Tuesday, June 28, 2011

How-To Tuesday: Make a TP Roll Mini Album

Happy How-To Tuesday!  Well as I explained yesterday, I am getting just a wee-bit tired of greeting cards lately.  I love making mini albums (here's an envelope album I made a while ago) and I even have a lot of CD case albums up in my etsy shop.  I have always wanted to make a toilet paper roll album, but could never quite get the picture in my mind of how to put it together.

A couple weeks ago, the lovely Emily from Create Serendipity posted the BEST tutorial on how to make these tp roll albums.  I'm not even going to try to take pictures and put my own how-to together, because I think Emily pretty much mastered this one! She inspired me to finally save up those rolls and make my own!

Basic Steps (for pictures and details please go to Emily's post!)

1 - Save your TP rolls (4 or more) and push them down to flatten, so you have a rectangle instead of a roll
2 - Paint them any color your heart desires and let dry. Once mine were completely dry I also smashed them under a huge neurobiology text book (thanks hubs) over night to keep them flat.
3 - Measure your rolls (mine were about 4" x 2.5") and cut your mat papers accordingly to size. I glued my mats on with classic glue sticks and double sided tape.
4 - Mark where you want your binder rings to be, and punch holes for them. I just used a regular hole puncher, and a lot of arm strength (I don't own any fancy binder system, boo)
5 - Cut journal tags for the inside of your tubes if you'd like, and I added a little pull ribbon to each end with a staple
6 - If you want to add more embellishments, knock your heart out! I like to keep mine pretty modern and simple looking, so I kept extras to a minimum.

And here's what my finished product looked like! I was in love with it before I was even half finished with it, this was so much fun to create!

I can't say it enough, thank you Emily for the inspiration!

What do you think? Have you gotten inspired to save up those TP rolls? I think this is also the perfect size for brag books or anything you want to throw in your purse and take with you.

I ended up posting this one in my Etsy shop so I can make another one for myself :)

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  1. Very Cute!! I'm kind of tired of cards right now too! This is such a great idea- thanks for sharing your creation (and Emily's post!). Gonna have to make one.

  2. You always have the coolest ideas! This is awesome!!!