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MMDT #23: Christmas Mini Album

Our challenge this time was to create a holiday mini album using RTC (Ready To Cut) Grid Paper. I love making mini albums, so I was excited for this challenge.

I designed this book to serve as a gift or a fancy gift card holder.

These sheets are 12x12, but they are filled with small 4x4 grids that can be cut apart to use in a mini album or when you only want a bit of grid paper on your layout.

I started with a white sheet of paper and two pieces of black 4x4 chipboard and a pack of paper and stickers from KaiserCraft.

For the cover, I cut my paper 3 3/4x3 3/4 so I would have a bit of black border. Then I added some ribbon and a sticker border. The tag was also a sticker, but I matted it on cardstock and attached it with dimensional foam adhesive.

I added a bit of Tim Holtz tinsel and a leftover Santa hat I bought several years ago.


Inside I used a tag quote from Mosaic Moments. I jut cut it down to fit and matted it with patterned papers. For my first page using the RTC Grid Paper, I covered the entire grid with a sheet of patterned paper and then placed a photo mat in the center. The bird was cut out of another sheet of paper and adhered with dimensional foam adhesive.

On the next spread, I played with a couple of Cornerstones, which fit perfectly on the grid paper. Then I cut strips of patterned paper to fit the grids around the Cornerstones. I added a couple of stickers to highlight the journaling that can go on this page.

On this spread, I covered the grid on the left (thinking you could add a photo the middle). On the right side, I cut strips of paper to fit the grid system and then added a photo mat and border to the middle.

The last spread is where the gift-card holder comes in ... On the left side, I covered the grid paper with 1" squares, added a mat to the center and a sticker as a title. On the back cover, I created a pocket and decorated it with a sticker.

I made a pull-out journaling card with a sticker and cardstock, but I made it the size of a gift card. So, you could stick a gift card inside the back and give it to special friend. Wouldn't they be surprised to turn through the book and then get a gift card in the back!?

Then, with a few photos and some journaling, they can remember this special Christmas for years to come!

Shared by Candy Spiegel on December 5, 2013 | Memory Date: December 5, 2013
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Really Great Idea, Candy! As Denise said, this could be great for any occassion...I could see it for a birthday, including photos from the last year! You did a great job with the patterned papers, embellishments, and use of the cornerstones, too! I love the pocket for the gift card, too! I often give tickets for events, so they could fit in there as well! :) Love it! Thanks for the inspiration! :) And Merry Christmas! :)
Posted By: Lori Hanson  |  December 9, 2013 at 6:36 pm   
Candy, Great Job! Lovely presentation and photos too.
Posted By: Julie Oconnor  |  December 9, 2013 at 12:14 am   
Compact and colorful! I often have great intentions for getting terrific photos at Christmas only to be sorely disappointed! This is one way to make a BIG deal out of a few good photos and it makes a great memory book! Coordinating papers helps to carry it off well! Super idea Candy!
Posted By: Andrea Fisher  |  December 8, 2013 at 4:46 am   
Candy!! What an awesome job!! I love doing mini albums as well and am still working on mine right now! I love the way you used the embellishments to indicate what will go where in the album, like a photo of the tree, etc. LOVE it!!! And it's so great that it holds a gift card, but I'd be happy if just the album was a gift!!! Nice job!!
Posted By: Heather Cartland  |  December 7, 2013 at 10:35 pm   
I Love that you included a spot to tuck in a gift card. Very cute!
Posted By: Tami Potter  |  December 6, 2013 at 3:10 pm   
Denise: I can certainly do that! Maybe I can do a birthday theme? It is perfect for those who have everything and a great way to dress up a gift card!
Posted By: Candy Spiegel  |  December 6, 2013 at 2:50 pm   
Candy: I love this! I would also like to learn how to do it. Why don't you think of doing a class? It could be something other than Christmas, now that it's getting a little late. Please consider it?
Posted By: Denise Tretheway  |  December 6, 2013 at 2:30 am   

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