1st Snow Mini Album

Craft Ideas Craft of the Day

Capture the beauty of the first snow of the season with this gorgeous mini album.


  • Maya Road 3-Ring Chipboard Tab Book, 8″x5″
  • Chipboard cut-outs: snowflakes, letters to spell “1st Snow”
  • Embellishments: chunky crystal glitter, fine transparent clear glitter, light blue gems
  • Burlap scrap
  • Thin natural twine
  • Ribbons: white, brown, white tulle


  • Xyron Adhesives: 1.5” Create-A-Sticker, 3” Sticker Maker, Clear Hold Adhesive from Teresa Collins Adhesive Kit, High Tack 3/8” Adhesive Dots
  • Embossing machine and embossing folder of choice
  • Background stamps of choice
  • Acrylic paints: light blue, white, brown

Basic Supplies

scissors, baby wipe, paintbrushes, newspaper (to cover work surface)



Remove pages from book rings. On covered work surface, paint all pages and snowflakes with light blue paint; let dry.


Paint chipboard letters white; let dry.


Place snowflakes in embossing folder; emboss.


Glaze snowflakes with brown acrylic paint, working it into the crevices with your fingers; wipe away with baby wipe. Let dry.


Using white paint, stamp each page to add dimension.


Run snowflakes facedown through Xyron 1.5” Sticker Maker. Rub backing, then peel to remove snowflakes. Sprinkle with fine clear glitter.


Run letters facedown through Xyron 3” Sticker Maker. Rub backing, then peel to remove. Sprinkle with fine clear glitter. Add chunky glitter as desired, adhering with Xyron’s Clear Hold Adhesive from the Teresa Collins Adhesive Kit.


Use seasonal stamped sentiments or die-cuts to embellish interior pages.


Fold burlap on itself; trim to desired size. Tie twine around burlap bundle; secure with Xyron’s Clear Hold Adhesive from the Teresa Collins Adhesive Kit. Adhere snowflakes, letters and bundle to cover with Xyron’s High Tack 3/8” Adhesive Dots. Adhere gems to snowflake centers.


Reassemble book. Cut ribbons into 3” lengths; tie on rings.

by Linda Neff for Xyron, Inc. (www.xyron.com)

Jolly Ol’ Elf Mini Album

Craft Ideas Craft of the Day

Make a gift album they won’t forget! Paper bags work well for albums because they provide built-in pocket details for tags, photos, and memorabilia.


  • White paper bags, 3-1/2”x6-3/4”x2”, two
  • Cardstock: The Robin’s Nest Cindy Lou Dot Glitter, Cindy Lou Stripe, Cindy Lou Who Presents; pale green, bright green, and white scraps
  • Holiday-themed paper scraps, assorted
  • The Robin’s Nest Dew Drops Christmas Collection (dd137)
  • Buttons, assorted
  • Trims: seam binding, lace, ribbon, rickrack
  • Silk flower


  • Sizzix Big Shot Die-Cutting System and Tim Holtz Alterations On the Edge Scallops Die
  • Martha Stewart Crafts Seal Punch
  • Imagine Crafts Tsukineko VersaMagic Aloe Vera Chalk Ink Pad
  • Adhesives: clear-drying liquid glue, double-sided tape

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scoring tool, scissors, ruler, pencil



6-3/4”x3-1/2” (closed)

Note: Ink all paper and paper bag edges Aloe Vera prior to assembly.

Album Base

1. Measure and mark first paper bag 1” from open end. Cut away 1”-wide strip on front layer of paper bag only.

2. Measure and mark second paper bag 2” from open end. Fold on line; unfold bag.

3. To create album base, place paper bags lengthwise and side by side on work surface with open ends of bags facing each other at center; bag bottoms should face up.

4. Apply double-sided tape to back of 2”-wide flap on second bag and slide flap into open end of first bag. Press bags together to secure adhesive.

First Spread

1. See Photo 1. Cut 4-1/4”x3-1/2” red striped paper panel; score and fold to measure 2-1/8”x3-1/2”. Adhere back of folded paper to bag bottom on left side. Unfold paper and adhere flower and green trim as shown.

Photo 1

2. Cut 6-7/8”x3-1/2” strip from green/red flourish paper. Adhere paper to front of first paper bag; this is hidden by longer strip in photo.

3. Cut 9-3/8”x3-1/2” strip from green/red flourish paper. Die cut one short end using scallops die. Score and fold strip at 4-5/8”. Adhere straight edge of strip to flourish paper beneath bag flap.

4. Adhere top and bottom edges of bag bottom to paper beneath, creating pocket.

5. Create small cardstock tag to slide into pocket. Adhere embellishment to die-cut page. Fold die-cut page to left.

Second Spread

1. See Photo 2. Cut 7-1/2”x3-1/2” red cardstock strip. Adhere to album base, sliding left end inside open bag and right end beneath bag flap on right. Adhere top and bottom edges of bag bottom to cardstock layer, creating pocket.

