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by: Tonya Freeland

This project is designed to make a very unique display item to hang photos that also folds away into a beautiful one-of-a-kind photo album. The example shown below is a Brownie Girl Scout themed display album and was made with a young girl in mind....but you may tailor your project to suit your own ideas and materials on hand.

You will need:
12 ~ 3"x5" decorated photo mats
1-2 yards of wide decorative ribbon
self adhesive velcro
glue or adhesive
large prima flower & button(or embellishments of your choice to finish the project off)
needle & thread

1. Lay the photo mats out onto a flat surface in the arrangement which they will hang on the wall.

2. Cut the decorative ribbon 6 inches longer than the length of the project as it will be finished.

3. Start at the BOTTOM of the display and glue the photo mats to the ribbon. You will need to space them carefully! If you have thick embellishments on the mats, then you will need to space each one correctly by folding the project up as you go. Otherwise, you will not be able to properly close the display into an album.

4. Once the album is bound together with the ribbon, you will have several extra inches of ribbon to put the velcro closure on. The placement of the velcro will depend on the thickness of the finished album and each album will be different.
You will need a piece of velcro to close the album securely and a piece of velcro to fold the ribbon down and make a decorative loop to hang the display album from so tht when it is hanging, the flower(or chosen embellishment) that closes on top of the album will be folded over and sit neatly at the top of the hanging display. The flower will also hide your stitches holding the velcro in place.

5. Once the velcro is in place, it is a good idea to hand stitch it to reinforce the glue and hold it in place when it is being opened.

Now you have created a beautiful, custom keepsake! This album is ready to hang and display or fold up and and tuck away securely in a pretty matching box! I hope you enjoy this project and please feel free to email me with any questions, comments or suggestions for future projects. E-MAIL ME This project plus several others are available this week in my ebay AUCTIONS. This item is also available custom-made to your theme and colors at