Today I’m sharing a project that I actually made over FIVE years ago! I created it for a string challenge that Stampington Magazine sponsored but they ended up not using it in their publication. I just realized that I had never shared it on my own blog so today you get to see it for the first time! This is a shipping tag memory album that I created for my grandmother using some of her vintage fabrics and features one of her rhinestone buttons.
Her name was Mattie Beth so I added MB to the cover with some crackle finish green paint. I crocheted the background with just some regular string.
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Supplies Used for My Shipping Tag Memory Album
- shipping tags
- brown pen, thin
- crochet hooks
- vintage lace & rick rack
- copies of old photos
- old fabric & lace
- sewing machine
- craft glue
- scraps of old paper and text
How to Make a Shipping Tag Memory Album
I started by tea staining all the shipping tags and drawing a line around each with a thin brown marker.
Page 2 has some string around the edges and more vintage lace and rick rack. The tape measure is a new twill tape that I stained along with the tags.
Page 3 has just one string of crochet at the top. The scrap of fabric at the back came from her stash. I sewed it to the tag. It’s probably from the 40s. I made copies of some of my favorite photos of my grandmother. All the text is from a vintage book.
Page 4 features a photo of my grandmother and grandfather. I think they were dating at the time. More vintage fabric, rick rack, and button on a flower crocheted from more string.
Page 5 is one of my favorite “flapper” photos of my grandmother. She always loved dresses and hats! More vintage fabric and button. No string on this page.
Page 6 – And the last page features a scrap of text from a cookbook… fried chicken! Our favorite meal that my grandmother cooked. We had it for Sunday dinner. Along with one of our favorite family discussions… is it “dinner” or “supper”? There’s just one little bow made of string on this page.
The Finished Memory Album
So here’s the complete album. Along with a tiny insulator that I picked up while walking around my grandfather’s barns and workshop.
BTW, these photos were taken on my DIY “faux wood” photography backdrop in my laundry room studio!
More Memory Albums to Make
Here are a few other really old posts showing other albums I’ve made:
- Christmas Shipping Tag Album
- Christmas Bingo Albums
- Christmas Paper Bag Album
- Repurposed Scrabble Christmas Card Albums
- Graduation Album (coming soon)
Have you ever made a memory album? Leave a comment and let me know. (Originally published April 20, 2015.)
‘Til the next project,
Ann @ Duct Tape and Denim