Small photo albums (I found mine at Wal-Mart for $1)
Spongy Type Paintbrush (do NOT use one with hairs ... trust me!)
Hot Glue Gun and Glue
Measure your photo album and cut fabric to fit.
Apply a thin layer of Mod Podge to the outside of the album with the spongy brush. If you use the type with hairy bristles, they tend to come out and make a mess.
Carefully smooth fabric down over the Mod Podge. It will soak through a bit; that's OK!
Cover fabric with a second thin layer of Mod Podge. Be sure to smooth out the lines with your brush and press out any air bubbles. Put aside to dry (approx. 2 hours).
Trim your ribbon to wrap around the album and have enough extra to tie. (Here's where I messed up; I cut 2 strips of ribbon for each album, instead of the one continuous piece ... aaaak!)
Treat ends with fray check so that the ribbon does not unravel!
Hot glue ribbon to the outside of the album after you measure to get the front and back equal.
Tada! Very nice inexpensive gift!