Saturday, June 14, 2008

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Bamboo Skewer Mini Album Tutorial

Happy Saturday! Hope y'all are enjoying your weekend! Here's a quick tutorial on the bamboo skewer mini album. Thank you, Sarah Jane, for reminding me to post this. I'm so bad! I had totally forgotten that I promised to show this...I must starting writing things down! Sheesh, getting old is rough!

Step 1: Score a sheet of 12x12 cardstock in half at 6". Then cut at 6" the other direction. (There is a score mark there, it's just really hard to see, sorry!)

Step 2: This is how the "pages" will look when laid upon each other. Note: you can use another sheet of 12x12 cardstock to make more pages.

Step 3: Punch a 3/16" hole (the larger one) with your Crop-a-Dile on both ends of the album.
Note: you can also use a 1/4" punch (I used the one from SU last year before I had the CAD.)

Step 4: These are the materials you need to bind the album: a bamboo skewer and some elastic hair bands.

Step 5: You will need to cut off the end of the bamboo skewer, so you can make a guide mark to show you where to cut (like shown) or I normally just put it next to the book and hold it with my finger where I need to cut.

Step 6: Using regular or heavy scissors, cut the end off at the mark.
NOTE the DANGER: the sharp, pointed ends go flying when cut, so be careful! I would not do this with children around. Even when I attempt to hold it low to the table and close to me, some still go flying!

Step 7: Take the elastic hair band, starting at the inside of the album, and pull it through the hole to the outside of the album, looping it over one end of the bamboo skewer.

Step 8: Take the other end of the elastic hair band and pull it down through the other hole (it will be a little tight and stretchy!), looping it over the other end of the bamboo skewer on the outside of the album.

Step 9: When finished, this is what the inside of the album will look like.

Step 10: This is what the outside edge of the album will look like. (Sorry for the blurry photo!)

Lastly, decorate the inside and outside pages as you wish! Here is the book I made for myself to have my students sign. I used two 12x12 sheets of cardstock (one blue and one red/white patterned paper), and I layered them every other sheet. For the student books I used one 12x12 sheet of blue, and 1/2 sheet of the red/white patterned paper. I wanted mine a little bigger so I could add more photos. If you have any questions, feel free to email me or post in the comments and I'll respond.

Thanks for stopping by! Have you stamped something today?


Donna Baker said...

this is SOO cool, Angie! you are one smart cookie

chloe said...


Anonymous said...

THANK YOU!! and Thank you from my gr 5/6/7 -- the girls are going to love doing this!

Wanda said...

This is FABULOUS. I just LOVE it! TFS

Rosie said...

Now that's a tutorial even I can follow! Thank you so much!

Anonymous said...

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! I love the photo tutorials!!!!!

Yvonne Randall said...

Thank yo so much for the helpful and well explained tutorial. I'm going to give that a go straight away.

Nancy Ward said...


Congratulations for one incredible idea! This is a good as it gets, and your tutorial is outstanding.

I included a reference to your blog on mine (June 17 entry). If that's not OK, please let me know.


Kimmarie Baker said...

What a great idea! Thanks for all the directions, I can't wait to try it!

Dettao said...

what a great and simple idea! Love it. I live in Bedford so we are practically neighbors!

Sueli Pinheiro said...

Muito boa essa dica. Gostei!

Fabi Ormerod said...

Great tip...creative, simple and cute! Tks for sharing. :)

Rosana Garcia Hess said...

Lovely....I´ll feature on my blog. Hope you don´t mind.
Hugs from Brazil