I started off putting a kit of goodies together. I've been reading the Homemaker magazine last week and it had a book of vintage pattern fabric papers in along with Christmas make ideas and it gave me the idea to mix up everyday patterned papers with Christmas themed ones so I mixed up some Crate Paper Sleigh Ride, Paper Party and On Trend papers that all had a vintage look to them. I also added some papers I had in my stash from Quirky Kits, mostly from the 'Tell me more' kit. The numbers I used are from that kit, the sheet of My Minds Eye paper.
I think it's the easiest way to make a quick album, to start with a kit first and then work with it till there's not much left over. The bits I have got left I'm putting to one side for extra decorating once I've added the photos. The hardest bit was getting started and deciding on a size to go with. I did the 6x4 size last year so wanted to change it up this year. I ended up with 8x6" as the size for the basic book, it'll be a nice size to add Christmas cards in the back that I want to keep.
I started with the front and back covers which is just a two layers of paper stitched together with the sewing machine. I used a mask with mist on the back and lots of layers of papers and embellishments on the front. I'll add a piece of thick acetate over the cover to protect it once it's finished.
The pages I made up with layers of cardstock, along with some mixed up pages like an envelope, canvas, paper bag and tags stitched together.
Everything I'm just fixing together with bookrings so I can add lots to it. This is the finished book before I decorated the foundation pages.
Then these are the foundation pages done:
Lots of the embellished bits on the pages I stitched in place with my sewing machine so the edges can be lifted up and photos tucked behind them. There are pages with pockets or open parts too so I can add in bits and pieces I want to keep.
At the back I've got some journalling cards I made.
I've added a few in the book and I've got some for spares to add after as it's filled or if I need them.
Looking forward to another fun December filling it up! :)