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Hold all your album covers
together — are they the same size? Most album covers are 12-1/8"
square, but some are larger by up to a 1/4". Cut off any excess if
you've got an oversized one.
Using the ruler and exacto knife, cut three of the album covers in half
(length-wise looks best). You'll have to measure 6 1/16" in from
the edge (6 and a hair is fine. You don't have to be THAT exact.)
Glue the album covers closed. Use a small brush (or just your hand if
you feel like getting messy) to glue the entire inside of the cover
together. This strengthens the cover and makes it easier to work with.
(Optional step) Cover the pieces in clear contact paper to
"laminate" them. (This way they'll stand up to scratches and
top, bottom, sides
On the backs of four of the six half-pieces, mark a border 3/8"
around the edges of three sides -- one long, two short.
On the long side, start from the 3/8" line and mark every
TIP #1: Because of my total inability to remember which line
on my ruler is 1/8", I like to measure it out on some paper or
cardboard carefully and use that as a guide.
TIP #2: If the measurements don't meet up perfectly at the
3/8" border line, measure again backwards and place the grommet in
between the two marks.
On the short sides, start from the 3/8" line and mark every
Measure halfway up the long way, then, holding the ruler perpendicular
to the 3/8" line, mark every 1-5/8".
Punch holes (using a knife or really sharp pen) on marks. (Don't forget
the corners where the border lines meet!) If you are using 1/4"
grommets, a hole punch will work. If you are using eyelets (and it's a
good idea to do so, considering how many you'll be using in the end) a
punch will be too
big. Take a good ballpoint pen and use it to make a hole just big enough
to fit the eyelet snugly.
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