What you need:
an empty Altoids tin
scraps of patterned paper
embellishments of choice
acrylic paint (optional)
I started by painting the edges of the top of the tin. This will be the only exposed area of the lid (unless you cover it with some kind of ribbon or trim), and I didn't want the gold to clash with my paper so I painted it white. Set aside to dry.
Cut a piece of cardstock to 10 5/8 x 3 1/2, then score it at 2 1/8, 4 1/4, 6 3/8, and 8 1/2. Fold it accordian style, then round the corners two at a time. Ink the edges and embellish with paper scraps etc. as desired. I also added a small ribbon to the back of the album to make it easier to pull the album out of the tin.
For the top of the tin, cut a piece of paper to 3 3/4 x 2 3/8 and glue it to the lid. I sanded the edges a little for an exact fit, but this isn't necessary. Ink the edges and embellish as desired. I kept my embellishments flat so they wouldn't catch on anything. Coat the top of the tin with a nice thick coat of Mod Podge to seal everything.
Add photos to your album, and you're done! This took under an hour to make (less drying time for the Mod Podge of course) and will make a great Mother's Day gift.