two ends. And now we're going to attach the cover. Now for this part, we want to make sure we have decided we're ok. So this is how my album is going to open out. I'm gonna make this my front and back. So I'm going to have my front cover and back cover. Now. Let's get ourselves just orientated so that we get what was right. I want the back cover needs to be with the long part of the ribbon. To your left. So that that's going to wrap around once you've glued it. And then the front cover face up towards you for the time beaks. So just so that I know, now, when we glue everything, it's all going to work correctly. Otherwise, it will be back to front or upside down, etcetera. Okay, so I'm just gonna put that aside for now. So those are the fronts. And this is the back. I'm going to turn this over just so don't get confused. So this is the back I'm gonna live marked corner there which has to match with that corner there. Yes. Just double-check. Double-check, double-check because if you glue it the wrong way around than you cover is going to be back to front. So I'm just going to double-check that again. Once I've included there, it will open up like that. And then the front reps round like sir. Okay, so what I'm gonna do, I'm actually going to turn it over that way. That corner matches with that corner over there. Okay. I'm going to remove my backing tape now. And then I'm gonna add some liquid glue as well. Actually, just a little liberal application of liquid glue just for extra adhesion. And then lead type actually just provides the support so that it doesn't slip out of alignment while glue dries. Okay, so that's more than enough group. And now I'm going to put my, this term. I'm going to actually just take the two together and making sure I'm lining this all up correctly. Line up your corners before you press down every garden. That looks good, right? One final check. Yes, that's correct. It's carried. So that's the back cover. All happy with that. Now the easy part is just to apply the front cover and remove the backing types. Add a little bit more glue, just extra matching them. So here we want to try and match up the corners in this corner to that corner. So that covers or at least sort of square with each other. And they may regard maybe go. And then all you have to do is tie the ribbon. And there we go. Completed album. And I'd let that dry overnight. So before you start doing any more work on it. And otherwise these your album. And it's ready for you to start decorating in evil however many you choose. Well, I hope you've enjoyed my tutorial and thanks for watching.