Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Corrugated cardboard and Christmas wrapping paper: December Daily album covers!

Happy Wednesday everyone,

Can you imagine that we are already reaching December at the end of this week?!? Time really flies, doesn’t it.

I’m sure many of you are planning to make a ‘December Daily’ – a mini album for storing precious Christmas memories. This year I decided to create one for my family, too. However, I’m not even aiming to document each day of December, but to make a few scrapbook pages of some of our Christmas preparation traditions.

The covers for my album I made myself from corrugated cardboard. For covering the front and back I upcycled some Christmas wrapping paper – isn’t this a nice way of using your last season leftover papers?

I have to say that I’m quite happy of how this project turned out, and I’m sure these covers will keep on inspiring me to fill the album with holiday season memories!


Items used:
How to make:
  1. Cut two rectangles (15 cm x 20 cm) of corrugated cardboard
  2. Cut 3 cm wide strips of Christmas wrapping paper. Fold in half.
  3. Using Christmas wrapping paper strips weave two 15 cm x 20 cm sheets; one for front cover and one for back. Sew around the woven edges with zigzag for securing the strip ends. Glue the woven sheets on the corrugated cardstock pieces. Trim the edges.
  4. Paint both sides of the back and front covers with white gesso or acrylic paint. Let dry.
  5. Die cut a large Fancy Label of scrap paper. Ink the edges of the album covers (front and back) using the die cut image as mask. Decorate the corners with stamped snowflakes (Merry Christmas Tree stamp set).
  6. Tape or glue a piece of Christmas wrapping paper on scrap paper. Die cut a title panel with ‘Ironwork’ Framelits die. Glue to the bottom of front cover.
  7. Die cut title with Decorative Strip Alphabet Die using old book pages and dark brown cardstock. Assemble the letters and glue to Christmas wrapping paper panel.
  8. Die cut a large 'Fancy Label' from cream cardstock. Ink the edges with purple stamping ink and doodle with white gel pen. Glue to album cover.
  9. Die cut a Christmas Cardinal image twice; once from old book paper and once from dark brown cardstock. The bird will have the book page pattern and the branch will be of dark brown cardstock.
    Ink the bird with purple stamping ink. Glue the bird on top of the branch. Glue on the Fancy Label.
  10. Punch the holes for book rings to the front and back covers and the album pages in between.

Have a nice and inspiring week.

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