Christmas Memories Mini Book (Crafty Secrets December Linky Party)

Crafty Secrets December Linky Party


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Happy Monday, everyone and welcome to another Crafty Secrets Linky Party.  It’s December, and Christmas is literally right around the corner. This month the design team is sharing Christmas themed tutorials with you.  Once you’ve visited all the blogs for a healthy dose of inspiration, create a project, card or art item using Crafty Secrets products and link it to the Crafty Secrets blog. Sandy will give each person who enters a $6 gift certificate to the online store and one lucky participant will win a $50 gift certificate if their entry is randomly chosen as the winning entry.  Here’s the list of my fellow design team members:

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Vicki Chrisman, Team Leader

Michele Kovack

Darlene Pavlick

Rebekah Faries

Sheila Rumney

Kathy Clement (you are here)

Elizabeth Lincoln Splitcoast Gallery

Cherry Nelson

Christmas Memories Mini Book

For this month’s tutorial, I want to share this really fun, easy to make Christmas Memories Mini book with you all.  All of the images and papers (except the green suede) are from the Creating with Vintage Christmas CD6 and the Christmas Image and Journal Notes booklet from Crafty Secrets.  I put this mini book together in just one afternoon, so it’s a fairly quick project and would make a great Christmas gift for anyone on your list. Remember that you can click on any photo for a larger image.

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I started my book by cutting six 5″x7″ sheets of medium weight chipboard.  To make the cover, I cut a 6″x8″ piece of green suede paper and ran it through an embossing folder.  I then glued a piece of chipboard in the center of this paper and folded all four sides toward the inside cover.  I used my bone folder to crease the fold lines and then beveled each corner to do away with excess paper. Then I simply glued the overhang to the inside of the cover and added metal corner pieces on the top and bottom

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The cover art is printed directly from the CD.  I simply treated it with UTEE (see my cracked glass tutorial here) and backed it with a piece of scrap chipboard.  It was mounted to the cover with foam tape to add dimension.

Crafty Secrets Christmas Memories album04  I created the poinsettia with a Spellbinder’s die and burgundy suede paper.  The shabby bow was created with custom dyed seam binding.  It looks impressive, but everything on the cover is very easy to do. 

Crafty Secrets Christmas Memories album06 Here are the first two pages.  A dedication plaque where a personal message can be written and a decorative first page.  Both papers are printed from the Vintage CD6.  I just printed them off to the 5″x 7″ size.  The green canvas paper on the right is so pretty when it is embossed and inked, as I did here.  I added holly vines and a snowflake rosette.

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This precious image is either from the Christmas or Seasonal booklet.  Both are on sale right now.  You will see that I used them all through this mini.

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Here is another page made from more of the Christmas papers found on the CD.  The page on the left is for a photograph, and the right hand page is a pocket page.  I used some of the sweet stickers that are also on sale to decorate these pages.  The pocket page is full of tags:

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The gorgeous vintage tags and post cards are also on the CD.  You just print them off and you are good to go!  The journaling tags from the Christmas and Seasonal booklets are great to use as journaling blocks in the mini.

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I love, love, love the collage paper from the CD.  Here, I ‘ve cut apart one of the post cards and used it to create a pocket and embellishments for the pages.

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Don’t you love this sweet snow couple?  The image is from either the Christmas journal notes or seasonal journal notes.  I used images from both, but forgot to write down which image came from which book. 

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The photo page has a hidden pocket that contains these adorable Christmas kewpies.  This was simple to make: I just didn’t glue down the right hand side of the photo mat.  Instant pocket!

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This is the Santa collage paper and the red and green floral papers from the CD.  I tore the top off a printed postcard and mounted it with foam tape in the corners to create another fun pocket.

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You can also fit photos in the pocket along with the tag.  Or recipes…whichever you desire! 

Crafty Secrets Christmas Memories album18 The alphabet titles are made from more of the stickers, and the Santa paper has room for journaling memories on one side and a photo on the right.

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I also love this green newsprint paper!  Can you spot the hidden tag?

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It’s a sweet snow lady, tucked back behind the photo mat.  The corners are more stickers from the sticker sheet. 

Crafty Secrets Christmas Memories album21 This final page might be my favorite. This is more of the Christmas collage paper.  The tickets are printed right from the CD and make great embellies! 

Crafty Secrets Christmas Memories album23 This little bird tag just tugs at my heart.  

Crafty Secrets Christmas Memories album24 But I saved the best for last.  Don’t you love these sweet vintage lassies and the woodland deer?  I painted a leftover Sweet Chips frame with gold so that they would really stand out here.

The back of the journal is covered in the same green suede.  Once I had all the pages decorated, I just marked the spot where I wanted to insert the “O” rings and punched them with a hole punch.  It’s such a simple design, and would be  great project for the kids to do when they are home on Christmas break. 

Remember to link up your Crafty Secrets project to the blog before Sunday evening.  I can’t wait to see what you create!  Thanks so much for stopping by…your visits and your comments make me happy right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers.

Until next time,



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4 thoughts on “Christmas Memories Mini Book (Crafty Secrets December Linky Party)

  1. ncguygirl

    This is gorgeous! What a treasure it will be for someone. Love the snowmen and everything about it.

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