Monday, January 24, 2011

Double CD Fold-out Album

Double Fold-out CD Folder Album

A few weeks back I saw a double fold-out CD folder album project kit and instructions by Patty Bennet . I fell in love with the project, and thought it would be the perfect way to deliver my Christmas gifts to my mom and dad (who live 3000 miles from me). I ordered the on-line instructions, and set to work to make the album. It was a great success, in spite of the fact that I sometimes struggled with the instructions.

The struggles I had led me to look at the project differently, and to rework the project from the bottom up. What follows are my version of the fold-out album, with my own measurements, patterns, and instructions. I hope you will enjoy them, and find them easy to follow.

*Warning - this is not a quick project, but it isn't really difficult, either; it is just a bit time consuming. The recipient of this album will be sure to appreciate your time and effort, though, since it is a stunning beauty!


  • Paper and Cardstock
    • Bazzill 12"x12" Cardstock, Heather, 3 sheets
    • Little Yellow Bicycle, Clothesline 12"x12" Cardstock, Cornflower/Cornflower Ledger, 2 sheets
    • Creative Imaginations,Mon Ami collection, Bell Raie, 3 sheets
    • #5 Manila Shipping Tags, 4-3/4" x 2-3/8",24/package, 8 tags
    • CD Media folders, 4 folders
  • Stamps
    • Penny Black clear stamps, Allegro
    • Prima clear stamps, Vintage Script
    • Stampendous Clear Stamps, Hot Rocketz
  • Inks and Embossing Powders
    • Distress Ink Pad, Dusty Concord
  • Embellishments
    • K&Co Cottage Garden dimensional stickers
    • Medium Eyelets, Vanilla, 8 eyelets
    • Organza Ribbon, 1/4", white, about 2 yards
  • Tools
    • Spellbinders Nestabilities Die Labels #1
    • Provo Craft Cuttlebug Machine
    • The Scor-Pal
    • Fiskars 12" Deluxe Portable Paper Trimmer
    • Crop-A-Dile
    • 3" round Hydra Sponge
  • Adhesives
    • Wonder Tape, 1/4"
    • Foam dots or tape
    • Glue stick
  • Other
    • 8 Birthday sayings, typed and printed. (The ones I used are available here .)


  • Cut and score two of the pieces of 12"x12" Bazzill cardstock as follows (number them on their wrong side as follows:
    • 5 1/4" x 12", scored in landscape orientation at 5 1/4", 6", and 11 1/4" (back and inside cover)
    • 5 1/4" x 12", scored in landscape orientation at 3/8", 3/4", 6", 11 1/4", and 11 5/8" (insert)
    • 5 1/4" x 11 1/4", scored in landscape orientation at 3/4" and 6" (front cover)
    • Two pieces, each 5 1/4" square (insides of back and inside covers)
    • 5 1/4" x 3/4" (this is the size of the scrap left after cutting the third piece, and will be used to cover the inside of the left spine)
  • With the wrong side up, valley fold the first and third pieces.
    The third piece will form the front cover; the first will form the rear and inside covers.

  • With glue stick or other adhesive, glue the right-most panel of the third piece to the middle panel of the same piece, reinforcing the panel.

  • Place strong tape along the inside of the 3/4" panel of the third piece.
    Affix the 3/4" panel to the outside of the left-most 3/4" panel of the first piece, forming the cover.

  • With the right side up on the second piece, Valley fold the first, second, fourth and fifth scores (the ones on the edges).
    Mountain fold the score in the center.

  • Turning the second piece over so the wrong side is up, place glue on the middle two panels, and adhere them to each other.
    This will be the central insert, dividing the two fold out CD panels.
  • Apply strong adhesive tape to the wrong sides of each of the four 3/8" wide panels at the end of the central insert.
    Carefully insert into the 3/4" panel of the cover (not the one that was formed by putting the two cover pieces together, but the one that was formed by scoring the first piece).
    Be careful that the folds in the insert align with the folds in the cover.

