Thursday, December 22, 2011

A Jolly Christmas Mini


Hoping this finds you all well, and much better prepared for Christmas than me!  Before I get completely caught up in the family and festivities, I thought I would share one more project with you for your Christmas photos this year.  It is a mini album, featuring product from both Close to My Heart and The Twinery.

Front of Mini

The basis of this mini is CTMH's My Creations Board Book -- a 6x6 white chipboard album.  I used the adorable "Believe" paper packet to cover my pages.  See that little stripe of red paper on the right?  This is an awesome new feature of our paper packs!  Instead of the CTMH logo being printed right on the paper, they now have a 1/2" "zipstrip" at the top of each sheet -- remember, all our paper is double sided -- so the logo is on one side, and an adorable border is on the other!  Each pack has three different zipstrips.  

My title is created with CTMH's Color Ready Oxford Alphabet and Dimensional Elements Classic Alphabet (retired).  Ink colors are Holiday Red, Sky and Sweet Leaf. I added a little sparkle with my Prisma glitter!

I was also able to thread three colors of twine through the binding of the board book, and tie them in a knot, to create a cute accent.  The colors I used in this project are from The Twinery's "Merry and Bright" sampler trio -- Caribbean, Peapod, and Pink Sorbet.   I knotted the twine in two additional places, as well, with little scrap pieces.

Pages 1 & 2

Additional products used on these pages are the Dimensional Elements Ornaments and Red Sparkles.  And of course, the adorable Pink Sorbet Twine from the Twinery!  Doesn't it make a cute border?

Pages 3 & 4
Another adorable zip strip, this time at the top of the pocket, and I used Caribbean Twine for a border.  The tags were leftovers I had from a swap many moons ago, and I simply backed them with our colored cardstock, punched a hole, and strung them with more twine.  Easy peasy journaling!

Pages 5 & 6
 Same as pages three and four, and this features the third zipstrip print!

Pages 7 & 8

Pink Sorbet twine for the border, and the "HO" is created using the Dimensional Elements Classic Alphabet and Dimensional Elements Ornaments.  The ornament is hung with Peapod twine, and that cute santa in the middle of the ornament was punched from the paper with CTMH's 1 1/4" Circle Punch.

Pages 9 & 10

Bordered with Peapod twine -- and you can just see, if you look on the right hand side, how I used the twine to close my book:  i simply doubled the twine, punched a hold in the chipboard using my Crop-o-dile, and looped the twine through.  I did this on both the first and last pages, so I can tie the book together, as it's a little bulky.  See the cover photo again for more detail on that.  

Well, there you have it!  I'm off to run a few last minute errands and mail my Christmas cards.  As we get caught up in the busyness of this holiday season, don't forget to take a quiet moment and remember Who it is we celebrate -- that adorable babe, wrapped in swaddling cloths, destined to become the Savior of the world.  Come, Lord Jesus!!  Until next time,



  1. Those bright, fun papers and The Twinery twine in a mini album? Adorable AND perfect all-in-one!