Painted Embellishments, Photo Scrapbook

Melissa Papke assembles a creative painted scrapbook with pockets to hold memorabilia.

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In this project, Melissa Papke from Huntington Beach, Calif., applies her outrageous organizing abilities as well as her creativity to come up with a few clever decorations for her scrapbooks.

Materials and Tools:

plain scrapbook
paper cutter
color photos
corner-rounder paper punch
2 colors card stock
eyelet setting kit
8 eyelets
slide mounts
patterned paper
acrylic paint
metal letters
photo sticker squares
sticky dots adhesive
metal word embellishment
small paintbrush
acrylic paint
paper towel or soft rag
Glue Dots
memorabilia pocket


1. Cut a memorabilia pocket and a photo mat to the desired size. Trim the photos to the correct sizes to fit on the photo mats.

2. Use the corner rounder paper punch on the large photo and the corresponding photo mat. Glue the photos down to the card stock mat.

3. Glue photo mat to photo pocket card stock. Line up photo pocket card stock against main page.

4. Use the hole punch in the eyelet setting kit to make eight holes through the card stock pocket to the main page — three on each side and two on the bottom.

5. Place eyelet through first hole, turn page over, and set the eyelet with the eyelet setting tool. Repeat with the other seven holes.

6. Place memorabilia in the pocket and place completed page in the page protector to finish.

7. To make decorated slide mounts: Choose metal letters to spell the word "Alaska" and clip the eyelet tab off each letter with a scissor.

8. Lightly paint each letter with green acrylic paint and set aside to dry.

9. Choose paper with which to decorate slide mounts. Cut out squares of paper to be approximately 1/4 inch larger than each slide mount.

10. Place the paper over one slide mount and wrap the paper around to the back. Attach using the photo sticker squares.

11. Next, cut an "X" through the middle of each paper. Turn the paper backward through the center of the slide mount and attach using the photo sticker squares. Repeat for each of the five remaining slide mounts.

12. With the same patterned paper used for wrapping the slide mounts, cut a small square just slightly smaller than the actual slide mount. Using a piece of plain vellum of the same size, layer the vellum over the patterned paper. Mount these two pieces to the back of each of the six covered slide mounts.

13. Next, take each of the letters that were painted and set aside to dry. Use the sticky dots adhesive to mount each letter to the front of each covered slide mount. Repeat for all six letters until the word "Alaska" is complete.

14. Mount each slide mount to the page using photo sticker squares and/or a glue stick.

15. Painted metal embellishment: Dab blue, burgundy, and green paint into the crevices of each section of the design until well covered. Using a paper towel or soft rag, wipe away excess paint from top of embellishment, leaving the paint in the crevices of the metal tag for a colorful effect. Let dry.

16. Mount to the scrapbook page using a glue dot.

Photo Organization Tips:

Arrange photos in a traditional pocket album in chronological order from the first day of vacation to the last.

Store negatives (if applicable) in an envelope and glue the index print to the front of the envelope for easy reference.

At the top of the envelope, make a note of what’s on the film and the month and year the film was taken.

Choose which photos would be best highlighted in the book and then get enlargements.

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