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How to make ring binder scrapbook album at home

How to make ring binder scrapbook album at home

Have you ever wanted to make a custom scrapbook album from your own favorite fabric or patterned paper? Maybe you’re using an unusual scrapbook page size that doesn’t fit in store bought albums or maybe you cannot find albums at your local craft supply store. Whatever the case is, if you’re landed here, it means you want to make your own scrapbook album with ring binders and everything!

In a previous article, Cristina shared how to make a hardcover album. She used elastic strings to attach smaller notebooks inside the album. In this article, I’ll show you a similar album but this one will use binder mechanism so that you can insert pages as you go whether these are pocket pages or traveler’s notebook spreads.

How to make ring binder scrapbook album at home

Here’s the list of supplies you’ll  need

  • Chipboard sheet
  • A piece of fabric
  • A thin cardboard for lining
  • Patterned paper for decoration
  • Binder mechanism
  • Double sided tape
  • Awl tool or one punch tool (if your punch tool can punch through a chipboard)
  • Screwdriver
  • Bone folder
  • Pencil & ruler

How to make ring binder scrapbook album at home

How to measure the album size

Depending on the insert page size you’ll use, you need to add at least 2 inches to the width of the album cover and 1 inch to the height so that your insert pages doesn’t stick out of the album and got ruined.

In my case, I’ll use 3×8 inch traveler’s notebook size inserts with this album. So, my measures for the album cover and back are 5 inch by 9 inch. And the spine size is 2 inch by 9 inch.

How to make ring binder scrapbook album at home

Where to buy ring binders

Before going through with this tutorial, you might wonder where you can find ring binder mechanisms. I bought mine from Aliexpress. They are way cheaper than what you would’ve bought from Amazon. But there is a little catch, they might come without screws. One of mine was without it so, now it’s useless unless I order again. The shipment process from Aliexpress might take 45 days or so internationally. So, keep that in mind.

Making the album

Cut out two pieces of chipboard in the size of 5×9 inch and one piece in the size of 2×9 inch (if you want to change your album size, see above for finding the measures.)

How to make ring binder scrapbook album at home

For one of the 5×9 inch pieces, measure 1/4 (0.25) inch from the long edge, and draw across a line with pencil. Align your binder mechanism with this line and mark where the screw holes are.

How to make ring binder scrapbook album at home

With awl tool, punch through these marks. Make sure the binder mechanism’s screws are able to go through these holes.

How to make ring binder scrapbook album at home

Lay the cut pieces on the ground. From left to right, they should be aligned as, front cover, spine, back cover. And separate them from each other by 1/8 (0.125) inch. This space will allow album cover to be folded nicely.

How to make ring binder scrapbook album at home

Put your fabric on top of the chipboard pieces, and cut the fabric around the edges of album. Make sure the fabric is slightly larger than the chipboard by at least half an inch.

How to make ring binder scrapbook album at home

With awl tool, mark where the binder screw holes are on the fabric. And widen these holes with scissors just a little bit so that screws can go through.

How to make ring binder scrapbook album at home

Take out the fabric, and put some adhesive on the chipboard. And stick your fabric onto them. Make sure that the holes align. I am using a double sided tape. If you’re using a liquid adhesive, leave it to dry.

How to make ring binder scrapbook album at home

How to make ring binder scrapbook album at home

Flip the album from bottom to the top so that the order of the chipboard pieces is still as follows; front cover-spine-back cover.

How to make ring binder scrapbook album at home

Cut the corner of the fabric at an angle and fold the excess fabric in using a piece of tape or with the adhesive you have in hand.

How to make ring binder scrapbook album at home

Align a piece of thin cardboard paper with the inner side of the album. I left 1/4 (0.25) inch on each side of the corners. Therefore, my liner paper size is 8.5 inch by 11.5 inch. Once you align one side, secure it with a clip. Then start applying your adhesive under the paper. Go from one side to the other to make sure it’s aligned properly.

How to make ring binder scrapbook album at home

Once you’re done, with the help of a bone folder, score through both sides of the spine. Rather than using the tip of the bone folder, use the side of it so that you don’t tear the paper like I did here.

How to make ring binder scrapbook album at home

Fold the album back and forth to let the spine takes it shape.

How to make ring binder scrapbook album at home

Once again, with awl tool, punch through the liner paper from the back of the album.

How to make ring binder scrapbook album at home

This step is optional if you want to use a custom pattern inside the album. Cut a piece of patterned paper to the size of liner and stick it like we did with the liner paper. I printed a floral pattern from Photographer collection and used it only on back and cover sides because the photo paper I used to print cracks when folded. So I intentionally left the spine open. You might use your pattern full, covering front, back and spine, if your paper can handle folding.

How to make ring binder scrapbook album at home

Punch through the patterned paper as well so that you can see the screw holes for next step.

Place the screws from the back of the album.
How to make ring binder scrapbook album at home

Put the binder mechanism in place. And secure it with the other piece of screw.

How to make ring binder scrapbook album at home

And that sums up how you can make a custom binder ring album at home. I hope you enjoyed it!

How to make ring binder scrapbook album at home

Did you like this tutorial? If so, comment below to let me know your takeaways from this article.

As always, keep documenting because life’s worth recording.

How to make ring binder scrapbook album at home

Elif Sahin

Hi there! I’m a graphic designer, memory keeper, and fond of simplicity. I love producing quality supplies that’ll make scrapbooking process easy and fun for you.

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  1. Reply

    Ashley U

    August 21, 2019

    Great tutorial. I would never have thought to make my own album. Might need to do this for my December Daily album!

  2. Reply

    Sierra

    August 21, 2019

    Awesome idea! I appreciate the step-by-step walkthrough!

  3. Reply

    Brisa

    August 20, 2019

    Great tutorial! Thanks!

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