diy photo gift ideas :: triangle mosaic journal

Here is one the fun DIY projects I am sharing at the 2013 Winter Weekend Scrapbooking Retreat this weekend:

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The most challenging part of this project was hunting down a notebook with a blank cardboard cover!  It seemed they were either made out of synthetic materials or had stuff imprinted all over the front.  Thankfully, I found the perfect 9×11-inch notebooks at Office Max in navy, green, red, and beige (click HERE for details).

For the most consistent triangles, you will want to order at least 12 images as 3×4 prints.  When placing your print order, be sure to keep in mind the fact they will be cut into triangles.  You will want to position the images accordingly; some triangles will need to point up and others down.

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Use one of your 3×4 prints as a tracing template to create a handful of tiles on coordinating paper as well.  [I used a solid, two patterned papers, and pages from a copy of Grimm’s Fairy Tales I picked up at Half Price Books.]

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Make a mark midpoint along the narrow edge of the print.

mark it

Beginning with  one of the corners on the opposite side of the print, cut to the midpoint mark.  Do the same for the other corner.

cut it

Experiment with your layout, leaving a small gap between papers and images.  You will need to cut some of the triangles down, using only bits and pieces at the edges.  (See my example above.)  Using a foam brush, carefully “paint” ModPodge on the back of each triangle before adhering it permanently in place.  Once all of the pieces are glued down, let the notebook dry for about 30 minutes.  Once dry, apply a thin topcoat of ModPodge over the entire front cover with the same foam brush.  Allow the notebook dry until it is no longer sticky.  Place a large piece of waxed paper over the cover and top with a stack of books and magazines to prevent curling.  Let dry overnight.

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And there you have it – a unique, personalized gift!

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