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How To Decoupage A Photo Album

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This past Christmas, I decided to make the gifts for my family. I know a lot of people will roll their eyes at that, but I think homemade/handmade gifts show how much that person means to you. I didn't give handmade gifts to the little ones because I knew they'd want actual toys. I can't make toys! I'm not Santa!

My nieces are all grown up and two of them have families of their own. I believe between the two of them, they have 5000 or more photos of their kids! I chose just a few and decided to put them on a photo album with Mod Podge. I love working with Mod Podge! I printed the photos using an ink-jet printer and used regular copy paper. I chose to work in B&W because I like the way they look, plus my color ink had just run out! There's not much to explain, but I will show the steps below.

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Mod Podge variety


Covered in Mod Podge


Warning: Mod Podge is addictive!


  • photos copied to printer paper
  • photo album
  • large paintbrush
  • Mod Podge (I used matte)
  • scissors


  1. Print black and white photos on printer paper.
  2. Print black and white designs on printer paper. These will be used as filler and as borders. I found my designs by going to Google and doing an image search of "black and white swirls".
  3. Cut out photos and designs.
  4. Before gluing photos to album, place photos on album to get an idea of what will go where. If you have a digital camera or phone handy, you could even take a quick photo to refer to.
  5. Hold photo and brush Mod Podge on back of photo. Don't put too much, but don't skimp either. Make sure the whole back is covered.
  6. Lightly place photo where you want it to go. For a few seconds, you will be able to shift the photo if it's not exactly where you want it. After that, you're pretty much stuck (no pun intended) with where it's at.
  7. When you have the photo where you want it, press lightly to smooth out any air pockets. You could even use a popsicle stick to smooth.
  8. After all photos and designs are placed on album, start brushing Mod Podge on photo album. I usually go in one direction only, but make sure all sides of each photo are covered.
  9. Let dry, then repeat process on spine and back.
  10. Wrap with pretty paper and make someone smile!

Finished product!



Lisa (author) from Tennessee on February 10, 2012:

Faceless39: I really appreciate the votes and guess I'm following you!

Kate P from The North Woods, USA on February 10, 2012:

Voted up, interesting, and useful. Another great hub, which is why I'm now following you!

Lisa (author) from Tennessee on February 09, 2012:

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Michael, thanks! My mind is always going! Right now I'm working on something I'll probably post tomorrow. Having fun today with paint, newspaper, cardboard, and Sharpies!

Lisa (author) from Tennessee on February 09, 2012:

Gypsy, thanks! I hope you get to make one soon!

Lisa (author) from Tennessee on February 09, 2012:

pjpitts: not complicated at all. So easy!

cleaner3 from Pueblo, Colorado on February 09, 2012:

You are such an artist able to make something great out of something simple.

Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on February 09, 2012:

This is a really great idea. Looks really nice. Thanks for this useful info.

pjpitts from United States on February 08, 2012:

Great idea, and not complicated! I think homeade gifts are THE BEST!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on February 08, 2012:

Thank you my friend; I will do that!

Lisa (author) from Tennessee on February 08, 2012:

Billy, I hope you have fun making one of these! They are so easy to make. The hardest part is deciding what photos to use. I usually pick too many. If you need any help/tips let me know!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on February 08, 2012:

I knew nothing about this; how could I be so old and be so clueless. I'm going to try it so thank you for this hub and the easy instructions.

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