I have fond memories of visiting my next door neighbor’s house as a child — they spent the first two years of their marriage traveling the world together before settling down in our small town. I loved pouring over the artsy albums commemorating their trips that they kept on the living room coffee table. In today’s digital era, it’s all too easy to leave our travel albums floating somewhere in cyberspace. Now, with a little help from Canon USA (and their nifty SELPHY CP910 wireless photo printer), you can bring your latest trip to life with your very own compact photo album. With a cute accordion-style display tucked inside a decorative box, this little DIY looks great on a coffee table and is a fun way to commemorate a special trip.

We created our “faux” trip to Paris using wonderful images found on Pinterest and the instagram accounts of @sophieartphoto, @farfelueparis, and @mimithor.

  1. metal ruler
  2. exacto blade or box cutter
  3. pencil
  4. Canon SELPHY CP910 Wireless Compact Photo Printer
  5. Canon Square Labels (2.1 x 3.4 in for SELPHY)
  6. Lightweight poster board
  7. small paper mache craft box

  1. Along the short edge of poster board or paper, mark vertical points with pencil 2.125″ from edge.
  2. Use blade to cut a long strip of paper that is 2.125″ wide.
  3. Create hash marks with pencil every 2.125″ along each side of the paper strip.
  4. Turn the blade upside and score paper straight across at the 2.125″ intervals (these will be your photo panels, create as many panels as you need for your number of photos — we used ten. Cut off any excess paper off the end of your strip.)
  5. Using the scoring guides, carefully fold the strip of paper into an accordion shape.
  6. Use your smart phone to connect to and print from the SELPHY printer. We used 2.1 x 3.4 square labels from Canon. (Since the labels are square, they’re perfect for printing instagram pictures! Make sure you select “bordered” from the printer options.)
  7. Carefully peel the labels from the sheet and place onto the accordion paper.
  8. Decorate your box to house the photos! We spray painted ours black and created a graphic label for the top. We made the graphic in Photoshop and saved it as a jpeg — then, we used the SELPHY to print that label, too!

This post was created in collaboration with Canon USA.

35 comments
  1. 1
    Monika | May 27, 2014 at 6:56 am

    This is an absolutely amazing idea!! Love it!

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    Jessi Afshin | May 27, 2014 at 8:59 am

    Such a cute post and idea–love it Jennifer!!

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    diane smith | May 27, 2014 at 10:43 am

    What a clever idea!! I love it, too, Jennifer!

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    Lindsay | May 27, 2014 at 11:05 am

    This would make such a cute wedding invite or save the date! So fun!

    Dearest Darling

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    Sheila@Chinaberry | May 27, 2014 at 1:45 pm

    What a great idea! I’ve been wanting to do some kind of photo album for my sons and this looks like such a fun reminder to hold their memories!

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    stephaniegawlik | May 27, 2014 at 7:41 pm

    I love this!!!

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    ashleymuirbruhn | May 30, 2014 at 1:48 pm

    Can I ask who makes the sunglasses featured? I’ve been looking everywhere for frames in that color! Would love to hear…

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    • Jennifer Rose Smith | June 2, 2014 at 5:07 pm

      Hi, Ashley! Those sunglasses are from Madewell a few seasons ago. It looks like they have a similar pair available right now: http://bit.ly/RZrdma

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    Stheffany Almeida | June 6, 2014 at 7:29 pm

    Hi!
    I’m from Brazil and I wish you could translate this blog for portuguese BR. I really loveed this post but I could understand better if was in portuguese. Maybe there are a wadget that translate this blog for any language. I think that this idea may help the people around in the world that read your wonderfull blog. This DIY is perfect and ideal for valentine’s day gift that happen on 12 June on Brazil.

    xx

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    Camille Smith | June 15, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    i love this its adorable i just love you so much my name is camille smith 12 years old and your just an inspration to me because im an artist that loves all of your party ideas i bet you dont recive comments but if you do i just want you to know that your an awsome person in my book thanks for the ideas
    -camille

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    Katia Gamberini (@Gamberaka) | July 18, 2014 at 3:34 am

    I love it!

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    billie | July 24, 2014 at 10:26 pm

    This is Adorable!

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    sylvie | August 22, 2014 at 3:00 am

    superbe j’adore
    je vais essayer
    je trouve l’idée géniale
    bravo !

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    Maria | September 7, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    Amazing! I will copy it for sure 🙂
    Maria

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    Emmelina | May 26, 2016 at 6:16 am

    Hello!
    Love this idea. I may use it for a wedding fair goody bag as I am a photographer.
    The only thing is the paper is quite expensive. Do you know if there is any other brands other than canon that would be cheaper?

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