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Scrapbook with Style

Here's a way to create a scrapbook that's as special as the photos and other keepsakes it holds. Start with a fabric-covered album, and personalize it with decorative touches. We modified this one in two ways: covering the plain pages with patterned papers and adding a metallic monogram to the cover.

Materials

  • Craft knife
  • Cutting mat
  • Ruler
  • Photo-safe decorative paper, nycentralartsupply.com
  • Photo album
  • Card stock cut to desired size
  • Archival-quality glue stick
  • Letter stencil, designerstencils.com
  • Photo album
  • Drafting or masking tape
  • Matte medium
  • 1-inch-wide foam paintbrush
  • Metallic acrylic paint

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Cut decorative paper to the same size as the album's pages.

  2. Step 2

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    Arrange photos and card stock labels on one of the decorative pages. Flip items over, and mark the corners as shown, 1/2 inch from corners.

  3. Step 3

    Use those marks to determine where to cut slits in the decorative paper to insert the corners of photos and labels.

  4. Step 4

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    Apply glue stick to back of decorative paper, avoiding slits. Position on album page, and smooth to adhere.

  5. Step 5

    Slide pictures and card stock labels into the slits cut into the decorative papers.

  6. Step 6

    Position stencil on album cover, and adhere with tape.

  7. Step 7

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    Apply matte medium to inside of stencil with foam paintbrush to prime (this will seal the fabric and prevent the paint from bleeding). Let dry for 2 minutes. Clean brush.

  8. Step 8

    Stencil letter again, this time using metallic paint. Let dry, and remove stencil.