Tuesday, July 3, 2012

DIY Art Journal

Hi, my name is Linda and I am a 25 year old law student living in Manhattan. I blog over at My Passion Is... about my life, scrapbooking, DIY crafts, photography, exploring NYC & more. I am honored to be sharing a post with you today on Jen's blog, so thanks for having me!

I recently completed a mini album that I made out of a pasta box so I wanted to share a tutorial with you so you could make your own!

What you need:
  • empty pasta box [I used a whole foods penne pasta]
  • scrapbook papers & embellishments
  • a single hole punch
  • sturdy tape [like packaging tape]
  • a paper cutter and/or scissors
  • some sort of binding, either binding rings or ribbon
First, you are going to flatten out your pasta box.

Then you are going to cut it down to two 6x6 squares [or whatever size album you want to make]. If the box doesn’t fit perfectly in those shapes that’s alright, just piece them together using packaging tape to hold the squares together. Once you cover them it won’t matter anymore. Make sure to use the little window from the front of the package! I placed it vertically along the right hand side of my cover.

Then you are going to want to cover both sides of each cover with papers & embellishments. This is your chance to be creative! Just cut the papers to cover the cardboard completely, leaving the window open.

Lastly you are going to bind your album! Once you add the first page be sure you line it up so you can see a photo or something of interest through the window!

The cover & inside cover. I used puff paint to outline the window and give the cover texture, but you don’t need to do that!

I added a vellum quote to the inside of the back cover. The backside of the back cover is just solid of the purple floral paper.

Papers: DCWV “The Pocket Foll of Posies Stack” & solid yellow from K & Company
Lettering: found in my stash from years ago, idk where it came from!!
Journaling Spot: from http://clubcreatingkeepsakes.com/blogs/
Vellum Quote: DCWV vellum “quotes” stack

I recently shared a recap of this completed album so if you are interested in checking out how I filled it, come visit my blog, I'd love to have you!!

Thanks so much for reading my tutorial & Jen for having me on your blog :)


  1. Oh I am IN LOVE with this! thanks!!


  2. I would have never thought to do that with a pasta box. Great idea!

  3. What a cute idea! I'm all for reusing old boxes! Nicely done Linda!


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