DIY: Toilet Paper Roll Scrapbook

Do you want to create a scrapbook for someone, but short on time to decorate and populate a large one? Don’t want to dish out money for a small photo album? Feeling crafty because you have tons of toilet paper, towel paper, or gift wrapping cardboard tubes? Well I got the DIY for you!

I was trying to think of what to give my sister for our sisterly holiday, and then I realized “I wonder if she has any pictures of us when we were kids?” At first I wanted to initially scan some old photos and then put it in an album, but there was too much funny commentary in my head going on that I wanted to share.

All the supplies I needed were:

  • cardboard
  • cardstock
  • 6 toilet paper rolls, flattened (I actually cut up a long gift wrapping paper tube)
  • ribbons
  • scrapbook paper
  • stationary paper
  • old magazines (to cut out letters and decor)
  • stickers
  • glue (I ended up using rubber cement to paste my photos)
  • scissors
  • ruler
  • pencil
  • photos

Here is a nice and short tutorial to give you an idea of how to make one:

Here’s some photos of what I made:

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Figure 1. Cover of my mini scrapbook made with some extra stationary paper I had around the house, cardboard, and binded with a few ribbons.

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Figure 2. First page! Just an extremely simple layout: A photo and a little embellishment with scrapbook paper in the background.

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Figure 3. Back cover where I made a paper pocket to keep notes for my sis.

My TP mini scrapbook album is pretty simple, and I don’t have any cool tools like that double sided tape or cutting machine. However, it was a lot of fun trying out this hobby. You can YouTube for more beautiful and intricate albums, however below is one of my favorites, which is also very simple. It also shows you all the possible space you have for photo mounts on the pages and tabs that are kept within the flatten tubes.

I hope you enjoy this recycling project as much as I did!

Mighty Fast Crafting – The Instant Book

My family and I usually do a yearly giant gift exchange among the cousins. This year I received someone who likes both anime & music, so I wanted to give a mixed CD of songs inspired by one of my favorite animes along with whatever gift I bought. I didn’t want to just attach the CD to a card, so made him a card booklet to hold the CD. It’s sorta like a scrapbook, but much shorter and not as fancy (well the one I made wasn’t fancy at least).

Video tutorial I followed!


Now the video says that instant books can be made with only one sheet of paper. I needed to make my slightly bigger than the width that 1 piece of scrap paper would give me, so I taped 2 sheets together and followed the instructions in the video. Here are my results.

1) My “blue print” & tools in preparation.

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2) Back of envelope I made & “seal” I cut from some scrap paper.

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3) Cover of booklet

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4) I’ll just show the last two pages because I want to show where the CD is stored.

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The “wrapped gift” on top is actually a tab that you pull out to reveal a folder which contains the CD.

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Sorry for my distracting black hoodie in this pic.

On a side note, this was a really cheap project that is still very thoughtful. I didn’t have to buy anything since I had paper lying around the house, 1 sheet of stickers, and basic craft supplies (glue, scissors, ruler, markers, ect.). Hope this inspires you guys for last minute/belated/future presents 🙂