Posted by Jen Cramer
Sometimes the most simple album shape is the best because it offers the most versatility. AccuCut's Album 8 1/2" x 4 1/4" is one I always reach for -- and this jumbo die is a bargain at just $50.
You can use it to make an album either vertically or horizontally, and hold the pages together with either ribbon or metal rings. Check out this Arrow Album by Traci Armbrust.
Personally, I like to make notepads using this album die. I made the one below for CHA... in addition to the album die, it uses our new Creative Cafe Butterfly #8 die (it has three butterfly sizes!) and our original Border-Interlocking #1, which makes a rick rack shape. To cut the covers, I layer both sides of chipboard with pattern paper and then cut out two covers. I use copy paper for the inside pages -- grid paper would also be neat. I'll have to try that next time.
You can see more ideas using this album die here.