Photo 2

2. Cut 2-1/8”x3-1/2” green/red flourish paper strip. Adhere to bag bottom on right. Adhere braid trim to edge of paper as shown.

3. Create small cardstock tags to slide into pocket on right.

4. Fold die-cut page to left again.

Third Spread

1. See Photo 3. Adhere lace trim to edge of flourish panel covering bag front.

Photo 3

2. Create another cardstock tag to insert into pocket created by open end of bag.

3. Adhere embellishment to back of striped page at far left.

4. See Photo 4. Cut two 3-3/4”x4-1/2” green/red flourish paper panels; score each panel 1” from one short end. Die cut ends opposite folds. Fold on score lines and adhere flaps to top and bottom edges of left-hand album page, next to fold. Cut 3-1/2”x3-1/2” square of dot paper and adhere between flaps. Refold page.

Photo 4

5. Fold bag bottom to left to meet edge of striped page.

Fourth Spread

1. See Photo 5. Cut 9-3/8”x3-1/2” red/green leaf paper strip. Score and fold 4-5/8” from one short end. Adhere to last folded page of album as shown. Adhere green trim to left edge.

Photo 5

2. See Photo 6. To create fold-out dot page, cut 10-1/2”x3-7/8” dot paper strip. Score strip 3-1/2” from each short end; die cut short ends. Fold strip and adhere to last album page on three sides, leaving right edge open to create pocket.

Photo 6

3. Cut 3-1/2”x3” striped paper panel and adhere inside open page on three sides, leaving right edge open to create pocket. Add paper strip and embellishment to bottom of lower flap.

4. Create small cardstock tags to slide into pockets. Close page.


1. Open album to first spread. Fold striped paper panel closed and adhere Santa image and three red Dew Drops to front to create left side of front cover.

2. Cut 9-3/8”x3-1/2” dot paper strip; score and fold at 4-5/8”. Adhere paper to front and back of album on right side.

3. Cut 6-7/8”x3-1/2” red striped paper strip; adhere to back of album.

4. Cut two 12” seam binding lengths. Center and adhere ends to edges of front covers; let dry. Adhere lace and trim to edges of cover to hide seam binding ends; let dry.

5. Tie album closed as shown.

6. Using photo as guide, embellish right side of front cover.


  • Be sure to use clear-drying liquid glue with Dew Drops embellishments for best effect.

by Tonya Wilson-Trantham (www.creativeaddictiontopaper.blogspot.com)

School Memories Book

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Make a “School Memories” book to hold school photos and milestone moments as a keepsake of your child’s grade school or even college years. Make it fast with adhesives by Xyron!


  • Simple Stories Red Sn@p Binder and Inserts, 6”x8”
  • Vintage book page
  • Pink Paislee Daily Junque Collection Chalkboard Stickers
  • School-themed cardstock stickers
  • Michaels Apple-Shaped Felt Frame
  • Assorted ribbon: white, yellow, striped
  • Hydrangea Hippo Rainbow Rick Rack Assortment
  • Buttons Galore & More Sunshine Yellow Buttons


  • Xyron Mega Runner
  • Xyron 5″ Create-A-Sticker Max
  • Xyron High Tack Adhesive Dots
  • White crayon (optional)

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler




School Memories Book

1. Following manufacturer’s instructions, run vintage book page through Xyron Create-A-Sticker Max. Peel page off backing and apply to center of binder cover. (Note: With Xyron Create-A-Sticker Max, there is no drying time, unlike découpage medium, and the texture of the vintage book page is preserved.)

2. Apply adhesive to back of felt photo frame using Xyron Mega Runner; adhere frame to binder cover as desired.

3. Adhere chalkboard sticker to center of photo frame. Adhere two school-themed stickers to chalkboard sticker. (Note: In place of school-themed stickers, write message or child’s name on chalkboard sticker using white crayon.)

4. Adhere buttons to felt frame as shown using Xyron High Tack Adhesive Dots.

5. Wrap white and yellow ribbons and rick rack around binder cover and tie into bows, clustered at top. Tie smaller striped bow. Adhere bow and button to ribbon cluster using Xyron High Tack Adhesive Dots.


  • Use Xyron High Tack Adhesive Dots to hold buttons, bows, and other dimensional embellishments to any surface, from paper and plastic to wood and metal.

by Jennifer Priest for Xyron, Inc. (www.xyron.com)

C’est La Vie Misc. Me Life Journal

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day


Beautify the cover of your own BoBunny Misc. Me Life Journal with the elegant C’est La Vie Collection and new coordinating embellishments. Watch the video for complete tutorial and ideas on how to use your life journal.


