Hi, friends. Today let's hop back on the scrapbooking train! I'm going to show you how to make one of my very favorite albums, a chipboard photo book, in another installment of our Canon USA collaboration. I made one earlier this year with wedding photos, but the one we're going to make today is even simpler because we're using a three-ring binder book instead of a spiral-bound book.
This book is a special gift for my sister.
Over the past year we've taken a lot of photos together for the blog. Some of them are my very favorite photos ever. Prior to making this, neither of us had any of these photos printed out in our homes, the shame! For this project I am printing them out and making an album with all full-page photos as a keepsake for Emma. I want her to always remember this special season we've had.
-2 pieces of colored cardstock
-photos to fill all your pages
Not pictured: I also used black bookbinding tape, a Crop-A-Dile tool, and black and white acrylic paint.
Optional: There are countless fun embellishments you can pick up to add to your pages. If you want to, use stamps, letter stickers, washi tape, mists, or stickers.
Time to print! Measure the cover and the pages of your album. Add 1/2" to each side (so they will go over the edges a little and help you trim them exactly flush with your chipboard). Print your photos. We printed ours on the PIXMA iP8720, which is our go-to printer for large prints (it can print up to 13" x 19"). I love it for these projects because it makes it easy to get multiple prints on one sheet.
Assembly Step One: Use scrapbook adhesive to line the outside edge of each chipboard page. Then adhere the page to the back of your photo, centering it.
Assembly Step Two: Trim the photo paper away from the chipboard using an X-Acto knife. Some parts will be easier with scissors, but on the corners you will want to use the X-Acto to get a good, rounded edge. This is the most tedious part of the album. After you adhere a photo to both sides of each page, use another page as a guide to re-punch holes with a Crop-A-Dile tool.
Assembly Step Three: After the photos are on the front cover, use bookbinding tape to seal them down and cover the spine.
Assembly Step Four: Use black paint around the binder clips to give it a more finished look.
Assembly Step Five: Last step! Adhere colored cardstock on the inside of each cover side. I used two different colors just for fun.
Now that it looks finished and polished, it's time to add fun details!
Time to decorate those pages. Choose whether you want to stay minimal or go crazy with embellishments. For me, the more I love my photos, the fewer embellishments I tend to use. So this book doesn't have too many. I wanted to let the photos really shine. Don't worry. I'll go embellishment crazy another day soon. 😀
Get sentimental. Real sentimental. I always like to add a personal note to a gift album.
And it's that simple! Your album is complete. This one took me two days because the X-Acto process is a little tedious. Worth the effort, though! I love the crisp, clean look of full-page photos.
Want to see the rest of the book?
Every album ends with "to be continued." I love these foam stickers that my friend Amy designed.
For a finishing touch, I added messy painted stripes to the bookbinding tape on the cover. I can't wait to give Emma her book (I left it on her desk at work). It was a lot of fun to make, and it feels awesome to have so many of our memories printed out and put together.
Who do you want to make a photo book for? xx. Elsie
Credits // Author and Photography: Elsie Larson. Photos edited with Stella from The Signature Collection.
This is such a good and simple idea. I have tons of pictures of my sister and I but they are mostly throughout the years but I think it would be an awesome gift to give to her! Thanks for the inspiration :0)
I really like your blog! And this is such a creative, cute and unique gift. It’s such a beautiful idea. I was just wondering where do you get the chipboard album? And how long does it take to finish this photo book?
But overall, I think this is a beautiful idea to give to anyone that we love. Thank you for the inspiration!
I’m falling in love with this printer – do you know if you can print onto watercolor paper? thanks! 🙂
I love this!! Can I ask where you found the chipboard album? Thanks 🙂
oh how wonderful and personal! I’m going to make one for my fiance, next year will be our 1st year living together and I plan on taking plenty of photos!
I look forward to your new book to be available here in the Philippines!
I love this idea!!
I was wondering why comments were disabled on certain posts.
Love this! can’t wait to do this soon.
This is so pretty!! I love this idea and I’ve been really wanting to print some photos lately! I can’t wait to make some pretty photo books. What a sweet message and I love “to be continued.” Perfect!
I would love to make one of these for my niece. Little nervous as not crafty. One of those who can not make a straight line even with a ruler. But love the way this looks. I have watched your video for this project a few times and keep thinking someday.
Do not make scrapbooks so all the tools are pretty new but I have never seen a mist before.
I would love to received a book like this!
you are the best scrapbooking!
this is gorgeous!! YOU ladies, are gorgeous!!! Such a sweet and sentimental gift for our sister, it made me a little emotional.
I love your scrapbooking posts, it really motivates me to print my photos and actually display them somewhere…ANYWHERE, other than my phone hee hee.
I’m sure Emma loved it!
What kind of book did you use/where can I get one?
It’s official. I need to hire a personal photographer to follow me and my bestie around 😉 Love this album!! xoxo
This year, I’ve gotten into Project Life, scrapbooking, and photo/art journaling. I bought a pack of chipboard albums on clearance at Michaels and now I have the perfect excuse to use them! My sister and I are two years apart, and I can honestly say she is the best friend I could ever ask for. Thanks for the inspiration!
In love with this book!!! The pictures are so gorge!!!
I am definitely going to make one of these after wedding season! Adding it to my list of creative to-dos… 😉 Thanks for the tutorial! The photo on the back is the best!
I love this idea, it’s gorgeous!
Definitely going to do this for my sister before I leave for University at the start of September.
LOVE THIS!!!! What a fabulous idea for pictures!
the two of you make me wish i had a sister! 🙂