My LSNED 2012 Album – Template and Tutorial Included!

The 1st of September is creeping up very quickly, but I’ve managed to prep my Learn Something New Everyday Album just in time! If you don’t know what LSNED is all about, it’s an annual class by Shimelle Laine, and you can see more details on her blog here.
I’ve taken part in the class for the last two years, and I love both my albums, for the little details of life that are recorded in them. You can see my art-journal album from 2010 here, and my smash-style album from 2011 here. This year I decided to take inspiration from a previous project of my own – my Mini File-Folders Album from my Organisation Celebration weekend. I like the size and fun of it, and I’m hoping it will work well to record this month’s lessons! 
This time I didn’t have an empty soup box ready though, so instead I decided to make a box out of a sheet of cardstock. And just in case you’d like to make an album this style for yourself, I have a template and tutorial for you!

I’m using the Echo Park Every Day Eclectic Collection Pack, with a few other bits and pieces thrown in! 
To start making a similar album of your own, you’ll need a bit of 12×12 cardstock, the sturdier the better. I’ve used a piece of Bazzill Basics textured cardstock in an aqua colour.
You can download the template here – it needs to be printed onto an A3 piece of paper. Sorry if you don’t have access to an A3 printer, but I have included the measurements on the template, so you could draw it onto your cardstock by hand.
Cut the template out, and draw around the outline – I used a ruler to help me keep the paper still, and make sure the lines were straight:
Fold along the dashed lines, and draw them onto the carstock too – make sure you draw them dashed so you remember not to cut along them:
Cut out your box, then score and fold along the dashed lines:
Flip the box over, and apply ultra-strong double sided tape to the tabs which will stick the box together:
Peel off the tape backing and carefully stick your box together:
Decorate the front of your box with papers, letters, stickers, and jewels! I used Foam tape and dots to help some of the details stand out more:
To make the pages, cut a selection of papers down to 4″ x 5½”. Decide on the order you want the pages to appear, and then cut tabs along the top, by measuring half inch square tabs, and cutting off the excess at the top of the paper:

You can leave the tabs like this, or decorate them if you wish. For my previous file-folder album I used a variety of chipboards and other bits for the tabs, but as this is an album with daily entries, I used some Maya Road Numbers to ‘date’ the pages:
I love how they look peeping out of the top of the album – I’ve used kraft in some way or another on each LSNED album so far, a tradition I hope to continue!:
There we go, all ready to fill throughout September. I hope to share some pages from the album every few days. Are you joining in? If so, I hope to see you on the forum! 
I should be back tomorrow with my Month in Numbers! x
14 Comments
  • I’m playing along, too. I’m using a chipboard album with pennant shapes. My album will be on my blog tomorrow.Love yours!!!Rinda

    August 31, 2012 at 10:27 pm
  • That’s like totally awesome. This is my first year so I hope my Amy Tangerine day book will work 🙂

    August 31, 2012 at 10:35 pm
  • Thank you so much!hugs from México!

    September 1, 2012 at 2:09 am
  • This looks a real fun way to do it.

    September 1, 2012 at 7:28 am
  • This is great. Thank you for the template and tutorial!

    September 1, 2012 at 9:02 am
  • Great idea Jennifer and it looks amazing. Can I ask what you use to make those wonderful collage photos with?

    September 1, 2012 at 10:05 am
  • So simple but so so pretty !

    September 1, 2012 at 2:34 pm
  • senoritaml
    Reply

    Thanks for sharing this! I want to try it out.

    September 1, 2012 at 3:43 pm
  • brilliant post and tutorial Jennifer!

    September 1, 2012 at 4:09 pm
  • Ann Marie
    Reply

    SUUUUUPER cute, love those tabs and kraft with the fun colors. 🙂

    September 1, 2012 at 5:15 pm
  • Cute idea!Alison xx

    September 1, 2012 at 5:21 pm
  • Great way to make a mini, will have to check out Shimelle’s class 🙂

    September 1, 2012 at 6:15 pm
  • Cheryl M
    Reply

    How very creative!! I absolutely love it!!

    September 5, 2012 at 1:16 am
  • looks great. I hope to get my album started this weekend

    September 8, 2012 at 8:16 am

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