I love adding that handmade touch to my holiday season – homemade gifts and cards, homemade decorations, homemade recipes and more. Though I’ll admit it can be difficult to find the time to fit it all in, I make an effort each year to try and find little ways to insert a little bit of homemade goodness into the holidays. This year I’m excited to share how myself and a few of the bluebird chic ambassadors are hand-making their holidays!
First up we have scrapbooker and crafter Kristin Tweedale of rukristin, who’s getting an early start on her christmas gifts with these DIY Mini Gift Scrapbooks!
Kristin is a feminist scrapbooker, passionate about helping women document their lives through photos, stories, and pretty paper supplies. She uses her ‘big girl’ camera to take photos of her adventures around the US as well as photos of her everyday life in East Lansing, Michigan.
I love making unique DIY scrapbooks as gifts for special friends. This single binder ring flip album is one of my favorite styles to make.
For me, the special part about a scrapbook is the thought and care that goes into making it, which can be a little difficult when you’re doing it for someone else. What I like to do is pick out a bunch of my favorite papers and other found paper items, and layer them on top of each other to create a flip up album. It’s a unique album that won’t be replicated and is a great way to use up the scraps of awesome papers you’ve been saving up.
To make the album I started by picking out a bunch of Christmas related papers. I added some red/white/gold papers to the mix. I round out my supplies with some fun holiday die cuts.
I layered these papers from top to bottom in the order I wanted them to appear. I used my Crop-a-Dile big bite (but you can use a hole punch just the same) to punch a single hole in the top of each page, and added it to the binder ring.
I used a heavier cardstock base on the bottom, and a transparent page on the top to make sure my album will stand up to some wear and tear.
These albums can be made at any time, for any one, using any of the supplies you want. To make it personal, add photos or journaling to the pages. I love giving these blank albums as gifts throughout the holiday season.
Looking for more from Kristin?
She’ll help you learn how to get your photos off the camera and into scrapbook albums you’ll cherish for a lifetime at http://rukristin.com/blog/
Happy holiday making!