Friday, 15 August 2014

Tutorial - Fold-out Folio Mini Albums

In my tutorial, I show you how to create my new album design for the "fold-out folio" mini album as shown on in the photo on the left. The album is made of 4 sections that unfold, then each section has its own set of pages that unfold. Each album can hold up to 40 photos on the inside pages, plus more photos on the waterfall. You can put 40 full sized 4x6" photos in the 7x5 album WITHOUT any bulging when the album is closed.

Because they can hold so many photos in one compact space, these make great themed albums:  baby shower, school, graduation, wedding, Christening, special birthdays, vacations, all of the family get-togethers... 

The tutorial is in PDF format and contains 37 pages of extremely detailed step-by-step instructions from start to finish with lots of photos I took as I was creating the album. Measurements are included for each piece you will need to construct the albums

in addition to the written tutorial, I'm including free links to my series of unlisted ONLINE VIDEOS that show how to make the album as I create a brand new one from start to finish.

The 7x5 album pictured at the top ("Paradise") is the album I constructed as I was writing the tutorial. It is made with the Surf's Up paper stack by Recollections. In the videos, I make the pink album with the Baby Girl stack by DCWV. You could use any paper you want to customize your album. I give instructions to make the albums in two sizes: the 7"x5" and the 5-1/2" x 5-1/2" (also seen in the photo above).

You can refer to the videos anytime as I plan to leave them online for as long as the service provider can host them. Below is a video that shows the completed albums, as well as additional photos further below.

If you have difficulty viewing the video, you can see it on my YouTube channel at


Top and bottom flaps of the album are open

All four flaps are open. Each of the four flaps contain a folio that can hold up to 9 photos.

Here, the album fully opened (although generally you would want to open each page one at a time)

Here is a photo my latest Halloween-themed album I made following the steps in my tutorial along with a video of the album just below.



To purchase: Please visit my Etsy shop to purchase the tutorial ( Don't have an Etsy account? No problem. Simply email me at and I will send you a Paypal invoice and upon payment, will send you the tutorial by email within 24 hours.

Terms of use: 
By purchasing this tutorial, you can make as many of my Fold-out Folio albums as you wish for personal use. You can also make and sell the albums you make. If selling albums online, please credit me by including a link to my website: “Tutorial for making this album is available from”.

However the tutorial and videos are protected by copyright and may NOT be reproduced or redistributed for free or for profit. 

Classroom Licence - $29.99
If you would like to teach classes on how to make this album, a “Classroom Licence” is available for $29.99. You can teach as many classes as you wish.  Note: Students each need to purchase Personal Use or Commercial Use licences. Student licences can be purchased at a special price if ordered and paid for by the purchaser of the Classroom Licence. Contact me at to purchase.