Homemade Photo Album

So as I was coming up with ideas of how to put wedding pictures together for our family members I came across this.  I hate little mini photo albums because I didn’t want to print off a few pictures, and have a bunch of empty pages in it.  So when I came across this idea on the blog making Lemonade I was super excited!

Here are the directions (straight from the blog’s page), but I included pictures of my personal project as I went along.  If you’re looking for a gift idea for Mother’s Day next month, this is definitely a great one!

Materials:
10 photos
1 sheet patterned scrapbook paper
1 sheet solid colored scrapbook paper
washi tape or clear tape
ribbon
ruler
scissors, x-acto knife, or paper cutter
glue for covers (preferably photo safe)
photo mounting squares (acid free and photo safe)
embellishment (optional) 

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1.  First, print or order some photos you love (4X6).  I did a set for each grandmother, including a few photos I know are their favorites.  Noodle helped me choose.

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2.  Go on a paper shopping spree at the craft store or raid your own stash.  You’ll need one sheet of ‘fancy’ paper for the covers and a coordinating solid color sheet.  I bought a few, actually, in case I made a mistake and needed a do-over.

3.  Next, measure and cut your covers using the fancy patterned paper.  You’ll need two pieces, each sized 4X6.

4.   Now it’s time for the pages.  Make sure your solid scrapbook paper is exactly 12 X 12, because sometimes they are off a few centimeters and you’ll want a perfect square to start.  Cut the 12 X 12 sheet in half, creating two 6 X 12 inch sections.

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Then, measure three 4″ long sections on each piece.  Fold at the 4″ marks.  I used a bone folder to make the folds really smooth but that’s certainly optional.

You’ll end up with two pieces with three sections each, sized 4X6 and just waiting for some cuteness.

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5.  Tape the two sections together at the short ends.  I used washi tape because I love the stuff but you can use any kind of tape you’d like, including clear.  Your album is taking shape!  Fold it up accordion style to help you find the front and back covers.

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6.  Be sure the ribbon is long enough to wrap about the album and tie in front, then cut to desired length.  Glue the ribbon to the middle of the back cover, with it’s ends hanging free out of the sides.

7.  Now glue your fancy scrapbook paper covers onto the front and back.  The back cover will be glued over the ribbon.  The photo below is upside down, so sorry, but it illustrates how the back cover should look– in other words, the back cover is at the top of the photo, with the ribbon.

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8.  Next up?  THE FUN PART.  Arrange your photos on the remaining open pages, both front and back.  I like to have them all face the same way, and keep the color families similar as well.  But it’s great to exercise your personal creativity here!

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9.  Use photo mount squares on the four corners of each photo.  Attach to the pages.

10.  I printed out a label with our wedding date and a thank you and put it on the front of each album that I made (there were 4 in total). But you can make up whatever you like to match the reason or person you’re giving them to.


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If you give it a try yourself let me know how it turns out!  And don’t forget to check out making Lemonade for more fun ideas!

 

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