How to Make a Mini Album With the March Swirlydoos Kit

by Swirlydoos Kit Club

Grab your favorite edge punch, a bit of scrap packaging and your basic tools - we're going to make a mini using the gorgeous "Indigo Dreams" March Kit and Add-Ons from Swirlydoos!


  • Swirlydoos March Main Kit "Indigo Dreams"
  • Swirlydoos March Cardstock Add-On
  • Swirlydoos March Embellishment Add-On
  • Swirlydoos Project Kit Add-On
  • edger punch
  • paper trimmer
  • scoring board
  • double-sided tape or tape runner
  • liquid glue like Aleene's or Zip Dry
  • scissors
  • ruler
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    Cut (2) pieces @ 5"x6" and (1) piece @ 5"x1-1/2" from cardboard packaging, such as the back of a tablet or legal pad.

    Step 2

    Cut (2) pieces @ 6-1/2" x 6" from the Telaga paper. Score @ 3/8" and 5-1/2"; turn 90°; score @ 1/2"; leave the other edge flat.

    Step 3

    Cut diagonally at the outer corners as shown.

    Step 4

    Glue to the 5" x 6" chipboard, folding over at the creases. Don't worry about it not fitting all the way; we'll be covering it up later on.

    Step 5

    Cut a piece of navy cardstock @5"x9-1/2". Score @1-1/2, 1-/34, 2-3/4, 3, 4, 4-1/4, 5-1/4, 5-1/2, 6-1/2, 6-3/4, 7-3/4, 8. Turn over. Score @2-1/4, 3-1/2, 4-3/4, 6, 7-1/4 as shown.

    Step 6

    Fold at creases; the "hills" will be 1/2" high, the "valleys" will be 1/4" wide.

    Step 7

    Glue the "hills" together.

    Step 8

    Adhere to the 5" x 1=1/2" piece of chipboard.

    Step 9

    Adhere to the 5" x 6" pieces as shown, being careful that the inner edges are flush to the folds.

    Step 10

    Cut a 3" x 6-1/8" piece from the Sekar paper. Score @ 1/2 and 5-5/8 and fold.

    Step 11

    Adhere to the center.

    Step 12

    Select the papers for your pages. Cut (5) pieces @ 5" x 12"; fold these in half. Cut (2) pieces @ 5" x 6".

    Step 13

    Adhere the 5" x 6" pieces to the inner sides of the cover.

    Step 14

    Apply glue to the sides and bottom of one of the 5" x 12" sheets.

    Step 15

    Adhere to the first flap at the fold as shown, leaving the top open to form a pocket. Continue with the rest of the papers.

    Step 16

    Time to fill the pages! Cut a piece of the sage cardstock @ 3-5/8" x 10" and fold in half. Cut (3) pieces of pattern paper slightly larger than your photos and (1) @ 3-1/2" x 4-7/8".

    Step 17

    Adhere (2) of the matted photos to the inside of the cardstock and glue this to the center of the first page.

    Step 18

    Adhere the 3-1/2" x 4-7/8" piece to the front. Place the third photo in the pocket on top of the page.

    Step 19

    Cut a piece of the sage cardstock @ 5" x 3-1/2" and another @ 5" x 3-3/4". Score the larger piece @ 3-1/2 as shown. Adhere your matted photo to the smaller piece of cardstock.

    Step 20

    Adhere the next matted photo; place a piece of double sided tape just above the scored fold.

    Step 21

    Place the flap above the first photo as shown, with the photo side out, creating a waterfall.

    Step 22

    Cut a piece of pattern paper @ 6" x 2"; use an edger punch along one side. Adhere to the facing page on (3) sides, creating a pocket. Continue with the rest of the pages, using flaps and pockets.

    Step 23

    Using the stickers and embellishments that came with the Main Kit and Add-Ons, begin to decorate your pages.

    Step 24

    Continue with each page, assembling and decorating as you wish. To see how I did mine, please visit my blog

    Step 25

    All assembled and decorated... and done!!! And there you have it - a quick and easy mini album made solely with the March Kit and Add-Ons and a few basic tools.