  • BoBunny Misc. Me! C’est La Vie Life Journal
  • BoBunny C’est La Vie Collection Papers, 12”x12”: Ephemera, La Vie en Rose
  • White cardstock
  • BoBunny C’est La Vie Collection Stickers: Dimensional, Combo
  • BoBunny C’est La Vie Collection Embellishments: Jewels, Trinkets, Buttons
  • BoBunny Frosting Jewels
  • BoBunny Blossoms: Blush Daisy, Blush Dahlia
  • BoBunny Clover Lace
  • BoBunny Doilies, 4”
  • Natural twine


  • Martha Stewart Crafts Punches: Rose Leaf, Swirling Lace Punch Around the Page Set
  • Clearsnap ColorBox Chestnut Brown Chalk Ink Pad
  • Sewing machine and white thread
  • Adhesives: paper adhesive, clear dots, foam tape

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, detail scissors, ruler, pencil, sponge dauber





1. Cut a 6”x6” piece of white cardstock and fold it into quarters. Sketch a curvy “U” shape from corner to corner on the outer edge of fold. Cut through all four layers, then unfold to see your custom bracket template. Use template to trace and cut out La Vie en Rose bracket piece; sponge edges with Chestnut Brown ink. Sew around edge, if desired.

2. Fussy cut around dress form bracketed tag from top right corner of Ephemera paper. Cut 4” doily in half and layer behind dress form element; adhere both layers to La Vie en Rose bracket.

3. Center and adhere La Vie en Rose bracket to cover using paper adhesive; if desired, use foam tape to add dimension. Adhere Clover lace to cover on either side of bracket as shown.

4. Adhere “capture the moment” sticker to left side of dress form tag; embellish with lace and jewels as shown.

5. Punch 8” lace border strip from white cardstock; adhere near bottom edge of cover. Adhere Clover lace over bottom edge of white strip. Adhere “make your own happy ending” dimensional sticker to bottom right corner of cover, just above white border strip.

6. Punch five leaves from green paper scraps; ink edges brown. Tie double bow with twine; adhere to bottom right corner of Rose bracket piece. Cluster and adhere blossoms and leaves over bow as shown.

7. Embellish cover with Trinkets, Buttons, Dimensional Stickers, and jeweled flourish as shown.


  • These instructions will help you decorate the cover of your Misc. Me Life Journal, but the inside is yet to be done! Follow BoBunny’s Blog Class each Monday in March for more ideas on how to decorate and use your Misc. Me Life Journal.

by Gabrielle Pollacco for BoBunny (http://www.bobunny.com/, http://www.bobunny.blogspot.com/)

Winter Memories Mini Album

While I’m definitely longing for spring, I am taking advantage of the cold weather to work on some snowy, wintry projects.

It’s Jill Cornell here today with a little mini album of my girls going sledding last year. The girls have bright pink and lavender coats and snowsuits, so I made my product choices based on those colors. Bright colors also help combat the drab winter grey this time of year! (I used the Girl Land Collection from Webster’s Pages for this album.)

I love creating quick and simple mini albums where my photos take center stage. I covered pages of the album with patterned paper and then punched snowflakes and added jewels and alphabet stickers as needed.

I also used phrase tags from Elle’s Studio and journaling cards from Webster’s Pages.

My daughter that is in lavender had various shades of purple on her pages.

And I brought out the pink with my other daughter in her favorite color. Before I covered each chipboard page with patterned paper, I machine-stitched the edges of the paper for extra texture.

I added a space for journaling at the end of the album. The girls just love looking through it and remembering a fun time sledding and making snow angels.

Happy crafting!

Jill Cornell from Blessed Scrapper (www.jillcornell.blogspot.com)

Photo Memorabilia Box

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day


Remember when . . . ? You certainly do, and probably have a photo, ticket stub, or newspaper clipping in a drawer or shoe box to prove it! Store your special memories in a safe place, personalized on the outside to reflect what’s within.


  • Acid-free photo storage box, any size
  • Photographs or color photocopies
  • Cardstock, any color
  • Assorted stickers of choice
  • Ribbon, 1⁄8” wide, 2 yards


  • Acid-free glue stick

Basic Supplies

scissors, paper trimmer



Cut out photos, cropping as desired. Mat on cardstock.


Arrange photos on lid and sides of box. When pleased with arrangement, adhere to box. Add stickers as desired.


Wrap ribbon around lid sides, tying bow at front; spot glue to secure.

by Christine Walters

Life is Good Mini Album

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day


Create a Countryside Evening mini album to use as a small brag book, or gift it to a friend or family member.


