Every year around this time I think about participating in one of the many Christmas scrapbooking "events" that go on all over the internet. But I find the idea of scrapping a page every day of December really overwhelming, to be honest. I already have four million things to do and although scrapping is a great stress reliever it sort of stops being fun if it's just one more thing to add to your to-do list.
So this year I came up with an all-in-one mini album that combines a planner AND a place to put important memories and photos. I like the idea that I can use the organizational section up until the big day and those lists will become a neat record of the past all on their own. But I can also use the other sections after Christmas when I add highlight photos, reflections on the holidays, and even our family card.
I used the fabulous Echo Park Season's Greetings collection for this, with Cinch book boards and my Bind-It-All.
- Cut two pieces of thick cardboard or book board to 6" x 8"
- Cut two pieces of coordinating cardstock to 8" x 10"
- Adhere the book boards to the center of the cardstock, cut the corners at an angle, and adhere the edges around the book board
For the front cover:
- Cut a 5.5" x 7.75" piece of the green diamond paper and adhere it towards the right side
- Border punch a 2.75" x 7.75" piece of solid red paper and adhere to the left side
- Layer a black border sticker at the left
- Find the large bracket frame sticker, add white cardstock behind it, and trim. Adhere to the center of the page
- Cut the teal tag from the journaling tag page, punch a hole, and tie a red bow at the top. Layer on top of the bracket frame
- Add two tree stickers
- Add "Christmas" and "the most wonderful time of the year" stickers
- Insert a snowflake brad in the top of the red tag chipboard and layer onto the teal tag
- Insert a black brad into the hole of the green tag sticker, tie a small twine bow, and add this on top of the red chipboard tag
- Add the "2011" numbers
For the inside cover:
- Cut a 5.5 x slightly less than 8" piece of the plaid paper and adhere to the left
- Add the noel banner sticker to the upper left corner
- Add a ticket sticker to the bottom
**A Note About Binding** I chose to use my Bind-It-All to finish this project but you could use another binding machine or simply punched holes and book rings. I "cheated" all of my papers to the outside of the pages to leave a little room for the binding holes. This ensures that you don't have holes straight through your lists and photos. Keep this in mind when completing your layouts!
-All inner pages are cut to 5.75" x 7.75"
Planning divider: Base paper is red honeycomb. Cut the edges off a ticket sticker and fold it in half over the top of the right edge. Add alphas to spell "planning". Border punch two 5.75" red swirl strips. Adhere them to a 5.75" x 4" piece of the blue ornament paper. Adhere that to the bottom of the page. Add the black tag block. Insert brads in the three chipboard ornaments, tie twine bows, adhere the ornaments, and tuck twine ends up over the top edge of the punched strip.
Pocket page: This page is meant to hold receipts or other important bits of paper. Cut a 6.25" x 5.5" piece of the red holly swirl paper. Fold 1/2" in on the left side and 1/2" in on the bottom. Cut on the diagonal and add the swirl border sticker. Adhere to the bottom of the page. Add three sentiment stickers to the top of the page.
**Planner Pages Note** All the planner pages are downloaded from the Christmas and general sections on this site. You must print them to 5" x 7", which is easy to set on your printer screen before hitting the "print" button.
The order I used was:
- Master to-do list x2
- For the Details divider: Cut the edges off a ticket sticker, fold it in half and adhere it to the center of the right edge. Add alphas stickers to spell out "details". Cut a 2.5" x 7.75" strip of the green patterned paper and adhere to the right side. Add a red border sticker. Layer the "making a list" tag, toys sticker, naughty or nice sticker, and the chipboard Santa. Punch a small circle from the plaid paper and add the circle sticker with pop dots or foam tape. Tie a twine bow.
- For the card page: This page is designed to display your family card that you send out this year. Cut a 5.25" x 7.25" mat from the advertising paper. Adhere the long strip brad to the bottom of the page. Add "2011 card" stickers.
**A Note About Photo Mats** Unless otherwise noted all of the photo mats on the following pages are cut to 3.75" x 5.25". This is a perfect size to just see a small mat around photos printed to 3.5" x 5".
The following pages have room for special photos and small journaling areas to detail what goes on in your family over the holidays. Things like decorations, what you craft or bake, and what your traditions are add to a comprehensive look into how you celebrate!
- For the decorations page: Page base is green holly paper. Adhere a red swirl photo mat to the bottom. Adhere the plaid tag to the top, add three sentiment stickers to the left, and spell out "decorations".
- For the baking page: Page base is striped paper. Adhere a red swirl photo mat to the top and tuck the green tag under it. Adhere the subway art sticker to the right and add "baking" in red alphas.
- For the crafts page: Page base is small green swirl. Adhere a teal photo mat to the bottom and tuck the red tag under it. Adhere the matted "do not open..." sticker to the right. Thread twine though three chipboard buttons, tie a bow, and add below the sticker. Add "crafts" in black alphas.
- For the feasting page: Page base is red poinsettia. Adhere a red honeycomb photo mat to the bottom and the greet diamond tag to the top. Add the chipboard wreath to the right of the tag and "feasting" in red alphas.
- For the Memories divider: Page base is teal diamonds. Cut the edges off a ticket sticker, fold it in half, and adhere it to the bottom of the right edge. Cut a 2.5" x 7.75" strip of red snow flake paper and adhere to the left. Cut a 7.75" punched strip of red honeycomb paper and add to right of the red strip. Adhere the ornament banner sticker to the top. Layer snow flake stickers, the sentiment banner sticker, and the chipboard snow flake.
- For the large photo page: Mat a 4.25" x 6.25" piece of the cream snow flake paper onto green solid paper. Add the "merry christmas" chipboard to the top. This page is for a 4" x 6" photo.
