Sunday, July 28, 2013

Anything But a Card Challenge 24-Christmas Album

Hello! We are in week 2 of challenge 24 at Anything But a Card Challenges.  Our challenge is to celebrate Christmas in July (or Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or winter) and you are welcome to share just about anything!

I had originally planned to scrapbook some photos from past Christmases, but it has been so terribly hot and humid here this week that I just couldn't get myself motivated.  I did however begin to alter a chipboard mini album which will feature some of my favorite holiday tradition photos.

The chipboard album came from the clearance bin at Michaels.  I think they were a quarter and I just couldn't pass them up.  Since I'm making an effort to actually use some of these things instead of letting them gather dust, I chose the wreath shape for this week's project.

I also used the retired Be of Good Cheer DSP.  This pattern reminded me of a berry covered holly wreath, so much so that I added some cherry cobbler dazzling details to really make the dots dimensional and festive! The silver ribbon is from the new Holiday catalog which goes live on August 1st.  I absolutely love this!! It's the perfect size for cards and smaller creations and it's so pretty!!

a close up showing the 'bling' factor...

On the back side, I painted the chipboard with Folk Art vintage white acrylic paint.  After the paint dried, I added a few strips of Season of Style washi tape (from the new Holiday catalog too) and mounted my photo on another piece of DSP.  I was debating what to add next when a piece of cherry cobbler tulle caught my eye.  I played with this a few months ago and opted not to use it.  I wanted a slightly tattered look, so I cut fringes  and scrunched them up before using glue dots to attach my shabby bow.  The snowflake was an extra punched from wax paper for a project completed long ago, but I kept it in my 'someday' container.  Apparently today is 'someday'!

You probably can't tell from the pic, but my DD is making Christmas cards.  The girls and I get together every year with my sister to work on Christmas projects.  Usually it's cards, but we've also made a Christmas Bingo game, and photo ornaments over the years too.

I'm hoping to get a few more pages finished this week since it's the last week of summer vacation.  I'm sure things will get quite a bit busier once the girls are back to their activities and schedules...  Maybe I'll manage to keep myself busy with some crafting projects while they're gone during the day!

I hope I have inspired you to pull out your holiday goodies and make something crafty to link up with our challenge!  Just remember, anything BUT a card!

Project Recipe:  Paper-Be of Good Cheer DSP (ret), very vanilla, Stamp Set-Joyous Celebrations, Ink-cherry cobbler, gumball green(sponging), Accessories-silver dazzling details, cherry cobbler dazzling details, silver 1/8" ribbon, basic rhinestones, large scallop circle punch, non-su snowflake punch, Season of Style washi tape, chipboard mini album, cherry cobbler tulle


  1. I love making mini albums and this one looks wonderful.
    Our weather here had been hot for what seemed like forever, but we actually had a cold front come in late Friday and yesterday our high was 59 degrees.It felt wonderful.

  2. This is so very creative, Margaret! WHat a charming idea, especially for gift giving! I'm with you, it's sooo hot lately, it's hard to get motivated but sure love what you did here!

  3. Creative, cute, and FUN! Love the wreath shape too. Pretty hot down this way for sure - and probably will be that way for a couple more months anyway. Stay cool!

  4. Lovely idea to fill a Christmas album with all those preparations, and the perfect shape for the album too! Look forward to seeing more...
    Alison x

  5. What a clever way to use a 25 cent find! It's such a pretty mini album:-)

  6. What a super mini, that's a great shape for a Christmas album and the paper you used looks perfect, it all just reminds me of a little wreath!!

  7. what a find for .25-love what you have done to alter it Margaret

  8. AWESOME ! Love that tattered bow :)


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