Accordion Photo Album DIY

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This style of photo album are compact, personal, and overall have a great design. Take a look below to read how to create one for yourself!

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supplies:

Photo paper

rubber cement

sponge brush

leather

leather cord

scissors

crop-a-dile

Begin by creating a collage strip of photos on your computer.

Next, print the collage onto a large piece of photo paper.

Then, cut out the strips of photos. I left a border along my photos, but this step is completely up to your own preference.

Bend the photos back and forth along the edges, accordion style.

Next, cut the leather into two pieces for the cover of the album. With a crop-a-dile, punch holes in the leather and thread the cord through. To find the correct length of the cord, stretch out the photo strips to see how wide it would need to be to see all of the photos.

Attach the back of the first and last images to the leather with the rubber cement. Let the rubber cement dry before moving the album.

Easy as that! I think what I love most about these photo accordions is the story you can tell in such a small amount of photos.

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DIY Triangle Leather Pouch

DIY-triangle-leather-pouches-almost-makes-perfectTriangle leather pouch are really cute and practical, and more important, it’s easy to DIY. They’re perfect for keys, lipsticks, change – any little items in your purse that need corralling, or you could also just use as a tiny little clutch for your key and cash when you’re going out.

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materials
FAUX LEATHER OR SUEDE
BRASS SCREW BACKS (I USED 6MM)
LEATHER HOLE PUNCH
CUTTING MAT
ROTARY CUTTER
FABRIC GLUE
PRINTABLE PATTERN
a note on sourcing your leather or suede
i didn’t only choose to use faux leather for this for moral reasons, but also because it’s much thinner and easier to work with. if you choose to use real leather, make sure you get a light or medium weight versus a very thick hide for tooling. i used authentic suede, but it’s fairly lightweight and it’s still much thicker than the faux leather pouches.

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directions
print out the pattern and cut the shape out, then trace the shape onto your leather and cut that out.
follow the folding pattern you see in the photos above, and try to gently crease as you fold for when you do it again. decide where you want your inner clasp and mark it with a pencil.
unfold the pouch, and using your leather hole punch, punch the inner hole. fold your pouch up again, and mark the hole on the outer fold with a pencil. unfold and punch it as well. (this step is a LOT easier to do before gluing your pouch together)
now fold your pouch yet again, but this time you want to glue the front half to the back half, to essentially create the pouch. liberally add your glue and let it dry while being clamped together with binder clips (don’t worry about the marks they’ll leave, those will go away). let dry overnight.
once your pouch has dried, remove the binder clips and add the screwback. if you’re using suede or real leather, you might need to cut a tiny slit across the hole for easier fastening, but i only needed to do that on the suede — the faux leather is much easier to slip on and off.

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Bamboo Grass Mountain – Beauty and Practical Leather Goods

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Bamboo Grass Mountain is a small leather workshop in Japan. It opened in May, 2013 by a leather designer Atsushi Hirayama who is the leader character of Japanese leather craft industry. In addition to the production and sales activities in the workshop, the workshop also sold  leather goods in houses and cafes of Zushi and Kamakura .

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Bamboo Grass Mountain focus on small leather goods such as card holder, wallet and some other leather accessories. Their design is really special especially the card holder series that match pure color leather with yellow metal. All their leather goods are creative and practical.black leather holderred leather holderbeige leather holder

Garvan De Bruir: The Irish Carpenter and Leather Craftsman

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Garvan De Bruir, a famous carpenter, leather craftsman and designer who lives in Kildare. In fact he was only a carpenter at first and he started to contact with the leather because he needed to add leather sets to the wooden chair. Then he quickly fall in love with leather craft and started to make other leather products.

Garvan thinks that the greatest thing of leather craft is that there is no limit to your ideas and thoughts. You can make anything with leather, not only traditional leather bags but also some strange things such as leather tie, leather scarf.

Garvan headed a contemporary studio in Kildare and the workshop is oval wooden structure built by himself. So let’s look at the DE BRUIR studio and its beautiful leather products.

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How to Make Your Leather Gloves Last Longer?

When you buy a pair of expensive and beautiful leather gloves, you may want to wear them everyday but you’ll worry about the wear and tear of leather gloves. Actually, any leather products will be worn out such as leather bags, leather shoes, leather accessories and so on. Now I’ll give you several damage examples of leather gloves and teach you how to deal with it.

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  1. Stain Spots

First, you can use a clean sponge with a mild soap, little white wine or alcohol to wipe dirt.

Second, wipe it again with clean water.

Third, just let the leather dry naturally.

If it still don’t work, you may have to use a detergent solution to deal with the stain, but remember wipe it very carefully to avoid making damage to the surface of leather.

  1. High Temperature and Sunlight

Try not to let leather gloves be directly shined by sunlight for a long time or put them near any heater, otherwise the leather will be more and more dry, the elasticity and softness will slowly disappear too.

Keep these suggestions in your mind and your favorite leather gloves can last longer.