- For the season's greetings page: Page base is red plaid paper. Add a solid dark green photo mat to the bottom. Layer the green flourish sticker and the "season's greetings" label sticker to the top.
- For the traditions page: Page base is green patterned paper. Add a solid red photo mat to the bottom and tuck the traditions tag under it. Add the "trim the tree", red border, and "happy new year" stickers to the right.
- For the Christmas Eve page: Page base is striped paper. Print an extra "notes" page from the printables I linked earlier and cut it in half. Add a teal photo mat to the top and tuck the lined paper under it. Add the green border sticker to the bottom and the "24 eve" sticker to the side. This is your area to journal about Christmas Eve.
- For the Christmas Day page: Page base is green holly paper. Add a solid light green photo mat to the bottom and tuck the second half of the lined paper under it. Add a red border sticker to the top and the "25 day" sticker above the mat.
- For the inside back cover: Cut a 5.5' x slightly less then 8" piece of red snow flake paper and adhere to the right. Mat a 4.25" x 6.25" piece of cream grid paper on to small green swirl paper. Add six sentiment stickers.
WHEW! And we're done! Punch binding holes with your binder of choice or a Cropadile and secure your pages. I added a large green and white bow to the top of my binding, as well as some strung beads and crystals on a ribbon.
Enjoy planning, celebrating, and remembering your holiday!
Want an awesome Christmas gift that is unique, pretty, and super easy to make? I make these ornaments every year and give several away as gifts. I have a stash of mica pigment powders and I can never figure out what to do with them or how to use them.
Here's a simple techique that takes minimal time and experience.
Here's a list of what you'll need:
-Mica Powders (like Perfect Pearls or PearlEx)
-Acrylic Medium (I used LuminArte's acrylic medium #2)
-Shot glass or other small cup for draining
-mini scoop or spoon (I cut notches out a straw and it works beautifully)
Now onto the fun! These really are super simple to do. Your first step is to remove the metal top and apply the acrylic medium to the INSIDE of the ornament. Make sure you swirl around and that the medium covers the ENTIRE inside of the ornament. Once you've done that, set it so that the opening faces down into your cup and let the excess medium drain out. It is important that you do this step otherwise the mica powders will just puddle and clump in the bottom of your ornament.
You can tell when it is done draining when drips are about 30 seconds apart. I usually let mine sit for 5 minutes or so. While one is draining, you can coat the inside of your second and third ornaments and pick out the color powders you want to use. I usually use 2 but you can use as many as 4. Experiment with color combinations and families and find what you prefer.
Once your ornament has finished draining, it's time to add the powders. Take your mini spoon and scoop up a small amount of powder. Always start small and build your color. You can always add, but you can never take away. Insert the spoon into the ornament and sprinkle the powder as your turn the ornament. This will help to get color all the way around the ornament. When you are satisfied with the amount of the first color, add your second color.
Now here's where the magic happens. Swirl your ornament around briskly and make sure your powder moves around. If you see "blank areas", feel free to add more powder until you get the desired look you want. After you are done swirling and adding, set your ornament back onto the cup and let it dry. It usually takes a few hours to dry and the powder is fully set in 72 hours.
Finally, embellish and decorate your ornament as you prefer. I chose to use ZVA flourishes, Prima floral stem, and ribbon from my stash.
Sometimes the holidays slow us down in our scrapping, but that doesn't seem to be the case for these talented scrappers! The CT has been scouting the gallery and we have seen some gorgeous things. Here are some that caught our eyes:
Just Hangin' Around by TheresaND
This caught Ronny's eye right off the bat. She really enjoys the white space design with the photo and elements seeming to fill the page with a perfect design. Her favorite part is the curved photo, it's unique and makes this layout standout.
Very Merry by jenniwren32
Janell giggled with delight when she saw this adorable gift card holder in the gallery. The details on this little guy are sure to be a crowd pleaser this holiday season. The stitching is perfect and she adores the fabric tuft on his hat!
I did it! by txbelle26
This layout really caught Kristianne's eye, with the loving sentiment and different kinds of lacing worked throughout the page. Beautifully done.
RIP by evilqueen
Rachel loves this layout because of its fun Halloween spirit. Halloween spooks, spiders, and sparks are sprinkled throughout the page and on that fantastic tree making it very fun to look at. In addition, the photos are well composed. She loves the little actress in them. She says she couldn't help but be stuck in this page's web when she saw it in the gallery.
Kim Harrison Playlist by Lindsay
Jennifer just loves this page! "I love how everything is centered, the border, and the splashes of red really make it stand out! And not only am I a fan of the same kind of books, and author, but I love the music too!"
Baby It's Cold Outside by scrappininAK
Sarah thinks the 3-d painted snowflakes add some really cool dimension to this wintery layout. She loves the colors, the misting & the eye-catching photo!
Gone, but not forgotten by dnurse
Megan loves the serene feel of this monochromatic tribute page by dnurse. The soft greens really reinforce the theme.
2 altered drink carriers by ncokely
Angie says this altered drink carrier that ncokely made for her nieces for Christmas is absolutely ADORABLE and a perfect little Christmas gift!
Holly Jolly by stilladoll
Jenn says, "I love this layout. I love the colors even though it's for boys. The layering and the shadowing are superb! I would have never guess 'digi' if it hadn't been in the digi gallery!"
Be Bold by scrapperatheart
Laura says this layout is, in a word, "fantastic!" She loves the amazing action photo in the sepia tone, the wonderful clustering that anchors the photo and the use of word art and white space. Wow!
We hope you will visit the gallery and leave some love for these wonderful designs and also for the other awesome works of art you will find there!
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