Click on the image source link for a tutorial on how to create this backpack album.
This is Lynn's (her blog) version of the album that she posted in the HW forum.
Here are some instructions Lynn had posted in the forum.
Lynn said: Yes I meant a pen. Sorry biro is just a trade name here in the uk and we tend to use it all the time! You can't use just any pen as fountain pens, for instance, would leave ink all over the place and if you pressed really hard, you may end up breaking the nib! A bone folder (which is what you would use if you have one) looks like this:
I must admit, I hadn't a clue what they were when I first heard people talk about them! They are solid plastics type things and the end is pointed, but because the bone folder is probably about the thickness of a this ruler, it is not sharp, but you are able to get a good crease on paper without tearing or cutting the paper (unless like me you tend to be ham fisted and press down too hard) You can buy bone folders at craft shops, ebay and on amazon for around $5 or more and you can even get them cheaper if you look around.
Any pen that you use needs to be similar and I reckon the end of the top of this one would work (not the bit on the far left, that is probably too thick, but the other end on the solid black bit (not the bottom of the pen) or possibly even the writing end once the pen has run out of ink:
You could maybe even use the tip of a knife (but one that doesn't have sharp edges though as otherwise you would end up cutting the paper) so maybe a table knife used the wrong way round (i.e. hold it as you would when eating, but turn the blade the other way round so the most blunt end is on the paper). I'm all for getting creative and making do with what I have to hand!
Many people just use their hands. The only reason for using a bone folder or other tool is so you get a dent in the paper which makes it easier to fold. As long as you press down hard on the crease so you make it nice and crisp, tools aren't essential (but they are helpful). You would need to use something though to help if you were folding card stock as that is much thicker than normal paper.
Just have a rummage through your husband's tool box to see if he has anything in there that would be suitable (or your kitchen drawers!) - maybe a large screwdriver provided it is not too sharp/pointed at the end. I reckon the tip of my bamboo pen might even work, although to be honest, it would probably be better to buy a bone folder than risk wrecking my bamboo pen!
I said: Oh! You are so helpful! You are full of information. I'm sure the bone folders are inexpensive and easy to find in hobby stores. I can see even using just an old kitchen table knife on the non-serrated edge.