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Instant Photo Album

Introduction

If you're the type who lets photos languish in a drawer, why not bind them into mini albums as soon as you get them in your hands? To make one, simply stack your pictures and sandwich them between decorative paper covers. Be sure the edge of the stack that will be bound is perfectly flat -- it won't work if the pieces don't line up exactly -- and clamp them in place with binder clips. Use as many photos as you like, as long as your clips are big enough. Brush a thick coat of white craft glue over the edge; let dry overnight. Add self-adhesive bookbinding tape and a decorative self-adhesive label to the cover, if desired.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, March 2007

Reviews (32)

  • Rochelle80 2 Sep, 2013

    I love this idea, however i had difficulty in the execution: white glue didn't hold. Rubber cement was better, however my album still split in the middle and some photos fell out. Any suggestions?

  • tinawysocki 6 Sep, 2011

    I love this idea! A hint if you need an alternataive to the binder clips, my dad was a printer and he would use two pieces of wood (two rulers) on the top and bottom, and tighten with twine-as tight as you can! Spread the glue and let it dry. You can make pads of papers this way, too.

  • omaannie 7 Sep, 2010

    A great idea! I personally apreciated the comments on alternate adhesives to try. I would suggest that you order the CD of your pix along with the photos so you can always have these photos in a format that can be used to create more of these albums for gifts, or for scrapbooking or making into digital scrapbooks or photo books at a later date.

  • mayflowerlace 25 Aug, 2010

    Now THAT'S a good idea!

  • knowly 18 Sep, 2008

    When I saw this in the mag. I couldn't wait to make small books. I printed pictures onto business cards. I then bound the cards and glued the edges...Worked great. The grandparents love them!

  • Minnesota_E 25 Aug, 2008

    I've made note pads with this method but used adhesive caulk on the bound (clamped) edge. I suspect you could glue ribbon over the bound edge.

  • janespal 22 Aug, 2008

    I also find that this doesn't make any sense. A video would help!

  • janespal 22 Aug, 2008

    I also find that this doesn't make any sense. A video would help!

  • Barbie737 22 Aug, 2008

    could someone please tell me where to find the book binding tape. thks

  • jackelinelima 22 Aug, 2008

    step by step pictures would help.

  • patriciaSeattle 22 Aug, 2008

    if you don't have bookbinding tape on hand, can you use duct tape? I've always got that around.

  • ter32492 22 Aug, 2008

    i must have missed something. this doesn't make sense.

  • writer11 21 Aug, 2008

    I don"t get it either?

  • GwendaMacPherson 21 Aug, 2008

    The glue will actually hold all the pics, yes of the same size, together. The self adhesive tape will cover it up and also help hold it together. I used to work in a printing store and learned that little trick to make notepads for my friends.

  • crazy-gma 21 Aug, 2008

    if you read this the way i did the binder clips are only temporary until you glue and use the bookbinding tape. the clips aren't permanent. this sound like a great idea and i plan on trying it

  • Kuku 21 Aug, 2008

    Where can you find book binding tape?

  • Sillys 21 Aug, 2008

    It is Sillys again ..... Wow ! I think I understand it now! Thanks !

  • Sillys 21 Aug, 2008

    Are you attaching the photos to a paper or anything?

  • Sillys 21 Aug, 2008

    Having a senior moment..... I love this idea, but still not certain ...... do all the pictures have to be the same size? (It appears that you're not attaching the pictures to any photo page or paper ....... Am I still not getting it????? Thank you in advance for ANY help.

  • quiltzyx 21 Aug, 2008

    And she's talking about using BINDER CLIPS to hold them together

  • quiltzyx 21 Aug, 2008

    And she's talking about using BINDER CLIPS to hold them together

  • hcabats 21 Aug, 2008

    binder clips are actually in the paper clip aisle of any office supply/target/etc...they come in all different colors and once you clasp them you can take off the metal piece that helps to open them up by squeezing them together...hope that helps!

  • sideker 6 Jun, 2008

    Mareka, you are not putting them in a binder. You are stacking them with a back and front cover and gluing the left side of the stack. Then covering that end with binder tape. It's like book binding. Examine a book bind and you will see.

  • MarekaEnya 23 May, 2008

    OPPS:PUZZELED

  • MarekaEnya 23 May, 2008

    I AM NOT SURE AS HOW YOU WOULD MAKE THIS.I HAVE READ THE DIRECTIONS AND AM A LITTLE STUMPED. WHAT KND OF BINDER IS MARTHA TALKING ABOUT ? HOW CAN YOU PUT PHOTS IN A PLAIN FLAT BINDER WHEN YOU PICK IT UP THE PHOTS WOULD FALL OUT A BIT PULLZED

  • jaynenchar 28 Mar, 2008

    I have now discovered that in England, binder clips are called bulldog clips! Now I can understand the instructions perfectly well and am able to make the album.

  • jaynenchar 26 Mar, 2008

    Can anyone please explain what is meant by "binder clips" and do they stay in place? Are they removed when the glue is dry and before the bookbinding tape is added? How many photos can be placed in each album?

  • mpittman 26 Mar, 2008

    I find that in place of craft glue, I liked acid-free "liquid cement" crafter's glue, something I've always used for book repair. Along with the book binding tape, it just seemed more durable. I also used spray adhesive and covered the covers (which I made heavyweight, yet still flexible bristol) with a cute lightweight cotton print. We'll see how well this holds up, but it's doing wonderfully so far.

  • mpittman 26 Mar, 2008

    I find that in place of craft glue, I liked acid-free "liquid cement" crafter's glue, something I've always used for book repair. Along with the book binding tape, it just seemed more durable. I also used spray adhesive and covered the covers (which I made heavyweight, yet still flexible bristol) with a cute lightweight cotton print. We'll see how well this holds up, but it's doing wonderfully so far.

  • katspeirs 13 Mar, 2008

    I have done this project several times, and I absolutely love it! I find they make the perfect gift for a traveling companion of a past trip, and that way it is already complete and they can enjoy without having to go through the hassle of putting the photos in an album. Plus, you can display the mini-album on a table without taking up any space. Love this project!

  • CraftTestDummies 27 Feb, 2008

    I'm a BIG fan of mini-albums, but I bind mine a different way. I cut a sheet of cardstock the height of the papers (usually 4".) I fold an accordion pleat at about 1 inch or so, leaving a little longer for the front "tail" and the back "tail." I glue my photos using acid-free adhesive to the front of each accordion pleat, and glue decorative papers on the front and back tails. My kids also like having their own albums to share with their friends!

  • zzoo 26 Feb, 2008

    g'day. the idea is great. ***i wonder, though: might the "thick coat of white craft glue" will seep between the photos and leave an uneven or unsightly blotch on the individual photos?***