Non adhesive, no sewing mini instagram photo book

July 27, 2014
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by Kim
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Hello friends, today i want to show you how to make this cute mini 12 pages instagram photo book, it’s great for personal collection or give it to someone as a present. What i like about this little book is, it’s non adhesive and no sewing. All you need is a paper, a small piece of scrapbook or chiyogami paper for the cover, a ruler and a craft knife.

 

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Cut a piece of 11″ x 2.75″ paper from an A4 or Letter size paper. Fold the paper in half lengthwise, open it up and fold in the other direction in half, then accordion fold to create 8 panels. Unfold the paper, (you will see the fold lines as the sketch below) use your craft knife  to cut along the vertical fold between 6 inner panels and mountain fold the paper in half lengthwise. (see photo 1) Accordion fold the paper (photo 2 and 3) to create the pages. Note: the last page ends up being a bit less wide than the pages, but it won’t be noticeable after we put the cover on.

pamphlet-fold-sketch

pamphlet-fold-instruction

 

For the cover, cut a piece of 5.75″ x 3″ scrapbook paper, or color paper (photo 1 below). Fold the top and bottom in lengthwise to meet in the middle, make sure the cover is a bit taller than the pages (photo 2). Wrap the cover around the pages, align it so you have equal length on each side (photo 3) and fold the flap over (photo 4). Repeat the same on the other side. Then insert the end pages inside the cover flaps (photo 5). Here, you have a 1.5′ x 1.5″ mini book! (photo 6)

 

Mini-Book-Cover-Instruction

 

To add  photos to the pages without using glue, i cut a diagonal slit at all 4 corner of the pages so i can tuck in the photo (see image below). Another option is to print the image directly onto the paper before folding. I’ve created this template (download) in Adobe Illustrator, you can easily insert your images to the space indicated in the file. (You need to know how to use Adobe Illustrator)

 

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So that’s it! Below is the mini instagram photo book of my Jackie. I created the cover design, if you like to use it, you are welcome to download this freebie PDF file. :)

 

jackie-album-cover-1 jackie-album-cover-2 mini-book-inside-page

 

You could use this mini book for other things as well, like a stamp book or for flower petal collection, poem, little journal, drawing… anything you could think of that’s small enough to fit. Total adorableness! :)

 

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mini-book-stamp

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12 Comments

  1. Mollie July 29, 2014 3:50 pm

    This is great! I’ve made books with a similar fold, but never with so many pages or with such a sweet little cover. Well done!

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    • Kim July 29, 2014 6:18 pm

      Thank you (^。^)

      Reply
  2. m.e. July 29, 2014 7:03 pm

    Well these are simply adorable. So tiny & perfect! I can’t believe you didn’t use any glue to put this together – very ingenious. Thanks for sharing!

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    • Kim August 4, 2014 9:49 am

      Thank you m.e. I love your miniature egg shell bedroom sculpture, they are amazing! I love all things miniature as well. :)

      Reply
  3. Jocelyn Ho August 4, 2014 4:47 am

    I am proud of you LiKim

    Reply
    • Kim August 4, 2014 9:59 am

      Thanks Jocelyn. :)

      Reply
  4. Hannah August 11, 2014 4:13 pm

    Love it, saw this a few minutes ago and made one already :)

    Hannah.
    http://surfjewels.tumblr.com/

    Reply
    • Kim August 20, 2014 1:24 pm

      Saw your mini book, really nice! And i love the heart shape paper you used on the cover. ♥

      Reply
  5. Sophia Harrision August 20, 2014 12:35 pm

    Omg these are brilliant i dont have any scissors and they still worked! Used stickers for front cover and named my book minecraft to build book. Defonatley going to recomend. Sorry comment is so long i dont mean to be a bore

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    • Kim August 20, 2014 1:22 pm

      I’m glad it works. Stickers are a great idea!

      Reply
  6. Kristi October 27, 2014 3:10 am

    I love this so much!! But I’ve been trying to figure out for so long now how you made the thicker version? Did you just use a longer strip of paper, or did you make several and somehow attach them together?

    Thanks so much!!

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    • Kim October 29, 2014 11:35 pm

      Hi Kristi, the thicker version is made from several of the small one but i have to use glue. I just added to my picture thought they look good together. :)

      Reply

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