Personalize a Photo Album with Calligraphy

A friend of mine wanted to give a unique baby shower gift,  so she asked me to personalize a pocket photo album with calligraphy and some embellishments.  She purchased a fabric covered album with a window in the front. I had never made a personalized baby album before, but I was up for the challenge!

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This photo album is similar to (but not exactly like) the one I used.   Pioneer 300 Pocket Fabric Frame Cover Photo Album

People often put a photo in the frame on the front,  but it’s so much fun to personalize a photo album with calligraphy.  I love hand lettering and calligraphy, so I wrote the baby’s name in italic calligraphy with these markers. The markers I used are lightfast, so the lettering won’t fade, if the book is on display in baby’s room. That’s something to consider, as some markers aren’t lightfast, and the lettering will fade with time.

It’s a simple project.

Here’s How I Personalized the Photo Album

First, I cut a piece of cardstock to fit the frame. (There’s usually a piece of paper in that spot that you can just trace around to get the right size piece of cardstock.) 

I wrote the name and embellished around it with a tag and some rubber stamping. I sponged some yellow gold ink around the name too, to give it a vintage look.

The little sweater embellishment went on the fabric part of the album to finish it.

These special touches are a fairly simple way to make an album more unique, and there are so many ways this project could be individualized. You could make it more understated and elegant or unashamedly sentimental, like this one! Above all, make it unique, and have fun.

This post was originally published in 2012.

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11 Comments

  1. Such a great gift! Thanks for stopping by earlier and for your sweet note! I'm your newest follower! XO, Aimee

  2. Pam, it is precious!!! The calligraphy is beautiful, I love the little rabbit and tag. . .and embellishing with the sweater was a neat idea and really adds to it! So cute!!!

  3. I'm sure the recipient loved this!

    Thank you for visiting my blog – I'm very happy to follow you because we obviously share some interests and I love adding crafty blogs to my reading list 🙂

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