Mini Accordion Album & Tin

by Lori Craig

Create a tiny album and decorate a tin in which to house it!


  • Rectangular hinged tin (3.9” x 2.5”) (Same size that some breath mints would come in!)
  • Source for tins: - item THN4
  • Cardstock (3 pieces) for base of mini album and tin cover: 3 3/8” x 8 ½”, 3 3/8” x 4 ¼”, 2 5/16” x 3 11/16” (for tin cover)
  • Misc. cardstock for layering/decoration
  • Small corner rounder
  • Embellishments
  • Crafter’s Tool Kit
  • Ribbon
  • Adhesive
  • Sticky Strip™
  • Paper trimmer with scoring blade


  1. Step 1

    Score largest piece of base cardstock
    at 2 1/8", 4 1/4", 6 1/4". Fold each panel in accordian fashion.

    Score second (shorter) piece of base cardstock at 2 1/8" and fold in half.

  2. Step 2

    On smaller piece of base cardstock, cut off the upper left corner on a diagonal. This will form a pocket.

    Trim all corners with the corner rounder.

    Hint: Try no more than 2 layers of cardstock at one time.

  3. Step 3

    Fold the pocket around the far right panel of larger base piece of cardstock. Adhere the entire back of the panel and the edges of the pocket to the larger base piece.

    Hint: Regular adhesive (such as SNAIL) is fine for the back, but I use Sticky Strip™ on the actual flap of the pocket.

  4. Step 4

    To line up holes for the ribbon closure: Fold the mini-album up, accordian style and punch a hole in the center of the top panel. Using that hole as a guide, punch the next panel. Repeat until you have a hole in the center of each panel.

    Embellish with your favorite stamps and accessories

  5. Step 5

    Cover of Mini Tin

    Take your piece of coordinating cardstock cut to 2 5/16" x 3 11/16".

    (Optional) Trim the corners with a Corner Rounder.

  6. Step 6

    Embellish as desired.

    Adhere to front of the tin with Sticky Strip™.


    Decorate your tin
    Try these ideas to cover or decorate your tin:

    Spray paint or use Sticky Strip & MicroBeads  [sample]
    Combine spray paint & embossing powder  [sample]
    Cover with mulberry or tissue paper & attach with ModPodge  [sample]
    Use sticky strip & ribbon to cover the sides. Make a panel to cover the back  [sample]
    Cover tin with stamped address labels  [sample]
    Layers of Craft Ink & embossing powder  [sample]

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Mini Accordion Album & Tin. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

I love this tutorial and found it very helpful in making a mini album. I had a little trouble with the scoring measurements on the accordian panels listed here. I changed them a little and scored my panels at 2 1/8”, 4 ¼”& 6 3/8” instead. I found it best for each panel to be exactally 2 1/8" to form a uniform size when folded. I could be missing something or doing something wrong from what you intended. I just wanted to bring this to your attention in case it will help others. Thanks so much for the work you put into this and the great help you've shared with us all, Nan
bergstamper  |  Fri May 30, 2008 at 9:54 AM
This would make a nice attachment to a gift if you want to add a gift in the pocket.

Linda I
Linda I  |  Fri Nov 26, 2010 at 9:48 PM
Беспримерный минус - как-то все сухо…
Bruisadseseen  |  Mon Nov 29, 2010 at 5:32 PM

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