Just a couple of ideas for photo gifts in this lesson – we are creating a photo frame and a mini accordion photo album.

09 LESSON 09
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  • an A4 sheet of Canson 180gsm paper, but you can also use a piece of cardboard to skip the first step
  • Mod Podge and collage brush
  • a coloured in colouring page
  • a 6×4 (15x10cm) photo
  • varnish (I’m using satin varnish)
  • 2 pieces of cardboard
  • a small piece of ribbon and some heavy duty tape


I am folding my sheet in 2 to make it sturdier and glue each side together with Mod Podge. If you use a piece of cardboard for your base, you won’t need to do this step (and will only need one extra piece of cardboard instead of 2 – but bear in mind that the edges of your frame will be much thicker).

I glue my photo in the middle of my page, well centered.

I tear my colouring page into 2 long strips and 2 shorter strips, to be glued and cover each edge of my base. You want to make sure that they are longer and wider that your base edge, so that you can fold them over to be glued on the back of the base.
For this step, you can also use some patterned fabric instead of the colouring page.

Once the base has been framed, I am adding the remainder of my colouring page at the back in the centre, gluing with Mod Podge. I want to make sure everything is dry before moving on to my next step.

I am covering the whole front of my photo frame with satin varnish; this will give an extra layer for the paper to protect it and give it a nicer finish, but will also unify it with the photo. The bonus of applying varnish over the photo is that, if you have any traces of glue on it – like I did – the varnish will hide them! I am drying the varnish thoroughly, making sure that I use a cold air setting (heat will make the varnish bubble).

Once dry, I am concentrating on the back of my photo frame, building my support, and adhering it with Mod Podge. As I used thinner paper, I am adding a piece of cardboard at the back to make it sturdier, but if you have used cardboard for your base, you will not need to do that. I am attaching a small piece of ribbon between the base and the support (I really struggled with just the Mod Podge, and even adding some duct tape was a challenge – a better option would be to use Aileen’s Tacky Glue). This ribbon will help the support stay tidy. As time goes by, the cardboard crease will soften and, without a ribbon, open too much and let your photo frame fall. The ribbon enables the support to only go up to a certain point.




  • An A3 sheet of paper
  • watercolours, brushes and clean water
  • some printed photos (small)
  • glue stick
  • a variety of pens for doodling and writing
  • washi tapes


I’m tearing my A3 sheet into 3 long strips (I’m not sure how many strips I will need).

I’m eye-balling-measuring my strip to create the folds, ensuring one photo fits on each page.

I am painting both sides of my strip with random colours of watercolour to give my mini album some background.

Once dry, I am gluing my photos on each page and use my pens and washi tapes to decorate each page and make it unique.

And that’s pretty much it!

If you are offering your mini album, you can tie a ribbon around it to make it prettier.

If you have more photos to fit in, you can add an extra strip and adhere it with some washi tape (glue it with Mod Podge if the washi tape is not very sticky).

You can also use stickers to decorate your pages – this project is YOUR project; you include anything you like!