Saturday, 1 October 2011

Christmas Mini :)

I know - I'm sitting in my summer clothes typing this post on a very warm....summerish day and posting about a Christmas Mini. Hannah has put together a beautiful Christmas mini kit (there are only a couple left) over in her shop Handmade Hannah packed with MME papers and Crate Paper chipboard pieces and other goodies.  This is the first of my creations with it (I still have more than half the kit left).  I hadn't scrapped any pictures from last years Christmas (don't know why) so I cropped and printed them out in 3 by 2 and black and white.  The basis for this album is a card kit my MIL gave me - the card was square but I fancied making it in a circular shape, so same principle but different shape.  The basis of the album is to cut out 4 circles, then fold them into quarters, cut along one of the quarter lines into the centre, and then on the quarters on either side of that cut you need to fold them in half again (this helps the album fold up - you'll see in the photos).  Having done this to all 4 circles you are ready to go.


I cut the circles in the kraft paper - you can use a plate, a circle cutter, a compass...and I made all the folds but didn't stick it together 'til I had decorated the pages.  I then cut out 1/4 circles from the MME papers and stitched and ruffled the edges.  I put all my journalling on the bottom 1/4 circle (the one with the fold in the middle) and added photos and chipboard elements to the top 2 sides.  I added a little of my own bling to this section to make it look like a string of fairy lights.
 You have to stick together your 4 folded circles together once you've made them 3d (basically you overlap the 2 folded quarters and stick them together) so the gap inbetween them is perfect for some more journalling and one of the echo park journal cards you get.
 I added a line of stockings to this page, you can lift them out the way to get a better view of the pictures. I wanted my album to be decorative as well as containing all the memories.
 This one has some flag bunting and a chipboard frame and you can see the tag too.
 And finally a row of buttons, and a few glittered house embellishments
 The back I kept fairly straightforward after all the decoration inside - and when the album is open it doesn't get seen, so just the chipboard Merry Christmas.
I added some bakers twine to use as a tie to hold it all together or all open.  This could work as a special card, or Christmas decoration - I'm going to leave mine out as part of the decorations this year for family to take a look at.  Hopefully the thought of winter and Christmas has cooled you on this beautiful day :) and you can see Hannah's album here.

27 comments:

  1. Love it! So clever. The black and white photos look perfect against the bright colours :)

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  2. Stunning Katherine! WOW so impressed and need to get this house cleaned and kids busy so I can get started on my kit!

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  3. Great! This is unusual, but really fabulous too!

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  4. I love this. Not only is it adorable but it will be so cute sitting out during the holidays.

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  5. A brilliant little book Katherine, so clever and interesting :) Love the papers and all of the twine :)

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  6. Like a Christmas pudding! Love it :)

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  7. That is super, super cute!!! :)

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  8. This is a fab project. It's great that it all stands up in a 3d effect.

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  9. Love love love this!!! :)

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  10. What a fabulous book! I really love the line of stockings :D

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  11. I love this! What an awesome mini this is! krafthead~

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  12. Wow fantastic I love all the details it is so pretty! xx

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  13. What a fun shaped mini album, reminds me of the children's books that used to open into rooms with moving flaps and surprises. A lovely keepsake :)
    Jenny x

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  14. Wonderful project! I love it!
    Hugs
    Dawn xx

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  15. Oh my gosh this is absoutly gorgeous.

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  16. a very clever book, perfect papers and those banners are great xx

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  17. Love this mini - so cute! Haven't done one in awhile...hmm, my next project?! LOL!! Thanks for the reminder.

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  18. This is such a fantastic book. I love all the bunting and stocking strung up between the pages.xx

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  19. How cute is that - I love the little banners spanning the pages - adorable!

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  20. What a fun mini you have made.
    Such detail. I am loving your strings and what you have added to them all :)
    1 yr behind on your photo's isn't bad. I won't even tell you how far behind I am :0

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    thankyou either way xxx

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  22. Wow is all I can say, that is gorgeous, I've done one of these before and forgotten how much fun they can be! Hope you are well!

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  23. this is awesome :) I've not had a go at this type of album yet but it looks fun and very creative :)

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  24. That's sooooo beautiful - love it x

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  25. Fab mini album - thanks for sharing :)

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  26. The colours and the stamp is beautifully created and it is simple but effective.
    I am really very glad after read here and I appreciate for the information that you presented here.

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