Before I head up to bed, I thought I would share my latest project with you – a Christmas mini-album and display holder.
I love scrapbooking but time does not always allow me to create pages for all of the activities that we do (I won’t tell you how far behind I am!). I often end up creating mini-albums so I can cover a month (or season) of events at one time. The problem is that once I had compete my albums, I’m quite sure what to do with them. So… I decided to come up with a display holder that I could easily change out each month. Here are my supplies:
I had most items left over from other projects. I purchased the large ball from Michaels. I also ended up having to add a square piece of wood (from the remnants of the kids old playhouse) to the bottom of the cube to add some more weight. I tippy display holder does not work out so well!
- Paint all of the wooden pieces black. Lightly distress the edges with sandpaper.
- Drill a hole the size of the dowel in the center of the wooden ball.
- Glue all of your pieces together. I really had to clamp down the ball to the candle stick as there wasn’t a lot of surface for gluing. Once the glue is dry, you may need to touch up a few spots with paint where the glue shows through.
- Add a ribbon or other decorative touches. I chose to keep mine simple and the ribbon can easily be changed out with the seasons or to coordinate with the mini-album.
I would like to get a small little ball to attach to the end of the dowel to finish it off a bit more but I will have to wait until I can make it to Michaels.
For my mini-albums, I find that 6×6 sizes are the easiest to work with. The standard 4X6 photos can easily be added with a little room for jouranlling or embellishment or two wallet sizes also fit nicely on a page. If you pick a coordinating paper line, these mini-albums can go together quite quickly. It usually takes me longer to pick and order the photos than it does to actually create the album! I created this album from last year’s Christmas photos. Here are some brief instructions:
- Cut 2 6×6 pieces of chipboard (or a cardboard box) for the front and back cover. Decorate as you would like.
- Cut 6×6 squares from thick cardstock to use as your pages. Add photos and jounalling.
- Punch 2 holes in the top of your chipboard and cardstock for the D-rings (these are available at any office supply store).