I designed and cut my first shaped album in September of 2007. It was this lovely snowflake album. I’ve been hooked ever since.
Before we get started I’d like to take a minute to discuss which tools we will be using to create the album. If you do not have access to a majority of these tools you may not be able to complete a shaped acrylic album.
Table saw (Optional)
Scroll Saw (a band saw may work, but I’ve never tried it)
Skip tool scroll saw blades (Other blades do work, but not nearly as well)
Dremel or similar hand held rotary tool
Drill press (a standard drill will work, but you may have more mistakes)
Metal files (optional)
Sandpaper – 200 grit or higher
Power Sander – Optional
Disclaimers & Legal Stuff:
I am not responsible for any injuries incurred while working with acrylic using my guide as reference. Always follow the safety guidelines on all equipment and tools. Use safety goggles and a breathing mask when cutting. The acrylic can become hot, the edges can be very sharp, the acrylic saw dust can get in your eyes and down your throat. Act responsibly, and if under 18 years of age, get your parents permission.
Through out this guide I am going to be demonstrating with my dress album template. If you love this album, I’m flattered, but PLEASE do not copy the album. It is my design, and is copyright Camille McClelland 2008. All of my designs shown on my blog, on eBay and in various other online photo albums are copyright protected and may not be used without my written permission. Please feel free to design your own dress album, just don’t make it exactly the same as mine.