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3 Easy Ways to Create Your Own Album Spine Labels

DIY Album Spine Labels - Printable and Cutting Files

Why You Should Consider Making Your Own Labels

In the past I used a company to actually print on the spines of my albums so I could easily find an album on my book shelf.   Three things have made me look to other ways of doing this:

Embellished Album Spines by Two Peas in a Bucket

Embellished Album Spines by Two Peas in a Bucket

  • Availability – With the end of Creative Memories has we used to know it access to embossing has been greatly decreased.  Where it used to be easy to send off your spines to Persona you now have to look for a printer in town who may or may not be familiar with spine printing.
  • Cost – Getting someone to emboss your spines is very difficult and usually requires you to send the spine off to someone which means not only do you pay for the printing but also shipping both ways.
  • Functionality – Once you print on a spine you can’t change it.   This could be a problem if your rearrange albums (I did and now an album is miss labeled) or if you want to label an album that isn’t quite finished yet.

So I headed out to Pinterest and found this inspiration. From this I came up with three different options for labeling your spines.

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Option 1: Make It From Scratch

This is the quickest option and one you could easily change as you albums evolve.  I use these on my albums that are still in process.

Supplies for the sample label:

  • Circle Punch in 2 Sizes – I used my Create Memories Circle Maker but any circle cutter that provides two sizes will work. (a 1.25 inch punch and a 1.5 inch punch seem to work best)
  • Hole Punch – I used a rectangle shaped hole punch but I any hole punch would do.
  • Paper Trimmer (not shown) – A paper trimmer is handy but not necessary.  Scissors would do just fine.
  • Adhesive – I used my Xyron Sticker Maker (I am too lazy to cut tape these days)  but you can use whatever you prefer.
  • Ribbon – You need about 2.5 feet of ribbon to tie around a 12×12 album spine.
  • Scrap Paper – You don’t need much so any scraps will work just fine.

DIY Album Spine Labels - Supplies

Assembling the label:

  • Cut out 1” x 2.5” Rectangle – Using scissors or the paper trimmer cut out a rectangle for the base of the label.  The shape is up to you but leave a little room at the top and bottom for the holes. Note: This size works well with the 1.5 inch hole punch and looks the right size on the spine.
  • Punch Holes for the Ribbon – Using any shape hole punch add a hole at the top and bottom of the rectangle.
  • Punch our 2 Circles – Make two circles or any shape of your choice (looking at it stars may have been nice for this album). Make sure one shape is a bit larger than the other to provide a frame around the smaller one.
  • Write The Album Title – On the smaller circle write the title for the label.  In this case I added the start date of the album but not the end date because I was still working on it.
  • Glue It All Together – Using the Xyron sticker maker (or other adhesive) put the pieces together and then tie it on the spine.

DIY Album Spine Labels - Basic Label

Option 2: Use a Personal Cutter

In this day and age of personal cutters you really can make anything you want.  So try using your personal cutter (like the Cricut Explore™) to create your own labels or if you are a newsletter subscriber use the ones I have created for you.

Example 1: Using the Cut Feature Alone

In this example I used the Cricut Explore™ to cut the label just as designed.  Then used a marker to add the dates. (By the way, this one has some really really tiny Mickey that are gorgeous)

DIY Album Spine Labels - Disney Cricut Label

Example 2: Combine with Print and Cut

In this example I used the SVG file for base and then used element in Cricut Design Space™ to create a baby book spine label.

It includes toy blocks, a rattle, my son’s name and date of birth.  Once created I combined these element and used the Cricut Explore™ to print and cut.

DIY Album Spine Labels - Cricut Print and Cut

These labels are easy to make. The first two options can have you done in no time!  The third option let’s you have a bit more fun.

DIY Album Spine Labels

Option 3: Use a Quick and Easy Printable

If you want the easiest option, then use a printable to make the spine labels.  Once you print these out all you have to do is write on your title and cut them out.  The holes for the ribbon can be a bit tricky so cut with care.

DIY Album Spine Labels - Printable LAbel

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And the beautiful thing is if I ever get tired of them or come up with a better idea I can change them. No more permanent spines!

I hope you enjoyed this idea and it gives you ideas for your albums! Please don’t hesitate to ask if you have any questions.

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DIY Album Spine Labels - Printable and Cutting Files

By |2017-10-12T12:43:41+00:00May 1st, 2015|

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Full time working mom making the most out of time with my family through travel, crafts & photography. Owner/designer of Capturing Magical Memories® and co-owner of the Magical Blogorail travel co-operative. In my free time it is all spas, wineries and concierge.

14 Comments

  1. Anne Marie December 10, 2012 at 5:54 am - Reply

    Great take on this idea, I love it!

  2. Donna Penn December 10, 2012 at 4:12 pm - Reply

    This is a really good idea! Thanks, Mary.

  3. Libby December 27, 2012 at 8:10 pm - Reply

    Super idea! I never know what to use my small punches 🙂
    Libby

  4. Jill October 16, 2014 at 6:36 pm - Reply

    Thanks so much! It’s so simple and yet so perfect! I did 6 albums for my mom and didn’t want to spend a fortune getting them labeling somehow.

  5. Anonymous March 23, 2015 at 2:00 pm - Reply

    great ideas

  6. Donna May 7, 2015 at 1:48 pm - Reply

    Hi, Mary. These are some great ideas and I’ve shared them over on Your Stories Go Digital.

    Thanks.

    • Mary Connor May 7, 2015 at 5:38 pm - Reply

      Thanks so much Donna!! It’s fun to see everyone again.

  7. Sue P May 7, 2015 at 5:07 pm - Reply

    Hi Mary. Great ideas, thank you! I tried to download the printable but it comes up as a Mother’s Day bookmark rather than the labels.

    • Mary Connor May 7, 2015 at 5:38 pm - Reply

      Hi Sue!! Thanks for telling me. It has been updated. Enjoy!

      • Sue P May 8, 2015 at 12:51 pm - Reply

        Thanks, Mary. Hate to tell you, though, you spelled Disney wrong on the white tag :-)!

        • Mary Connor May 8, 2015 at 3:53 pm - Reply

          Lol! Sue, I think it is fixed. Go ahead and try it out. 🙂

  8. Sharon Jones August 15, 2016 at 3:29 pm - Reply

    I cannot find the spine label freebies. I subscribed, but don’t see them in the downloads. My CM albums are screaming for help.

    Sharon Jones

  9. sue bull October 13, 2017 at 4:15 pm - Reply

    hi mary
    how do you secure the ribbon inside the spine of the album?
    love this idea thank you !

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