Mini albums are a perfect gift for the holidays! They bring a smile to anyone’s face by sharing memories that have so much love and meaning. Not only will this be a warm and fuzzy gift, but it also doesn’t take much time to create. What an instant enjoyment for you and the one receiving the album. This incredible mini album was created by the talented Annette Green, author of Annette’s Creative Journey.
You can turn this into a fun recipe book or add your memorable photos or, even better, do both! Annette decided to make this into a useful reference book of holiday cocktail recipes.
She selected the Worn Cover, Christmas Wishes album and used several Alterations dies to cut out festive holiday shapes (like poinsettias and leaves) to add to her cover. Kraft Core cardstock is perfect for sanding and distressing the flowers and leaves. The number 25 was covered with music note paper and Merriment paper was used for the oval in the background. For dimension, all the shapes were also cut from Grungeboard except for the leaves.
Annette labeled her recipe book with the Observation Word Band and some pretty May Arts ribbon. Adding the gold eyelets gave the holes a more finished look. She painted the word band’s surface with Tarnish Brass Distress Paint and hand painted the recessed letters with red acrylic paint with a fine paintbrush.
Holes for the closure were punched with a Crop-a-dile. A hitch fastener is on the front cover and an elastic band comes around from the back cover.
She used the Large Ring Binder inside the book, affixed with a strong glue. Once the glue was dry, she weaved the pretty satin ribbon through the holes and tied them into a big bow at the outer spine. A trinket pin and jump ring are perfect for hanging her stamped red tag.
Annette selected some great recipes for holiday cocktails. She pulled the photos and text into Photoshop and printed them on matte photo paper. She cut tags from green Kraft Core cardstock to adhere her recipes.
Inside she put the recipe tags into Page Pockets.
What a fun way to add recipes from family traditions, along with adding some of your memorable family photos. Looking for a special gift? You just found the right place to start creating!
Thanks for stopping by!
- Worn Cover Christmas Wishes (Tim Holtz pp-avth93099 $4.99)
- Mini Cardinal & Poinsettia Die Set (Sizzix/Tim Holtz sz-658266 $16.00)
- Mini Reindeer and 25 Set (Sizzix/Tim Holtz sz-657493 $16.00)
- 8 x 8 Mini Paper Seasonal Stash (Tim Holtz pp-avth93086 $9.99)
- 12 x 12 Christmas Merriment Paper Stash (Tim Holtz pp-avth93100 $9.99)
- Word Bands Observations (Tim Holtz pp-avth93084 $7.99)
Supplies Used (Not Shown)
- Core’dinations Kraft-Core paper Stack
- Grungeboard Basics Plain
- Large Ring Binder
- Hitch Fasteners
- Idea-ology Elastic Bands
- Trinket Pins
- Idea-ology Jump Rings
- Alterations Tag & Bookplate Die
- Page Pockets in Tags
- Tarnished Brass Distress Paint