Altering a modern album into an Old Book

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I bought a photo album for under $3 and so I decided to customize this for a present to a friend.  Because I am in a Historical Club, I wanted to make this album look on the outside like an old book.

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I used fun foam for the accent pieces for the hinges and heater.

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I have some die cuts from Sizzix that I used to cut the foam.  I used Gesso to glue the pieces down and painted over them with it.

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Painting over with Gesso.

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Everything covered with Gesso.

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I took acrylic paints, mostly browns, yellows and oranges and began to blend the colors to fake an old leather tome.

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I sponged and brushed, dabbed and swirled.

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After everything dried, I added some Inka Gold paints to the die cut elements.

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I added white on the banner and green on the laurel leaves.

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I painted the heater blue and yellow, using heraldry of an SCA Barony (Gyldenholt).

 

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Adding names for the banners in black sharpie.

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I thought I should seal the work, so I used Mod Podge gloss.

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I added some wrapping paper I had to line the inside of the album.  I used Mod Podge Gloss to glue and seal.

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I glued the photo pages back inside and it is done.  I handed this to my friends 6/11/2016.  They really seemed to like it.

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