  • Glue the two 5 1/4" square panels to the right-most and center panels of the cover, right side up, reinforcing each panel.
    Glue the 3/4" x 5 1/4" panel over the left 3/4" panel so that both the inside and outside of the cover has the right-side of the cardstock showing.

  • The cover is completed; set aside.

  • Fold each of the 4 CD folders so that the CD holders are to the inside, and inside pockets are all facing up.
  • Glue two of the folders together so that they form a "Z".

    Repeat with the other two folders but so that they form a reversed "Z".
  • Using the strong tape, glue the accordion CD units to the right-most and center panels of the cover, with the insert panel between them.

  • Cut the patterned papers into 5"x5" pieces, reserving scraps for the tags, if desired. You will need 10 of the squares.
  • Cover each of the exposed CD panels with the patterned paper, mixing the papers as desired.
    • To cover the panels with the circular punchout, first insert the paper into the holder (right side up), and mark the punchout with a pencil or disappearing ink pen.
      Remove the paper from the holder, and use the 3/4" circle punch to punch the marked partial circle.

      Glue the panel into place.
    • To cover the panels with the cut slot, first insert the paper into the holder (right side up), mark the edge of the slot with a pencil or disappearing ink pen.

      Remove the paper from the holder, and carefully cut along the drawn line.
      Glue each of the two pieces into place.
  • Attach a 24" piece of ribbon to the outside of the front cover, so that the ribbon will extend around the book and be able to be tied in a bow to the right side of the front of the cover.
  • Using a piece of the 3rd piece of Bazzill, die cut the largest of the labels 1 dies.
    Sponge around the piece with the dusty concord ink.
    Attach it to the front cover, over the ribbon, using foam dots or foam tape.
  • Decorate the label panel with the dimensional stickers as desired.
  • Cut a small tag out of the Bazzil Scraps.
    Stamp the "Happy Birthday" from the on it with the concord ink.
    Punch a small hole using the Crop-a-Dile.
    Attach a small piece of ribbon through the hole.
    Attach the tag to the dimensional stickers decoration on the front panel.

  • The album is completed. Set aside.
  • Cover the front of eight tags with the patterned paper or Bazzill paper as desired.
  • For each tag, where the hole in the tag is, punch a hole through the cover paper with the Crop-a-Dile.
    Attach an eyelet through the hole.
    Tie a length of ribbon through the eyelet.
  • Randomly stamp the tags with the iris stamp or with the script stamp as desired.
  • Tear around the birthday sayings.
    Glue a saying to the front of each tag.
    Lightly sponge ink around the edges of the sayings.
  • Embellish the tag with dimensional stickers as desired.

  • Place a tag in each of the eight pockets in the CD Album.
    Tie the album closed.

Here are some more photos of the various pages of the album, with their tags inside.

I hope you have enjoyed this project and will give it a try. It is really worth the effort!



  1. Wow, I am a new follower and will definitely be stalking your blog, amazing, you are so very creative. I have been enjoying the hop. TFS.
    If you have a moment visit my blog.

  2. What a fun project, Im officially Inspired! ScrappyScavenger at yahoo dot com

  3. Beautiful projecs and thanks for the great tutorials!! I just added you to my follow list. ;-)

  4. wow, I love the card and the album!


    Becky.mayhewlear AT gmail DOT com

  5. Thanks for tsharing, I love the album, you are so right that it's a beauty, when I have some time I want to try it, and the pop out card too. Thanks for sharing the details. I am now a follower.
    Melissa D

  6. I love your album!! Hydrangeas are my favorite! I just became a follower and will be checking often, great stuff!

  7. What a gorgeous mini-album! And, the card to go with it make it just the perfect gift! I so appreciate your pictoral tutorial--I love being able to see things, and be able to go back and forth easily. I'm your newest follower--I'll be back to see what other gorgeousness you create! You can find me at ks jennings dot and/or

  8. Fabulous projects. Thank you for giving such detailed instructions. I am a new follower and look forward to seeing upcoming projects

  9. WOW!! Beautiful!! I hear you!! I made and am making heirloom BIble on CD albums and wowzers---the time---but it is all worth it right? ANd hyrdrangeas are what my sweetheart studmuffin gave me when our son was born----20 years ago! :) The cupcake card is cute cute!! Thank you so much! be blessed!

