Sunday, November 6, 2011

Deck the Halls - Mini Book

Now that Halloween is over all I can think about are my Christmas decorations and decking the halls, trimming the tree...Peppermint mochas, I'm getting excited for the holidays!!

I have several favorite traditions when it comes to decorating my home. Last year I started taking snapshots of some of my favorite decorations, I wanted to document those things that mean something to me. The memories of what has been passed down from family or something I saved up to purchase to make these memories even fonder.

I was so excited for this line because it is just perfect for me to document my memories. I love all of the patterns in the Christmas Home line! I made this accordion album using 2 sheets of the Notes side b paper, cutting each sheet in half. For the cover score at 4 3/4, 5 1/4 ant trim at 10 inches. For the inside pages score at 4 1/4, 8 1/2. Do this with each sheet. Adhere one 4 1/4 side to cover from one sheet to back side of cover. Flip one the other sheets around and adhere to the back side of the back cover. Adhere your two 3 1/2 flaps to one another, and the last 4 1/4 sheet to the front of the other sheet and your mini album should be ready to decorate. I distressed all the pages and embellishments before assembling the book.

I used the Merry Christmas strip from the die card sheet for the spine. for the scallop I used the border from the sticker sheet and cut it in half and used the "Magic" tab to hide where the border did not reach the top of my page.

When you adhere your pages together leave room to make tags that can slide in and out of your book for extra places to add your journaling.

I sewed the creamy crochet lace to the edges of a few pages using my sewing machine with black thread to give it a more "vintage" feel and my not sewing straight fits the feel of it too!! ;) I also think that using photo corners really finishes off your pictures.

Products used:
Christmas Home Collection:  Notes side B (2 sheets), Labels side B, Snowflakes side B, Adds side B, Decor side A and B, Die Cuts, Brads, Glitter paper, Trims, Stickers. BlingageShelly's stars, Collin's Keys, Ali's Pins. Other: Tim Holtz Distress ink - Frayed burlap, Paper reinforcers (used on tags), black paint (used to paint the reinforcers), Cream & Black Card stock, ThermOWeb 3Dfoam squares, Sewing machine, Photo corner punch, stapler.

Hope you enjoy!! ~Cheri 


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