Saturday, January 22, 2011

Double Fold out CD Album

by Kathy Berger

Double Fold-out CD Folder Album

This album was inspired by a project by Patty Bennet. I found my own way to make it, though, and found it a little easier than with her measurements and instructions. I hope you will give this version a try. Warning... this is not a quick project, but it isn't really difficult, either; just somewhat time consuming. The recipient of this album will be sure to appreciate your effort, though, since it is such a beauty!


  • Paper and Cardstock
    • Bazzill 12"x12" Cardstock, Heather     ( BAZ-6-624   $0.59), 3 sheets
    • Little Yellow Bicycle, Clothesline 12"x12" Cardstock, Cornflower/Cornflower Ledger     ( LYB-P-CL109   $0.79), 2 sheets
    • Coordinated patterned 12"x12" cardstock (I used double-sided cardstock by Creative Imaginations, not currently available), 3 sheets
    • #5 Manila Shipping Tags, 4-3/4" x 2-3/8",24/package     FRA-TAG-L24M   $2.99), 8 tags
    • CD Media folders, 4
  • Stamps
  • Inks and Embossing Powders
  • Embellishments
    • K&Co Cottage Garden dimensional stickers (not available, substitute floral dimensional stickers of choice)
    • Medium Eyelets, Vanilla     (Not available, substitute Gold     AMC-EYE-gold   $1.99), 8 eyelets
    • Organza Ribbon, 1/4", white     ( CR-ORG4-Wht   $0.30/yard), about 2 yards
  • Tools
  • Adhesives
    • Wonder Tape, 1/4"     ( Suz-tape1/4   $3.55)
    • Foam dots or tape
    • Glue stick
  • Other
    • 8 Birthday sayings, typed and printed. (The ones I used are available here .)


  • Cut and score two of the pieces of 12"x12" Bazzill cardstock as follows (number them on their wrong side as follows:
    • 5 1/4" x 12", scored in landscape orientation at 3/4", 6", and 11 1/4" (back and inside cover)
    • 5 1/4" x 12", scored in landscape orientation at 3/8", 3/4", 6", 11 1/4", and 11 5/8" (insert)
    • 5 1/4" x 11 1/4", scored in landscape orientation at 3/4" and 6" (front cover)
    • Two pieces, each 5 1/4" square (insides of back and inside covers)
    • 5 1/4" x 3/4" (this is the size of the scrap left after cutting the third piece, and will be used to cover the inside of the left spine)

  • With the wrong side up, valley fold the first and third pieces.
    The third piece will form the front cover; the first will form the rear and inside covers.

  • With glue stick or other adhesive, glue the right-most panel of the third piece to the middle panel of the same piece, reinforcing the panel.

  • Place strong tape along the inside of the 3/4" panel of the third piece.
    Affix the 3/4" panel to the outside of the left-most 3/4" panel of the first piece, forming the cover.

  • With the right side up on the second piece, Valley fold the first, second, fourth and fifth scores (the ones on the edges).
    Mountain fold the score in the center.

  • Turning the second piece over so the wrong side is up, place glue on the middle two panels, and adhere them to each other.
    This will be the central insert, dividing the two fold out CD panels.

  • Apply strong adhesive tape to the wrong sides of each of the four 3/8" wide panels at the end of the central insert.
    Carefully insert into the 3/4" panel of the cover (not the one that was formed by putting the two front pieces together, but the one that is in the first piece).
    Be sure that the folds in the insert align with the folds in the cover.

  • Glue the two 5 1/4" square panels to the right-most and center panels of the cover, right side up, reinforcing each panel.
    Glue the 3/4" x 5 1/4" panel over the left 3/4" panel so that both the inside and outside of the cover has the right-side of the cardstock showing.

  • The cover is completed; set aside.

  • Fold each of the 4 CD folders so that the CD holders are to the inside, and inside pockets are all facing up.

  • Glue two of the folders together so that they form a "Z".

    Repeat with the other two folders.

  • Using the strong tape, glue the accordion CD units to the right-most and center panels of the cover, with the insert panel between them.

  • Cut the patterned papers into 5"x5" pieces, reserving scraps for the tags, if desired. You will need 10 of the squares.

  • Cover each of the exposed CD panels with the patterned paper, mixing the papers as desired.
    • To cover the panels with the circular punchout, first insert the paper into the holder (right side up), and mark the punchout with a pencil or disappearing ink pen.
      Remove the paper from the holder, and use the 3/4" circle punch to punch the marked partial circle.

      Glue the panel into place.

    • To cover the panels with the cut slot, first insert the paper into the holder (right side up), mark the edge of the slot with a pencil or disappearing ink pen.

      Remove the paper from the holder, and carefully cut along the drawn line.
      Glue each of the two pieces into place.

  • Attach a 24" piece of ribbon to the outside of the front cover, so that the ribbon will be able to extend around the album and be tied into a bow to the right side of the front of the cover.

  • Using a portion of the 3rd piece of Bazzill, die cut the largest of the labels 1 dies.
    Sponge around the piece with the dusty concord ink.
    Attach it to the front cover, over the ribbon, using foam dots or foam tape.

  • Decorate the label panel with the dimensional stickers as desired.

  • Cut a small tag out of the Bazzil Scraps.
    Stamp the "Happy Birthday" from the on it with the concord ink.
    Punch a small hole in the tag using the Crop-a-Dile.
    Attach a small piece of ribbon through the hole.
    Attach the tag to the dimensional stickers decoration on the front panel.

  • The album is completed. Set aside.

  • Cover the front of eight tags with the patterned paper or Bazzill paper as desired.

  • Recreating the hole in the tag, punch a hole through the cover paper with the Crop-a-Dile.
    Attach an eyelet through the hole.
    Tie a length of ribbon through the eyelet.

  • Randomly stamp the tags with the iris stamp or with the script stamp as desired.

  • Tear around the birthday sayings.
    Glue a saying to the front of each tag.
    Lightly sponge ink around the edges of the sayings.

  • Embellish the tags with dimensional stickers as desired.

  • Place a tag in each of the eight pockets in the CD Album.
    Tie the album closed.

Here are some more photos of the various pages of the album, with their tags inside.

I hope you have enjoyed this project and will give it a try. It is really worth the effort!


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