Christmas Mini & Notebooks w/ Tutorial

Hi Everyone 

I am Guest Designing this month for The Paper Bakery Kit Club and I wanted to share some notebooks and a mini-album I made with their fabulous November Add-On Kit - "Baby it's Cold Outside".  

All the papers are from the Holly Jolly Christmas Collection from Echo Park and the tutorial for creating all the books can be seen at the bottom of the post.

Christmas Wishes Mini Album

In the kit were five gorgeous little envelopes so I began by cutting a piece of paper to fit inside each one. I have written each person's Christmas wishes for 2011 on the inserts.


Inside the front page I am going to write my New Year Resolutions on the vintage "Statement" page that came with the kit.

Normally I am not a big fan of mini-letters as they never seem to line up - but these October Afternoon letters are perfectly printed so they look really neat.


Christmas Notebooks
These were created with the same technique as the album (see below) except I have used plain copier paper to make the pages. I am going to use them to keep all my Christmas Lists - and this year all my family are coming from the UK so there are a lot of lists! This is an great way to use up scraps of patterned paper.



Paper Album Tutorial

  1. Take a piece of 12”x12” paper
  2. Trim off four inches from one side, leaving 1 piece 12”x8” and 1 piece 12”x4”
  3. Take the 12”x8” piece and fold in half length ways and width ways
  4. Fold up the two shorter sides to meet in the middle, making 8 segments all  3”x4”
  5. Using a sharp knife – make a cut as shown through the paper
  6. Fold the paper at the remaining intact fold and using the folds as a guide create a book!
  7. Glue pages together as shown at a, b and c to create 3 pages of double thickness paper and 2 covers of single thickness
  8. Take your remaining 12x4” piece and glue to one side of the book
  9. Turn book over and crease at the spine of the book firmly before gluing the other side of the cover. This will ensure a neat finish and mean there is enough paper over the spine to allow the book to open freely
  10. Trim off the excess paper from the cover with a sharp knife
  11. Your book is complete and ready to decorate
  12. IDEAS – you can round the corners, or before gluing the centre pages together, cut out a shape using a die cutting machine or punch and place acetate between the pages for a window.
Let me know if you have any question by leaving a comment :-)
Lowri :-) 

I am linking up this project to these websites here.

10 comments:

  1. Love all of these :) Thanks for guest designing for The Paper Bakery, I would love to have you back again!!

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  2. You area a project diva, Lowri, and I always adore my visits with you!

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  3. so cute lovin it!!

    Would love it if you could share this on my link party at www.serenityyou.blogspot.com

    Natasha xxx

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  4. So darling!! Would LOVE it if you would link this up at my turquoise lovin' party! (and red during the holidays) http://www.sweetlittlegals.com/2011/11/turquoise-lovin-15.html

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  5. I love all your ideas you linked up -- thank you so much!

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  6. These are just so cute. Both my kids will have so much fun having a go at making these! :)

    {stopped by from tt&J}

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  7. This would be the best gift for grandparents!!! I love it! Would you please share this with my readers for Fun Stuff Fridays linky party? http://www.toysinthedryer.com/2011/12/fun-stuff-fridays-3.html

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  8. Love your paper album! Great tutorial, too!

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  9. superbe mis ton lien sur mon blog bisess

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