How to Give New Life to a Very Old Photo Album. Part 1

by Toni Burks-Grijalva

Hi everyone, this tutorial is Part 1 of a 3 Part Series which will also include techniques to provide that vintage look to your layouts and also the technique for the back cover of the album.


  • Photo Album
  • Adhesive of Choice
  • Black and White Gesso
  • Assorted Laces
  • Assorted Chipboards
  • Assorted Metal Embellishments
  • Assorted Flowers
  • *Sorbet-Chocolate Sunshine Kenyan Copper Viridian
  • *Metal Effects-Gold
  • *Colorations-Timeless, Peacock Feathers, Juicy
  • *Stone Effects - Sandstone
  • Texture Paste
  • Ideology Trinket for Title
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    Here is my antique find that and I'm going to prep it for altering.

    Step 2

    First off to provide some interesting texture adhere assorted laces, burlap to cover and allow to dry.

    Step 3

    Give a coat of black gesso on one side of the cover and remainder is prepped with white gesso, Allow to dry. I think this was the hardest part about the project because there is a lot of drying time.

    Step 4

    Add elements to your page such as chipboard, picture frames, buttons, metal embellishments, flowers etc. Adhere.

    Step 5

    Cover with black or white gesso.

    Step 6

    Add some more texture with rocks, sand, or here I used Art Stones Mini and Regular size adhere with gel medium.

    Step 7

    Now the fun part, let's start spraying. Pick 2 or 3 colors for your project and randomly spray the areas. I used Metal Effects Gold watered down in a spray bottle and Colorations French Toast.

    Step 8

    I next added Kenyan Copper in a spray bottle and smeared Stone Effects in Sandstone here and there for added texture and color.

    Step 9

    I found that the other two colors were a bit darker than I wanted so I sprayed over them with Colorations in Timeless and Juicy and added to the mix Peacock Feathers.

    Step 10

    Now to tone down the whole piece, now remember to dry in between all your spraying and painting, I told you there was a lot of drying time involved.

    Step 11

    Using each color mix a little bit of texture powder t create a paste, I also added some mini art stones (not pictured) to create a rusty texture appearance to the paint.

    Step 12

    Here is a closeup of the paint with texture powder, does provide some nice rusty texture.

    Step 13

    The ideology trinket was painted with black gesso and then wipe away the top portion and the gesso fills in the letters on your metal piece.

    Step 14

    And there you have it, my photo album cover is complete and now it's time to get started on all the inside layouts. Hope this has inspired you.

    Step 15

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