A homemade photo album can make this standard method of storing photographs more personal and special. Similar to the scrapbooking hobby, building a photo album can begin with a blank journal that is customised to a desired theme. Fabric, ribbons and stamps can add to the decoration of the photo book, resulting in a functional craft project that looks more expensive than it actually is.
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Things you need
- Blank journal
- Themed fabric
- Spray adhesive
- Card stock
- Hot-glue gun
- Ink pad
- Stickers (optional)
- Double-sided tape
Wrap fabric around the front and back covers of the hardcover journal. Cut the fabric so the entire cover is covered, including a 1-inch overlap on the top and bottom of the cover. This will be one piece of fabric that wraps around the entire book.
Spray the outside of the cover with adhesive and smooth out the fabric. Fold over the extra inch and use the glue gun to adhere it to the inside of the back cover. Make notches in the fabric at the spine of the book, and tuck the extra inch of fabric under itself so there are no visible cut edges. Secure this fabric in place with glue.
Cut sheets of card stock to the same size as the inside covers. Cut fabric slightly larger than the card stock, and use the spray adhesive to attach the fabric to the card stock. Fold excess fabric around the back of the card stock, and use the glue gun to hold it in place.
Glue the fabric-covered card stock to the inside of the covers with the glue gun. This creates a seamless fabric cover from inside to outside.
Use double-sided tape to stick photos on the pages of the album. A small piece of tape on each of the photo's back corners should be sufficient.
Label underneath the photos with the marker. Decorate the pages with similarly themed ink stamps or stickers around the photos.
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