Mini Photo Book

by Angie Tieman

Create an small album that's perfect for gift giving.


  • 1 piece 5 ¼” x 6 ¼” cardstock for album base
  • 2 chipboard coasters cut to 2 ¼” x 3 ¾”
  • 4 sheets patterned paper 2 ¼” x 3 ¾”
  • Totally Tabs stamp set
  • Tab punch
  • 3/4" square punch
  • Bone Folder (optional)
  • 2 Jumbo Eyelets
  • Crop-a-Dile™
  • Eyelet setting tools
  • Corner rounder
  • Adhesive (SNAIL™, Mono temporary, and Sticky Strip™ )
  • Paper cutter with cutting & scoring blade
  • Scissors
  • Assorted stamps, inks, cardstock, patterned paper, and embellishments


  1. Step 1

    Score the 5 ¼” x 6 ¼” album base vertically at 2 ½” and 2 ¾”.

  2. Step 2

    Score the same piece horizontally at 2” and 2 ¼” from the bottom.

  3. Step 3

    Cut away the bottom left corner 2 ¾” wide by 2 ¼” high.

  4. Step 4

    Pre-fold scored lines and corner round top edges.

  5. Step 5

    Cut two pieces of chipboard coasters to 2 ¼” by 3 ¾”.

  6. Step 6

    Decide how you want to arrange the patterned paper on chipboard coaster pieces.

  7. Step 7

    Corner round top outside edge of each chipboard coaster piece and patterned paper piece.

    The corner rounder won’t go through totally, but it will make an indention, so cut along that and then use sanding block to smooth out, if desired.

  8. Step 8

    Adhere patterned paper to chipboard coaster pieces.

  9. Step 9

    Stamp tabs on cardstock scraps and punch out with Tab punch (or use tabs of your choice).

  10. Step 10

    Score tabs and seal shut with adhesive.

  11. Step 11

    Adhere tabs to back side of each chipboard piece, aligning the second one slightly above the first one.

  12. Step 12

    Punch 3/16” hole in white cardstock scrap using Crop-a-Dile™. Center the ¾” square punch over the hole and punch out.

  13. Step 13

    Repeat above steps, but align the square punch over the hole so that it is in the top left corner and punch out.

  14. Step 14

    Using temporary adhesive, adhere white center hole square against score line at the top left edge of album cover and punch 3/16” hole with Crop-a-Dile. Repeat on back side of album against score line at the top right edge.

    The square is only a guideline to punch your hole. Take it off after you punching the hole.

  15. Step 15

    Using temporary adhesive, adhere white square with hole in the upper left corner to the first chipboard piece and punch 3/16” hole with Crop-a-Dile. Repeat for second chipboard piece.

  16. Step 16

    Decorate album cover and chipboard pieces as desired, then insert a jumbo eyelet through the album cover and first chipboard piece.

  17. Step 17

    Set jumbo eyelet with eyelet setter, hammer, and mat.

  18. Step 18

    Insert jumbo eyelet through back album cover and second chipboard piece; set with eyelet setter, hammer, and mat.

  19. Step 19

    Fold up the extended flap piece of the album and apply Sticky Strip™ adhesive around the edges.

  20. Step 20

    Carefully fold up flap piece behind both chipboard pieces and adhere to inside back cover of album

  21. Step 21

    Finished Book Closed.

  22. Finished book open.

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Mini Photo Book. 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.

Fantastic! I'm going to make one of these for my mother-in-law's "Mother's Day" present (which is next Sunday here in France) ! Thanks for the great idea!
Mary-Jane Rousel  |  Wed May 21, 2008 at 9:13 AM
Oh...Angie!! I love your photo book!! Thanks for a wonderful tutorial!!
Rose Ann  |  Wed May 21, 2008 at 9:18 AM
This is so neat, I is on my To-Do -list, as soon as I have time......
Antje  |  Wed May 21, 2008 at 9:20 AM
Look at you gettin' all fancy with a tutorial on Splitcoast! FANTASTIC job, Angie! Love it! Can't wait to try one!
Nancy Riley  |  Wed May 21, 2008 at 9:31 AM
Wow! You rock! This is awesome!
Tisha Copeland  |  Wed May 21, 2008 at 9:51 AM
This is so cute! It is perfect for a purse! I never have pictures of my boys with me. I'm going to make one for me! Thanks so much!!
Paula  |  Wed May 21, 2008 at 9:53 AM
Oh wow....this looks fantastic!
Dawn Easton  |  Wed May 21, 2008 at 11:26 AM
That is so neat!! Thanks for the instructions!
Teresa  |  Wed May 21, 2008 at 11:30 AM
printing it off to make at a later date. Looks
darling. Thanks.
mariann hayes  |  Wed May 21, 2008 at 12:23 PM
Wow...this is super cute! Gotta try it!
Sonja McLean  |  Wed May 21, 2008 at 12:58 PM
This is great, thanks for the think there'd be a way to include a few more pages, and how would you recommend doing it?
2stampis2b  |  Wed May 21, 2008 at 1:08 PM
I had been receiving the weekly newsletter for over one year. Since the breakdown of the internet last month I am no longer receiving your newsletter. Please put me back in the system, I have rejoined on your web site but as yet I am still not receiving the newsletter. Thanks, NJ
njones  |  Wed May 21, 2008 at 1:27 PM
Looks like a really fun project Angie, thanks so much for sharing. Jennifer smile
Jennifer Meyer  |  Wed May 21, 2008 at 1:51 PM
Thanks for sharing this fun project I can't wait to make a few as gifts. smile
Christy  |  Wed May 21, 2008 at 9:30 PM
Great tutorial and darling project. It is on my to-try list! Thanks for sharing!
Sara in WI  |  Wed May 21, 2008 at 9:33 PM
thank you
it's un good idea
sylvie  |  Thu May 22, 2008 at 8:10 AM
Knew this was a "to do" project as soon as I saw it. Thanks so much!
djolet  |  Thu May 22, 2008 at 1:55 PM
wow, very nice project!!
thank you for sharing

Maria Jesus  |  Thu May 22, 2008 at 4:55 PM
Hello to everyone! This is my first post. I love this site and all the creativity.

Super cute book! I just couldn't wait. I had to make one >.< Thank you for the great instructions. You did a fantastic job.
luvjdb  |  Sat May 24, 2008 at 4:00 AM
can you tell me what the chipboard coasters are? I have looked in the book but nothing called coasters unless I am missing something. Thanks Tracy
Tracy  |  Sat May 24, 2008 at 7:55 PM

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