This is Katie Ehmann on board with a beautiful, vintage heritage album. Beyond it's red bow is a window filled with flowers surrounded by exquisite pages from years long ago. Today, I'm going to show you how to create an album like this of your very own. It's truly magical and a treasure trove of memories - come take a look!
The materials needed are as follows; vintage book, ruler, pencil, craft knife, self-healing cutting mat, ribbon, sewing machine, old family photos and your favorite Crate Paper collection. I opted to use the DIY Shop collection because of it's vintage feel - matches wonderfully with my old photos from the 1930's and 1940's.
The start of the album begins with a special touch - an altered title page with a window, exclusive to a Crate Paper Stand-Out Embellishment. To recreate this page, gather up a group of pages the same approximate width as the embellishment it's to hold. Position a craft mat just beneath the group of pages to protect your work surface.
Next, use a ruler to find the middle of the page and then with a pencil, draw a square that is slightly larger than the soon-to-be encapsulated embellishment.
With a craft knife, carefully cut along the pencil markings, making sure to cut through all of the pages. Remove the squares to reveal your window!
Machine sew the group of pages together to reinforce your "window" and create one very thick page!
Add patterned paper, letter stickers and embellishments to your title page, sewing across your chosen letter stickers.
For the remainder of the album pages, cut various patterned papers sized slightly smaller than the book pages and machine sew them into position.
Add photos, embellishments and journaling to each page, including names and dates (mine have been covered for privacy purposes).
Depending on the number of pages you've created, you may want to remove additional "book pages" in order for your book to close properly. Wrap your album in ribbon and add a decorative CP clothes pin to the top. Now, watch as your family enjoys the album for years to come!