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Do It Yourself "Scrapbook" Wedding Album
Creating a One of a Kind Wedding Album
Last July our daughter was married. This was the first wedding on my side of the family and the first wedding in 25 years, needless to say things have changed. The wedding was a great success and the couple was very happy. All our months of planning paid off. One difference that really stood out was the idea of the wedding album. The kids made arrangements to have a photographer at the wedding, however they were not planning to print or order a wedding album. Instead they purchased the "disc" which gave them several options; print photographs, upload the images to their website, and/or simply keep them stored on the disc.
I don't think they were really opposed to having a wedding album, and I didn't ask. Instead, I found some scrapbook paper that went with the color theme of their wedding and began to build them an album. They may never use it, but I feel better. Their album is not what I would classify as a traditional album and I really wanted to try my hand at creating a more traditional looking album. In this Hub you will see my finished "traditional" wedding album along with several tutorials that walk you through my process of creating this album. I hope this will inspire you to create your own album or to create one for that special couple in your life.
Video Tour of Finished Album
The Finished Wedding Album
This video gives you a tour of the finished wedding album. Seeing a finished album in person is s much better than looking at still photographs, so I'm hoping this video tour will help you appreciate not only my book, but encourage you to make an album to remember your own special day or to make one for a loved one.
My goal for this project was to keep it somewhat simple in design, but yet, traditional with an elegant look. I did not go overboard with embellishments, but I think you will agree there are enough embellishments on each page to create interest and along with lots of places to attach photographs and store treasures.
Here is a list of supplies you will need to get you started and on your way to creating a beautiful wedding album.
- Scrapbook paper pad, patterned paper of your choice
- Paper trimmer, scissors
- Glue; liquid, ATG gun, ScorTape, glue gun
- Embellishments; coordinate with paper pad
- Paper punches, optional
I find my inspiration for a project in the paper . . . I'm often drawn to a particular paper, paper pattern, or paper color. I immediately my mind starts mapping out a project. Maybe it's the same for you, or perhaps you are inspired by a theme or gift need for a project. However your inspiration develops when starting a scrapbooking project I suggest you begin at the beginning.
First- pick out your paper; determine the size of your book.
Paper pads are available in a variety of sizes; 12" x 12", 8" x 8", 6" x 6" are just a few sizes available at your local craft store or on their website i.e. Michael's, www.michaels.com; A. C. Moore, www.acmoore.com; Joann Fabrics, www.joann.com; Hobby Lobby, www.hobbylobby.com. You can also find patterned scrapbook paper at www.ebay.com or www.amazon.com by searching on the word "scrapbook paper" and you get hundreds of options. When making a purchase online make sure you are ordering a paper pad, if that's what you want, sometime the vendor is selling individual sheets of paper. The price is a dead giveaway, but if you're new to scrapping you may not realize; just giving you a heads up on this common mistake.
Make sure you consider the size of your project before purchasing your paper. If you are planning a small book, say 4" x 6", some of the images featured in a 12" x 12" paper pad maybe too large for your project. You may also want to consider two pads of paper in two different sizes. This will give you more options when building your pages. Options are good!
Second- gather supplies; clear a work space
For most of us crafting is only one part of life. For many of us we need to weave our crafting into our everyday life. If possible, I recommend you find a place to work and setup a "work station" where you can start your project and leave it when need be and come back to it when you can. This type of setup eliminates having to pack-up and unpack your project, which can be tiring and sap your creative spirit. Once you have your work area ready, start gathering your supplies and have them handy so once you begin you can make the most of your allotted craft time.
Plan - Bind - Hinge
I like to map out my project. Sometimes I jot down a few ideas or simply line up my pages and layout my ideas. If you are an experienced scrapper you may want to let your creative spirit take you where it will, but if you are a newbie, I highly recommend you make yourself a little road map.
For this wedding album project I used envelopes for the pages. Envelopes are a great way to create a page with a pocket to hold a photo mat. Video 1 shows you how to create the binding for your book and how to attach the envelope pages. Thanks to Jane, velocityvette08 (check her out on YouTube), this binding/hinge system is easy and straightforward. Once you see how this system works I guarantee you will use it over and over again.
Assembling the Pages
Page Assembly & Embellishments
I only recently discovered I love working with paper. As a long time crafter I knew I enjoyed working with my hands, but didn't realize how much I would enjoy cutting and gluing paper. I also like "bling" so embellishing the pages of a book is particularly fun for me. In this next video I will walk you through the pages of this wedding album and show you how I embellished each page. Certainly you are not limited by your imagination, but you may be limited by what is in your stash or supply closet. I've only been scrapping since the end of 2013 so I have only just begun collecting "trinkets" to decorate my books. Whenever I'm in a craft store, thrift or dollar store, tag sale or flea market, I keep an eye out for anything I think I might be able to incorporate into a book. Buttons, ribbons, stickers are what normally comes to mind when purchasing embellishments, but think outside the box - buckles, an old earring, hat pin, watch gears . . . keep this in mind; if you can glue it - you can use it in a book!
Through the pages of your project you not only can make the theme come alive, your personality will also come alive. With the hinge system I use in this project, thank you again Velocityvette08, you have plenty of room for embellishments. I encourage you to use the next two videos as a guide and enjoy embellishing your book.
Making the Album Cover
When I first saw this type of album I was so impressed. I couldn't stop watching the tutorials on YouTube, I was mesmerized! I felt confident that I could do the same, I just had to follow the directions, right? I was not successful in my first attempt. That maybe because for my first project I attempted making nine albums at once - Christmas presents. Of course that was just crazy and unrealistic. Partially through that project I woke up, switched gears and decided to work on just one book; a much better plan. The pages were one thing, the cover, well that was something else.
Once I started putting the cover together I realized it wasn't as difficult as it looked. I just took my time, measured accurately, and stayed focused. When making an album cover I like to add an inch to my page measurement and a half to a quarter inch to each side of the spine. For example, if my page measures 4" x 6" I would make my front and back cover 5" x 7". If my spine is 3" wide I would cut my spine cover piece 3 1/2", allowing an extra quarter inch on each side. All of these measurements are changeable, make them work for your project. Personally, I am not fond of a real wide spine, so in most of my books I try to keep the spine under four inches, however if the book has ten pages or more the spine would most likely be wider than four inches.
Album Assembly & Cover Decorations
This final video you will learn how to put your book together and hopefully get a few ideas on how to decorate the front cover.
I just want to mention that if you are making the book for yourself, remember to use acid free tape to adhere your photographs. If you are making the book to give as a gift, sit back and enjoy all the compliments you are sure to receive.
I hope you enjoy this Do It Yourself "Scrapbook" Wedding Album series, I enjoyed making it. My goal was to encourage you to create your own book and hopefully give you some ideas and helpful tips not only for this project but for future projects as well.