Sunday, 9 October 2011

Christmas Cottage Mini Album

I've almost finished the album to my Christmas Cottage! All it needs is a few tags and brads, and it's all done.  I used the DoveCraft "Noel" papers on the inner of the album, and my last sheet of Basic Grey "Wassail" collection ('Mantle') for the cover. I had some cream lace, a sparkly gold ornament from The Range, and some 4-leaf poinsettia stickers from Craft Creations (backed onto light paper and cut out).... and these became my embellishments for the front.
The book is a perfect fit inside the Cottage box... but I do wrap round a HUGE velvet Christmas Ribbon all tied up in a bow, to make it easier to lift out the album from it's box. To keep the round gold ornament in place, I'm using the poinsettia's I made... and in turn, they're held on with sparkly snowflake brads. It's very secure... surprisingly (things don't often turn out that well so easily for me... I'm a 'faffer' and often 'faff' around to get things perfectly correct *lol*)
It was a so hard not to add anything else to the cover... but it looked almost perfect as it was. I first thought that a photograph or santa picture would look really nice in the frame made with the gold sparkly ornament... then I changed my mind (oooh... so unlike me! NOT!). I still had the Papermania "A Silent Night" Glitter Cardstock Stickers, and chose one for the centre of the frame... after chopping it into a circle (rather than the square it was supposed to be) with a 1.5" circle punch.
It just finished it off perfectly... and matched the ribbon to lift the mini album in and out the box with.

Of course, knowing my habit of NOT finishing things, the chance of the tags and bits and pieces being finished in time for the Yuletide Season is pretty close to ... NIL! *lol*


Debbie said...

You are a mini-album machine! This is fabulous! Don't touch that cover! It's perfect! A great gift and keepsake. I bet you were humming a Bowie tune while you were crafty! :)


Karen said...

What another fabulous project Sheleen. I am always amazed at how creative your are and how you come up with some many ideas.

Di said...

Stunning Sheleen! The album is so beautiful - and a perfect additional to the cottage. I wonder what's next on your agenda? Err, you could always paint that aubergine wall of course :)) Happy Sunday! Di xx

misteejay said...

Oh WOW!!!...that is stunning and I love that ribbon.

Thank you for your comments - I think I might have found a suitable teddy for Glen - I need to get it coloured and then will reveal all LOL

Toni xx

dawn said...

OH MY GOODNESS this is stunning!! Look how great it turned out. You are so creative and clever with these projects. I love love them soooo much. Seriously should think about making them and selling them, a etsy shop of your very own. I would love to make my December Daily in there and keep it inside till the next year. You have so much patience for these projects, me not so much.

Thank you for your comments on my blog, so sweet of you. Glad you enjoyed something I created and love just as you do.
Hope your enjoying your weekend.

sixofone said...

Another absolutely amazing project Sheleen. You are so clever

Rachael Elliott said...

Hi Sheleen, thank you for your lovely comments on my blog :) xx
This is gorgoeus, the whole project is stunning!!

Marjo said...

Gorgeous, I hope my comment shows up this time, came around last week and yes blogger just made my comment

thanks for sharing, Marjo