Create A Canvas Mini Album

Go beyond paper scrapbooking with an easy-to-make canvas album that is perfect to give as a gift or keep for yourself.

Create a Scrapbook Album from Canvas

Design by Irma Gabbard

Pieces of canvas stitched together form the album cover and pages in this meant-to-be-held album Irma made for her daughter. Before sewing the pages together, Irma embellished the cover and each inside page with stitched elements.


SOURCES: Canvas: Jo-Ann Stores. Die cuts: 7Gypsies (journaling block), Heidi Swapp (heart). Brads: Making Memories. Ribbon: 7Gypsies (twill), BasicGrey (blue-green, blue-green stripe), Maya Road (polka dot, green stripe, green gingham, green). Buttons: Autumn Leaves (orange, blue, green), Making Memories (flowers). Labels: Me and My Big Ideas. Photo corner: American Crafts. Fabric: Amy Butler. Floss: DMC Corp.Stamps: Autumn Leaves (frame), Postmodern Design (letters). Ink: StazOn by Tsukineko.

Embellish a Scrapbook Album with Buttons

Design by Irma Gabbard

Buttons stitched along the spine of the album add color and texture to the cover. Thread not your thing? Skip the stitching and use adhesive to accent your album with buttons or other embellishments.

Create a Custom Fabric Accent for an Album

Design by Irma Gabbard

Irma layered canvas, fabric, and a button to create this flower accent. Hand-cut your designs for a whimsical look; then use thread and a button to hold the pieces together.

Stitch a Scrapbook Album Title

Design by Irma Gabbard

Hand-stitch your title on the canvas cover to add a personal touch. To create a guide for your stitching, print your title on regular paper. Using a pencil, color where you can see the letters on the back of the paper. Once the backs of the letters are covered, place the paper on your fabric and draw over the printed letters. This transfers the lead from the back of the paper, showing you where to stitch.

Stamp on Canvas Album Pages

Design by Irma Gabbard

For the first page of her album, Irma stamped a dedication on canvas, matted it with fabric, and embellished it with twill, ribbon, and buttons. She stitched all the embellishments onto the canvas, but fabric adhesive or fusible web will work, too.

First Page of Canvas Album for Daughter

Design by Irma Gabbard

Part of the charm of Irma's album is that she didn't worry about her stitches being perfect. If you get off the track when stitching a frame, just go over the border again to make it look as though you did it on purpose.

Print Photos on Canvas Album Pages

Design by Irma Gabbard

For each spread of her album, Irma printed a photo of her daughter on canvas. Iron your canvas piece to an 8-1/2x11" sheet of waxed paper and then run it through your printer so that the ink goes on the canvas. When you're finished printing, remove the waxed paper from the back of the canvas, and use an iron to heat-set the ink on the canvas.

Use Fabric like Patterned Paper Album Pages

Design by Irma Gabbard

When working with a cloth album, use fabric as you would paper in a traditional scrapbook album. To add splashes of color to her pages, Irma cut fabric circles and stitched them to the canvas page. She embellished the piece with ribbon, buttons, and a flower-shape brad.

Frame a Photo with Fabric and Ribbon

Design by Irma Gabbard

Irma used a strip of fabric and a length of ribbon to frame two sides of her photo. A cluster of buttons and brads adds dimension to the page.

Stamp Your Scrapbook Page Title

Design by Irma Gabbard

Combine stamps to spell out your scrapbook page title. Use a solvent ink to get best results when stamping on canvas.

Stitch Acrylic Accents onto an Album Page

Design by Irma Gabbard

Irma machine-stitched her thin acrylic accent to the canvas page. Worried about breaking your needle? Use brads or adhesive instead.

Add Textured Embellishments to a Scrapbook Album

Design by Irma Gabbard

Because her album is so tactile, Irma embellished her pages with textured accents, like the pom-pom fringe on this spread.

Piece Fabric Flowers onto Scrapbook Album Pages

Design by Irma Gabbard

To make fabric flower embellishments for her page, Irma cut two circles from coordinating fabric, stitched them to the canvas, and added green ribbon stems. A folded piece of ribbon placed at an angle makes a simple, dimensional leaf that lends the accent a realistic touch.



Mat a Photo with Fabric

Design by Irma Gabbard

For the last page of her album, Irma gave her photo a special look by matting it with brightly colored fabric. After printing the photo on canvas she stitched the piece to fabric and then stitched the fabric to the canvas page.

Make a Pocket for Hidden Journaling

Design by Irma Gabbard

To make room for a special message to her daughter, Irma added a canvas pocket to the final spread of her album and tucked a card with a handwritten message inside. She embellished the pocket with ribbon, pom-poms, buttons, and a brad to bring bits of color to an otherwise neutral page.

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