I made a ton of Keepsake Collages for my nieces and nephews and friends. I've shared this DIY Keepsake Collage here previously. Here's some of the highlights:
I've also made some seasonal candle holders for my Brother and Sister-In-Law that I'll feature next week... Here's a sneak peek:
But alas, the final gift created over the holiday season was for my step-daughter's mother, it was impromptu, as the kids were deciding what they were giving to different members of the family they don't see everyday, my daughter brought down some albums that were going to be disposed of as trash by someone else and she quickly snatched them up, when I told her that there's no greater gift than photographs she remembered that she had them. As she chose an album for her grandmother, my other daughter was fumbling for ideas... Then it came to me, there was this plain old school white album, but it was "hideous", something needed to be done! Generally speaking, I hate seeing crafts that don't show how they were made, I want to see it so you can believe that it can be done at home. Unfortunately, for this project I only took photographs of the finished project (as I said, it really was impromptu), but it's such a must see, that well, I'm going to share it anyway.
Travel Sized Blank Photo Album (It was one of the old school one's it was white with a gold trim)
Glitter Paint/Pouncers/Stencil (if desired)
Embellishments (Letters, Flowers, as desired)
First step was to lay the album flat and trace its shape on the blank side of the scrapbook paper and cut to size, this was easiest for creating an exact precise measurement.
Step two is to use an applicator sponge and mod podge the blank side of the paper and apply to the album. This is the trickiest part, because you're doing your best to smooth out any bumps and bubble pockets so that when its dry, it doesn't lift from the album.
The third step was fun too, apply a coat of the mod podge to the top printed side of the scrapbook paper, apply your paper flower embellishments as desired while mod podge is still wet and then allow it to dry.
After mod podge dries, add the glitter paint to create a sparkling finish (we had a swirly stencil and some round sponges, so we created a swirl effect) we then added the embellishments that had their own sticky backs and even an adorable little bow (which was applied using a Velcro concoction, don't ask, we improvise always)
This project took a while to dry and we made some very tactical errors, because we created it bottom loading. So be careful to pay attention to that when adding your embellishments. To resolve this issue we turned our album sideways and move some things while it was still wet to improvise! It worked out just beautifully.
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