How to Make a Photo Album from Recycled Materials

Three Methods:Notebook/binderCardboard sandwichQuilted

There are probably thousands of great ways to make a photo album... but here are a few to get your creative juices flowing.

Method 1
Notebook/binder

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    Remove any notes or papers.
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    Cover the binder with Contact Paper in colors/shapes of your choice.
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    Fill the Notebook/binder with 3 hole punch Photo holding sheets.
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    Fill the sheets with your pictures.

Method 2
Cardboard sandwich

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    Cut two sheets of press board, tagboard or heavy cardboard to the same dimensions.
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    Cut as many sheets of photo magnet paper or just plain cardstock to the same dimensions as the pressboard "covers".
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    Stack all layers as desired.
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    Punch a minimum of two holes along one side of the stacked layers to tie the layers together.
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    Thread a heavy cord through the punched holes and tie them off.
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    Fill the sheets with your pictures.

Method 3
Quilted

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    Obtain a paper or fabric covered three-ring binder.
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    Glue a layer of quilt batting to the outside of the binder. You may overlap the edges if you wish, but this is not necessary.
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    Cut a piece of fabric the size of the notebook cover plus two inches in each direction.
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    Open the notebook and lay it batting side down on the wrong side of your fabric.
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    Wrap the edges of your fabric over the edge of the notebook and hot glue them to the inside edge of the notebook.
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    Cut a heavy cardstock sheet the size of the inside cover of your notebook.
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    Cover the cardstock in fabric, wrapping the raw edges over the edge of the cardstock so that no raw edges show.
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    Glue the cardstock over the raw edges from the "outside" of the notebook to cover all raw edges and leave only a smooth, folded fabric edge on the inside of the notebook.
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    Fill the notebook with photo pages or scrapbook pages as desired.

Warnings

  • Scissors are edged tools. Handle with appropriate care.
  • Hot Glue can burn. Handle with care.

Things You'll Need

  • Notebook/binder
  • Contact paper
  • Cardboard sandwich
  • Heavy cardboard
  • Cordage such as ribbon or shoelace.
  • Photo sheets
  • Scissors
  • Quilted
  • Scissors, hot glue, fabric, paper, or fabric covered notebook.

Article Info

Categories: Photo Albums | Paper Reuse