Friday, November 15, 2013

Holiday Scrapbooking - Day 1 - The Cover & Photo Selection Tips

Last night I taught a holiday scrapbook that was one of my favorite classes I've done since becoming a demonstrator.  I loved the customers that came and they loved the project and the incredible deal they got since I can't do math.  For $35, they received the following merchandise:
Because the class was small and I think this project is a great one to do over the holidays, I thought I'd share the class content and pictures over the next week.  I really hope that you take the challenge to do one of these albums yourselves.  They take just a few hours from start to finish and set you up for a great holiday memento. Or, use the tips below to complete other great projects!

The cover of any album is something that I actually design last.  I need to get a feel for what's in the album before I work on the cover!  
Create the folder out of Crumb Cake DSP.  Do this by inserting the top on the punch board so that it aligns with the 3" mark.  Push the button on the board.  Turn over and align the other side to the button so that the end of the cardstock is directly in the center of the button.  Push the button to punch out.  Use the paper trimmer or scissors to cut off the unwanted Crumb Cake DSP and make the tab.   Create two banners out of the scrap of DSP and the scrap of Cherry Cobbler.  Attach using adhesive.  Layer the December Pocket card over them using dimensionals.  Punch out 2012 using the pieces of Cherry Cobbler provided and the sizzlits.  Adhere to the bottom of the folder using adhesive.  I recommend you apply adhesive using the silicon mat so that the adhesive only sticks to the letter. 
  • When you cut down your DSP, cut it to 4 x 6.  This gives you two pieces of DSP to use for a short and long banner.  You will end up with a LOT of these! 
  • Use the side of the hexagon punch to make your banners - makes them all even and you can do several layers of DSP at a time!
  • When applying adhesive to small elements like the numbers, use the Silicon Sheet.  It will only allow the adhesive to stick to the back of the numbers and not to anything else!
1 piece of Crumb Cake from Season of Style Print Pack, Cherry Cobbler for numbers and banner, Big Shot, Sizzix Numbers, Envelope Punch Board, Season of Style Pocket Cards, Hexagon Punch, Dimensionals,  Silicon Sheet, Adhesive.
Wondering how to start on a project like this?  Here are a few tips for organizing photos for the holidays.
1 - Look through your photos to find themes for your photos.  Possible themes are:
  • Christmas Eve
  • Christmas Morning
  • Christmas Crafts
  • Christmas Parties
  • Decorating the Tree
  • Christmas Baking
  • Christmas Traditions
2 - You also need to determine if you want to scrapbook a specific year in this book or multiple years.
3 - Once you have your photos identified and sorted by theme, you can figure out which divided page best suits that series of pictures.
Tomorrow I'll offer up some creative uses of My Digital Studio for this book and more!
Have a craftastic day,

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