Monday, April 19, 2010

Makin' It Monday: Drab to Fab Photo Album

Here we go…the 1st Makin’ It Monday. I have a fun little project for ya. Let’s turn a drab photo album into somethin’ a little more fab, whatcha say? Yes? Okay here we go….

Let’s gather our supplies.

Photo Album…I found mine for 50 cents at a thrift store.
Scrapbook paper
Paper trimmer
Mod Podge
Sponge Brush

Now let’s get started.

First, measure your photo album, and allow about ¼-inch allowance for the top and bottom and about ½ to 1-inch allowance for the side. This will allow us to turn up and glue the paper securely to the album.

Second, cut that pretty paper.

Third, now fold the paper up and over all the edges of the album and crease them.

When you are done you should have a nice outline of your album in your paper.

Fourth, get out that marvelous Mod Podge and sponge and go to town. I would suggest mod podging one side of the paper and then pressing it on the album, then do the spine and the other side. That way you get the album placed squarely on your paper and it will look all nice and neat.  Fold over the edges and press down firmly.

Slightly fold over the end of the top and bottom of the paper so that you can turn the side part over to form even corners.

Fifth, Let the album dry and then decorate with stickers if you choose. I did. If not, skip to the next step.

Sixth, add another layer (thin layer that is) to the outside of your paper. This will help the paper seal better and help keep any stickers you added stuck down.

Seventh, add any additional final decorations.

Viola you’re done!! Now you have a fabulous new photo album. These would make great Thank You gifts. I have seen several sites promoting Teacher Appreciation gifts. These little albums would be great for that with pictures of the kids.  I plan to fill these pages with pictures of letters and numbers for my little boy to learn his alphabet and numbers!!

Happy Crafting!!

Linking to:

Decor Mamma
Crystal's Craft Spot


  1. Looks SO much cuter! Great idea!

  2. Popping over from Craftaholics. The album looks so much better. I love the idea.

  3. It turned out so cute! What a fun album.
    Thanks for linking up.

  4. Amy,
    Great album! Fun colors and embellishments. Thanks for joining the Craftaholics Anonymous party! I had fun stopping by and checking out your craftiness!


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