How to Make a Scrapbook Cover

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Scrapbooks are a great way to store all the things that a conventional photo album can't-- the movie ticket stub from your first date, a sugar packet from the oh-so-amazing cafe in Place de la Madeleine. When you can't find the perfect album in the craft store, one can easily be created with inexpensive card stock and some items you probably already have in your home. The beauty of this project is the versatility; you can decide how many pages long, how big or small, and adjust easily to create exactly what you want.

Things You'll Need

  • Three hole punch
  • Duct tape
  • 1 1/2 feet 24-gauge wire
  • Scissors
  • 1.5 feet 1/2 inch ribbon
  • 2 pieces heavyweight cardstock measuring 3/4 inch by 8 3/4 inch (spine)
  • 2 pieces heavyweight cardstock measuring 10 1/4 inch by 8 3/4 inch (covers)
  • 8 1/2 inch by 11 inch paper
  • Scrapbooking embellishments
  • Adhesive
  • Pen
Handmade scrapbook
Handmade scrapbook (Image: Sonya Nimri)

How to Make a Scrapbook Cover

Step 1

Please see the last slide for an itemized list of tools and materials.

Supplies needed
Supplies needed (Image: Sonya Nimri)

Step 2

Remove the third foot from the paper punch.

Adjust punch
Adjust punch (Image: Sonya Nimri)

Step 3

Space the remaining two hole punches so they punch holes 3 1/2 inches from each end of the punch. Center your 8 3/4 inch spine and affix tape to each side of the punch. This acts as guides for the rest of the punching you will be doing, ensuring that all your pages will line up perfectly.

Center your spine and add tape
Center your spine and add tape (Image: Sonya Nimri)

Step 4

Punch holes in both spines. If your spine is too thick to fit inside the punch, simply peel some layers of paper off of the back to thin it out.

Punch both spines
Punch both spines (Image: Sonya Nimri)

Step 5

Line-up the cardboard spine and cover. Duct tape the two together, leaving a 1/16 inch gap between them so the covers open without tension on the spine.

Tape spine to cover
Tape spine to cover (Image: Sonya Nimri)

Step 6

Poke holes through the tape where the punched holes are using a pair of scissors.

Poke holes with your scissors
Poke holes with your scissors (Image: Sonya Nimri)

Step 7

Trace a piece of decorative paper around the cover starting at the tape-line, and using adhesive, attach the paper to the cover.

Cover your cover
Cover your cover (Image: Sonya Nimri)

Decorating and Binding the Book

Step 1

Punch your 8 1/2 inch by 11 inch paper that will be inside the book on the 8 1/2 inch side, lining it up with the tape.

Punch the paper
Punch the paper (Image: Sonya Nimri)

Step 2

Run a wire through the two holes and twist-tie the wire together. Using scissors, poke ribbon over the wire and tie either in front or back depending on where you want it.

Bind the book
Bind the book (Image: Sonya Nimri)

Step 3

Add your scrapbooking elements to the cover.

Add decorative elements
Add decorative elements (Image: Sonya Nimri)

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