Hobbies: A simple binding will dress up DIY photo album
As summer draws to a close, it's fun to relive vacation memories by creating a do-it-yourself scrapbook. Here's how to pull out those vacation photos and put them on display in a special scrapbook, made by you.
The best way to protect the photos is to put them in page protectors, which are readily available in many sizes (including 5 x 7 inches, 8.5 x 11 and 12 x 12), and are also very affordable.
Cut card-stock pages just a bit smaller than the page protectors to create a background for the photos. How much or how little you embellish around the photos on the pages is up to you. That's the beauty of making it yourself. Once you're happy with the embellished pages, simply slide them into the page protectors.
Cut a front and back cover from heavy cover stock, a quarter-inch larger than the protectors and punch holes in the covers that align with the protectors. Then decorate the front cover with embellishments to match the theme of the photos, including the date, stamped with white paint. I like to take photos, like a bucket of fish, that I can crop out of the print and use to embellish the scrapbook.
The challenge of a do-it-yourself scrapbook is the binding. One of my favorites is made with the most ordinary of supplies -- this scrapbook is bound with a painted wooden stir stick (picked up for free at my local coffee shop), and a colored ponytail holder.
I like to clip the covers and pages together before binding; that's a good way to keep the binding holes aligned. Then it's simply a question of poking the hair band through the holes (from back to front) and sliding the stir stick through the loops. The tension in the hair band will hold all the layers together and result in a custom binding that only cost pennies, but looks like a million bucks.
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