Hello crafty friends! If you’re anything like me, you love receiving handmade Christmas cards. They make such beautiful decorations when displayed around the house. But once Christmas is over, we have to decide what to do with them. Throwing them away just isn’t an option! I have finally found a way to store these beautiful works of art - a special-made mini album.
If you are new to mini albums, these little books can be made in a variety of ways. There are some pre-made options, such as this one from Graphic 45, which comes in black, Kraft, and ivory. For a beginner, this is the easiest way to branch into making mini albums. All you have to do is add decorative papers to the pages and tags. However, many mini album makers create their own albums using chipboard and cardstock. The fun thing about starting from scratch is that you can design your book however you choose!
I chose to design my own album because I knew exactly what I wanted it to look like before I started. I also knew what I wanted it to hold and I knew I wanted to use Graphic 45 Christmas Time to decorate the album. To start the process, I gathered up the 12 handmade Christmas cards I received this year along with the 4 photo cards sent to me by friends. My album is filled with envelope-style pages to hold my Christmas cards. There are 6 pages inside the album, with one envelope on each side of the page. Each of the handmade cards has its own envelope inside the album, and the photo cards are in pockets on the inside covers. When opening up each envelope in the album, it is like receiving each card all over again.
My envelope pages are quite plain since there are not any embellishments inside of the album. To highlight the beauty of the handmade cards, my pages are only decorated with the Christmas Time papers. I did add some chipboard pieces to my cover and spine as well as a row of red gems and a ribbon closure. The stickers from the collection would make perfect embellishments since they will not add bulk to the pages, but will give it a bit more decoration.
To see a quick flip through of the album with my Christmas cards inside, please visit my YouTube channel.
I hope you will consider making a mini album of your own. It is the perfect memory-keeping and storage solution for those special Christmas cards. Don’t forget to check out the FotoBella online store to purchase the supplies you will need to make this album!
Sticker sheet (not used, but recommended for embellishments):