I don’t know of many moms who don’t like to keep photos of their babies handy- even when their babies aren’t really babies anymore, or if they are four-legged fur babies.
This DIY gift for mom mini album project makes a fun gift for grandmothers too, or really anyone who would like a unique way to display some precious photos.
- Xyron Sticker Maker
- Large Steampunk Pocket Watch
- Necklace Chain
- 1″ Circle Punch
- 5/8″ Ribbon (small piece)
- Black Cardstock
- 1 1/4″ Circle Die or Template
- Scoring Board and Bone Folder
- Small Sized Photos
- Small Flat-Head Screwdriver
Cut a 2″x 12″ strip of black cardstock. Using a bone folder, score the strip of cardstock every 1 1/8″ along the entire strip.
Select a 1 1/4″ circle die, or create a circle template that is 1 1/4″ wide. Make sure that there is an edge on both sides of the folded paper strips!! This is important. You can see from the following photo- there is a slight gap on both sides.
Adhere the two strips together, overlapping one of the cut circles to make one continuous strip. Depending on how many photos you would like, you can add strips here. Just make sure the added strips will fit inside the pocket watch.
I am going to show you how cool this machine is! It turns whatever you feed into it, into a sticker- with the perfect amount of permanent adhesive on the back. Insert the punched photos into the sticker maker.
For the front outside of the circle- I added a monogram. I used a free computer font for this. The font is called CONSOLE (<–you can click that link to download the font.) I sized my monogram at 72pt. Then I used my 1″ circle punch to cut the monogram letter. You can use a sticker, or decorate the front of your mini album any way you wish.
Turn the pocket watch to the back. There will be a little notch on the outer rim of the backside. Using a small flat-head screwdriver, pop the back off, using the notch. This was really easy, I promise.
Using a strong adhesive- adhere the mini album strip onto the back of the pocket watch. Fold the end circle underneath to adhere it- as shown.
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Shaunte is a 30-something, chocolate-loving, SAHM from Utah. She has been scrapbooking since 1997, the dreaded era of photos cropped with deco scissors. Since then, her work has evolved into a clean, linear, photo-focused style. Her favorite subjects to scrap are her husband and five kids (never a lack for subject material there).