DIY Photo Scrapbook

Hey, buddies! I hope the beginning of your week is going well! I have finally been able to make my Italy scrapbook! Italy was everything I imagined and it to be and more, especially as I got to spend the week with my best friend!

Okay, now, here is the quick tutorial!

Materials Used:

Leather Photo Album

Photo Mounting Corners

Cardstock, Gray and Purple

Printed Photos

Washi Tape

Scissors

Glue

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How-To:

 Step 1: Take the photo sheets out of the album and spread them across a flat work surface. Take the pictures and arrange them on the sheets in the order you would like them to appear in the album. I arranged my photos by the cities I visited with my dear best friend: Venice, Rome and Florence.

Side Note: I learned quickly that my 4×6 and 5×7 prints were a little large for the photo sheets, so I could only fit two per sheet at most. I didn’t want to cut the images down otherwise I’m sure I could have fit without a problem.

Step 2: After deciding on the order of the pictures, I glued the photos down using colorful photo mounting corners that came with the album.

Side Note: Initially I was upset the mounting corners were bright and colorful as I was looking for something a little more subdued. But, after laying down a few photos I realized the pops of color at the corners of the images made the album more fun, and isn’t that what a scrapbook is supposed to be?!

Step 3: I chose a sampling of pages and applied the Italian-themed washi tape that I ordered from the Etsy shops Bella’s Bits and Buys and Chickydoodle (must give credit where credit is due!) to the tops and bottoms of the pages.

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I then took the larger washi tape (the one with images of the coliseum and leaning tower of pisa) and cut the images down to size. I taped the images to the cardstock, cut out shapes around the card stock and then glued the shapes to different pages in the album.

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To get more movement on the pages, I applied block color washi strips.

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And Ta-Da! I have a scrapbook documenting my Italian travels. The food was rich, the smells intoxicating, the company warm and the sights awe-inspiring. I was most enamored with the coliseum. The site, despite the great many visitors, was quiet. The sky was clear and the breeze crisp. Standing in the ruins, it was unbelievable to think that centuries before, men had been battling to the death for the entertainment of people standing in my place.

I hope one day I can visit Italy again and walk through the coliseum once more! 😉

Here are a few more pictures from the trip that are in the album but not the tutorial:

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