Scrapbook Minibook

Simple Scrapbook for a School Project
Scrapbook Minibook Album
Easy Scrapbook out of every day recyclable materials

Fast, easy and inexpensive to create. Ideal for school projects.
You may have most of the materials at hand.
You can hold your book so the binding is at the top or on the left side.
This is larger than the chapbook (tutorial here) .

You will need:
computer paper — determine how many pages you want plus add 2 more for a title page and a back end page.
Add an extra page if you wish your teacher to write you a note about your project.

2 sheets of  light card stock
paper punch
punch hole reinforcers
bone folder or old credit card
Binding of choice from the list

Read all instructions first, make your binding decision.

Basic instructions:
Using the ruler width, make a margin on the short side (8 1/2 inch) of the paper. (image 1)
Fold on the line. Crease with bone folder.
Mark off 1/2 inch from the edge of the fold, two marks at 2 1/2″ and 6″.
Punch holes at those measurements though the folded edge. (image 2)
You will have four holes.
Do this to all your pages.

Recommended for accuracy: If you wish to eliminate the measuring punch dots per page — make a template out of a cereal box that measures the length and width of your paper from the folded edge.  Use the 2 1/2 inch and 6 inch marks for punching your holes on the cereal box.
Place your template at the folded edge lining up the edges of the computer paper and punch your holes.

Once your holes are punched, add re-inforcers to your holes.
You can do this twice (front) or four times (front and back holes).

Stack your pages so that the fold margin is face down on top of each page.

The Covers
Create two covers (front and back) from light card stock (craft stores that sell scrapbooking supplies have lots of colors or patterns to choose from) just like you did the pages.

Place the front cover on top of the stacked pages with the margin facing down.
Place the back cover underneath the stacked pages with the margin facing up.

Alternative cover ideas — if you want to get fancy.

There are several choices to bind your instant scrapbook.

1. Using a hair elastic, or rubber band, and a stick, craft stick, tongue depressor, dowel, chopstick, skewer, pencil — draw the elastic through the top hole from the bottom,
Add the stick through the elastic.  Stretch the elastic and pull through the bottom hole, and put the stick through the elastic.
You can twist and wrap the elastic for a more secure fit.
I slide the stick up and then add the twist and adjust the binding item.

2. You can tie together using string, ribbon, shoelace, yarn, floss, gymp.
Draw the ends from the front to the back, one end through each hole, then cross on the back, then bring the ends through the opposite hole on the front and tie. The tie will be on the front cover.

3. You can use trash tie twisties or chenille stems but just make sure the ends are concealed so no one will get hurt by the wires.  Use the hole re-inforcers for this method.

4. You can use paper/brass fasteners.  Make sure the prong is long enough to accomodate all your pages.

5.  Check out this neat way of binding using hidden paper fasteners.

6.  If you wish NOT to punch holes for a binding, try this stack and glue method.

If you need to, you can add additonal pages to your book if you created the book above on this page or pictured below.

The book above was bound with an elastic hair band and a chop stick.

A stapled binding was not covered because staples will not hold through all thicknesses making your book more likely to fall apart.
You could not add pages easily to a stapled book.

Other Ideas:
You can create your entire book out of light card stock if you desire following the same method.
Light card stock may be a choice if you are going to use more images, textures or have to glue more things down.

Pages can be typed on the computer also but remember to adjust your margins (depending on where your binding: left or top) accordingly to accomodate the binding.

Make margins on your pages, complete your pages then compile and bind the book.