January 04, 2011

Scrap Album for Valentine's Day


Today we're going to kill two birds with one stone.  We're going to make a fun keepsake album and use up tons of scraps you have around the house.  I made mine a Valentine's album, but you can pick any theme or idea to base it on. 


I started by cutting 6 pieces of felt into 7" squares.


Then, I decorated each one as a page in the album.  I used Aleene's Fabric Fusion, which is perfect for this project.  It adheres the materials well and doesn't have the heavy bulk of hot glue.


Each page is different.  On some I cut out existing graphics from fabrics and glued them down.  I added whatever I thought looked pretty and meaningful - buttons, lace, the dictionary definition of love, fabric flowers.


The Fabric Fusion is also great for the rolled rosettes. Just cut a thin strip of felt, roll it up, and then glue the end. Then glue them in a cluster.  (This is one of our old engagement pictures.)



I did a bit of sewing on some of the pages, because I liked the look of stitches, but you really could do the whole album with just glue if you don't sew.


I made a page with room to tuck in a love note.


Lastly, the cover is decorated with cut out hearts and a little hand-embroidering.

If you are sewing on the pages, once they are all decorated you can sew them together to conceal your stitching on the back.  If you are only using glue, then you can utilize the front and back of each individual felt page.  To bind the book, just make a tiny slit into the felt with a crafting knife.  Do this in two spots on each pages and then use two metal rings to connect them like a binder.  That way you can add and remove pages as you like.
That's it.  Now you've made a great looking project for almost free!  If you give it away as a gift you could slip a gift card into the love note spot.  If it's a keepsake for you, you could add something else meaningful...like ticket stubs from a show you saw together.

While this album has our pictures in it, it's not actually mine to keep.  I just wanted to show it to you with some pictures in it.  However, I'm donating it to the Chase Family adoption auction.  If you'd like to donate something as well, just click on the Charity tab above for more info.

Thanks for reading!  See you tomorrow for our first Wake Up Wednesday!

21 comments:

Liz said...

Wow. This is great!

Kristyn @ Good Gravy Crafts said...

So cute!! I love it!! TFS!

xx-Kristyn

Brooke Douglass said...

I love that project a lot!!! If you were to put the pictures in it how would you secure them in? Thank you for the share! Brooke
Girl Boy Girl Inspired

Admitted Fabricaholic said...

So very cute! I remember a day, seems like a lifetime ago, when I used to spend hours upon hours scrapbooking. This is such a cute twist on that!

Leca Unplugged said...

That is both beautiful and simple. I love it.

Ruth said...

oh thats great! I'm going to try it =)

Tree Huggin Momma said...

Very cute! Love it!

Melissa said...

Love this. I'm no good at making page layouts, it never looks as good in real life as it does in my brain. Maybe you can do mine for me. :)

Soffy said...

Wow... it is very cute! Your housband will get very nice present for valentines day!

connie said...

I love the album. I really enjoyed seeing your weddding pictures. You are such a handsome couple. No wonder your boys are so cute.

bits of moxy said...

WOW! That is just an awesome creation you shared. Thank you!

Tonya said...

Love this! Once again, a great idea. So sweet. I love your pictures too. :)

Wenq502 said...

cute!
and OMG Disney totally stole ur blog name!! So i was on youtube and i saw a video titled: I Am Mamaw, Hear Me Roar

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IE3EWPko-zQ

Laura Sennot said...

Cheri, it's so cute, is it breaking your heart to give it away??? It is going to a wonderful cause tho! I have a dachshund and when anyone comes in the front door she rolls over exposes her belly and says, "all I need is love" at least that is what I tell everyone she says! She is a great reminder in our house of what we should all be doing, heart open wide saying love me!

Emily and Jaime at Everyday Art said...

Wow! That is so cute! I love how you used felt (I feel like I've been awakened to felt over the past few months...) and I love the way the dictionary definition looks with everything. The buttons, the bird, the color scheme, everything!!! I'm lovin' it. Thanks for the inspiration.

Ivana said...

Cute, cute, cute! Great idea! The dictionary definition of love is the highlight!

I Am Momma - Hear Me Roar said...

Brooke-
I would use a little of the Fabric Fusion glue on the edges or use zots (those sticky little glue dots).

Cheri

Amy @ Positively Splendid said...

This is absolutely darling! The hand stitching really sets it off!

audreywaldron said...

Cheri!!
I love love love this Valentine's scrapbook!! How can I get my hands on one of them?? :)

Becca said...

I LOVE THis! Tahnks for linking! I'd love to enter it and feature you during my "Love Letters week" on BCD! YOu will be entered into a contest to win a great prize! Let em know if that's ok with you! I'd like to feature this on Feb.2nd. email me and let me know. bluecricketdesign@gmail.com

creatingme said...

This is so cute! What a fun idea and my girls can do it too.

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