  10. Boy you been busy what great projects You need to do videos Thank You


  11. I am an excited new follower, your work is spectacular!! Looking forward to more of your creations!!

  12. WOW!!! Busy Lady.. Both CD holder and Card are Amazing! TFS


  13. Gorgeous!!! Your projects are just fabulous. I'm a new follower.

  14. Oh I love both of the projects that you created. I am thrilled that you are hopping along with us. This is my first hop as well. I love that your directions are so clear and I am going to make both of those projects. Thanks for sharing.

  15. Gorgeous!
    Just became a follower..Would love it if you decided to follow my blog.

  16. Wow, it turned out beautiful, but looks like a lot of work! You must have more patience than me! :)

    I'm a new follower!


  17. Wow! I love your projects ..thank for all the details on both blog rocks!!..:)


  18. WOW!!! You do AMAZING work!!! Love them BOTH!! I'm a new follower and am glad I found you. :) Thanks for sharing.

  19. Amazing! And you shared the directions! Love both projects!!! TFS and the chance to win.

    Christel a.k.a. Scrappin' Sista

  20. Beautiful CD holder, wonderful instructions! Cute card! Thanks for a chance to win.

  21. B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L!!!!! You are super talented. I am now a follower.

  22. SO CUE!! Bookmarking this page to try the card and album when I get crafty!! Thanks!!!!!

    slotr04 at yahoo dot com

  23. Wow! Great projects! I am really impressed. Great instructions. TFS
    I am enjoying being in this blog hop with you.

  24. THANK YOU! for putting the directions on your bog to these fabulous projects. I can't wait to try these! I hope I win! They are lovely! I am now a follower and hope you can check out my blog.


  25. Gorgeous mini album & thanks for the instructions. I'm now following you.

  26. This comment has been removed by the author.

  27. Wow. I am amazed and astonished. You are so talented!! I love making mini albums for people but have never done anything like that cd folder album ... when I get spare time *ha* I may have to try that!! Thank you for such great instructions.

    I clicked on 'Follow' before I even made it to your second project - for sure I am going to be lurking / creeping / stalking your blog for inspiration!!

  28. Love them both!! :)

  29. Love your work!!!!!

  30. Your project is so cute. Thank you for the chance to win. I am also a new follower.

  31. Your project with the cd album is so cute. Thank you for the chance to win. I also became a new follower.

  32. So glad I found you! That mini album is amazing! Now a follower thanks to the Blog Hop!

  33. Delighted to find you on this blog hop and I LOVE your creations!

  34. i love the album! and I so want to try that card! tyty

  35. OMG! Such wonderful project and thanks for all of the instructions. Love the mini album the colors are so beautiful. I am partial to mini albums though.

    endurapuppy at yahoo dot com

  36. Kathy what great projects TFS them with us. you did a great job on your first blog hop :-)
    NYGIRL1994 at yahoo dot com

  37. the cd album is an awesome idea, thanks so much for the direction, my mom also lives thousands of miles from me and she would love something like that!! thanks soo much for sharing!!!!

  38. OK that is great!! I will definitely be filing this away under project I want to do! TFS!!


  39. Kathy, what a cute project. Great attention to detail. I love the tags.


  40. These cards are GREAT! And thank you for the detailed instructions!!

  41. This is so gorgeous! I love your mini and your cupcake card!

  42. Wow you, by far, have the most clear, detailed instructions I have ever seen on a blog! Amazing! Are you an engineer? ;) Love your work. I am a new follower and also a follower of Picture Keeper.
    XO ~ Amy Jo (new follower)
    amyjrockstar at gmail dot com

  43. Wow Kathy, your CD holder is impressive. I love hydrangeas and the blues are beautiful. You did a wonderful job and I've never seen anything like it. The cupcake card is as cute as can be too!

