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Friday, 1 January 2016

December Album

The December Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog offered a visit with each of the design team members over two day. The first day, they each showed us their December kit, and the second day they shared what they were doing with it. I was like having a coffee visit every day with a good friend.

Many of them were making December Daily Albums or similar, mini albums. I was so enthralled that I actually made my own! Now, normally I am not a mini album person. I find them hard to store and keep protected from the dust. If I put them in boxes, I forget about them. But I decided to give it a go.

So here is how I made my album:

I started with  a 12x12 pad of double sided patterns from Little Yellow Bicycle. "The Sharon Ann Christmas Magic Collection"

Choose a sheet

Fold up 3" -4", horizontally

Flip it over and fold in half, vertically.

Open up and glue the bottom flap on both sides.

Flip over and glue on bottom and side

You end up with a pocket page. One large pocket in the middle and a shelf pocket on each side.

Then the covers
I used two pages that wouldn't work in the album as the orientation of that pattern/picture, didn't work well with the folding. The cardstock is from packaging, and is about 1/4 larger than the pages.

 This is the outside, front and back.

 Now, because the pages were folded to 6" wide. The covers are over 6" I did not want to use four sheets so the inside of the front and back were completed with a strip of off cut. It adds a nice border. At this point, you might want to run a ink pad over the edges. I forgot to do this but can finish it later.
Then I used my zutter bind-it-all to punch holes and add add the wire spring ring.
And with the die cuts from an 8x8 pad from the same Little Yellow Bicycle line, and my December kit, Good Tidings, I decorated with ribbon, washi, border strips, felt, stickers, pieces of wrapping paper, parts off of pretty envelopes, etc, etc.

 All ready in! A couple of business cards from places I won door prises from, during "Moonlight Madness." which is the Christmas launch in our town.

Now I need to choose photos to print and add in the ephemera I collected all month.

So as far a counterfeiting goes, it used up a lot of paper. So for reduction of old stash, I get an A+.

I like all the pockets, and have a place now for the receipts, seasonal packaging, place cards, and other little paper things that I want to hang on to.  I think I will crop my 4x6 pics to 4x4. And for journaling, I can make tags from the 8x8 paper as it is single sided.

Hope you enjoyed my picture tutorial.
Thanks for stopping by. Double thanks for comments.


  1. Beautiful mini! Love the use of stash!

  2. Oh aren't you clever! This is a super little book and A++ in fact for all he paper and bits used up. You are going to love that you have all the bits and pieces from this Christmas in one place to look at and remember. A fabulous little book - please make sure you share the finished result!

  3. What a fantastic album and tutorial. I love that it includes so many little bits and pieces made from scraps and small embellishments. I hope you manage to finish it!

  4. Just now seeing this uber-creative project! A+ indeed. I especially love that there are so many pockets created so simply yet ingeniously. Using up all that stash is what we are all about at CKC :-) I wonder if you were surprised at how quickly this came together? I am in love with the spiral binding, too. Might have to add that to my Wish List of crafting gizmos! Not too much work left except what amounts to filing. Brava!

  5. From the cover right through the pages, this is charming. What a great project!

  6. This looks fabulous and your attention to detail is excellent.