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Cost
$ $ $ $ $
Difficulty
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Time
40 mins

Keep a selection of favorite trip photos handy to share with others.
Use a map or paper from your trip for the covers. Photo corners hold the pictures in place, and a ribbon keeps the book closed. You can even display the book standing open on a shelf—just tie the ribbon to the back, out of the way.

Finished size
5 1?8 " x 7 5?8 " x 1?2 "

Posted by Roost Books Published See Roost Books's 15 projects » © 2019 Erin Zamrzla / Roost Books · Reproduced with permission.
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  • How to bound an accordion book. Travel Photo Album - Step 1
    Step 1

    Notice the paper grain of your medium weight paper. Place the direction of the paper grain top to bottom, parallel to where the accordion folds will be. Piece as many pieces together as you need to reach 50" by applying paste to the end of a paper and overlapping papers by about 1?4".

  • How to bound an accordion book. Travel Photo Album - Step 2
    Step 2

    Trim your papers and book board to size with a metal ruler and craft knife.

  • How to bound an accordion book. Travel Photo Album - Step 3
    Step 3

    Using the ruler and awl (or pencil), measure and mark every other accordion fold along the bottom of the medium weight paper at these measurements: 5", 15", 25", 35", 45".

  • How to bound an accordion book. Travel Photo Album - Step 4
    Step 4

    Fold the paper in, left to right, along
    the fold marks. Burnish. You will have five folds.

  • How to bound an accordion book. Travel Photo Album - Step 5
    Step 5

    Match folded edge to folded edge to
    create the reverse accordion folds. Burnish. You will have four more folds.

  • How to bound an accordion book. Travel Photo Album - Step 6
    Step 6

    Place the map papers face down.
    Place a piece of book board in the very center of each map paper and trace with a pencil.

  • How to bound an accordion book. Travel Photo Album - Step 7
    Step 7

    Trim all corners from the map papers, leaving 1?4" beyond each corner of the penciled-in boxes.

  • How to bound an accordion book. Travel Photo Album - Step 8
    Step 8

    Apply a thin layer of paste to the back
    side of one trimmed map paper. Place one of the book board pieces directly inside
    of the box that you drew. Flip the glued board over onto a piece of waxed paper and smooth to remove air bubbles. Flip it again.
    Fold over the edges, long sides first and short sides last. Smooth. Press until dry. Repeat with the other cover.

  • How to bound an accordion book. Travel Photo Album - Step 9
    Step 9

    Make two marks on the inside of the back cover halfway between the top and bottom edges and 1?2" in from each side. Paste one end of each ribbon at the two marks inside the back cover. Press until dry.

  • How to bound an accordion book. Travel Photo Album - Step 10
    Step 10

    Apply a thin layer of paste to the back side of the first accordion panel. Place it centered within the inside of the front cover. Smooth. Press until dry.

  • How to bound an accordion book. Travel Photo Album - Step 11
    Step 11

    Repeat step 10, adhering the back ac- cordion panel to the inside of the back cover.

  • How to bound an accordion book. Travel Photo Album - Step 12
    Step 12

    Use a pencil to mark the placement of the photos on each page. Place four photo corners to hold a 4" x 6" photo on each page. Fill the album with eight favorite pho- tos. Adhere photo labels 1?8" below each photo.

  • How to bound an accordion book. Travel Photo Album - Step 13
    Step 13

    Wrap the ribbons around and tie in the front to keep the album closed.

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Pearle D.
Pearle D. · Corpus Christi, Texas, US · 12 projects
Thanks for sharing. Great travel journal
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