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Old 02-20-2022, 04:09 AM
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Originally Posted by angiekey View Post
I think I know what you're talking about. If it's ripping into shreds as you try and remove the cover, then it's a glossy paper and not plastic, and you should be able to just decoupage right on top of it. The trick is going to be finding an adhesive that will stick to the gloss.

I've had great success using Modge Podge to decoupage on glossy surfaces. I don't know what's available for you there in Germany, but you may want to test a couple different adhesives until you find something that will stick well.

If all else fails, use a piece of fine-grit sandpaper to rough up the glossy paper cover before you cover it. That will give it a bit of "tooth" for the adhesive to grab onto.

Hope this helps!

PS: try searching with "how to upcycle glossy photo album cover" - I found some images that might assist.
I do have Modge Podge so I will start with that and after more ripping I am fairly certain it is just glossy paper with cardboard underneath. The sandpaper is a good idea, I think that might actually be enough to get a hold. I am sure I am just being paranoid, but I know we will be moving again and I don't want the album to destroyed in a box, if it were just going to sit on a shelf I would probably be a bit less intense on adhesive. I will try googling that phrase, I had not though of that one yet. Thank you!
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