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Christmas Mini Album by Lisa Fonseca

Hey scrappy friends, it’s Lisa back on the blog and today I’m sharing a new mini album with you.

It’s been a while since I created a mini album and I was really looking forward to making one for Christmas using the new Hey Santa collection from Crate Paper. I started by creating my cute little deer head. I drew him, then cut out the different parts, traced them onto different cardstocks and patterned papers, cut them out again, and adhered the pieces to a white sheet of paper. Then I hand-stitched around the different parts in matching colors and cut the finished head out, leaving a white border all around it. To make him even cuter, I created a little bow and attached one of the heart charms from the Maggie Holmes Marigold collection to it.

Then I started to create the base for my mini album. I used thick chipboard to make it sturdy and paper from the Hey Santa collection for my cover. To see the process of how to create this kind of mini album, you should check out the video on my YT channel. 🙂 In fact, it’s really easy. You just cut out two rectangles of chipboard of the size that you want your album to be and one piece of the same height, but a lot thinner, to create the spine. You then use a big rectangle of patterned paper, adhere your three pieces of chipboard to it, using really sticky double-sided tape and placing the spine part in the middle of the cover and back parts, leaving a little gap of 2-3mm. Then you flip all of the borders to the inside and adhere them to the inside of the cover and back. Finally, you cut out another rectangle of patterned paper that has exactly the same dimensions as the cover spine and back combined and adhere it to the inside. Mhmmmm… Don’t know if that was clear enough, haha, but if not, make sure to check out the video! When I had my base ready, I added a detail to the spine, to which I added the word “christmas” by hand-stitching.

For the inner part, I adhered different kinds of pockets to each side. I then gathered a lot of little notes and tickets and tags and after distressing them, I added them to the pockets in the back. I also decorated the bigger pockets in the front, using stickers from the Hey Santa collection.

Then I created two separate mini albums to put into the bigger pockets. One of them is more of a TN, little journal type, while the other is more whimsical and irregular, consisting of four cut files that I attached together using a ring.

For the TN one, I gathered rectangles of patterned paper, little ephemera pieces, and leftover distressed pieces. I also added a self-made shaker pocket and a piece of acetate. I then arranged all of the pieces how I wanted them in the booklet and hand-stitched everything together with a back stitch at the spine. I decorated the mini book with a snowman tag, a charm, a little pompom, and some gold puffy word stickers.

For the cut file mini, I let my Silhouette cut out the shapes and then I backed them using different patterned papers. I also backed the Cookie Jar (from Paige Evans’ 25 Days of Christmas Cut Files) with two pieces of vellum to create a shaker pocket. The Christmas cut file, I adhered to another piece of patterned paper, using foam squares, to make the cut file stand-out. I love how that looks 🙂 To finish, I added a few cute stickers all over the pages. You can add your photos on the backside of these pages.

Like I said, you can add the two mini books to the album by putting them in the big pockets, on the front of each side. Then you can easily close the album and tie it together using the ribbon that I added. For a cute final touch, I took one of the pompom tassels from the Hey Santa collection and added it to the ring to make it hang on the side of the album. It looks really cute!

I hope you like the album and are inspired to create one as well. This can easily be used to document your Christmas days but you can also use it as December Daily and add something to the albums or the cute little tags and tickets, each day. Just have fun with it! Merry Christmas!

Thank you so much for stopping by and see you very soon!

Supplies used: EMBELLISHMENT – CP – HEY, SANTA – CONFETTI SET – MYLAR (70 PIECE) 373224, PATTERNED PAPER – CP – HEY, SANTA – 12 X 12 – HOLIDAY CHEER 373196, PATTERNED PAPER – CP – HEY, SANTA – 12 X 12 – CHRISTMAS MAGIC 373190, PATTERNED PAPER – CP – HEY, SANTA – 12 X 12 – OH WHAT FUN 373189, PATTERNED PAPER – CP – HEY, SANTA – 12 X 12 – MERRY AND BRIGHT 373195, PATTERNED PAPER – CP – HEY, SANTA – 12 X 12 – HO HO HO 373197, EMBELLISHMENT – CP – HEY, SANTA – BEADED TASSELS (4 PIECE) 373214, PATTERNED PAPER – CP – HEY, SANTA – 12 X 12 – WISH LIST 373203, PAPER PAD- CP – HEY, SANTA – 6 X 8 – GOLD FOIL – 24 SHEETS, 373206, THICKERS – CP – HEY, SANTA – ACCENT & PHRASE – VERY MERRY – PUFFY – GOLD FOIL (111 PIECE) 373208, STICKER – CP – HEY, SANTA – 6 X 12 – STICKER SHEET (70 PIECE) 373211, STICKER – CP – HEY, SANTA – 12 X 12 CHIPBOARD STICKERS (54 PIECE) 373209, PATTERNED PAPER – CP – HEY, SANTA – 12 X 12 – VERY MERRY 373201, EMBELLISHMENT – CP – HEY, SANTA – EPHEMERA – CARDSTOCK AND PRINTED VELLUM (40 PIECE) 373210, GIFT WRAP SET – CP – HEY, SANTA – INCLUDES: BAKER’S TWINE, PAPER CLIPS, BAGS AND GIFT TAGS (22 PIECE) 373221, PAPER PAD – AC – MH – MARIGOLD – 12 X 12 – 48 SHEETS 373253, EMBELLISHMENT – AC – MH – MARIGOLD – GOLD ICON CHARMS (8 PIECE) 373265