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Mother’s Day Photo Album Scrapbook

As I mentioned yesterday, I was invited by Michaels to join the Make Every Moment Count Blogger Challenge to create a scrapbook project for displaying memories. I also talked about how this would be a perfect gift to give my mom for Mother’s Day, since she doesn’t use a computer and never gets to see all the stories or photos of her grandchildren that I post on my blog or Facebook.

Take a look at how it turned out!

The cover is one of my favorite parts. It’s like getting a bouquet of flowers that she’ll be able to enjoy over and over.

Here are some spreads and detail shots:

All of these photos come from posts I shared here on Paperseed, so I also printed out the writing that went with them. That way, my mom knows where we were or what we were doing at the time.

Originally, I was hoping to find a ready-made album in which I could just insert pages. Nothing was quite what I wanted, so I ended up making one from scratch using cover stock and two paper fasteners. You can see them in the photos below:

I love the flexibility of paper fasteners, because it lets you add or delete pages whenever you want, but doesn’t add bulk like ring binders do. It takes some scoring and folding to have everything line up properly, but when its done it has a very clean, streamlined appearance. Here’s a view of the bound edge:

Anyway, I’m off to the post office in a few minutes to get this sent priority mail to the opposite coast. My hope is that Mom will feel like she’s getting a big surprise hug worth of memories and joy in this little book. I don’t tell her often enough how much she means to me. It’s nice to have a yearly reminder to tell her so.

 

Need some tutorials or inspiration for your own scrapbooking project? Michaels has a list of videos and a lookbook here .


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Mother's Day Card

Okay, this isn’t exactly a mother’s day card, but it will be what I’ll be sending out this year. I originally designed this card for Chloe’s Great Grandma Rita. Her birthday was right around Easter and even though we have a family calendar listing everyone’s birth dates (thanks Andrew & Aundrea!), we still missed it. Plus, this little mini-album fulfills my need to finally make a birth announcement-type card, without having to make more than a handful.

The inside shows monthly photos of Chloe from newborn to her current 5 months, and the back has a personalized line listing who it is for and the date.

It is kind of funny how projects like this start – I saw the baby feet stickers at the craft store and had no idea what I was going to do with them. I just thought they were so cute, and voilá, a project is born! 🙂


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Easy Felt Photo Album – Tutorial

felt album cover

Yay! My first real sewing craft project (okay, not including pant hems or that dog pillow I did in 7th grade)! Anyway, this was so easy. As I wrote previously, sewing just doesn’t come naturally to me. I wanted to start small to ensure at least moderate success on my first foray back. My mom sewed a lot when we were kids, to the point where all three of us had sunday outfits of matching fabric and I wasn’t even embarrassed (hey, I was young!). I wish I had paid attention back then.

I remember seeing these covers somewhere before. The construction seemed fairly straightforward, with only three pieces stitched together. Another bonus is that felt doesn’t unravel, and is forgiving to work with. If I can make this then I know that everyone else can, too! Fun fact: according to Wikipedia, felt is the oldest form of fabric known to humankind and predates weaving and knitting.

Items Needed
2 sheets of felt
photo album insert
thread
embellishment (optional)

Instructions
For the album above, I chose a red embossed sheet for the outside, a smooth dark brown for the inside, and red thread. I’m not sure of their types, but the red sheet was softer and floppy, like typical craft felt, and the brown one was stiffer. The album insert came from Target.

1. Begin by measuring the album opened flat on a table, and add .25″ to the top and bottom and .5″ to the sides for seam allowance. For example, if the opened album measured 10″wide x 6.5″tall then the end measurement would be 11″wide x 7″tall. Cut this rectangle out of the outside felt cover sheet.

2. Measure the front cover. Add .25″ to the top and bottom only. For example, if the front cover measures 4.75″wide x 6.5″ tall, the end measurement would be 4.75″wide x 7″tall. Cut out two of these shapes – one for the inside front cover and one for the inside back cover.

3. Lay the pieces together as shown below (large red outside piece face down, with two brown pieces facing up, matching outside edges). Stitch around the whole perimeter, keeping about .1875″ from the edge and backstitching at the end. I used a sewing machine, but this could be done by hand, too, and might look neat using a blanket stitch. Trim the thread ends.

felt photo album diagram

4. Now tuck the front and back covers of the album into the side pockets. That’s it!

Adding An Embellishment
I happened to have a set of EK Success “Inspirables” metal charms that I bought for our wedding and never used. For this project I chose the “Love” charm. Using the same red thread I stitched it onto the lower right of the front cover for a simple finishing touch. Craft stores are filled with neat ad-ons that could be glued or stitched on. Or simply cut some fun shapes out of the remaining felt scraps and stitch them onto the cover before completion.

The inside. This will be a gift to Marcy so I’ve included one of her wedding photos.

The red thread makes a nice contrast on the brown

Detail of the spine and discreet backstitching to keep the thread from unraveling

Detail of the “Love” embellishment, hand-stitched with red thread
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