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MMDT 2013 Challenge #23: First Christmas in My New Home

POST WINDOW: December 1st - 7th.

Use Mosaic Moments RTC (ready to cut) Grid.

THEME:  Explosion Box or Mini album using Mosaic Moments RTC grid paper.

Create an item for the holidays. Photograph it in a holiday setting. Be sure to show all sides/pages.

 

When I was a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, the first class I ever taught was a paper bag scrapbook class. I enjoyed the class so much and so did my students that I ended up doing the class several years in a row, all with different themes. So when we were asked to create a holiday mini-album, I remembered how much fun these were and decided that's what I would do!

 

For those of you who have never seen these before, they are made from 3 regular brown paper lunch bags. The first step is to select 3 bags and lay them flat in front of you, alternating the flaps so that they are on opposite sides on each of the pages of your book:

 

 

The next step is to make your binding. I generally mark about 7 spots with a pencil on the edge of the bag and then punch holes using a Crop-a-Dile. Insert ribbons to tie together. This is what holds your album together.

 

 

Next, you need only a few pieces of coordinating patterned paper for this project. I used Basic Grey's Eskimo Kisses collection.

 

 

For the covers (front and back) you should use the same piece of paper so when you stand it up, it looks like a real book, and the pieces are 5" x 5". The inside pages that are whole are 4 3/4" x 4 3/4" and the pages with the flaps are 4 3/4" x 3 1/2" with a scrap for the inside part under the flap. This is what I did for all the pages and attached RTC paper 4" x 4" to the whole pages. I inked the edges, of course, and will put photos in once my first Christmas is over. I will also embellish with cornerstones, stickers from the same collection and journaling where needed. I started the first page so you could get an idea of what it will look like:

 

 

Here are the rest of the pages that will soon be filled with happy memories:

 

 

I hope you enjoyed my mini-album. I will repost when it is completed so you can see what it looks like finished. Happy Holidays everyone!!

Shared by Heather Cartland on December 8, 2013 | Memory Date: December 7, 2013
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What a pretty little album! Mine always seem to still look like paper bags, but I think you may have inspired me to try again. Thanks for sharing.
Posted By: Libby Wiers  |  December 18, 2013 at 4:50 pm   
I'm with Julie! I've never liked the look of paper bag books I'VE MADE...but YOURS is ADORABLE!!!! It doesn't even look like paper bags! I just love it! The color choice is wonderful. Love the patterned papers, ribbon, and embellishments. I cannot wait to see the finished product with photos!!!! GREAT JOB! AND MERRY CHRISTMAS, HEATHER!
Posted By: Lori Hanson  |  December 9, 2013 at 6:49 pm   
Heather, I've tried the paper bag idea, but yours is soooo much better than mine! Great job to use the RTC papers. Nice instructions too. Can't wait to see the finished project :)
Posted By: Julie Oconnor  |  December 9, 2013 at 12:17 am   
adorable! I can't wait to see this finished! It's gorgeous.
Posted By: Candy Spiegel  |  December 8, 2013 at 5:06 pm   
Great idea to add the RTC to a Paper Bag album - love the instructions and the page by page view. Can't wait to see it finished with your "New home Christmas" photos!
Posted By: Tami Potter  |  December 8, 2013 at 12:33 pm   
I love that you began with a larger size mini-book and use the RTC paper grid sections as the matted photo area on the page. This is a great idea that allows you to use lots of patterned paper for color and accent, but still lets the use of the mosaic grid on any photos you add. Plenty of room to journal or add more embellishments! Great job Heather!! Can't wait to see your first Christmas in your new house...no doubt with a retro feel that will go well on these pages!!
Posted By: Andrea Fisher  |  December 8, 2013 at 4:54 am   
     

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