08 December 2008

Holiday Organizer Tutorial

We’re making an organizer for all of your holiday purchases! There are pockets for recipes and receipts, as well as a place for you to record gift lists and expenses, all in a cute mini album. Using a wet erase marker, write down gift ideas for loved ones, keep track of what you have purchased and spent, even menu ideas for holiday get-togethers! Then wipe the pages clean and reuse for another season.
Here’s the list of Materials:
Patterned paper— I used the Wassail line from Basic Grey
1 5x7 naked album (7 gypsies)
Thickers (Red Jewelry box)
Blank Transparency
Adhesive—gluestick works fine, I like Zip dry liquid glue
Ink Pad
Embellishments: Ribbon, American Crafts Flair, Little Yellow Bicycle Sticker, Rub-ons, Brads, Flowers, etc.

Step One
Cut your transparency to 5x7” (or the same size as your inner album pages). You’ll need 6 transparency pieces all together. For the pockets, cut 6 pieces of patterned paper 6.5x4.” Round the top two corners. For some pages, I stitched the pockets directly to the album page, and for others I stitched the pocket to a piece of 5x7 paper before adhering it to the page. Cut pattern paper to cover the front and back covers of your album as well.

Step Two
Print out the following images on a lighter color patterned paper (I used the flip side of Snow Dust and Winterberry). Size them to be the same dimensions as the pages in your mini album.

Step Three
Adhere the paper to the covers and inner pages. I used scraps from making the pockets to give the pages a pieced together look.

Step Four
I used my sewing machine to attach the transparency over the printed pages, first stitching them together, then adhering the two to the album page.

Step Five

Ink all the edges, and embellish as desired. I used Scenic Route date labels on the tabs to make dividers so I could keep track of gift lists by family, and Jewelry Box Thickers make perfect holiday titles!


Kristina said...

This is such a fab project!! LOve it. :):)

peata said...

what an awesome mini album project.
looks great and super handy!
making mini albums
mini album blog