How To Make Your Own Scrapbooks

Scrapbooks are somewhat expensive but you can save a bundle when you make them yourself. Here's how.

Holding family memories in scrapbooks has become all the rage. One of the most wonderful things about making a scrapbook is that it is uniquely your own. You choose the colors, papers, photos and embellishments for a one-of-a-kind treasure that only you own. If you're going to go to that much trouble why not make the scrapbook itself? Purchased scrapbooks are nice but others have one just like it. If you want one that only you own gather your supplies and get started.

You'll need two equal sized pieces of thick cardboard. It's not a necessity to pad the cardboard before covering it but it's a much nicer look than simply gluing fabric or paper onto the cardboard. Use a quarter-inch to a half-inch foam the exact size of the card board. Cut two, one for the front and one for the back of the book. Glue a piece of foam on each piece of cardboard and allow to dry thoroughly.

Cut two pieces of fabric or covering for the cardboard pieces. The easiest way to do this is to lay the cardboard onto the fabric and trace around it with chalk. Move the cardboard out of the way and add an additional five inches to each side. Cut out the two pieces. Before attaching the foam lay the cardboard onto the wrong side of the fabric once again. Fold the top side of the material over to the wrong side of the cardboard. Crease well. Fold the side up in the same way, creasing well. Do this on all four sides of the board. Remove the cardboard and you should see the outline of a small square on each corner where you creased each side. Cut each of these outlined corners out cutting them slightly smaller than the imprint. Removing this little square from each corner will eliminate the bulky appearance of too much fabric at the inside corners of the scrapbook.

Place the cardboard once again on the wrong side of the fabric. Fold the fabric over the top of the cardboard and glue. Hold in place with large hair clips or clothes pins. Uses piece of foam or folded paper towels to keep the clip from digging into the cloth. Make sure the corner of the fabric goes all the way to the corner of the cardboard and has plenty of glue to secure it.

After all four sides are glued on both pieces of cardboard cut two pieces of cloth or fabric to fit on the inside covers of the book. The pieces should be only slightly smaller than the actual cardboard pieces. Glue one of these pieces to each inside cover of the scrapbook to cover the raw edges of the cover. If using fabric and it unravels easily treat the edges with no-ravel treatment found where cloth is sold.

Purchase the scrapbook pages and lay one on the inside of the scrapbook. Use an ice pick or something sharp to poke holes through the cardboard and cloth. Do this to the front and back sides of the scrapbook.

Use a pretty ribbon to thread into the first hole on the back cover, through the scrapbook pages and up through the front hole at the top. Take the other end of the ribbon and do the same thing with the second set of holes. Both ends of the ribbon should be through the corresponding holes and laying on the top of the album. Tie the ends into a pretty bow. When you need extra pages simply untie the bow, remove the top of the scrapbook, add the pages and tie the top back on again.

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