Tips: How to embellish a photo album

More and more often we fix the images of our life, with shots of a present that will soon become our past. We observe these photos that show us important moments of our daily life . We keep them in photo albums that do not represent what these photos are for us. Memories are important and should be kept in true chests, which sometimes look very sad. So, how about keeping the photos in a true masterpiecemade by you? In this guide we will see how to embellish a photo albumwith the theme of your favorite photos . An original idea also to personalize a gift with DIY.

Needed:

  • Photo album to be renewed
  • Materials useful for your creation based on the subject you want to create

As a first step we must establish important points. Which photo should contain our masterpiece? Birth of a baby. Marriage. The first love or an anniversary. Our animal friends or happy moments with our grandparents or our family. A gift for our best friend or a gift for our mother. The memory of a party. Or simply a photo album with the best shots of our daily life, made of moments that we would never want to forget. Depending on the type of work we want to do, not only the subjects but also the materials to be used will change. Let’s see the most common and simple to use.

For the base, we can use various techniques. One of these is the card. The most used is the solid color one. The brown one for the neutral effect, then to be enriched with string cord, dried flowers, or ribbons, or the color you prefer. The fabric can be made of cotton, velvet, or felt. The latter is also widely used for the final decorations in relief, so if you want to make decorations with felt, I do not recommend it as a base. Slippery fabrics such as satin are not recommended because they are more difficult to apply. Using paper and cloth for the base, the procedure is the same. Cut out the material that is larger than the surface where it will be placed so as to fold the edges inside the album. You can also use the cork sheet, which will cut the exact size of the album. For a better visual effect you can use zig-zag scissors. Let’s proceed to spread the vinyl with a brush. We must start from one side. Proceed one piece at a time so as to pull the fabric or spread the paper well to avoid air bubbles. An alternative technique as a basis are the spray paint cans. Choose the colors that you like possibly clear or the decorations that you apply above will be hidden by dark tones. Lay out some sheets of newspaper on the work shelf. Open the album completely with the back looking at you. Shake the cans and spray in an abstract way. Whatever basis you have chosen, let it dry properly. Proceed one piece at a time so as to pull the fabric or spread the paper well to avoid air bubbles. An alternative technique as a basis are the spray paint cans. Choose the colors that you like possibly clear or the decorations that you apply above will be hidden by dark tones. Lay out some sheets of newspaper on the work shelf. Open the album completely with the back looking at you. Shake the cans and spray in an abstract way. Whatever basis you have chosen, let it dry properly. Proceed one piece at a time so as to pull the fabric or spread the paper well to avoid air bubbles. An alternative technique as a basis are the spray paint cans. Choose the colors that you like possibly clear or the decorations that you apply above will be hidden by dark tones. Lay out some sheets of newspaper on the work shelf. Open the album completely with the back looking at you. Shake the cans and spray in an abstract way. Whatever basis you have chosen, let it dry properly. Lay out some sheets of newspaper on the work shelf. Open the album completely with the back looking at you. Shake the cans and spray in an abstract way. Whatever basis you have chosen, let it dry properly. Lay out some sheets of newspaper on the work shelf. Open the album completely with the back looking at you. Shake the cans and spray in an abstract way. Whatever basis you have chosen, let it dry properly.

As our base dries, we move on to the next step. The first decorations. At the center of our cover we can put a picture, or a design in particular that we like that maybe resumes the topic of our album. Or we can use letters made with paper or cloth. The color must be darker or lighter in the background to make it stand out. You can use the cord, the raffia, or lace to highlight the subject of our album. We can embellish it with beads, dried leaves, small sea shells, pieces of frayed cloth, colored ribbons, bottle caps, typical pub coasters and everything that comes to mind using the things you have but also your beautiful fantasy. We need to experiment until we find the right position for the materials we intend to use to beautify our base. With applications also considered that the album will take on the cover. The applications will be glued using vinyl glue or hot glue. In the case of shells and bottle caps, which have greater thickness, you can also use transparent silicone, being careful not to overdo the quantity to avoid smudging. For the application of any glitter, just spray a little hairspray on our album and let the glitter fall on the album, removing those in excess by overturning it. If necessary repeat the operation to add more glitter or lay layers of more colors. Very beautiful and cheap are also the tubes of transparent glue with glitter, which can be used for writing. Whatever the choice of your base, the decorations to be applied, it will still be a great success because it will be your unique creation.

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