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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.

Source: Martha Stewart


  • Craft knife

  • Cutting mat

  • Ruler

  • Photo album

  • Card stock cut to desired size

  • Archival-quality glue stick

  • Photo album

  • Drafting or masking tape

  • Matte medium

  • 1-inch-wide foam paintbrush

  • Metallic acrylic paint


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

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

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

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

  6. Position stencil on album cover, and adhere with tape.

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

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