How to Create a 49 and Market Album

The benefits of 49 & Market Folio albums include their high-quality construction and design, their versatility, and their ability to hold a large number of photos, journaling and other keepsakes. These albums are made with premium materials and feature unique designs that are perfect for a variety of occasions, such as weddings, birthdays, or travel. They also have plenty of space for journaling and other personal touches, making them ideal for preserving memories and telling a story. Additionally, these albums can be customized and embellished in a variety of ways, making them a great choice for crafters and DIY enthusiasts.

However, it can be overwhelming to get started. Which pieces do you need? How do you assemble it? Where do you even begin?

That’s what I am going to help you with. For me, the hardest part was trying to visualize the finished mini album when I didn’t even know what was possible. Therefore, I have created a video that walks you through assembling the pages in each of the Foundation Page packs. A second video walks you through adding pages to a Folio and shows you 2 completed albums. 

I’ve also documented each of the albums and the Foundations Pages used in this article, so keep reading and scrolling!

Foundations Memory Keeper Folios

There are 2 types of folios that are featured in this article – the Foundations Memory Keeper Tri-Fold and Quad Folios. Consider these the shell for your albums. The pages will be adhered inside these folios. 

The folios can be decorated in many different ways to customize them and make them unique to your project. For both of the samples, I covered them with patterned paper and added a 5″ x 7″ photo to the front. 

The tri-fold folio opens up to three panels. The center panel has a flap with magnetic closure. Pages fit within this area. Because the flaps enclose the pages, this is a great area to hold memorabilia or lose items. My suggestion for the tri-fold is to add 2 sets of pages – one in the flap area and one on the right panel. 

The quad folio opens to four panels, but does not have the center flap. My suggestion for the quad folio is to add 3 to 4 sets of pages.

One thing to keep in mind is that albums are meant to be looked at and handled. A photo on the front may get scratched. If this is a concern, you may choose to add a title, embellishments or some other decoration to the covers.

The folios are both available in black and white. They are a chipboard folio structure with space to build. The tri-fold measures 6.625″ x 8.5″ x 1.5″. the quad folio has the same outside dimensions but is thicker at 2.375″. Each folio has a built-in magnetic closure.

Foundation Pages

There are 3 different sets of Foundation Pages – A, B and C. Like the folios, each page set is available in both black and white. 

Each set contains 2 or 3 folios which can be assembled and adhered to the folios. Each package has a sketch of the pages on the back cover. This is a helpful guide for assembling the pages. You can follow the sketches or you can use that as a starting point for your creations and mix and match the pieces amongst the different page sets.  

When assembling the pages, use a strong adhesive. I prefer the ultra adhesive from Scrapbook Adhesives. It’s available in the refillable E-Z Runner dispenser and the refillable E-Z Runner Grand dispenser.

To make it easier for you to get an idea of how to assemble each set of pages and the types of photos and memorabilia you will need to complete them, I’ve created this video. It shows each of the folios and walks you through each page pack and how to assemble each of the pages within the page pack. Again, this is just a guide to get you started in creating your own albums.

Foundation Pages - A

This set includes 19 die cut pieces. It consists of 2 folios, 2 portrait pages (6″x8″), 2 landscape pages (8″x6″), 4 portrait photo mats (4″x6″), and 4 landscape photo mats (6″x4″). While the packaging has a suggestion for how these pieces can be assembled, you can let your creativity flow and mix and match the pieces. 

The pieces come pre-scored, but it is helpful to use a bone folder for a crisp fold.  

Foundation Pages - B

This set includes the pocket pages. Set B includes 9 die cut pieces. These include 1 tri-fold folio with a center pocket that is 1/2″ deep. This pocket is good for cards and bulkier memorabilia. There is also a double pocket folder, an extra page, 2 booklets and spine hinges to create page turns. In the video, I show how the spine hinges were used to add the 2 booklets to the double pocket folder.

Foundations Pages - C

Pack C includes the cascading pieces for maximizing the number of photos you can add to a folio. This set contains 18 pieces. There is one tri-fold folio with score marks for 6″x4″ cascading flips. There are also 2 booklets, one holds 6″x4″ cascading flips and the other holds 3″x4″ cascading flips. When adding photos to the flips, I only added photos to the top side. You can increase the number of photos by adding them to both sides of the flips, but this could cause scratching and will add bulk to the album.

Completing the Albums

Now that you are familiar with all of the pieces, it is time to put them together to create an album. I created this second video to show you how to add the pages to the folio. Use a strong adhesive such as the E-Z Runner Ultra adhesive by Scrapbook Adhesives

Along with showing you how to add the pages to the folio, I also walk you through 2 completed albums. One was completed using the tri-fold folio and the other with the quad folio. 

A few notes to keep in mind – be mindful of how you place the photos and which pages will be facing it when closed. If you have 2 photos facing each other, they could get scratched. 

The albums featured are of senior photos and a Boy Scout Eagle Scout album. As you watch the video, don’t focus on the theme of the album. Instead, look at the page configurations and how they are added to the folio and think about which configurations would work best for your project. 

The beautiful thing about these albums is that they all start with the same basic pieces, but turn into unique and beautiful albums that each tells a different story.

Tri-Fold Walk Through

When you open the tri-fold, I added patterned paper to the left panel and a 5×7 photo to the right panel. A photo could be added to the left panel, but there is a risk of it scratching.

Center panel has Foundations Pages – B – double pocket folder with 2 booklets added. A 5×7 photo was added to each booklet page.

Right panel has Foundations Pages – C – booklet with 3×4 cascading flips.

Quad Folio Walk Through

For this quad folio album, I grouped photos by theme for each panel.

The left panel is Foundation Pages – C – booklet with 6×4 cascading flips.

The left middle panel contains Foundations Pages – B – tri-fold folio with center pocket. The center pocket is 1/2″ deep and is perfect for cards and bulkier memorabilia. An extra page was added. Also, Simple Stories Photo Flips were used to add additional photos and to prevent facing photos from scratching each other.

The middle right panel has the Foundations Pages – A – folio with portrait pages added and a 4×6 photo mat was turned into a pocket.

The right panel contains the Foundations Pages – C – tri-fold folio with 6×4 cascading flips.

Folio albums start with the same basic structure, but have infinite possibilities.

What type of folio album are you going to create?

Happy creating!


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