First and foremost, thank you Laura at Following the Paper Trail for this idea. Laura used a coin envelope and a medium sized office envelope with a clasp to make her album. I tried this and succeeded, but I didn't like how the envelopes showed. (Enter trash bin). SO, I played around with a 12" square of paper and worked out several folding templates.
I finally settled on this one.
1. On one side score the paper at 2 1/2", 8 1/2", and 11 3/4".
2. Turn the paper 1/4 turn.
3. Score the paper at 5 7/8" and 11 3/4".
You end up with a 2 1/2" flap, a 6" center, and a 3 1/2" flap (this replaces the coin envelope).
I have a Z-fold album 95% finished, but I wanted to share my first prototype. The folds and cuts don't show in this pictures, but when I post the "It's Elementary..." mini I will include how I folded and cut the page to create pockets in a how-to photo group.
This was my first experimental page. Since this page I've changed how I taped the page together so the seams don't show. The beige strip is the binding tab and that is cut from a separate paper and added after the folding and taping to the album page is complete.
Again, thank you Laura. I tried to find a direct link on her blog to the Z fold mini, but I couldn't. I think she has a U stream video on it though. I'll keep looking and try to connect directly.
The second prototype is a "Frame Yourself" Mini. I have all the pages cut and glued and the frames cut, but that's as far as I've gotten on that one. Here is a few pictures of the pages. This paper is from DCWV Mia Casa glossy paper stack. There are some really wild papers in the stack. It wasn't easy to tone them down much. The picture frames are from tag cuts on the Picturesque cartridge. I used grommets instead of brads on the front flaps of all the pages as well as on the tags.
Thanks for stopping by. Let me know what you think.