Here's one of the little projects that I originally created and shared a few years ago on a friends blog. It's perfect for Father's day next week. You can have your kids write notes to dad in it or add pictures or gift cards.
Plus, It's a really simple to make. This little project can be made from one, yep ONE, 12x12 piece of paper and a 3.5x12 scrap. Plus, it's easy. Here's what I used to just make the album itself (to decorate it, you can add whatever you'd like)
1 - 12x12 piece of cardstock
1- 3.5 x 12 piece of cardstock
First follow the diagram below.
Score your paper as shown starting at 3", then score at the 6" and 9" mark. Turn your paper and score again using the same measurements so that your paper when it's scored looks like a grid.
Follow the cutting diagram. Dotted lines show you where to cut, be sure to only cut those areas show.
And then fold, accordion style (back and forth) in the direction of the arrow. Here are some photos of some of the steps.
Photo 1: shows the 12x12 paper after it has been scored and cut.Photo 2: shows the accordion folding process.
Photo 3: When you get to the end of your first folded row, fold the corner fold so that the first row folds under your second row and then continue accordion folding the second row just as you did the first. Repeating the process until the whole sheet is folded up into a small square. (refer to the folding diagram above)
Photo 4: Once folding is complete, you should have something that looks like this.
Photo/step 5: Not shown - you need to lay your piece of 3x12 (the green one) paper out in front of you.
Photo 6: Add adhesive to one end of folded paper, and adhere in place at end of 3x12 paper.
Photo 7: Once the first end is secure in it's place, add adhesive to the back square and slightly fold the wallet over so that the back panel can be adhered to the cardstock.
Photo 8: Shows both ends of the cardstock adhered in place. Once that is done, you will have a long piece of 3x12 cardstock remaining. Fold the end over as shown in photo 8 and glue down.
Photo 9: Fold project up to look like wallet and add some type of item to keep it closed. I used adhesive backed magnets.
Photo 10: Your wallet is complete and ready to decorate. I inked my edges to give is a worn look.
Quick Tip: The pages that are formed from the corner folds, where you go from one row to the next, (photo 3) will work best if you glue the back sides or staple them together after you've completed all your folds. (In photo 8 you can see where I stapled mine)