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Made from Scratch: Accordion Album

Made from Scratch: Accordion Album: Accordion Album

Taught by Tammy Tutterow

If you have a few scraps of chipboard and some sheets of cardstock, you have the makings of an awesome mini album, and this class can show you how!

Have you ever had the perfect idea for a mini album and wanted to get started on it right away but didn't have a album in your stash that would work? Or maybe you had a project in mind and shopped and shopped and couldn't find the album you needed? The answer to your problem might be right in your stash of scrappy supplies, and you didn't even realize it! The answer is Made from Scratch!

In this class, you will make an accordion album from scratch that is packed with fun elements. The emphasis is on the construction of the album, so that you can take what you learn and use it again and again. The next time you are struck with inspiration and need an album, you won't need to search for one, because you will have the knowledge and tools to make one yourself from scratch. Though it takes a little more time and a little more effort than with a ready-made album, you will love the sense of accomplishment when you see what you have made from just a few basics.

  • Instant access
  • Private online classroom
  • Audio message
  • PDF handout
  • PDF templates
  • Student gallery

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A Note From Tammy

As a lifelong crafter and office-supply hoarder, I knew scrapbooking was for me, but I struggled with making pages. I love to look at what I create. I want to see my creations in my home and marvel in my own creativity (c'mon, admit it, you do too!). I didn't want to create art and then tuck it away in a book. I had an "aha" moment one day when I realized that I wasn't a scrapbooker. Really, I was a crafter who loved scrapbook supplies. What I wanted to do was to "make things." Since that day, I've been very fortunate to have the opportunity to make things for several manufacturers, and I've been blessed to share my love of making things with others through teaching. 

Made from Scratch includes:

  • Welcome note from Tammy in the classroom
  • Supply list with live links to product resources
  • Voice message available as streaming audio, downloadable MP3 files, and transcript
  • A 20-page, colorful instructional handout with step-by-step instructions for creating a basic accordion album
  • A bonus hand-stitching handout
  • Printable accordion album guides for easy reference 
  • Three different design guides to personalize your album
  • Downloadable PDF templates for book elements
  • Private posting gallery to share your work and view the work of your classmates 
  • Multiple album variation ideas posted by Tammy in the gallery
  • Instant access
  • Private online classroom
  • Audio message
  • PDF handout
  • PDF templates
  • Student gallery

The list below reflects the supplies needed for the blank-canvas version of our book, as I will be demonstrating in class. If you would like to substitute patterned paper in place of some of the cardstock, the amount needed is noted above where appropriate. I will provide supply lists with the photos of my completed books in the class gallery for those that wish to dress up their books like those examples.

  • paper trimmer
  • ruler
  • scissors
  • paper piercer (optional but recommended)
  • piercing mat (optional but recommended)
  • bone folder
  • embroidery size sewing needles
  • pencil
  • hole punch
  • corner rounder
  • Thermoweb Super Tape, double sided tape
  • Thermoweb, Memory Tape Runner XL
  • adhesive stick
  • Thermoweb Mounting Adhesive Sheets (optional)
  • decorative paper tape, book binding tape, or wide sticker strip (optional)
  • computer printer for printing templates
  • two pieces of 5” x 7” pieces of medium weight chipboard
  • one piece of 12” x 12” smooth textured cardstock (for the accordion, so choose your color based on the color you want your pages to be)
  • three pieces of 12” x 12” cardstock for the book cover (This is for the blank-canvas version. If you substitute patterned paper, you will need two patterned papers and one sheet of cardstock to match.)
  • five pieces of 12” x 12” cardstock in contrasting color for elements cut from templates (This is for the blank canvas version. Patterned paper may be substituted for all five pieces.)
  • three pieces of 8 1/2” x 11” (or larger) plain vellum
  • Bazzill Basics envelope (optional)
  • embroidery floss (any color to complement paper selection)
  • Royalwood waxed linen thread (optional)
  • 10 mm brads (color of choice)


A "How-To Project" is a step-by-step eCourse that you can complete at your own pace. Comprised of video or audio files, PDF downloads, supply lists, and more, these eCourses take the guesswork out of planning and completing a creative project. This classroom will be available for access and download in your account until January 31, 2015.

Just follow the instructor's lead, add your own creativity and perspective, and then upload your finished project to the private gallery included in the online classroom.

How-To Projects do not include a message board to chat with fellow students or live interaction from the instructor. But you can always interact with us by emailing Enjoy!


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