Hello! Maria Lacuesta here with my latest mini book using supplies from the Crate Paper Poolside and Open Road collections. 2015 has definitely been the year of mini albums for me. Like anything else I manage to do with consistency, I found a formula that worked for me and then I just stuck with it.
One of my absolute favorite book binding techniques is the Saddle Stitch. Saddle Stitching refers to a popular method of folding papers and stapling them together along the fold line to form a booklet. All you’ll need is a long reach stapler and I got mine for about $7!
This binding technique requires some preplanning. First, I have to confirm the number of portrait photos and the number of landscape photos I want to use so I can be sure to include enough pages in my album.
Then, I decide on my book’s dimensions. My favorite size is 4.5"x6" because I can insert full page photos without any cropping. Plus, this small size is very cute and easy to manage.
When I’m ready to cut down my papers, I double the width of my measurements because I will be folding my paper in half. For example, I like to mount smaller, landscape photos on pages that are 4 1/2" x 3 3/8". That means, I should cut my paper into 9” x 3 3/8” pages.
After stapling my foundation pages together, I start adhering all my papers, embellishments, and any finishing touches.
Saddling Stitching is such an easy technique. I love putting together really basic foundation pages and then adding more interesting pieces to achieve a layered effect. I can’t wait to create more of these tidy little books and I hope I’ve inspired you to document your own summer memories!