How to Make a Custom Photo Albumcomments (5) October 16th, 2008
Being a life-long photographer, I have a special love for photos and the bookshelves full of albums to prove it! I think a photo album (or scrapbook) filled with memories is a fantastic gift, but you can't just put them into a boring store-bought album, oh no! If the album itself is a beautiful, handmade, personalized part of the gift, the whole book will be so much more special. So, in continuing with my recycled-crafting theme I just can't seem to break away from, I'm here to show you how to use old or thrifted T-shirts to make a custom album cover.
- Photo album of your choice with a hard cover (I recommend no larger than two photos per page)
- Multiple T-shirts of different colors or one T-shirt with a graphic that will become the album cover
- Sewing machine or needle and thread
- Optional embroidery floss or other embellishment materials of your choice
- Photos to fill the album
- Optional nonphoto items for inside the album (ticket stubs, postcards, etc.)
Open up the album, and cut T-shirt pieces so that when placed together the fabric height is about an inch more than the album and the width is a little less than twice the album. Imagine that this strip of T-shirt pieces is divided into four equal segments. The two end segments will be on the inside covers of the album, while the third segment over from the left will be the cover. So, if you are using a T-shirt with a graphic that you want on the cover, the graphic should be positioned in that third segment over. This will all make more sense as you scroll down to the next steps . . .
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