  • Chipboard mini album, 6”x6”
  • Heartfelt Creations Countryside Evening Paper Collection (HCDP1 229)
  • Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper Cream, smooth white
  • Antique gold eyelets
  • Want2Scrap White Adhesive Pearls: Individual, Swirls
  • White pearl bead string
  • Cream crocheted lace trim
  • Navy sheer ribbon


  • Heartfelt Creations PreCut Stamp Sets: Melodious Songbird (HCPC 3511), Antique Lantern (HCPC 3512), Open Vintage Floret (HCPC 3500), Mini Vintage Floret (HCPC 3502), Leaf Medley (HCPC 3405)
  • Spellbinders Grand Calibur Die-Cutting System and Dies: Shapeabilities Foliage, Nestabilities Labels Twenty-Six
  • Heartfelt Creations Dies: Decorative Blossom Corner (HCD 729), Timeless Amour (HCD 728), Vintage Floret (HCD 727), Decorative Metal Fixtures (HCD 725), Layered Scalloped Posy (HCD 717)
  • McGill Paper Blossoms: Tool Kit, Molding Mat
  • Ranger Ink Pads: Archival Jet Black; Tim Holtz Distress Stormy Sky, Weathered Wood, Bundled Sage
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Bundled Sage Marker
  • Adhesives: Plaid Mod Podge, 3M Scotch Brand ATG714 Runner, Art Institute Glitter Designer Dries Clear Adhesive, foam dots

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scissors, hole punch, eyelet setter, sponge dauber


1. Cover chipboard album pages with desired Countryside Evening papers; adhere paper with Mod Podge. Let dry. Punch hole in upper left corner of each page in same spot; attach eyelets. Ink page edges Weathered Wood.

2. Using Jet Black ink, stamp eight small flowers from Open Vintage Floret set onto white cardstock. Stamp small and large flowers from Mini Vintage Floret set, eight each, onto white cardstock. Die cut all flowers with coordinating dies.

3. Using Jet Black ink, stamp seven leaf branches from Leaf Medley Set onto white cardstock; die cut with coordinating die.

4. Using sponge dauber, color flowers Weathered Wood and Stormy Sky. Color leaves Bundled Sage; detail with Bundled Sage marker.

5. Shape all flowers and leaves using Paper Blossoms tool kit and mat. Layer and adhere flowers together at center to create full blossoms.

6. Die cut two small and two large Decorative Blossom Corner shapes from cream cardstock.

7. Create album pages as follows:

Cover: Cut sentiment label from patterned paper, lightly sponge edges with Weathered Wood ink. Double mat sentiment on green paper and cream cardstock; adhere with foam dots. Adhere several flowers and leaves as shown; add pearls and pearl swirls.

Page 1: Cut two different-size panels from coordinating patterned paper. Die cut Labels Twenty-Six shape from cream cardstock. Sponge all paper edges Weathered Wood. Die cut Layered Scalloped Posy shape from cream cardstock. Adhere all pieces as shown. Adhere lace trim, flower, leaves, pearls, and pearl swirl as desired.

Page 2: Trim and adhere one large decorative corner cut in Step 6, adhering edges only to create pocket. Cut image from tags patterned paper; sponge edges Weathered Wood. Stamp Jet Black Melodious Songbird sentiment. Wrap ribbon around top of panel, adhering ends at back. Tie small ribbon bow; adhere to ribbon. Adhere lace to panel beneath ribbon. Mat panel on cream cardstock. Adhere flower and pearl as shown. Place tag in pocket.

Page 3: Cut green patterned paper panel. Die cut Labels Twenty-Six shape from cream cardstock. Sponge all paper edges Weathered Wood. Die cut Decorative Metal Fixtures decorative corner and Vintage Floret decorative shape from cream cardstock. Adhere all pieces as shown. Add flowers, leaves, and pearls.

Page 4: Cut image from tags patterned paper. Stamp Jet Black sentiment; sponge edges Weathered Wood. Mat on cream cardstock and adhere to page. Adhere lace trim along left panel edge. Trim and adhere one small decorative corner cut in Step 6. Add flowers, leaves, and pearls.

 Page 5: Trim and adhere remaining small decorative corner cut in Step 6, adhering edges only to create pocket. Cut sentiment tag from patterned paper; sponge edges Weathered Wood. Die cut small Layered Scalloped Posy border from cream cardstock. Mat sentiment tag onto cream cardstock; adhere scalloped shape to right edge. Die cut small Layered Scalloped Posy decorative shape from green patterned paper; adhere to tag as shown. Adhere lace over paper seam on tag. Add flowers, leaves, and pearls. Place tag in pocket.

Page 6: Trim and adhere remaining large decorative corner cut in Step 6, adhering edges only to create pocket. Add flowers, leaves, and pearls as shown. Cut image from tags patterned paper. Stamp black sentiment and mat onto cream cardstock. Adhere lace trim along top edge. Place tag in pocket.

8. Place all pages on ring. Tie ribbon, lace trim, and pearl trim into bow and attach to ring.

by Angelica Turner for Heartfelt Creations (http://www.heartfeltcreations.us/)