Hello CVS crafty friends! I was super excited when Joyful arrived at my door and I totally love it. I don’t know about you but by the time Christmas is over I am a little over it. Also my Christmas photos always seem to be taken in a rush and therefore are usually quite average and one’s I probably wouldn’t put on a layout.

So making a Christmas mini album in November makes sense, its already to go and it doesn’t matter if photos are not perfect!

I used a Christmas tree cut file from the Silhouette deign store. I cut extra pages in paper and vellum, all in all I can add about 12 2 1/2 x 2 1/2 inch photos.

I used a coloured O ring to secure my pages and added some die cut banners finished off with some machine stitching. The top part of the tree is too small for photos so I added a scalloped border, a vellum cut and fussy cut some flowers to create a feature.

Under the vellum I used a chipboard piece. You will see that I have added machine stitching to my borders to add texture. I have also used foam tape to add dimension. I like my albums to look a little chunky.

So I can add numerous photos I always create an accordion paper piece, which I use a bone scorer, here I scored at 2 1/2 x 2 1/2 inches. Here I added the chipboard bird with foam tape but in a way I can use it to also lift the accordion in and out.

I love to use vellum to soften and break up the pages. I added a border and attached with machine stitching, this not only looks pretty but will stop the vellum for curling up.

The embellishments of Joyful are beautiful and plentiful, chipboard, die cuts, puffy alphas, puffy stickers, glitter stars and wooden flairs. I have used all of them on my mini album!

The larger back two pages I cut from 12×12 papers but every other paper is from the 6×8 inch paper pad. I always purchase a 6×8 inch paper pad exclusively to create mini albums and cards, saving my 12×12 papers for layouts exclusively.

There are many Christmas mini album options and that can be put together quickly, especially when you have such fab embellishments like Joyful does. I can now tick this off my Christmas to do list!

Thank you for stopping by and if you have any questions on my mini just leave a comment.

Rachel X

4 thoughts on “Joyful | Mini Album | Rachel Lowe

  1. Helen says:

    Another gorgeous project from Chez Rachel. I agree about the Christmas photos. Mine are mostly substandard. I love this idea.

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