    Thanks for sharing...Tracy :)

  44. OMG! What a beautiful album! Thanks so much for including the instructions. I don't like it when I have problems following instructions as it makes me wonder if I'm the stupid one or if it was the person who wrote the instructions. I'll definitely be giving this project a whirl very soon. Thanks for sharing your talent and inspiration with us.

    lucyblueeyz at yahoo dot com

  45. I'm a new follower. Thank you for being a part of a really fun blog hop. I love your purple album.

  46. Kathy, your projects are truly awesome! Thanks for including the instructions and materials used!

    I have some candy going on at my BLOG!

    Thanks for sharing!
    Hugs, JennRo
    jennro7781 at yahoo dot com

  47. I am a new follower. I like you CD album project you instructions are very informative. I also like you cute card. TFS Susan

  48. The album is just beautiful!!
    Love the card too!
    Thanks for all the instructions.

    thanks for sharing and for the chance to win:)

    new follower

  49. OMG. This CD album is awesome. Wow, wow, wow! Great job! Happy Birthday. I'm a new follower.

    stacy at mycraftingtime dot com

  50. I'm a NEW follower
    Come and BEE a follower on my blog
    Rebecca Minor

  51. I am new at all of this, your project was awesome, I like how you showed how to make it,,,Am hoping to get good as you and the other bloggers are, Great Job!!!

  52. This is great. I love all the detail work.Thanks for sharing.

  53. Fantastic!!! That's a whole lot of heart and soul in that album!!! Love it! Would love to make one! And your card is pretty great too! TFS

    arcocha at yahoo dot com

  54. WOW! This is gorgeous!!
    ra6352 (at) gmail (dot) com

  55. Awesome projects That card is really cute and the album is beautiful. Thanks for the detailed how to's.

  56. Wow your projects are amazing. Thanks for the how to do. I bet your parents love all of your hard work and thought that you put into their gifts. Will have to give them a try. ;0)

  57. Your album is amazing and your card is really cute too! Well done!
    qtme2003 at yahoo dot ca

  58. Awesome tutorials!

  59. OH I so want to win this I can't believe the time you put into this. It is absolutely amazing!!! I became a follower and I will be

  60. WOW ! what great projects ! TFS :) new follower :)

  61. Wow how beautiful!!! Breathtaking.
    I'm now a follower.
    Thanks for the chance to win.
    annadowdy at gmail dot com

  62. OMG Just beautiful!!!! Love both projects:) TFS. I'm a new follower!!!

  63. Oh my goodness, this is absolutely gorgeous! You're so very talented!

    I'm a follower of your blog & Picture Keeper on facebook!

    Thank you so much for sharing!!!

    okj83 at live dot com

  64. WoW..your projects are spectacular! I love the CD album and you bet I will be trying that one! TFS!!

  65. These are amazing!! I will definately give the cd holder a try. Thanks for sharing.

  66. Great job. I love the album Thanks for sharing and offering the opportunity to win.

  67. I like the CD Folder Album. Very well thought out instructions. Thanks

    Mike at sbcglobal dot net

  68. I love your mini album! Thanks so much for the instructions.

  69. Your mini album is beautiful. Love the hydrangeas and all the instructions. I booked marked it so I can go back and try it myself. You are amazing. Thanks for sharing and I am a follower. patnbobcuddy at gmail dot com

  70. I really love bought of your projects, the detail are awesone. I will be making your album for sure. I also want to try your pop up card. I have just recently found your site by way of the birthday blog hop but it is going to be a regular stop. I love your work.

    Katsews at Gmail dotcom