Inspired by my heightening stacks of instant photos, I decided I needed more places to put them than just in a box somewhere in my closet. So gather up some of your favorite instax photos and read on for how to make your very own photo album!
I feel that I must apologize for not being able to write an article last month for my series; it was quite a hectic month for me. I had finals for school, my brother’s graduation, and a trip to Taiwan for the last part of May. Seeing as I’d missed writing my last article, this month’s craft was a bit more time consuming to make up for it.
Alright then, let’s begin; chop chop!
You will need:
- Instax photos (This tutorial can work with any other sizes and types of photos)
- Construction paper/cardstock (colors of your choice)
- Scissors (paper cutter if you can’t cut straight like me, haha)
- Pencil/light marker
- Exacto knife
- Two pieces of thin card board
- Photos, clippings, negatives, etc., to decorate your covers
- One hole puncher
1. Cut your thin cardboard pieces into equal sizes (My covers were 4×9.5 inches).
2. Decorate your covers with however you want (You can coordinate the color of your cover photos with the string/ribbon and the cardstock that will go in your photo album). I used the Supersampler box for my cardboard pieces. Cereal boxes would work nicely too! I made the mistake of adding too many decorations, making it incredibly hard to punch through them. So try not to layer too many things onto your covers.
3. Then, mark the edges of the covers that will be the spine with dots, 2 centimeters apart. It doesn’t matter which side you write on because the dots will be punched out anyway.
Your covers should now have nice little holes in them!
4. Next, cut your cardstock/construction paper so that they are half an inch skinnier and one inch shorter (mine were 3.5×8.5 inches).
And so begins the tedious work…
5. Do the same markings for the holes that you did with the covers. Drawing a light line to one side of the dots makes it easier to make the holes straight.
If you don’t care about the alignment of your photos in the album, go ahead and skip these next few steps. I have to warn you all that this is the worst part about the project!
6. Okay bear with me for this, I promise that making this piece will help a lot when you make the cuts for all of the papers…Use a scrap piece of paper for this make-shift ruler.
- Cut it the same height (8.5 in) as your inner papers, and as wide as one instax photo (approx. 9.5 cm).
- Put a tab on bottom right side, 1.5 cm long, and 1 cm wide. Make a mark on the top side 1cm away from the original ruler. Make a mark on the bottom side .5 cm away from the original.
- Make marks on both sides of the paper, six on each side by twos. Start the first dot on the top left 1 cm from the top. The first dot on the bottom right is also 1 cm from the bottom. Every other dot is 8 cm apart.
I know this is probably extremely confusing, so refer to the photo!
7. Use your make-shift ruler to mark each paper with dots that you will connect with the exacto knife. The first three dots will be on the LEFT side.
*Line up the “ruler” using the 1 cm mark on the tab to the right edge of the paper and make marks on the LEFT using the TOP dot from each set of the two dots on the “ruler.”
*Move the “ruler” LEFT so that your bottom 1.5 cm tab lines up with the edge of your paper now. Mark the BOTTOM dots on the LEFT side of the paper.
*Don’t move the “ruler”, make marks on the right side for each TOP dot from the sets of two.
*Move the “ruler” LEFT again so that mark on the bottom of the tab lines up with the top dot marks you made on the RIGHT side. Make your BOTTOM dot marks now.
These weird instructions should give you six dots on each side of the paper, in which connecting them would give you three forward slashes on each side.
8. OKAY, now that you’ve finished marking every paper, simply use the exacto knife to connect each set of two dots.
9. After you’ve made all the cuts, your instax photos should fit nicely into the papers. You will be able to fit three per page with my measurements.
10. For the finishing touch, line up all of your papers with one cover on each side, and thread your ribbon or string through it. Loop it in a spiral fashion and make sure to leave enough on each side to tie a knot.
11. On both ends of the book, loop the string/ribbon through the same last hole a few times. Then loop your string/ribbon through your last loop and tie a couple knots!
After that, you should have a nice little photo album, perfect your instax photos! Thanks for reading!
Creative crafts and words by Natalie Fong. Originally from Taipei, Taiwan. Natalie now lives in Honolulu, Hawaii. Read more of the Creative Corner series.