Sunday, March 29, 2015

Christmas Scrapbook Album - NBUS

This post contains numerous photos,
I made the files sizes quite small to help with load time.

A new , never used since I bought it a few years ago
scrapbook album.
I found it at our local Big Lots store, when they used to carry crafty items,
for $5. It is an 8x8 album with premade pages.
Turns out after I got it home, two pages were missing !!!!
Ack ! Of course there were no more at the store the next time I went
back to see if I could exchange it. Then again, maybe that
is why they had those few albums there, they were missing pages ?

 I bought it with the intention of taking a family photo
of each of the families at our extended family
holiday get together the year I bought it (I think it was 2009
because that is the year I bought myself a new camera).

Each year passed without photos of everyone being taken
(many people were unable to attend while others just did not
want their photos taken).

Well, this past year was the year I managed to twist some arms
to get those that balked up there - with promises that the photos would not
end up online as I know some of them were concerned about.
I don't blame them, I don't like photos of myself online, either.
Unfortunately, once again, there were several family members that could
not make it. Two of the younger cousins are currently serving in the military
and stationed elsewhere (one was on a ship!) so they could not be there.
Others were sick or had other commitments.
Regardless, those that were there I was able to photograph most of
with Santa, had the photos printed out and filled the album.
Had the entire clan been there, I would have needed to make extra pages !

Oh, as for the missing pages I mentioned earlier,
I made two to coordinate with the existing pages  ;)

I did add extra embellishments to the pages,
they were pretty plain otherwise.
One page of each two page spread had a
printed quote on it, the way it came from the manufacturer.

First page, inside the front cover.
This is the way it came in the book.
 That is real stitching on the page!
Many of the pages have stitching.

Page I made from scratch, inside the back cover.
Gold metallic card stock base, torn burgundy card stock
and cream/gold bakers twine accents.

I added the three tiny tags to this page,
glued just underneath the string that was already on it.
The photo on this page had three people in it,
so I wrote one name on each tag with a gold Signo pen.
This is the last page in the book,
it is opposite the page above.

These two pages face each other.
I added die cut snowflakes from metallic gold card stock.
There are also faux brads in the centers that I made by
punching gold card stock with a 1/4" inch hole punch
then covering the tops in Crystal Effects.
The quote is printed on vellum,
that is the way it came in the album.

These two pages face each other.
I added silver metallic card stock die cut snowflakes,
rhinestones and journaling tags.
The quote is printed on vellum (came that way on the premade page).
The ribbon is crooked in the page below and it bothers me,
but that is the way it was when I bought it. It is
glues down really well. There is no way I can remove it
without damaging the page.

These two pages face each other. One of them was a missing page
that I made from scratch to resemble to existing page.
I had burgundy card stock that matched pretty well.
 I tore off the white paper with gray lines that was in the
upper corner of the existing page so I could make two
new pieces that would match. I scored white card stock
with vertical lines. I also added the journaling tags,
silver paper punched (Martha Stewart) snowflakes and rhinestones.
The tags have silver Encore ink along the edges.
Names were written with a silver Signo pen.

This is the other page (above) that I had to create from scratch
to try to resemble the existing page (below).
I had greens and burgundy that went well enough with the
premade page. I forgot to add the stitching down the middle
of the page, but most of it is covered anyway.
I found a quote online that I liked and fit the theme of the album.
Existing fonts on my computer with colors closest to what was already
 in the album to print it out on naturals cream cardstock.
I then added torn strips of green card stock that I stitched over
(there is some stitching to coordinate with the opposite page!).
Banner journaling tags hand cut from flecked cream paper
and paper punched (Martha Stewart) snowflakes with rhinestones
were also added by me.

I didn't do much to these two pages
(I could add something extra still.......).
The silver eyelets were already on them.
I did add the die cut circles for journaling and ribbon.

Other than adding the journaling tags to these two pages
(and the photos of course) I didn't do much to them, either.

Die cut journaling tags sponged with gold Encore ink,
 snowflakes and faux brads are the extra bits
I added to these two premade pages.

Journaling tags, gold card stock layer, gold faux brads
and burgundy organdy ribbon were added to these two pages.

Final set !
Silver paper punched snowflakes
(large snowflake is an old punch from Stampin' Up!;
two smaller snowflakes are by Martha Stewart) ,
rhinestones and die cut tags
(one has paper piercing)
were added to dress up these two pages.

Lastly, I am entering this project in the
Never Before Used Schtuff
a challenge/blog I recently discovered !

Thanks for looking =)


  1. I don't do too much scrapbooking (mainly because of the time involved. But from time to time I do like to do gift books for friends and family, so I do know how much time is involved in doing projects such as yours.

    You did a wonderful job and this is sure to become a keepsake. Thanks for sharing all your hard work and wonderful talent!

  2. Kudos to you, Heather, for persevering and getting this wonderful book of memories completed! It's an absolute treasure and I'm sure it will be appreciate by the family for years to come! You put a lot of time and love into it! I'm back from Easter break and catching up on my NBUS commenting and pinning. I want to thank you very much for playing in my NBUS Challenge #4! Enjoy your day!! Hugs, Darnell


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