You are invited to share with me the Joy there is in creating Art. I mean the "I can do it" and "it's fun" and "it's beautiful" kind of art, whether it is "museum quality" or not. Here you will find some of what I like to do and, I hope, share some of your joy, too.

Welcome to my blog, Rae Ann.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Christmas Mini-Album for Multiple Challenges

Hello, everyone.  I made a paper bag matchbook album based on the tutorials by Kathy Orta on You Tube.  I made it for my sister who will be spending her first Christmas in her new home in Florida with her 16-month old grandson nearby.

I am entering this album in the following challenges.  Click on the challenge to go to that site and see other entries.
Pile It On - Theme: embellishments.  My album has glitter and ribbon and a poinsetta I made and borders and cricut cut additions ...  I think this fits.
Bugaboo's Catch the Bug Challenges - A Bingo challenge.  I used a flower, red/green, and ribbon.
Little Scrap Pieces - Theme: A Holiday Project.
Come and Get It Chalenges - Theme: Anything Christmas.
Cupcake Inspiration - I focused on the red, green, and white cupcake.

Please visit these sites.

Here comes a number of photos to show different views of the album.

This is the front of the album.  Note the tiny string of light I put around the tree trunk.

This is the first page you see when you open the matchbook flap.

As you flip sections forward you have room for pictures and/or journaling.  Note the tag on the top of the insert.  I cut 2 designs from one of the cardstock papers and glued them back-to-back at the top of the insert.

Another view of inside.

I put the album on its side to show the 6 bags, each with an insert.  The front flap is the red to the right of the picture.  Each section was made from a black bag bought at Michael's.

This shows one of the inserts and the tag I put on each one.  I alternated red and green designs for the inserts.  I placed the tags left, middle, right, left, middle, right in the 6 bags.

I wanted to show the glitter on the flower but it was hard to photograph  Here you see some of the diamond stickles on the flower as well as the green studio g glitter on the curls and as seams in the palm tree.

Because of Kathy Orta's tutorial this album went together easily and quickly.  It was the decorating that took the time.
Product info.:  I used Recollections Winter Whimsy collection and PebblesInc. Welcome Christmas for my cardstock.
Cricut cartridges that I used: Flower Shoppe, the flower, of course; Paper Doll Dress Up for the palm tree and little plant next to it; Holiday Cakes for "Christmas" on the cover and "Merry" and "Happy Day" on inner pages.  The numbers came from George and Basic Shapes.  I always seem to use Picturesque for the curls.  The tiny string of lights is in the 3 Birds on Parade cartridge.
Other than a few index cards, the journal cards and tags were found at free sources on the internet; I'm sorry I didn't write down their names.  I just searched for 'journaling tags'.
Wow!  This is a long entry for me.  I hope you like it.
Happy creating and Happy Holidays.
Rae Ann


  1. This is so cute, I just love all the colors and patterned papers you used, what a fun mini.
    Thank you for joining us at Little Scrap pieces.
    LSP--DT member
    DIANA L.

  2. Adorable! I love these kinds of projects! Thank you so much for joining us this week at Cupcake Inspirations! Good luck and hope to see you back next time! And Merry Christmas!
    Rene :D

  3. What a gorgeous album..just beautifully made.Thanks for joining us at LSP.
    Jayne x

  4. What a great project; so many details; it's fabby!!

    Thanks for joining us at Cupcake Inspirations!


  5. What a fun Christmas Album, I know your sister will love it!

    Thanks for joining us for the Challenge at Come And Get It, good luck!

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    ((¸¸.•´ ..•´Shell in Alaska♥

  6. Awesome project and beautiful design!
    Thanks for joining us at LSP!
    Sherrie K
    DT Member-LSP

  7. So cool!!!! Thanks for participating in our PILE IT ON challenge!!


  8. Amazing mini album all your details are so fabulous! Thank you so much for joining the lsp challenge this week. Karen

  9. What a delightful mini-album! Thanks for sharing the fun at Cupcake Inspirations!
    DT Sweetie

  10. Great album! Love all the fun papers you used! Thanks for joining us over at Little Scrap Pieces! DT Member Carri~Abusybee

  11. such a cute album! thank you for joining us at cupcake inspirations. :)

  12. What a huge undertaking! Great work!
    Thanks so much for playin' along with us this week for the Catch The Bug Bingo Challenge with Bugaboo Stamps! We hope you join us again today for our NEW challenge.
    Hugs & Happy Holiday Days! ~Min
    Kaymin Kreations

  13. what a great album and I especially love the lights around the tree. looks like home to me. thanks for playing with us at Cupcake Inspirations.
    I see you also entered the Pile It On, so I thank you for playing with us there too.

  14. Fab mini it!
    Thanks for sharing with us at Cupcake Inspirations.
    Hugs, Jill