Sunday, January 18, 2009

Create your own Christmas Card Keepsake Album

 Christmas Card Keepsake  Cover

If you're like us and you hate throwing out cards, especially handmade ones, then you'll love this idea.  We've adapted it from a fantastic project in the new Scrapbook Trends Baby Idea Book, which is now in stock and selling fast!

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Hope you enjoy this very useful way to store those precious cards.

CoverChristmas Card Keepsake

To make the cover you'll need:

  1. Cut 2 pieces of chipboard to half an inch bigger than the width and length of your largest card.  These will make up the bases for the front and back covers.
  2. Cover one chipboard cover with Colorcore Poinsettia Cardstock - front and back.
  3. Cover the other chipboard cover with Colorcore Forest Cardstock - front and back.
  4. Cut a piece of Merry Happy paper (plain dark brown side) to half an inch smaller than the chipboard/cardstock, centre it and stick to the front of the red cover.
  5. Cut some small parcels from the Merry Happy paper (patterned side) as shown in Diagram 1 below.
  6. Print some journalling on white card.  We printed the title "Christmas 2008" using the Scriptina font and the journalling is a quotation from "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens.  Distress the edges of the white cardstock with Ranger Distress Ink (we used Antique Linen).
  7. Stick down the journalling and stick a selection of parcels around it (see Diagram 1 below).
  8. Tear 2 pieces of Basic Grey Turtle Doves paper (Diagram 2 below) and stick to the top left hand edge of the Merry Happy paper.
  9. Doodle just inside the edges of the album as shown with a Ranger Inkssentials White Pen.
  10. Gather up your cards, place a cover front and back and punch a hole in the left hand corner of both the covers and all of the cards and hold them together with either a chain or a large bookring.
  11. Tie everything in place by wrapping a yard of Bazzill ribbon (or whatever type you have) around the whole book and securing in a bow at the front (see Diagram 3 below).

Diagrams 1, 2 & 3:

Cover Journalling Cover top corner Cover Close up 

You can decorate the inside of the front cover and the inside and outside of the back cover if you wish. 

Check out the Scrapbook Trends Baby Idea Book article for further ideas.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Isn't this just the coolest thing???

So many of you love making mini books, and since the creation of the Bind it All making your own spiral bound books is even easier!

One thing I often hear is "what do I do with them once they're made?" .... well Chatterbox have come up with what I think is a great solution. You can now turn your mini book into a "home decor masterpiece" with their new Album Stand, just launched for CHA 2009.

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What a cool idea!!! I don't know how much it's going to be yet but I'll left you know as soon as I find out. Look out for it in the store anytime soon!

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Review of Christmas Class

A few of you have asked if I could post photos of the Christmas Class on the blog.  So here they are.  It's a two page layout with a twist! Literally!  Page 2 is the same layout as Page 1 ... but turned on its side.  I used the gorgeous Pink Paislee Christmas papers with white Bazzill cardstock.

Christmas Party Crop LO Page 1 Christmas Party Crop LO Page 2

I printed the journalling on a 6" x 6" sheet of cream cardstock, leaving a double space between the lines, and then cut it into strips.

Journalling Tildas Snow Angel

The paper-pieced Snow Angel is a Tilda's design.  It was created to be used with fabric but it works just as well with paper, ribbon and card.  The stitching was done with double embroidery floss.

If you'd like me to send you some PDF's of the Snow Angel and other designs just drop me an email to and I'll email them to you.