As a birthday gift for my mom, I offered to put all of our family pictures in photo albums for her. Little did I know that this would be a huge endeavor. The box of photos probably weighs as much as I do. After scoping out the price of albums, I concluded that this would be an up-cycled project. Thank God for Goodwill! I brought home all the photo albums that I could find from the thrift store along with a roll of wood grained contact paper.
I covered each of the albums with contact paper -possibly my favorite craft supply- to make a uniform set of books. Nothing says 'old school' like wood grain, right? Its eerily similar to the wood panels that lined the hallways in my parent's old house.
Because this box includes everything from snap shots of my high school prom all the way back to embarrassing pictures of me in the bathtub as a toddler, I will need to sort and organize them.
For album labels, I drilled holes in the covers and attached metal book plates from the craft store. Pieces of an old folder make great tags to tuck in the book plates.
My mom has always loved roses and the color pink, so I was thrilled to find this tube of vinyl tea rose wall clings while wandering around at Jo-Ann Fabrics. I was disappointed to discover that the decals are translucent, but I still think they look good.
Now that I've made a few books, I guess its time to start sorting out the pictures- that's the real challenge with this project.
Its me as Baby Heather! -------------------->
(Even though this was taken many, MANY years ago, I don't look too much different today)