Tuesday, December 11, 2012

PSC59 - Anything Goes - Christmas Album

At the Perfect Sentiments Challenge this week we'd like to see Anything Goes with Christmas. Create anything you want as long as it has a Christmas theme and Christmas sentiment.

Our sponsor is Shelly's Images who will provide a free digital image to a lucky participant. This will be our last challenge this year. We'll return January 2, 2013.

I discovered I had an overabundance of Christmas paper collections from the days I designed for our local scrapbook store that closed. So I made four different Christmas mini-albums, each one using paper from a different company. Here's one I made with Echo Park paper and stickers from several years ago. Most of my previous albums had been rather vintage, so I thought this paper might appeal to younger members of the family. (The others were made with Basic Grey "Eskimo Kisses," Graphic45, and DCWV "The First Noel" with scriptures on tags). The last two were sold at a church craft fair before I could take photos. See the one with Eskimo Kisses on tomorrow's post)

The cover: The cover is 6" x 6 3/8." Both covers have patterned paper adhered to black cardstock mounted on chipboard. The cover is larger to accomodate anything that "sticks out" like the tag on page 5. The inside pages are all 6" x 6" mounted only on heavy black cardstock. Making all of the patterned papers 1/8" smaller than 6" x 6" allows the black outline to show.

The inside pages all have pockets for photos, mats or cards for more photos, and tags for journaling. I made the pockets in a variety of ways, most of which are unattached on the inside edge, allowing smaller shapes to be used or larger photos to be inserted.

Pages 1 & 2: (Page 2 has a black doily attached to a journaling spot, together used as a pocket.)

pages 3 & 4

pages 5 & 6 (Page 5 has the background paper attached only on 3 sides to made a large pocket. I used a circle punch on the open side to make it more obvious. The back side of the cutout was attached to the black photo mat. The Christmas tree tag is on top of a flip-up card for photo/journaling.)

pages 7 & 8 (Page 8 has a snowflake embellishment that I made by cutting out the remaining outline of a snowflake sticker and mounting it on white cardstock, then on a red scalloped circle.)

pages 9 & 10 (Page 9 has a vertical pocket. Page 10 has a pocket/book that is fastened by sliding the word collage embellishment under the edge of a large button.

Here's the booklet opened. It was made from a sheet of 8.5" x 11" black cardstock in the landscape orientation that is scored at 3" on each side folded to the center and 3.5" from the bottom, then folded up. Stickers and a trim of patterned paper decorate the pockets of the book and the tags. The middle pocket is big enough for a 4.75" x 4.75" photo/journaling card.)

pages 11 & 12 (Page 11 has a ribbon pocket. I used 7/8" organdy ribbon attached on the back of the green dotted paper with sticky red tape before it was attached to the black book page. The two ribbons should meet in the center and any photos, tags, etc., should be large enough not to slip through the openings. This type of pocket allows you to put in the largest photo/tag because no space is taken up with the attachment of a pocket.)

 I found that it was easy to make 4 mini-albums at the same time, even though I used different paper collections.  I could follow the general pattern and it went faster knowing what size to cut. For example, I cut all of the page 1 pieces at the same time.

I hope this will help give ideas to anyone who wants to make a pocket mini-album. I'm sharing this album with the following challenges:
Anything But a Card #8 - Winter Holiday
Anything Goes Challenge Blog #82 - Traditional Christmas colors
Jingle Belles "A December to Remember" - Anything Holiday Goes
Unstampabelles #18 - Christmas, no stamping. I only used stickers, die cut tags, and patterned papers.
Use It Tuesday #45 - Christmas - paper pack and matching stickers are my hoarded supplies



http://blog.timetocreate.com.au/ said...

Waht a wonderful Christmas Mini Album Vickie. I can just imagine how beautiful it will be with joyous photos and little bits of memorabilia in all the sweet pockets. Thank you for joining in at Anything But A Card Challenge this time.
Have a wonderful Christmas! Julie

Lauren T said...

The mini albums look great. It should make putting in the photos and details so much easier after all the Christmas stress is done. Thanks for sharing at Unstampabelles.

Danielle said...

Fabulous album and a great way to use up your older Christmas collections!
Thanks for joining us at Use it Tuesday this week!!

Merry said...

Wow...what a lot of work and so many wonderful techniques on each of these pages. Thanks for sharing this with us at Unstampabelles.

Susan Hogan said...

How wonderful - what a special gift. Thanks for joining in the fun at Unstampabelles this month - hope to see you back!

HuggiesCrafts said...

fabulous book! such a lot of work, but well worth the effort. Thanks for joining in our challenge at Unstampabelles this month.

Unknown said...

Wow I LOVE this! Awesome job on the challenge girl! Merry Christmas :)

Margaret said...

What a fun project. Love the cover with the music notes stamp used. All the pages are fabulous.

Heather B said...

What a lot of work!! And it's GORGEOUS!! Thanks for playing with us at Use It Tuesday, especially at this busy time of year.

Christy said...

Great mini!!! Those are probably my favorite projects and you did great on it! :) Thanks for joining us at Anything But a Card this challenge!

MJ's Kraze said...

Love it. I love the colors. Thanks for joining us over at ABAC.

Annette said...

What a fab mini album! Love the work you have put in to it!
Thanks for joining us at Anything Goes Challenge!
Hugs Annette