Fabulous December Mini Album

Hello! Tessa Buys here. This year, I'm working on a very special December album. It's my little girl's first Christmas and I wanted to document all of those special first moments in a special place. I turned an old book into a mini album and filled it with pages just waiting for photos:

Tessa Buys Chickaniddy Crafts December Mini Album
All items from the Jolly Good line: Alpha Stickers (JG14EB02), Caroling paper (JG14OS03), Christmas Eve paper (JG14OS01), Deck the Halls paper (JG14OS06), Die Cut Tags (JG14EB04), Enamel Stars (JG14EB09), Holiday paper (JG14OS08), Holly Jolly paper (JG14OS05), Journal Tags (JG14EB03), Making Spirits Bright paper (JG14OS07), Mini Sticker Sentiments (JG14EB07), Mini Sticker Tags (JG14EB06), Tis the Season paper (JG14OS11).

To make an album like this, you'll need an old book (preferably one that is no longer readable), a craft knife, spray paint, a paper piercer, and a ring binder mechanism. I used a book my dad had as a child. It was musty and brittle, but had a great debossed cover.

Tessa Buys Chickaniddy Crafts December Mini Album close-up

1. Using the craft knife, gently cut the pages of the book away from the cover.

2. Spray paint the book cover, including the inside. If you're going to cover the inside with patterned paper like I did, you only need to paint the inside edges. You could also use acrylic paint. I just love how fast spray paint dries, and this fantastic metallic silver finish.

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3. Use your paper piercer to pierce the spine of the book cover and attach your ring binder. My ring binder attached with brads, so to hide the open prongs, I tied a thick ribbon around the spine.

When deciding how large to make your pages, consider how far they will stick out from the ring binder when the book is closed. I wanted my edges to stick out a bit, but you might want your pages more narrow than mine.

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Rather than take you through my process for each page, I thought I would share some of my strategy for creating a mini album.

Tessa Buys Chickaniddy Crafts December Mini Album page 1

Tessa's Tips for Making Minis:

1. Start with a kit. By choosing just five Jolly Good patterned papers and a few embellishments, I was able to create a coordinated album in less time than if I had more choices.

2. Work "assembly line" style when possible. For example, I always mat my photos on white cardstock, so I cut all of my photo mats out before I started piecing the album together.

3. Repeat elements. By repeating parts of your design, you'll create a cohesive look and save more time. For example, I always paired an enamel star with two rhinestones.

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4. Add inserts. Adding smaller pieces to the rings between the main pages will add visual interest and create more space for photos or journaling. I plan to add Christmas cards, too.

Tessa Buys Chickaniddy Crafts December Mini Album Pages

For a closer look, check out my you-tube channel for a video walk-through of the whole album. Then grab your Chickaniddy Crafts stash, an old book, and get to work! Thanks for stopping by today!



3 thoughts on “Fabulous December Mini Album

  1. Terry

    What a great album! You do a wonderful job of detailing all the steps & materials used…turned out super cute AND all ready to go! Thanks for sharing.


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