Thursday, June 10, 2010

Photo albums

As I mentioned before I have been preparing a workshop making photo albums.  I used to prepare the kits, including detailed instructions, but have noticed that it's rather a waste of time.  Nobody ever reads them. ;-)

Therefore I have decided that it would probably be more helpful to have a set of step-by-step examples ready.

It's probably just as much work, or perhaps less, then writing the instructions and taking photographs of every single step.  I am going to mount these examples on card and I am going to use my next group as guinea pigs. ;-)

They are really nice albums, because I have been able to get some real thin kangaroo leather and also faux-leather paper:

They should all have a leather strap to keep them closed, but three of these still have to be finished.

I have also been working on a photo album for myself.  I had a series of pictures of all my friends of a miniature group.  We had to send in one current picture of ourselves and one as a baby or toddler.  I have finally taken the time to put all these pictures together in an album.  That'll be a nice memory for later years.

And that reminds me.  Do you ever happen to come across nice people?  I do!  As I have also mentioned before, I have recently joined a woodcrafters club.  I am learning general skills, but while doing so I am making things for my miniature hobby.  People noticed this of course and since then two have already approached me and given me either copies of pages from a book on miniatures, or have lent me some books from friends or relatives.  I think that's ever so nice. (I didn't have the heart of course, to tell them that I had those very books in my bookcase.  That doesn't matter.  I just appreciated the gesture so much!)

And wait, there's more...........  Some nice people following my blog.  There are four more that I want to welcome today:

The first one is probably a blog of a group of miniaturists (my Spanish isn't crash hot yet!): Nuria, Rossana and Norma at Casitamini.  I haven't had much time to have a good look, but I am sure it'll be worthwhile to look around on this blog.

And next there are Meli Abellan and Miniaturemaid.  Couldn't detect a blog, so please, if you have one, let me know.  Also Maria van Woggelum from The Netherlands, who is a member of a Dutch forum I am also a member of and I have even met her when I was visiting the country a number of years ago.  Welcome too, Ria.

Well, I'm off to cut some leather for the kits, and then I'm finished.  I've rambled on enough for one day.  Bye for now


  1. Your albums are wonderful! I love the embossed leather on the one album :)

  2. I think you mean the red one. Believe it or not, it's only paper, but soooo effective. I was given this paper by a friend and I use it sparsly, because I've never seen it in a shop. The brown one is leather-look paper as well and the others are real leather and the one with the pictures in it is covered with velvet paper.

  3. I love the albums! You know, this one photograph on the top should be enoungh for the instruction!It is easy to see what one should do with all the parts!:)

  4. Deine Alben sehen super aus.
    Ich kann es nicht erwarten, eines zu machen.
    Ich werde mal anfangen, kleine Bilder zu sammeln.

    Und danke für deinen netten Kommentar auf meinem blog.
    Viel Freude mit deinem workshop
    von Nina

  5. El album de fotografias te ha quedado precioso, enhorabuena!!
    besitos ascension

  6. Your photo albums are wonderful. You can really close them? The leather, you used, looks fantastic.
    Hugs and greetings from Bavaria, Germany

  7. Thanks for all your compliments. Ewa, it looks like the full instructions are in the photograph, but it doesn't show the crucial steps. ;-) But indeed, you could use it to make a decent album. Bastrota (sorry, I don't know your real name) yes, the albums can be closed, but I am not happy with the way I used to attach the strap, so I have thought of a different way and will use that for the next album that I make.

  8. Hoi Marion,
    Vandaag is boek Dolls House Nederland over jou. Dus je bent Nederlander.
    Groetjes Lisette

  9. Inderdaad Lisette, ik ben Nederlandse, maar woon al 30 jaar in Australië. Oh en ik moet nog zo lang wachten tot bij mij de DHN in de bus valt...... Groetjes

  10. Marion, it is exactly the photo albums I had in mind!
    I can finally see it realized, and is no longer a figment of my imagination!
    I copy your picture to my notes, because as I read better, the numbers that you have written on black paper!

  11. HaHa, the picture was never meant as a tutorial, but okay, if people think they can use it, that's fine by me. :-) But, please show me your finished product. I am really looking forward to see what you can do with this picture of mine.....

  12. ¡Que bonitos los albunes de fotos! Un buen trabajo y muy bien explicado.
    He visto que te has hecho seguidora de mi blog y te doy la bienvenida y espero que te gusten las cosas que hago.
    Besos Clara

  13. This some what a cute idea making an album like the size of a wallet.I utilize thing to make a nicer products using paper. EPSON Premium Glossy Photo Paper

  14. Christine, I generally like comments from genuinely interested people, but your are blantantly using your comment for advertising purposes and you clearly have no idea about miniatures. Using thick glossy photo paper for a miniature photo album is just a laugh....

    1. Not all glossy photo paper are thick. The thickness of this paper is just moderate to use in combining yours and mine idea for wallet size picture..
      You're just giving me an idea on how to utilize materials. Thank you for that.

  15. Hi Christine, I do possess the whole range of Epson photo papers and believe me, for scale 1:12 they are really too thick. However, if it works for you, great! And you're welcome to use the idea.


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