How to Make a Graphic 45 Mini Trunk Book Album

by Sandy Trefger

Create a special mini trunk book box to hold photos of yourself, your favorite person or of a special occasion. This project features the beautiful Graphic 45 Once Upon a Springtime Deluxe Edition.


  • 1 12x12 Once Upon A Springtime Deluxe Collection
  • 1 Once Upon a Springtime Chipboard Tag
  • 1 12x12 Kraft Chipboard
  • 1 12x12 Kraft Cardstock
  • Multi Matte Medium
  • Prima Flowers, Mini Sachet Meadow
  • Pink Rose Buttons
  • Sheer Green Ribbon, 1/4" width
  • Light Yellow Green Rick-Rack Ribbon
  • Gathered Twigs Distress Ink pad
  • Mesh Canvas Material, Light Yellow Green
  • Clear Wink of Stella
  • Art Glitter Designer Adhesive
  • Iridescent Sequins
  • Graphic 45 Metal Key
  • Metal Key Hole
  • Tim Holtz Metal Hinges (2) Small Size
  • Brads to attach metal hardware
  • Pearls, Pearl Leaves, Assorted Flower Buttons
  • Metal Butterfly Charm
  • Decorative Metal Brad and Eyelet
  • 1/4" or 3/8" Scor-Tape
  • Glossy Accents
  • Mitering Tool or Ruler
  • Bone Folder
  • Paper Trimmer & Scissors
  • Piercing Tool
  • Score Board
  • Large Basic Grey Magnet Paper Snaps (+ and -)
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    Gather your supplies to create this gorgeous Mini Trunk Book Album! You can use assorted trims and elements from your stash to make yours uniquely your own.

    Step 2

    Cut chipboard: 2 each@ 4 3/4" x 3", 2 each 3 11/16" x 2 1/4", 4 each 3 11/16" x 3/4" and 4 each 2 1/4" x 3/4" . Also cut your patterned paper: 2 each 7" x 5 1/4" and 2 each 4" x 5 3/4 each.

    Step 3

    Glue a 4 3/4" x 3" chipboard piece to the BACK side of a 4" x 5 3/4" piece of paper, centered side to side and top to bottom. You will make two of these for your covers.

    Step 4

    Allow to dry for a few minutes.

    Step 5

    Use a mitering tool or your ruler to angle cut all four corners. You will want the cut to be about 1/8" from the tip of each corner.

    Step 6

    Apply Scor-tape to all four sides of the paper edges on both pieces.

    Step 7

    Remove the tape backing and attach the sides down on all four edges. Use a bone folder to miter the corners to have a nice finished corners.

    Step 8

    If necessary, add a bit of glue to the corners before attaching the sides down.

    Step 9

    Glue a 3 11/16" x 2 1/4" piece of chipboard and the 3/4" wide pieces to the back side of 7" x 5 1/4" paper. Make sure you leave about 1/8" space as shown in the photo. You will make two of these.

    Step 10

    Cut along each end of the short chipboard, then make an angle cut as shown. Also glue down the edges onto the chipboard as shown to have a finished edge.

    Step 11

    Apply glue to the back side of each flap and pull up the chipboard to form a box. Line up the corners and attach the flap to the outside of the short sides.

    Step 12

    Once assembled, you will have two boxes like this.

    Step 13

    Ink all the edges and corners of your boxes and the two pieces you made for the covers.

    Step 14

    Line up the two boxes together, use a pen or pencil to mark the holes of your hinges.

    Step 15

    Use a piercing tool to make the holes for the hinges as marked on your box.

    Step 16

    Attach the two hinges to your box with brads. Open up the prongs on the inside and secure with a bit of Glossy Accent. Make sure you do not glue your box shut. Allow to dry.

    Step 17

    Your box should look like this when the hinges have been attached. Next you will add the covers to the front and back of the boxes.

    Step 18

    Cut two pieces of paper 2 3/4" x 4 1/2" and glue to the backside or inside area of each chipboard cover piece that you wrapped earlier.

    Step 19

    If you want a ribbon tie closure, attach your ribbon now. If you plan to use a magnetic closure you can add it later. Apply Scor-Tape to each large side of the boxes on the outside.

    Step 20

    Peel off the tape backing and attach a cover to the box. The cover needs to be flush with the edge of the box on the hinge side and centered top to bottom. Repeat for the other side.

    Step 21

    Cut and ink 2 pieces of patterned paper 3 7/8" tall x 2 1/4" wide for the inside of the boxes. Glue one into the left side only. Set the other piece aside until you attach the fold out album pages.

    Step 22

    Cut 2 each 12"wide x 3/4" tall paper strips to pattern the inside walls of each box section. Use glue and start at one corner, wrap & attach all the way around on the inside, crease corners as needed

    Step 23

    The inside of the left box section should look like this. The right section should have paper on the sides only as you still need to create and attach the fold out album pages.

    Step 24

    From Kraft cardstock, cut one piece 12" x 3 3/4". Score the 12" side at 2 1/4", 4 1/2", 6 3/4", 9" and 11 1/4" to fold up into the right side of the box. See next step before attaching into the box.

    Step 25

    Round the corners of each section and ink the edges of the fold out pages before attaching into the box.

    Step 26

    Use scor-tape or glue and attach the short tab into the right side of the box so that the pages easily fold into the right section.

    Step 27

    Glue the remaining 3 7/8" tall x 2 1/4" wide paper into the right side of the box covering the short tab that holds the pages into the album.

    Step 28

    If desired, create a pull knob on the first album page with a decorative metal brad and an eyelet. Punch a hole on the page where you want the pull to be. (Continued in next step)

    Step 29

    Insert the eyelet from the back and then insert the brad from the front through the eyelet. Open the prongs, secure with tape. You do not set the eyelet but use the height of it for the pull.

    Step 30

    Pattern the pages with papers from the collection. Fussy cut different elements to decorate the outside of your box, the inside and each page. Add assorted flowers, ribbons, trim, buttons & charms.

    Step 31

    Magnetic Closure: Add black cardstock to the back of a key hole. If your box is already patterned on the inside, glue the top portion only to the top part of the box.

    Step 32

    Cut the prongs off of two brads and glue the brad heads to the holes of the key hole. Attach a large magnet paper snap on the opposite side of the box on the outside as shown in this photo.

    Step 33

    Attach an opposing magnet paper snap to the back of the keyhole as shown in this photo. Do not cover the magnets with paper. You want them exposed so they can slide apart when you open your box.

    Step 34

    Step 35

    Also add photos on some of the pages along with fussy cut elements and other decorations.

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    Thank you for watching my Snapguide Tutorial. I hope you will create your own Mini Trunk Book Album. Happy Crafting! ~Sandy