The way a meander or maze album is made is the reasoning behind the name. Any size square paper will work but it must be square. So if you have a 12″ x 12″ piece of cardstock divide it into fourths equally (at the 3″, 6″ and 9″ measurements) then score and fold. Do this again in the other direction (your paper should resemble a tic tac toe game with one extra line in each direction). Then on one side cut the first score line up to the last score that runs in the opposite direction being careful not to cut past the score line. Rinse, lather, repeat on the last score line. Turn the cardstock half way around so that the uncut side is facing you and rinse, lather, repeat on the middle score line. At this point your cardstock should look like a giant M or W. Next you just start accordion folding at one end and continue to the other end.
They make great little brag books for holidays.
If a 12″ x 12″ piece of paper is used the album will measure 3″ wide x 3″ high. If a cover is added the album will be a little larger. It will have 16 pages, and depending on how the pages are glued together they can have 6 pockets and 6 tags or even more than that. They can hold 28 photos sometimes even more than that.
You can even cover over the spine with paper, fabric or ribbon to make them look more like a cute little book.
Depending on how the pages are glued together you can have top loading pockets or side loading pockets or a combination of top and side pockets. You can even completely glue the pages together to create an album with no pockets. Great for passwords or a small journal for a pre-teen.
They can be as fancy or as simple as you want them to be.
You can even have a little fun and put two or three or more albums together to make a thicker album like I did here.
For fun just to see how small I could go I made one with an 8″ x 8″ square and 6″ x 6″ square of paper.
The album on the left is made with an 8″ x8″ square. The 6″ x6″ is on the right. I did put tiny little tags in the one on the right and tiny little photos could be put into both albums.
As you can see I went a little wild making a lot of these albums (they’re very addictive, fun and cute).
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