Two posts in one day? I can’t believe it!
As I mentioned in the past, I have an Instax Mini 8 camera, a Polaroid 600 camera, and an old Minolta 35mm camera. What I didn’t have (until I made it) was a photo album to keep the photos in. A photo album specifically for instant photos costs more money than I’d like to spend, so I made one using a book, some Mod Podge, and photo corners.
It’s super easy and fast, you probably have everything to make this in your house already, maybe not the photo corners but you most likely have some glue and an old book.
Here’s the rundown: You glue a few pages together, put the corners on your photo, slap that sucker in there and you’re done! But, for your enjoyment, I’ve illustrated the process with some severely subpar cell phone photos.
1. Get all your stuff together. I used paper specific Mod Podge to avoid wrinkled pages, but it may not make much of a difference if you choose to use regular Elmer’s glue, just close the book and put something heavy on it while it dries. I also used a crappy paint brush for the glue. Even though it is water based and washes off easily having a brush specifically for glue and other nasty stuff is nice. The photo corners were only a couple bucks at the craft store, and the book I got at a thrift store (Blood Meridian, I didn’t read it but it’s too late now, ha!) because I couldn’t stand to sacrifice any of mine. I have a real problem with letting go of books.
2. Glue some pages together to create your more sturdy album pages. I prefer to glue three pages together, I think it works nicely. Make sure you brush glue over the entire page, paying special attention to the edges and corners, but try not to get it on any pages you don’t want stuck together. You don’t even really have to let them dry before you start putting your photos in, unless you’d like to.
(forgive my nails, a manicure is pretty pointless when you make furniture for a living)
3. Put the corners on your photo and place them on your new album pages. Easy as that!
4. Enjoy your new photo album! The nice thing about these photo corners is you can rearrange the order of the photos as you see fit. Just pop the photo out and put a new one in its place!
Now, go take some photos!