featuring guest authors; crafting tips and projects; recipes from food editor and sleuthing sidekick Cloris McWerther; and decorating, travel, fashion, health, beauty, and finance tips from the rest of the American Woman editors.

Monday, March 26, 2012

CRAFTS WITH ANASTASIA-- PERSONALIZED PHOTO ALBUM

Scrapbooking is a lot of fun, but it can also be very time consuming and expensive. Sometimes we just want to stick the snapshots in the photo album to preserve them without making each page into a work of art. Yet it would be nice to have a photo album that didn’t look like every other photo album, right?

The answer is to decorate the cover of your photo album. The one shown above took under a half hour to create.

For the sample, I chose a fabric covered photo album, 6-3/4” high x 7-3/4” wide, but you can use any size you want. Cut a piece of natural linen 1-1/2” smaller than your album in both directions. Fringed the edges 1/4” on all four sides.

Cut a piece of acid-free self-stick adhesive to fit inside the fringed area. Remove the protective paper from one side. Apply the adhesive side to the wrong side of the linen fabric. Remove the second paper backing, then position the linen centered on the album cover.

I used a printed fabric with country hearts, but you can choose fabric with any motifs you like. Remove paper backing and apply self-stick adhesive to the back of the fabric. Cut out the motifs. Remove the second layer of paper, then apply the motifs randomly over the linen. Let some motifs extend beyond the perimeter of the linen.

Using jeweler’s glue, glue buttons randomly around the motifs.



Post a comment for a chance to win a book from our Book Club Friday guest author. -- AP

1 comment:

Jane R said...

Very cute. I'm always looking for faster ways to get my photos into albums. Most are sorted but still in boxes. It seems to be one of those "I'll work on it when I have a block of time" projects because I think I need to be creative. Instead, I just need to get it done! Thanks for the reminder!