4.28.2009

Take your photos with you...

Another great way to enjoy your photos of trips, family and friends is to take the photos with you in a pocket size photo book. I love to make these as gifts by filling them up with a variety of photos, patterned papers and postcards. The more you put in there the more fun it will be!

To make your own I suggest:
- 20 +/- pages about 5”x 3” (Cardstock works well)
- Hole punch
- Round corner punch
- Small chain or metal ring
- Photos, postcards and patterned papers
- Glue stick (Yes glue works well too)
- Stickers
- Wax paper and heavy books

I like to put my photos in chronological order and place patterned papers and fun postcards throughout to add variety. Roughly arrange what goes where before you start gluing.
1. Start by gluing everything that will be on the front side of each page.
2. Place wax paper between each page and place under a heavy book over night.
3. After these pages have dried trim the edges away and round all the corners. Punch a hole in the upper left hand corner. Once one page has a hole punched in it use it as a template so all the holes will line up.
4. Next glue what goes on the back of all the pages.
5. Place wax paper between each page and place under a heavy book over night.
6. After these pages have dried, trim the edges away and round all the corners. Punch a hole in the upper right hand corner matching up with the hole on the other side of the page that you already made.
7. Place on a chain or ring and your photo book is ready to go!

39 comments:

The Main Ladybug said...

Awesome! You've been holding out on me - lol. You know I'll be making one of these this weekend for Jacob's Mom (their Cub Scout camping trip last weekend)! Great job!!!

DawnB said...

Omgosh!! I LOVE this simple idea. I've got to make this. Your idea is so timely b/c I'm in the process (ugh!) of finally organizing pics from "back in the day" and this will make things more fun. I'm going to also somehow add something to keep all the pages together if I put this in my purse so that it doesn't get all tangly. Thanks for sharing.

Debbie said...

DawnB what a great idea. I never thought of that, but a case or cover to keep all the pages together and safe would be great. I love that idea, Thanks!

anwyn said...

what a great idea am off on holiday soon so when i return i may be making a small book.

Sheri Carpetenter said...

Awesome post. Thanks for all the great tips. I love your blog and will be following you as well.
Stopped by from the SITS Saturday Sharefest!!
Sheri
http://sherisstory.blogspot.com
http://miraclemomas.blogspot.com

Jessica Hills said...

That is such a GREAT idea! I am definitely going to have to make these!

Melissa Papaj Photography said...

Such a great idea! I'll have to do this!

Leslie Limon said...

I love this idea!

Christine Macdonald said...

Fantastic idea. Thank you!

Gamma Sharon said...

What a great idea... I think I will make one of my grandson from day one to now and keep adding to it!
Thanks for the idea.

gaelikaa said...

What a great idea. Wonderful, practical post!

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cat said...

What a cool idea.

Karen & Gerard Zemek said...

Nice craft, but I prefer to forgo the work and just get a little photo album--they come in all sizes now. Yes, I'm lazy.

Congrats on your SITS day!

Missy said...

What a cute idea!
These would make perfect little gifts for grandmas and aunties.


Stopping in from SITS.

Julie said...

Great idea! Stopping in from SITS. I love this idea and think its a great idea for my kids photos or even artwork! Thanks for sharing.

LisaDay said...

You are one creative lady. That would be a lovely gift and as a fellow blogger said, a great venue for showcasing kids artwork as well.

Happy SITS day. Stopping in from Toronto, Canada.

LisaDay

Mel said...

This is such a cool idea. Thanks for sharing. I'm just starting to get into scrapbooking; I'd like to try this project.

Joy said...

Wow, this is gorgeous!

Congrats on your SITS day!

Hanneke Nelson said...

What a great idea! I love it, bet my almost 3 yr old will too. Happy SITS Day!

Mommie Daze said...

What a great idea! I'll to give this a try.

Judy Harper said...

This is a really good idea! Thanks! I am going to give it a try!

Angelia Sims said...

What a cute easy idea. :-)

leigh said...

I'm a sucker for any DIY project. This one looks like fun!

Young Wife said...

How fun! Stopping by from SITS.

Renee Weatherford said...

Oh, these are too fun! What a great idea :)

CoconutPalmDesigns said...

I absolutely LOVE this idea! I have thousands of pictures of my two year old son that will make a perfect keepsake book!

Stopping by from SITS by way of Belize, Central America.

Cheers :-)
- CoconutPalmDesigns

Kellene Maynard said...

What a GREAT idea!! I have a whole box of images I took while in France and this would be a perfect way to showcase them! Thanks for the great idea!! Stopping by from SITS!

Christy said...

oh wow, this is perfect! I've been tying to think of a way to make a cool kind of 'brag book' to give to the grandparents so they always have pictures. oooo, I'm making this this weekend! Thanks for sharing :-)

Tonya said...

I love this idea!

LindaFaye said...

great idea. you have similar taste in these things. I like the prints you used as artistic filler.

bubbleboo said...

What a fantastic idea! A great (and portable) twist on the typical photo album!

Tsquared417 said...

Fantastic!! I'm going to make these for sure.

Linda said...

Love it! Thanks.

Katie said...

This is fantastic!!! Maybe I'll make a bunch of these as favors from the kids' b-day party for our family! ...I better get to work! :)

Kim said...

This is a very nice idea. I like adding papers and postcards for variety.

metta1313 said...

What a great idea. I'm going to have to try it out with pictures of my Abby so I can take it with me when I return to work.

Simply Me said...

Stopping by from SITS ..this is such a fantastic idea ..

Elizabeth a.k.a. Type A Mommy said...

What an awesome, easy gift idea! Thank you for sharing!!

Marie said...

What a great idea!

Just saw over on the side bar an adorable dog looking at me, is she yours? Beautiful! :)

 
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