Scrapbook How-To: Hand Stitch a Mini Album

Hand stitch the binding of a folded mini album to hold the pages in tightly and emphasize the handcrafted nature of your project. This type of binding is perfect for small albums that you want to dress up with ribbon, leather, or metallic cording, or another specialty fiber. This is also a good option for mini albums that include more pages than will comfortably go through your sewing machine. Vary the size of the holes to fit the ribbon by using hole-punching tools or a paper piercer.

Stacy Cohen made the Sisters mini album for Scrapbooking Tips & Tricks: Tools & Techniques to showcase her cute daughters relationship. She chose ribbon that matched the girlish look of her mini album, tying it in a big bow to finish the look.

Sisters Mini Album by Stacy Cohen for Scrapbooking Tips & Tricks: Tools & Techniques

Sisters Mini Album by Stacy Cohen for Scrapbooking Tips & Tricks: Tools & Techniques

Create the look:

Step 1: Cute cardstock and transparency sheets to 6" x 12"; fold in half.

Step 1: Cut cardstock and transparency sheets to 6″ x 12″; fold in half.

Tip: Spritz the cardstock behind the transparency with spray ink to add extra color to your mini album cover.

Step 2: Punch holes through middle seam, approximately 1/2" apart, making sure your pages are perfectly lined up before punching holes to avoid uneven binding.

Step 2: Punch holes through middle seam, approximately 1/2″ apart, making sure your pages are perfectly lined up before punching holes to avoid uneven binding.

Step 3: Thread a long piece of ribbon through holes. Tie a tight bow. Trim ends.

Step 3: Thread a long piece of ribbon through holes. Tie a tight bow. Trim ends.

Tip: Tie the ribbon tightly so the pages don’t move around.

Close up of finished binding.

Close up of finished binding.

 

 

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One Response to Scrapbook How-To: Hand Stitch a Mini Album

  1. Debs says:

    So sweet!

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