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How to make your own cardboard album.


South America album cover

So I bought a new fan last week and it came in a box...which was perfect to create an album! :) Today's project is a cardboard album! Albums are really expensive where I live...this makes a great alternative for specific vacation photos or events. And it takes up a lot less space on the shelf! :)

Feel free to post any questions in the comments section OR join the discussion over at Do more with less's Facebook Page [I just started this page and it's lonely over there! *LOL*]


Step 1: Cut 2 pieces of cardboard to desired size of album. Peel edges to reveal the corrugation along the edges.


Step 2: Gather crepe paper and adhere to cardboard using masking tape.


Step 3: Cut a soda can. Emboss and ink with alcohol inks.


Step 4: I used my Sassafras scraps to create a layout. I upcycled an old knitted belt (part of a sweater set) and attached with brown brads.


Step 5: Colour white chipboard with Sharpies.


Step 6: Adhere chipboard letters.


Step 7: Add some stitching.


Step 8: Embellish! I added some cute Gauche Alchemy embellishments and stickers! :) I kept my layout relatively flat and wet-glued down so that it fits nicely on a shelf and bits of it doesn't drop off when viewing.

South America album cover

Step 9: Adhere to cardboard cover. Punch holes on both front and back panels [you can decorate the back too]. Assemble the album [include inner pages]. Secure with ribbon.

Easy peasy right? I'm happy too...the layouts of my sister's trip finally have a home. :)

Supplies: 2 pieces of cardboard, crepe paper, patterned paper, embellishments, soda can, alcohol inks, Sharpies, Gauche Alchemy embellishments, old knitted belt, Heidi Swapp chipboard, ribbon.

P/s: I would love for you to play along with my guest Elizaveta's vintage-inspired challenge! :)

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27 comments:

Lynnda Hosni said...

Hey you... this rocked!!!Bright and Happy cardboard album cover!!! Really a nice one... TFS the steps... its very useful... and inspirational too!! ...hugs...xoxo

dstandard said...

WOWSERS Lady you rocked this!

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

You are soooooo amazing! I loveeeeeeeeeeeeeee the way you put this together and loveeeeeeee the colors! :):):):):):):):):):):):):)):):)

Blossom inch said...

awesome idea, I like it!

Laurel said...

Are you kidding me! this is amazing!

sherryann (aka Sherry Eckblad) said...

I love it. This is a great tutorial. I just came over to facebook to visit so you should be a little less lonely.

lotte chew said...

great tutorial :D love it

RiNNE said...

Awesome!! You are truly the queen of upcycling!

Sparkle said...

Such a gorgeous cover!

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

Who could think that carton box from the fan would transformed into such beauty, you are always so inspiring, thanks for sharing! : )

Dora said...

I have worked with that several times and it is fun, I love the colors you used, and make it an album, it is wonderful!

Spardha said...

wow!.. super fab album!.. LOVE it!.. thanks so much for the tutorial! :D
loving the recycling! :)

~amy~ said...

You just have got to be the queen of upcycling...what a wonderful use of the fan box...the album rocks in sassy goodness!

annieambriel said...

this is just so creative and gorgeous... Love the happy bright layout.... Thanks for the tutorial :D

Rosana Garcia Hess said...

Ivonne I love it!!! Can I feature on my blog?
kisses
Rosana

Craftylicious said...

I love it Yvonne!!!! Thanks for sharing! Now I'm gonna be hoarding cardboard boxes too *LOL*!! You're very inspiring!! :)

Miss Marple said...

This album is sooo fantastic! I am absolute excited.

lisa said...

This is just stunning. I just love the bright colours againts the kraft x

Rajaa said...

wonderful album.your tutorial can guide anyone to learn crafting....Congrats!

Helen Tilbury said...

So cool!!! Now you have a new fan & a cool new album too - amazing!! Love all the effects :) TFS such a thorough step by step - love them :)

Vittle me this... said...

I don;t know if I could ever do that, but it sure looks impressive!

Theresa said...

wonderful tutorial. and the finished project is awesome. so fun. =)

Alice Wertz said...

fabulous project, Yvonne! love love the piece of tin can you colored. love love this!

Rose said...

well the layouts now have one AWESOME and FUN home ;)

**liked** your new FB page :)

Rosana Garcia Hess said...

Thanks for sharing this cute project Ivonne...you can see the post here:http://rosana-pedacinhodemim.blogspot.com/2011_05_22_archive.html#4222792706763950494

hugs from Brazil

Julie E said...

What details and what???!!! a base to build it all from :>)

Asha Dsouza said...

Beautiful art from card board.
very good idea. i love it.

wonderful dear... thaks for idea.

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